Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health
Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health

Liver spots / age spots

What are liver spots?

Causes of liver spots

Prevention / remedies / treatment for liver spots

What are liver spots?

Liver spots (old age spots, senile freckles, sun freckles, solar lentigo, lentigo senilis) are patches or blemishes on the skin that look like large freckles, but which are usually a darker colour. They are a sign of aging skin.

Liver spots got that name because many years ago people incorrectly thought they were caused by liver problems.

Age spots are usually a single colour on the same person, ranging from light to dark brown, and sometimes grey, red or black. They vary in size, from looking like a small freckle, to 2 cm or an inch.

liver spot

Age spots are flat, not elevated above the skin.

Liver spots are usually located in areas most exposed to the sun, particularly the back of the hands, arms, legs, face, neck, chest, shoulders, back and the scalp if bald.

Many people start to get their first liver spots after age 40, when the skin does not regenerate as well as it used to. However, the first spots can appear at younger or older ages.

Liver spots are usually an unsightly cosmetic problem, but they are not normally harmful and do not have to be treated.

Causes of liver spots

Prevention / remedies / treatment for liver spots

Doctors usually remove age spots with cryosurgery (freezing with liquid nitrogen, a two minute procedure), laser treatment, electrosurgery, chemical peel or pharmaceutical drugs such as Tretinoin and Mequinol (which have nasty side effects). They treat the symptoms but not the causes.