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Liver spots treatment options

What causes liver spots?

Liver spots also called age spots and solar lentigines, are very common in adults over 40, though younger people can get them as well.

They are small dark areas on your skin and range in color from light brown to red or black, and usually located in areas most often exposed to the sun like the face, hands, shoulders, and arms.

 

When the skin is exposed to sunlight, the body produces extra melanin to protect the skin from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays.

 

In that sense, the main cause of liver spots is excessive sun exposure. Ultraviolet (UV) light accelerates the production of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. They have nothing to do with the liver or liver function.

 

The UV light from tanning beds is also a contributor because this artificial source is no different from the natural sunlight.

 

The process of aging, regardless of UV exposure, also increases the production of melanin leading to liver spots.

 

In the overwhelming majority of cases, liver spots are harmless and require no treatment, though they occasionally have been known to obscure the detection of skin cancer.

 

For cosmetic purposes, liver spots can be lightened or removed.

What are the treatment options for liver spots?

Here you can find treatment options and health providers in the Dominican Republic. 

Chemical peel

IPL

Find a Doctor in the DR

Aesthetic and Anti-Aging MD

Dermatologist

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