Lentigo solaris – sunspots

Lentigo solaris are harmless brown pigment spots on the skin. They are also called sunspots and sometimes age spots. Usually the spots are formed on the top of the hands and on the face. If the stains change in any way, you should contact a healthcare center.

The pigmentation is caused by the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. 

Sunspots can come as early as the age of 30, but most often they come in the middle age and later.

symptoms

Sunspots are delineated and on a light skin the color is beige to medium brown. Sunspots are not visible on dark skin.

The spots are usually formed on the parts of the skin that have been exposed to sun. They come mainly on the face and on the upper side of the hands, but also on the neck, shoulders and upper back. Light skin creates lighter sunspots.

Prevent age spots

You can reduce the risk of sunspots by using sunscreen when sunbathing or staying in the sun for a long time. If you use sunscreen, the stains become less clear.

When should I seek care?

Contact a health care center if you have a stain that changes, bleeds or becomes infected. You can also contact a health care center if you are unsure if there are any sunspots you have received.

Investigation

The doctor examines the stain (s) by looking at it and possibly taking a skin test. Then you get  local anesthesia .

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