Age spots, also known as Liver Spots or Solar Lentigo, are typically an unwanted consequence of the skin’s natural ageing process and sun exposure. A result of excess melanin (skin pigment) being stimulated, age spots look like an area of uneven skin tone or pigmentation. They are most common on the shoulders, neck, chest, backs of the hands or any sun-exposed areas.
Sunlight, environmental factors and the natural ageing process all contribute to the development of age spots. They can also occur during pregnancy due to extreme hormonal changes, producing lesions known as melasma.