What is the difference between Age Spots, Sun Spots & Liver Spots?
If you enjoy the sun and do not protect your skin, you may have experienced some changes in your skin tone as the years pass. You may notice you have more and more freckles on your skin each time you go out into the sun. You may be among the many unknowing victims of sun spots.
If you want to treat these spots, you need to know exactly how and why these marks occur.
What is the primary difference between sun spots, age spots and liver spots?
Basically they can all appear the same on the skin, but a present for different reasons.
What do sun spots look like?
Sun spots are usually brown specks similar to freckles that appear on the areas of the skin most commonly exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, shoulders and back. Sun spots can also range in color – from light brown to red or even black, depending on skin tone and level of exposure to the sun. Sun spots are essentially pigments in the skin that have been damaged by the sun, causing the skin to look aged and/or worn.
What is an sun spot?
When we refer to an sun spot, we are generally talking about Actinic Keratosis.
What is Actinic keratosis?
Solar keratosis; Sun-induced skin changes – keratosis; Keratosis – actinic (solar)
Actinic keratosis is a small, rough, raised area found on skin that has been in the sun for a long period of time.
Some actinic keratoses may develop into a type of skin cancer.
What causes them?
Actinic keratosis is caused by being in sunlight.
You are more likely to develop this if you:
- Have fair skin, blue or green eyes, or blond or red hair
- Had a kidney or other transplant
- Take medicines that suppress the immune system
- Spend a lot of time each day in the sun (for example, if you work outdoors)
- Had many, severe sunburns early in life
- Are older
What are the symptoms?
Actinic keratosis is usually found on the face, scalp, back of the hands, chest, or other sun-exposed areas.
- They begin as flat and scaly areas.
- The color may be gray, pink, red, or the same color as the skin.
- Often, it has a white or yellow crusty “scale” on top.
- Later it develops a hard and wart-like or gritty, rough, surface.
- It may be easier to feel than see.
Signs and tests
Your doctor or nurse can diagnose this condition by performing a skin biopsy. This may also be done to check that it is not cancer.
Some actinic keratoses can become squamous cell skin cancer. That is why you should have all skin growths looked at by a doctor as soon as you find them to identify if it is skin cancer or not. If it is a non-melanoa skin cancer or Actinic Keratosis, you can than treat with Curaderm.