Liver spots

  • Definition

    Liver spots are flat, brown-black spots that usually appear on the skin in sun-exposed areas of the body. They have nothing to do with the liver or liver function.


    Alternative Names

    Sun-induced skin changes - liver spots; Senile or solar lentigines; Skin spots - aging; Age spots


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Liver spots are changes in skin color that occur in older skin. The increased color may be due to aging, exposure to the sun or other forms of ultraviolet light, or other unknown causes.

    Liver spots are very common after age 40. They occur most often on areas that have had the greatest sun exposure, such as the:

    • Backs of the hands
    • Face
    • Forearms
    • Forehead
    • Shoulders