Liver spots

  • Alternative Names

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


    Prevention

    Protect your skin from the sun by taking the following precautions:

    • Wear protective clothing such as hats, long-sleeved shirts, long skirts, or pants.
    • Use sunglasses to protect your eyes.
    • Try to avoid sun exposure at midday, when sunlight is most intense.
    • Use high-quality sunscreens, preferably with sun protection factor (SPF) ratings of at least 30. Apply sunscreen at least a half hour before exposure, and reapply often. Use sunscreen in the winter, too.

    References

    Habif TM. Light-related diseases and disorders of pigmentation. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2009:chap 19.