A 40-year-old member asked:
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is scratching an age spot off bad?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience Dermatology
No, but...: ...It will usually grow back. A dermatologist can freeze your "marks of maturity" with liquid nitrogen to remove them permanently.
Answered on Apr 9, 2012
Dr. M. Christine Lee
27 years experience Dermatology
Possibly: You may possibly cause scarring by scratching off a lesion. Another problem is if you want to have a definitive diagnosis of whether or not the lesion is a skin cancer, you would need to have the lesion present for the doctor to evaluate and biopsy.
Answered on Sep 30, 2016
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Better options exist: Scratching off an age spot will likely leave a scar that may be more noticeable than the original lesion. Better options to improve or resolve age spots include liquid nitrogen, chemical or laser peels, laser resurfacing and of course the daily use of an antioxidant sunscreen.
Answered on Sep 26, 2019

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