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are age spots the same as sun spots? are age spots and sun spots the same thing? if not, what is the difference between the two?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Age spots/ sun spots: These are different words to describe the same skin condition. They are also known as liver spots or solar lentigines. Caused by exposure to uv rays, these flat brown, gray or black "spots" tend to occur on the face, arms, hands, upper back and scalp. Those with fair skin complexion, who burn easily are most susceptible. Prevention is best, with sunscreen, hats, sunglasses your key strategies.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Age spots/ sun spots: These are different words to describe the same skin condition. They are also known as liver spots or solar lentigines. Caused by exposure to ultraviolet light, these flat brown, gray or black "spots" tend to occur on the face, arms, hands, back and scalp. Those with fair skin complexion, who burn easily are most susceptible. Prevention is best, with sunscreen, hats, sunglasses your key strategies.

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