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Sunspots, Lentigines, and Pigmentation at Pure Dermatology

Sunspots or age spots are unsightly tan-black splotches that arise on the face, neck, chest, and arms as people age. Also called lentigines or liver spots, they are sharply defined, rounded, brown or black, flat patches of skin that may appear alone or in clusters.

Other types of pigmentation include post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, familial pigmentation on the cheeks, under eye circles, and melasma. These types of pigmentation often more difficult to treat than sunspots. More information about these types of pigmentation can be found here.

Lentigines (singular lentigo) or sunspots usually worsen with age and typically occur on sun exposed sites or areas of prior sunburn. Sunspots are often easy to treat once the patient is on regular DAILY sun protection; however, once the melanocytes or skin cells that make pigment are stimulated, a big dose of sun can cause their return.

Because the development of sunspots require repetitive exposure to sun or sunburns, sun spots can also be a sign that you are at risk for precancerous spots (actinic keratoses) and skin cancer. Therefore, if you have any spots on your body, we recommend a skin evaluation.

Common Causes of Sunspots Include:

Common Causes of Sunspots Include:

Providers at Pure Dermatology select medical grade skincare and procedures tailored to each patient. We offer many safe and effective treatments for sunspots like laser, chemical peels, curettage, cryotherapy, and electrodessication. A series of treatments is necessary for clearance, and maintenance treatment periodically is recommended.

Treating sunspots requires a partnership with the patient and a dedication to sun protection and safe sun practices. Strict sun protection and habitual skincare is critical to preventing lentigines.

Our providers, Dr. Holcomb, Dr. Haseltine, and Cherie Albro, NP, offer a variety of prescription and medical grade topical options for fading and eliminating sunspots. These treatments provide additional benefits to improve the appearance and texture of your skin, such as softening wrinkles and tightening the skin. We help you choose the most efficient and effective way to treat and prevent sun spots and feel comfortable treating lentigines in even the darkest skin.

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