‘Sun spots’ is a term often used to describe a whole range of skin lesions that occur over time with cumulative sun exposure. They usually occur in the background of a mature sundamaged skin. Sunspots most often refer to solar lentigines ( sun induced freckles), macular seborrhoeic keratoses (‘liver spots’) and seborrhoeic keratoses ( senile warts), which are all benign. However more sinister lesions may be mistaken for sunspots. It is advisable to visit a dermatologist for a skin examination so that precancerous and cancerous lesions will not be overlooked. Cosmeceuticals containing retinol , glycolic acids, and skin lighteners will help to reduce the appearance of solar lentigines and macular seborrhoeic keratoses.
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