Also called “liver spots” and sun spots, age spots are flat, gray, brown or black spots. They vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms — areas most exposed to the sun. Age spots are very common in adults older than age 40; they can affect younger people as well.
True age spots are harmless and doesn’t need treatment, but they can look like suspicious growths. Age spots can be lightened with skin-bleaches or removed entirely. Avoiding the sun and using sunscreen can prevent you from developing those unsightly spots.
It may take years of sun exposure for these dark spots to occur — they develop very slowly over time.