An Overview Of Dark Spots
Hyperpigmentation is rarely a sign of something serious
Dark spots on the skin—also known as hyperpigmentation, age spots, solar lentigines, or liver spots, depending on their cause—can happen at any time, but most often appear in middle age. Most often, they are a consequence of past sun exposure1 or artificial UV light used in tanning beds. The spots are also associated with certain skin conditions and can occur as a side effect of some medications as well. Dark spots are generally harmless, but there are times when they could be cancerous.2 They can be lightened or removed if you so desire.
These spots can range from light to dark brown or black in color, are flat, and generally oval-shape.
Dark spots can develop anywhere, but they are most likely to appear on the parts of the body that receive the most sun exposure, including:
- The face1
- The backs of the hands
- The shoulders1
- The arms
- The back1
While usually small, several spots can group together and form larger areas of darkened skin.