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Sun Spots vs. Age Spots: What’s the Difference?

Hyperpigmentation is a common skin concern, causing areas of your skin to appear darker than others. But with so many terms thrown around, it can be confusing to differentiate between sun spots and age spots. This blog sheds light on these two types of hyperpigmentation, helping you understand their causes and how to achieve clearer, more even-toned skin.

A split-screen image. On one side, a close-up photo of an arm with visible sun spots. The other side showcases a close-up photo of an arm with visible age spots.

Demystifying Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation occurs when your skin produces an excess of melanin, the pigment that gives your skin its color. Various factors can trigger this overproduction, leading to the appearance of dark spots.

Sun Spots: Unveiling the Culprit

Sun spots, also known as solar lentigines, are caused by sun exposure. They typically appear on areas of the skin that are frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face, arms, shoulders, and hands.

  • Appearance: Sun spots are usually small (less than ½ inch in diameter) and have a light brown to dark brown color. They may have well-defined borders and appear flat on the skin.

Age Spots: A Sign of Aging

Age spots, also known as senile lentigines, can develop with age, even on areas that don’t get much sun exposure.

  • Appearance: Age spots tend to be larger than sun spots (up to an inch in diameter) and can vary in color from light brown to black. Their borders may be less defined than sun spots, and they usually appear flat on the skin.

Treatment Options for a Brighter You

While sun spots and age spots are generally harmless, many people seek treatment for cosmetic reasons. Here are some options to consider:

Achieving Even-toned Radiance

Understanding the differences between sun spots and age spots can help you determine the best course of action for achieving a clearer complexion. Remember, sun protection is key! Explore our blog “Sunscreen Myths Debunked: Sun Safety for Glowing Skin” to learn more about sun protection strategies. Additionally, a consultation with a qualified healthcare professional like Dr. Vini Singh MD at Ziva Wellness can help you develop a personalized treatment plan to combat hyperpigmentation and achieve even-toned, radiant skin!