Topical drug treatments for age spots

A bit of sun may give skin a youthful glow but, over time, too much can leave it looking old.

Photoaging (skin damage caused by the sun) not only contributes to fine lines, wrinkles, and leathery-looking skin, but also can cause uneven skin darkening that gives rise to age spots, or solar lentigines (len-TIH-gen-eez) — also called liver spots because of their brownish color. Solar lentigines occur occasionally in early adulthood, but mainly after age 40. More than 90% of white people over age 50 have at least one.

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