Brown spots, also known as age spots or livor spots, are a common skin condition. These spots tend to develop as part of the aging process, and usually occur in patients in their 40s or older. Typically, brown spots develop as a result of prolonged sun exposure over the course of several years or decades. They are most likely to appear on skin that is often exposed to sunlight, such as the face, hands, arms and shoulders.
Though it is easy to confuse age spots for freckles, the spots are usually larger than freckles. A qualified dermatologist can easily diagnose age spots with a routine skin exam. While most brown spots are a cosmetic concern rather than a medical one, a dermatologist may recommend a biopsy of irregular spots to make sure there is no skin cancer present.
Brown Spot Removal Options
Patients who feel self-conscious about livor spots have a variety of treatments available to them. Depending on the severity of the brown spot and the condition of the patient’s skin, a dermatologist will help determine the best treatment suited for each individual. Common treatment options include:
- Liquid nitrogen
- Chemical peels
- Skin bleaching & exfoliating
Preventing Brown Spots
The most effective method for preventing age spots is to limit sun exposure, and wear protective clothing and sunscreen when outdoors. For patients who already have brown spots, avoiding the sun and wearing sunscreen can keep existing spots from getting worse and can prevent new spots from forming.
Interested In Learning More About Brown Spot Treatment? Contact The Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery
For more information about brown spot removal, or any dermatology service we provide, contact the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gasch or Dr. Rydzik. We have two offices conveniently located at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland and Hillsboro. We can be reached at 503-297-3440. We look forward to meeting you!