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Despite its name, anyone can develop age spots on their skin. However, the older you are, the more likely you are to have age spots. The reason for this is due to how age spots form. Age spots are the result of hyperactive pigment cells, which is responsible for the production of melanin. The process is accelerated by exposure to UV rays.

It’s important to remember that while age spots are harmless to your body, they resemble cancerous growths. That’s why if you notice any new spots, it’s important to get them checked out to make sure it isn’t skin cancer, which is more common in those who engage in sun tanning.

While age spots are possible in anyone, they are more common in those with the following risk factors:

  • Possess red hair
  • Have light skin
  • Frequent tanning
  • Burn easily under the sun
  • Are over 40

Aging itself doesn’t cause the appearance of age spots. However, these spots are more common in adults over 40. This is due to the breakdown in your skin over time. As you age, collagen, elastin, and the overall condition of your skin decline. When combined with years of overexposure to the sun, this results in the appearance of age spots. 

While age spots are physically harmless, they can negatively affect confidence due to the perception of looking older than you are. The good news is that there are numerous treatment options available to lighten or eliminate your age spots.

Finding a medical expert is as simple as visiting our online community. With AgeEnvy, valuable information detailing age spots as well as qualified providers for this concern is at your fingertips. Keep in mind that your health and safety comes first. That’s why our mission is to give consumers control over their health by getting them connected with providers that are licensed; verified experts focused on removing age spots.