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Age spots (Seborrheic Keratosis, Solar Lentigo, Lentigines, Sunspots)

  • Seborrheic Keratosis is the most common benign skin growth.
  • These growths are primarily age related as at least one lesion is present in individuals 50 and over. However, they are also related to sunexposure. Indeed in a study comparing Australians and English individuals, seborrheic keratosis are sometimes present in teenagers in the former group !
  • These lesions start as tan-coloured  patches (lentigines, solar lentigo, sunspots, age spots), for example on the back of the hands and become darker, elevated and rough appearing.
  • They can be localized on the whole body except the palms and soles.
  • Because of their evolution they are often confused with cancerous skin growths when they reach later phases of growth. A dermatologist (skin doctor) will be able to make the difference and perform a biopsy in case of any doubt.
  • To get rid of them, liquid nitrogen therapy (cryotherapy) is one of the treatment options.


Detailed information on seborrheic keratosis