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What Causes Age Spots?

Members of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) say that age spots are almost always caused by exposure to the sun. The sun stimulates melanin production, and if we make a habit of being out in the sun too long unprotected, brown spots can appear on the skin when we get older. Skin receives more sun damage over time, increasing the likelihood of developing dark pigmentations later in life. While sunspots are common in individuals with fair skin, people with darker complexions can also develop age spots. There are steps that women can take to prevent age spots, but first we have to have a better understanding of the causes.