"Age spots" or "liver spots" are
flat, brown areas called lentigines. They have nothing
to do with the liver - they are caused by the sun and
usually appear on the face, hands, back and feet. They
are generally harmless. They may look like melanoma
and therefore may require evaluation. Commercial "fade" creams
will not make lentigines disappear, but effective prescription
medications and surgical resurfacing treatments are
Although Seborrheic Keratoses are
often confused with warts, they are quite different.
Seborrheic keratoses are non-cancerous growths of the
outer layer of skin. There may be just one growth,
or many which occur in clusters. They are usually brown,
but can vary in color from light tan to black. They
vary in size from a fraction of an inch in diameter
to larger than a half-dollar. A main feature of seborrheic
keratoses is their waxy, "pasted-on" or "stuck-on" look.
They sometimes look like a dab of warm brown candle
wax that has dropped onto the skin.
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