As we mentioned before, there are many reasons why you have brown spots on your skin, It may seem like simple brown spot but those spots have their own meaning and it’s very important to find what is causing them. There are a large variety of brown spots, but the most common ones are: Melasma, Lentigos and Seborrheic keratosis.
Last blog we talked about Melasma (Here is the link if you wanna know more about it Melasma); Today we are going to talk about the other 2 more common type of brown spots.
What are solar lentigos? They are light or dark brown spots, round or oval shapes, that generally appear after 50 years of age or after long and intense sun exposure. Their appearance is directly linked to the sun exposure accumulated throughout our lives. It is for this reason that the areas where solar lentigos are easier observed are the face, the back of the hands, the cleavage and the shoulders. These spots are, without a doubt, one of the classic signs of skin ageing; and treating them is an excellent way of looking younger.

It is very important to clarify that even though they seem easy to identify, the diagnosis is not easy and it is very important that an expert dermatologist diagnoses them in order to differentiate them from malignant lentigos; these would have the same appearance to an uneducated eye, but that are premalignant lesions and must be treated in a different way than a simple lentigo.


Have you hear about Seborrheic Keratosis? Well, they are the most common type of benign tumour after age 50. Generally there are lesions of dark or light brow, of oval shape, usually of rough texture, but many of them start as a spot and are confused with lentigos.

They can appear anywhere in the surface of the skin but are more common on the face, head and back. People become worried because they grow and have an unappealing appearance. We need to be on alert for these, because the appearance of many keratosis in a short period of time could be related to benign or malignant tumours in the digestive track.

As it happens when the lentigos are treated, and when the keratosis are treated, the skin looks younger and more youthful.

Hope all this information is useful and help you understand a little more about brown spots. On our next blog we will talk about the proper treatment for melasma, lentigines and seborrheic keratosis.



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