What are the causes of liver spots? Age spots are caused by overactive pigment cells. Ultraviolet (UV) light speeds up the production of melanin, a natural pigment that gives skin its color. On skin that has had years of sun exposure, age spots appear when melanin becomes clumped or is produced in high concentrations.
What do skin liver spots look like? The condition involves the appearance of pale brown to dark brown spots on the skin called solar lentigines, liver spots, or age spots. Age spots are flat, usually oval areas of the skin that have increased pigmentation. In other words, they’re darker than the surrounding skin. They may be brown, black, or gray.
Are liver spots serious? Liver spots are not dangerous to your health. They are permanent skin changes that affect how your skin looks.
What do new liver spots look like? If you notice a new lesion on the skin that you suspect is an age spot, they should match the following common characteristics: Flat (not raised, indented, or textured) Oval or round shaped. Range in color from slightly darker than the natural skin tone to dark brown.