When should I be worried about brown spots on my skin? Older women are more susceptible to age spots — and sun damage — because they have reduced amounts of melanin in the skin. If you noticed you have spots that have grown or changed in size, are multicolored or bleed, see your dermatologist. These could be cancerous and need to be treated immediately.
Is it normal for brown spots to appear on skin? They vary in size and usually appear on areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, shoulders and arms. Age spots are also called sunspots, liver spots and solar lentigines. Age spots are very common in adults older than 50, but younger people can get them if they spend time in the sun.
Can brown spots become cancerous? These small, gray-brown spots aren’t a type of skin cancer. They also don’t progress to become skin cancer and don’t require any treatment. But if you notice any rapid changes to one of these spots, get it checked out by your doctor right away. When performing a self-check, you’ll want to remember the ABCDE rule.
What do brown spots indicate? Brown spots are the result of overactive pigment cells and excess melanin. Melanin is what gives our skin its dark pigmentation. Ultraviolet (UV) rays accelerate the production of melanin, and allow it to produce in clumps & higher concentrations. When enough melanin is concentrated in one area, a brown spot develops.