Skip to Content
Actinic lentigines ("liver spots," "sun spots," or "age spots") are
small, gray-brown spots that appear on the wrists, backs of the hands,
forearms, and face.
Actinic lentigines are not a type of skin cancer, do not progress
to become skin cancer, and do not require any treatment. But rapid change
in one of these spots could be caused by another problem, such as lentigo
maligna, a type of melanoma.
There are treatments to remove or reduce actinic lentigines, if
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
© Copyright 2015 Rush-Copley Medical Center • 2000 Ogden Avenue; Aurora, IL 60504
Main: 630-978-6200 • Physician Referral & Information: 630-978-6700 or 866-4COPLEY (866-426-7539)