Solar lentigo

A solar lentigo, also known as an age spot, a sun spot or a liver spot, is a harmless flat brown patch of skin appearing on sun-exposed sites of the body, particularly the face and hands. Multiple spots are called solar lentigines. 

Treatment options include cryotherapy, topical retinoids, chemical peels, intense pulsed light and laser treatment.

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Ortonne JP, Pandya AG, Lui H, Hexsel D. Treatment of solar lentigines. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006 May;54(5 Suppl 2):S262-71. 

Sezer E, Erbil H, Kurumlu Z, Taştan HB, Etikan I. A comparative study of focal medium-depth chemical peel versus cryosurgery for the treatment of solar lentigo. Eur J Dermatol. 2007 Jan-Feb;17(1):26-9. doi: 10.1684/ejd.2007.0104. Epub 2007 Feb 27.




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