Can I Do Anything About the Age Spots on My Face?
Can your age spots be treated? Get The Short Answer from dermatologist Christine Poblete-Lopez, MD, and learn about the difference between a freckle, lentigo and seborrheic keratosis.
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Sun protection can help freckles and lentigines, but not the thicker, benign growths like seborrheic keratoses.
To improve flat age spots (freckles and lentigines), we may use liquid nitrogen, different lasers or topical bleaching creams. We can freeze seborrheic keratoses with liquid nitrogen if they’re relatively flat. If they’re thicker, we can numb you up and scrape them off the top layer of the skin.
People often worry that seborrheic keratoses are melanoma, but they’re different. However, to be sure you know which type of spots you have, I would call them to your dermatologist’s attention.
—Dermatologist Christine Poblete-Lopez, MD