You know what he’s talking about: age spots. The little brown spots that appear on the skin after significant time in the sun can be beautiful, but they are also signs of aging. This is why age spots appear most often and in higher concentration on people over the age of 50. However, anyone who spends a significant amount of time in the sun can see them pop up on their skin. At the height of summer, you may notice sun spots on your own skin.
“Everybody’s got them: old, young, middle-aged, men and women,” explains Drew of the YouTube channel Fitlife.
Drew explains in a YouTube video that sun spots are caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun. When your skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays, the body produces melanin as a way to tan the skin, effectively building up an armor to protect the deeper layers of skin. This is why age spots typically appear on the arms, neck, shoulders, face, and other areas of the body that are most often exposed to the sun.
While sun spots are not ordinarily dangerous, if you notice some are much darker than others, have been growing quickly, or have oddly shaped borders, you should visit a doctor. If they are red, tender, or bleeding, you should see a doctor immediately.