Skip Nav
Beauty Tips
Meet the 14 Geniuses Behind Your Favorite Beauty Products
Harry Potter
12 Harry Potter-Themed Beauty Gifts Every Fan Needs to Own
Makeup Tutorials
Spice Up Your Sexy Schoolgirl Costume With This Bloody Impressive Makeup Tutorial

Definition of Liver Spots

Definition: Liver Spots

You probably know that liver spots are brown-, red-, or blackish-toned spots that most often occur in aging skin. But did you know that these freckle-like discolorations actually have no connection to the liver?

Frequently called age spots, less common names for liver spots are solar lentigines and (so not politically correct) senile freckles. While liver spots were once mistakenly thought to be related to liver functions, in actuality, they occur most often in areas where the sun hits: the back of the hands, forehead, shoulders, and face. While most age spots occur in those over 40, it's not uncommon to find liver spots on younger folks.

True liver spots are not dangerous, but it's always best to get anything suspicious-looking checked out. To prevent liver spots, stay out of the sun or use a sunscreen, and to help fade their appearance, look for products containing alpha hydroxy acids or retinoids, which help promote cellular turnover.

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Definition of Disconnected Haircut
The Meaning of High-Definition Makeup
Definition of Elastin
Definition of Animalic
What Tiare Smells Like
What Is Reflexology?
Definition of Quercetin

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Beauty