BROWN AGE SPOTS AND MELASMA
NEAMAN PLASTIC SURGERY | SALEM, CORVALLIS, EUGENE, + PORTLAND, OREGON
Brown spots are a common skin complaint and can be caused by a number of factors. Also known as hyperpigmentation, brown spots can include sun damage, freckles, or scarring. There’s also melasma, a unique type of hyperpigmentation most commonly found in women and triggered by sun exposure and hormone changes. Nobody is certain exactly what causes melasma, but it presents as gray or brown patches and it’s well-documented that sun and hormone changes can exacerbate melasma.
Age is also a leading cause of brown spots. From acne scars to brown spots caused by sunburns of years past, brown spots are a well-known sign of aging. They are sometimes called age spots or liver spots.