Actinic lentigines ("liver spots," "sun spots," or "age spots") are
small, gray-brown spots that appear on the wrists, backs of the hands,
forearms, and face.
Actinic lentigines are not a type of skin cancer, do not progress
to become skin cancer, and do not require any treatment. But rapid change
in one of these spots could be caused by another problem, such as lentigo
maligna, a type of melanoma.
There are treatments to remove or reduce actinic lentigines, if
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine