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Lentigo, solar with erythema on the arm

Lentigo, solar with erythema on the arm

Overview

A lentigo, sometimes called an age spot or freckle, is the result of cumulative damage to the skin by sunlight. It consists of flat spots with increased pigmentation. Some spots may be fairly light, while others are darker. The edges are seldom uniform.

Review Date 10/24/2016

Updated by: David L. Swanson, MD, Vice Chair of Medical Dermatology, Associate Professor of Dermatology, Mayo Medical School, Scottsdale, AZ. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.