What is it?
Harmless, warty spots that appear as we get older.
Who gets it?
It’s extremely common and over 90% of adults have them.
What causes it?
A mixture of genetics, sun exposure and ageing.
What are the symptoms?
Spots can appear without warning on any area of the skin. They vary in appearance and can be flat or raised. Size varies from one millimetre to several centimetres in diameter, and they can be skin coloured, dark brown or pink, or a mixture. The texture can be smooth, rough or waxy. They often appear in crops, especially under the breasts, or on their own on the face or scalp.
What’s the best treatment?
It’s always wise to get spots checked by your GP or dermatologist. Following diagnosis, no treatment is needed as these spots do not turn into skin cancers. Most people choose to do nothing but if they are unsightly they can be frozen off, or scraped off under local anaesthetic.