Age spots resemble large freckles that appear on the surface of the skin. They are most common among older individuals with a history of sun exposure, though they can develop at any time. Some of the most distinct characteristics of age spots include:
- They are located on areas of the skin that receive a lot of sun exposure, including the face, hands, arms and shoulders.
- They appear most often on fair skin. Although age spots can occur on men and women with darker skin, they are much more common among individuals with lighter complexions.
- They are small brown or black circles that may be slightly raised or lie flat against the skin.
- They tend to develop as clusters of tiny brown spots in one area, making them even more noticeable.