Learn What Brown Spots Are Video

Brown spots (also called age spots) are an annoying skin condition that many of us live with. In the first of this two segment series on brown spots, Dr. Schultz will explain how they're formed and whether or not you have to worry about them.
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Dr. Neal Schultz: Hello, I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and welcome to DermTV. What are the brown spots that we see on people's faces, backs of hands, arms and especially on the tops of woman's chest. These spots represent extra melanin which is the normal brown pigment in the skin that accumulates in these cells and it's usually caused by the sun. There are different names for these spots but they all mean the same thing. Sometimes they are called liver spots, sun spots, or age spots and I can assure you that patients don't like being told that they've age spots. The good news is they are not dangerous and they are not precancerous. The bad news is obviously they are annoying and they make us look older. And who wants age spots anyway. Age spots are caused by sun damage, the sun actually breaking the pigment cell which is called the melanocyte which makes the normal brown pigment in your skin and it breaks the pump, so the pump keeps working day and night making more and more pigment in one cell and another cell and when enough adjoining cells have too much of extra brown pigment in them they form these age spots or sun spots. Your take away should be that they are not dangerous they are only annoying but even better yet tune in tomorrow and I will tell you how you can get rid of yours. Please join me again at dermtv.com. If you have a question please send it to me by visiting dermtv.com/question. I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and thank you for watching today.

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