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26. Picture of Solar Lentigo

Picture of Solar Lentigo
Image Source: Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology Klaus Wolff, Richard Allen Johnson, Dick Suurmond Copyright 2005, 2001, 1997, 1993 by The McGraw-Hill Companies. All Rights reserved.

Solar lentigines are patches of darkened skin that develop due to the accumulation of melanocytes upon exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Solar lentigines are extremely common in people over the age of 40 and in those who have fair-skin. A solar lentigo tends to be flat, round, and oval or irregularly shaped. They range from tan to dark brown/black in color. It is common for solar lentigines to occur in small clusters on the face or back of the hands. Minimizing sun exposure is the best way to prevent the condition. Topical creams may help reduce the appearance of the spots. Laser surgery, cryotherapy, or chemical peels can remove solar lentigines.

Source: Color Atlas of Pediatric Dermatology Samuel Weinberg, Neil S. Prose, Leonard Kristal Copyright 2008, 1998, 1990, 1975, by the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Text Reference: American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Lentigines"

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