Brown spots on chest and back can occur due to hyper pigmentation. This is a harmless condition and does not require any treatment. One can go for treatment only for cosmetic purpose. These brown spots are also called as age spots or liver spots.
These appear on the body parts that are more exposed to the sun. Commonly they are found on face, back of hands, chest and back. Brown spots are seen commonly in elderly people after age of 40 but younger people are also affected by it.
What Causes Brown Spots On Chest And Back?
The most common cause of brown spots is exposure to the sun.
Sometimes in certain spots there may high concentration of melanin due to its increased production which results in formation of dark spots on the skin.
- Oral contraceptive pills may cause hormonal fluctuation and alter melanin production resulting in brown spots.
- During pregnancy, due to hormonal changes brown spots appear on face and other parts of the body.
- Person with fair skin is more likely to develop brown spots.
- Use of commercial tanning lamp and tanning bed can cause age spots.
- Due to aging there may be increased production of melanin causing liver spots.
Person will see flat, oval spot of brown or black color on the chest and back. These spots have regular border. These spots may vary in size.
Consult the doctor immediately if there is any itching or change in color of these spots, if the spot increases in size rapidly or if there is redness or tenderness or if it has irregular border.
Diagnosis: Doctor can diagnose it by just looking at it. Doctor may rule out cancer by doing skin biopsy. Skin biopsy is done under local anesthesia in doctor’s office.
Natural Remedies For Brown Spots On Back And Chest
- Brown spots do not require medical care but for cosmetic purpose one may undergo treatment.
- It is treated with dermabrasion, laser therapy or chemical peeling under the guidance of an expert.
- Avoid sun exposure for long time. Avoid going out from 10 am to 4 pm. While going out in the sun wear proper clothing to cover yourself and remain in shaded areas.
- Apply sunscreen liberally every two hours. Use sunscreen of SPF 25 to 30.
- Apply aloe vera gel on the affected area and keep it for one hour. It may help to reduce the spots.
- Castor oil improves the brown spots. Rub castor oil on the spots twice a day for one month and see the results.
- The acid in lemon juice may help to fade the brown spots. Consult your doctor before using lemon juice.
- Many creams are available in drug store, which claim to reduce or lighten these brown spots. Use them after consulting your doctor.