What Causes Brown Spots on Your Hands?

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What Causes Brown Spots on Your Hands?
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Changes in the skin's appearance can cause concern if you don't know what made the changes happen. Learning about what causes brown spots on your hands can help you find treatments to prevent or lighten them.

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Sun Exposure

Sun exposure can bring out freckles or other dark spots on your hands.


As you age, light or dark brown spots may appear on your hands. Although commonly referred to as "liver spots," they are not caused by liver problems.


Melanoma, which is skin cancer, can cause brown spots on the hands and other parts of the body.

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis can appear as a dark, flaky spot on the hands.

Dry Skin

Dry skin can cause brown or tan spots on hands.

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