Lentigo causes flat spots to appear on the body. These spots are usually tan, brown, or black in color. They may have rounded or uneven edges, looking much like a freckle or sunspot, that doesn’t fade during winter. It is a pigmented area of the skin that resembles a small lentil, hence the name. They can be called lentigines or lentigos, and we can remove them using pigmentation-removal treatments. Lentigines can appear on different areas of your body, depending on their cause. They don’t itch or cause other symptoms. Lentigines are different to freckles (called ephelis), because there are an increased number of melanin-producing cellsin a lentigo, instead of the increase in melanin in a freckle. The result is typically the same, however – brown pigmentation on the skin.
Anyone can get lentigines, though fair-skinned adults are very likely to have sun-induced lentigo. There are some conditions present at birth that result in lentigo, though these are uncommon.