Your doctor can usually diagnose age spots by looking at your skin may also need Skin biopsy or other tests, to help distinguish an age spot from other conditions, such as lentigo maligna, a type of skin cancer.
If you want your age spots to be less noticeable, treatments are available to lighten or remove them.
Medications. Prescription bleaching creams (hydroquinone) used alone or with retinoids (tretinoin) and a mild steroid may gradually fade the spots over several months. Use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 is strongly advised if you use medication treatments. The treatments may result in temporary itching, redness, burning or dryness. Laser and intense pulsed light therapy. Laser and intense pulsed light therapies destroy melanin-producing cells (melanocytes) without damaging the skin's surface. Treatments with a laser or intense pulsed light typically require two to three sessions.
After treatment, age spots fade gradually over several weeks or months.
Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion. Dermabrasion consists of sanding down (planing) the surface layer of your skin with a rapidly rotating brush. This procedure removes the skin surface. Microdermabrasion is a less aggressive approach that leaves mild skin blemishes with a smoother appearance.