By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
Liver spots are also known as age spots, senile freckles, solar lentigo or lentigo senilis. They are basically brown patches on the skin that look like large freckles. They can be slightly lighter or darker than ordinary freckles. They are a sign of ageing skin.
Most people develop some liver spots by the age of 40, but some people develop them earlier in life and develop a lot more of them. They are commonly known as liver spots because they are associated with poor liver health or liver congestion. People with liver condition or sluggish liver function are more prone to developing these spots on their skin.
Your liver is an extremely hard-working organ that attempts to detoxify and purify your bloodstream of all the toxins you encounter during the day, along with the waste products of metabolism. If your liver is under functioning, an excess level of these toxins can accumulate throughout your body. These toxins can create wear and tear in your body, otherwise known as oxidative damage.
The skin is quite fragile and easily harmed by oxidative damage. It is also very easy to see evidence of the damage, through signs such as liver spots, skin rashes and sun-induced damage.