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Liver Splash Skin Disorder

By Gina Ponce ; Updated July 27, 2017

Liver splash skin disorder is a discoloration in the skin often found on the areas of the body most exposed to sun. Extra melanin is naturally created to protect the deeper layers of skin, and if it starts generating at a higher intensity than what is normal or becomes clustered under the skin, discoloration appears in spots on the body.

Identification

Liver splash are spots that can be brown, black or gray in color, can vary in size and are generally flat on the skin.

Considerations

The appearance of liver splash can also be accompanied by dry and rough skin, thinner skin, deep wrinkles and red veins on the ears, cheeks and nose.

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Warning

Even though it can take years for sun exposure to cause a skin disorder like liver splash to appear, any contact with ultraviolet light means the production of melanin will speed up.

Misconceptions

Although the discoloration can be unsightly, liver splash skin disorder alone is not necessarily harmful to the body and does not have to be medically treated unless another skin condition is suspected.

Prevention/Solution

Maintaining minimal sun exposure on the skin, wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen will help to prevent cases of liver splash. If the skin disorder already appears on a person’s body, there are topical creams, laser therapies and chemical peels that can help fade out the areas of extra melanin.

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