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Most Common Types of Skin Cancer

There are three different types of skin cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Malignant Melanoma. The major cause of skin cancer is prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light or sun rays. Skin cancer can kill or cause bad scarring, however may be prevented with proper precautions. Some individuals are more inclined to skin cancer than others depending on history, medication, lifestyle, etc.

•Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and often appears on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun, the face and most common, decollete or chest, arms and legs. The irritated skin or tumor can be crusty or even itchy sometimes can bleed.

•Squamous Cell Carcinoma, found in the squamous cells is responsible for 15-20% of skin cancers. The tumor can resemble a red or flat, flaky irritation and grow quickly. It appears on parts of the body exposed to the sun and rarely kills. If left unattended it can spread to other parts of the body.

•Malignant Melanoma, found in the melanocytes or pigment cells can be deadly if not diagnosed early on. It appears like a mole, can be multiple colors, can be larger or uneven than normal moles. It’s often found in areas where there is little or no sun exposure.

To prevent skin cancer always wear sun protection, hat, sun clothing, sun glasses avoiding the sun from 11am to 4pm and seek shade when ever possible. Re-apply your sunscreen often!!!

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Rules for Freebie Friday Contest

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• Contest will run until 4 pm CST with winners being announced soon after

• Winner will be responsible for picking up their prize at Skin Therapease

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Post Sun Skincare

Post sun skincare can refer to a number of skin conditions depending on the amount of sun exposure.

A sunburn is a condition where the amount of sun exposure or ultraviolet light rays exceed
the ability of the body’s protective pigment or melanin to protect the skin.

Some symptoms of sunburn may include pain, redness, inflammation, rash, fever, chills,
even blisters, depending on severity. As the skin heals it may peel and itch. Don’t Itch!

Some people will develop photo sensitivity which is an immunological response to light,
usually to sunlight. The amount of exposure before a reaction occurs will vary from
person to person.

Repeated sun exposure could be an invitation to skin cancer!

Years of sun damage generally will cause the skin to be very thick, leathery, dehydrated
and likely various degrees of wrinkles. The skin can appear worn out with dead skin cells
galore and clogged pores. We often see dilated capillaries, a smattering of
freckles and areas of hyperpigmentation.

To restore and recondition the sun challenged skin we have numerous options depending
on one’s desired goals, commitment and pocketbook:

• Exfoliation – chemical peels, scrubs
• Microdermabrasion – for cell turnover
• Bleaching the brown spots
• LED (light-emitting diodes) promotes collagen production
• Laser – for resurfacing

To nourish and hydrate the skin, especially after more aggressive options, invest in
the following:

• Hyaluronic acid with peptides
• Vitamin C (internally and externally)
• Omegas and Vitamin E (internally and externally)
• Moisture, moisture and moisture
• Always, sun protection

Always think prevention – skin protection, hat, sunglasses, etc. Your skin will be
healthier and happier!

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5 Tips for Treating a Sunburn

Missed our last blog on staying safe in the sun? Have a terrible sunburn from all of the sun? Here are some helpful tips on healing your sunburn fast.

  • Apply Aloe Vera Gel
    Aloe Vera can help heal the sunburn by relieving discomfort and inflammation. Be sure to check your Aloe Vera gel product does not contain any ingredient ending in ‘caine’. These ingredients such as benzocaine or lidocaine, can cause an allergic skin rash that will only make your skin hurt more!

  • Drink extra fluids
    Sunburn draws fluid to the skin surface and away from the rest of the body. Make sure you are staying hydrating by drinking extra fluids.

  • Cool your skin
    Apply a cold wet towel to your skin or put a towel over an ice pack. This helps the skin capillaries to constrict and reduce the inflammation and redness of your sunburn.

  • Moisturize
    Use a moisturizing cream or lotion to soothe skin and help heal the burn. Consider using a product containing vitamin C and E. We like Epicurean’s Aloe right after a sunburn.

  • Medicate
    Taking a pain reliever can help ease the swelling and redness of sunburn.

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