skin cancer, keratoses and sun damage

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thanks so much--LAST NIGHT for putting on the cream and hopefully healing process will start tomorrow...might go to a store with a makeup artist..yikes!! been hiking and swimming every day and it never really hurt so i am lucky. will keep u updated...really appreciate your support...
Susan suburban NY
3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
CG since 11/11/04
http://public.fotki.com/banjolady/
PW: banjo
HG: suave and honey for co-wash, deva, i use garnier fructis regular CO's or boots pink or white as leave ins and LA looks sport gel. plop w microfiber turban, then curl towel scrunch, then another turban.i sleep with the turban on. little one minute hair styling videos http://www.youtube.com/user/lazycurls
Almost there banjo! Hopefully that doc will let you go without doing yet another cycle right now. As far as the makeup artist, I'd hold off until you've healed up your skin - makeup on compromised skin can be very irritating. However, if the dermatologist clears you for some very gentle makeup, look into very pure minerals - do ask also. Although I my skin personally didn't react well to Jane Iredale mineral makeup, there are plastic surgeons who recommend this post-procedure. Best of luck tomorrow at your appointment and let us know.
10/13/11
2 weeks of carac has turned my face into looking like a beatup prizefighter with bad acne. Now the healing process beginsÖi have never looked forward to a Dr appt so much in my life!!
Receptionist: has anything changed since you were last here
Me: just my face
Nurse: oh my
Me: is this typical?
Nurse: yes you look like a carac victim
Me: I heard online some drs make their pts do this for 4 weeks-I couldnít bear it
Nurse: only if there is not enough of a reaction. Donít worry you are DONE
Me: u mean cooked?
Nurse: yes well done
Dr: look at all the sun damage, its lucky we caught it
me: yeah my friend had her cheek and nose cut off
Dr: lucky it is not cancer but pre cancerous lesions. some say that they are actually non invasive squamous cell carcinomas. we will give u some mupirocin ointment to prevent secondary infection
Me: what?????
Dr: sometimes these crusts bleed and open up and get infected. So far you are ok you just need to stay out of the sun
Me: I hike every day. I will use sunblock and a visor tho. And I swim
Dr: use the mineral sunblock and donít swim from 10-2.
I want to see you in a month, then we can see if there are any more keratoses
Me: not carac again PLEASE
Dr: no weíll just freeze them if we find any

So he recommended aquaphor. He does not like creams w vit E bc some are allergic. He said like cara pointed out that petrolatum is very neutral on the skin and soothing. So Iíve got my aquaphor and my cerave and my mupirocin. So excited about going to bed with a nice greasy face again!!

Susan suburban NY
3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
CG since 11/11/04
http://public.fotki.com/banjolady/
PW: banjo
HG: suave and honey for co-wash, deva, i use garnier fructis regular CO's or boots pink or white as leave ins and LA looks sport gel. plop w microfiber turban, then curl towel scrunch, then another turban.i sleep with the turban on. little one minute hair styling videos http://www.youtube.com/user/lazycurls
Ya-ay banjo - you came through - awesome! Sounds like you're being well-taken care of, and now it's time to get that skin healed up. You're armed with good stuff too between the prescription stuff to avoid infection and the soothing healing Aquaphor(which is also very popular post-procedures of various sorts)and skin barrier-restoring CeraVe cream. Your skin will just say a big "Yes!" to the soothing stuff. The mineral sunblock is a really good idea, not only for the sunblocking that you must now do(along with the hat and avoiding sun in the peak hours of the day)but for the format. Mineral sunblocks are especially good for sensitive skin of any sort, including those which are recovering from various assaults. They're also very photostable in that the protection lasts a long time after applying, unlike many chemical sunblocks. But if in any doubt, re-apply!
So glad to hear you came through this, and wishing you the best of luck in the healing up phase. I'll bet in another couple of weeks or so you will see a big improvement over how things are right now!
thanks cara..today is a bit better than yesterday, so i expect a couple weeks then i should look passable again...maybe then i can post the really awful pictures but now i am too close to it...there is no way tho that i wont be in the sun, i will just have to keep up w the sunblock and visors, and forget about caribbean vacations and the beach
Susan suburban NY
3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
CG since 11/11/04
http://public.fotki.com/banjolady/
PW: banjo
HG: suave and honey for co-wash, deva, i use garnier fructis regular CO's or boots pink or white as leave ins and LA looks sport gel. plop w microfiber turban, then curl towel scrunch, then another turban.i sleep with the turban on. little one minute hair styling videos http://www.youtube.com/user/lazycurls
so it is about 12 days after stopping the carac and my face is almost back to normal--yay! just a bit of spottiness here and there but the aquaphor and mupriocin have healed all the rawness and i look reasonable now. ok now about those 40 pounds...
Susan suburban NY
3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
CG since 11/11/04
http://public.fotki.com/banjolady/
PW: banjo
HG: suave and honey for co-wash, deva, i use garnier fructis regular CO's or boots pink or white as leave ins and LA looks sport gel. plop w microfiber turban, then curl towel scrunch, then another turban.i sleep with the turban on. little one minute hair styling videos http://www.youtube.com/user/lazycurls
Glad to hear you're sort of normal! : )
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
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