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Discussion: skin stuff

in: chitownclark; chitownclark > 2020-01-30

Jan 30, 2020 3:07 PM # 
I gave up on shirtless running quite a number of years ago, occasionally have to get a squamous cell or basal cell nipped off, not a pleasant experience. I had a round of fluorouracil treatment this year, second time, also did it 3 years ago. An unsightly and uncomfortable few weeks, but really not so bad in the scheme of things. Causes some of the pre-cancerous spots to blister off and replaces them with more normal skin. I am pretty loath to spend much time in the sun these days, a far cry from my youth!
Jan 30, 2020 4:00 PM # 
Yes that fluorouracil treatment seems pretty invasive. I'm hoping this CBD ointment will stabilize things so such drugs, or surgery, are not necessary. How much area did you treat....just the immediate area around developing spots?

I certainly don't lie around in the sun any more either. Quite a change for this California-raised kid who abhorred the idea of entering July without a deep, dark tan!
Jan 30, 2020 6:46 PM # 
This year I just did my scalp, forehead and ears. Last time my whole face. Invasive is not really the word I would use. Irritating and unsightly, yes, but over pretty soon. I put the cream on for 3 weeks. It takes about 10 days for the blisters to appear, and then another 10 days after you stop for them all to heal up. Really not so bad if it avoids having to get things frozen off or cut off. I would much rather just do the cream every couple of years. I guess there are people who need more extensive treatment, maybe up to all over the chest, arms, back, etc. Mine has not been so bad.

I also had quite a tan back in the day, like the three months or so I spent in Hawaii windsurfing every day. Not only is the tan gone, so is the sun-bleached mane.

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