My name is Maralyn.
Disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP) is a skin condition that causes dry, scaly patches. It is characterized by a large number of small, brownish patches with a distinctive border, found most commonly on sun-exposed areas of the skin (particularly the lower arms and legs).
DSAP usually starts during the third or fourth decade of life and rarely affects children. Lesions generally are more prominent in the summer and less prominent in the winter.
While it is usually benign (not cancerous), squamous cell carcinoma or Bowen's disease may occasionally develop within patches.
DSAP may be inherited in an autosomal dominant matter or may occur sporadically (in people with no family history of DSAP). Some cases are caused by a change (mutation) in the MVK or SART3 genes.
I suffer from this condition and have found that keeping my skin covered with UV protective clothing has made a huge difference.
This condition is unsightly, but the other thing about it is that each lesion is like a little ulcer and is itchy and unsightly and takes several months to stop being uncomfortable. I went once to a Skin Cancer Clinic and had 120 burnt off in one sitting. Not fun.
I am now coping really well wearing my Solbari tops.
Thank you Maralyn for helping raise awareness for skin conditions by sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.
The Solbari Team
Many of us see the ultraviolet (UV) index on weather reports and read about UV alerts at particular times of the day. But do you know what it actually means and how it affects you?
There are two main types of UV rays and both cause damage to skin cells. Ultraviolet light is a form of radiation invisible to the human eye. Ultraviolet wavelengths of sunlight are made up of UVB, which has shorter wavelengths and higher energy, and UVA, which has longer wavelengths and lower energy.