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Meet Leah: Stage IA Melanoma Survivor

Your Story Series: Meet Leah

Stage IA Melanoma Survivor Leah Adams shares her skin story.
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Skin Health Series: Pam's Story

Skin Health Series: Pam's Story

I suffer from sun poisoning. I've also heard it called solar urticaria. I've had this since I was 10 years old. When I go in the sun I break out in painful hives, have headaches and feel nauseous and generally unwell. When this condition first appeared, the doctors did not know what it was or how to effectively treat it.
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Skin Health Series: Philomena's Story

Skin Health Series: Philomena's Story

Having vitiligo means my skin is seriously sensitive to the sun, making my daily life very difficult to enjoy. I have to wear a high SPF 50+ sun protection cream all year round, but no matter what sun protection I use, my skin will burn after 5 minutes in the sun.

Vitiligo is very hard to live with and it has stopped me from enjoying everyday life. I used to love the outdoors: walking, gardening, walking the dog and going to the beach.

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Skin Health Series: Anthea's Story

Skin Health Series: Anthea's Story

I have melanoma stage 3c, caused by sunbed use.

I have no idea how long I have to live, as it's extremely sneaky and aggressive. The area of skin that my radiotherapy treatment was targeted at is now extremely sensitive to perfumes and new creams/lotions, and I have been diagnosed with Jessner lymphocytic infiltrate. When my skin reacts, it's extremely itchy with red scaly patches.

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Skin Health Series: Veronica's Story

Skin Health Series: Veronica's Story

I have an autoimmune skin condition called vitiligo. It began when I was in my late teens, in small stages at first, around eyes, mouth, and joints. It was very damaging psychologically, as my skin, which was olive in tone, began to show pure white patches. It was quite dramatic, very frightening, and often these patches appeared overnight. 

This condition affects my day-to-day living in that my skin will burn with just a few minutes of sunlight. I could wear sunblock, but do not appreciate the way it feels, and it doesn’t always work well.

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Skin Health Series: Nina's Story

Skin Health Series: Nina's Story

I have systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE for short. UV rays trigger an autoimmune response that can affect a huge variety of things, to include vital organs such as the heart, kidneys, lungs and brain, as well as skin.

Externally you see a rash, known as a “butterfly” rash due to its shape, but the more dangerous issue from these flare-ups is internal organ damage caused by my body’s immune system thinking my own body is the enemy and attacking it.

To help prevent flare-ups I have to take a variety of steps daily, and one of the most challenging things has been figuring out how to reduce UV exposure as much as humanly possible. It's harder than you think, too.

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Skin Health Series: Maralyn's Story

Skin Health Series: Maralyn's Story

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).

I suffer from this condition and have found that keeping my skin covered with UV protective clothing has made a huge difference.

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Skin Health Series: Madeleine's Story

Skin Health Series: Madeleine's Story

I live with a condition called erythropoietic protoporphyria or EPP. When I am in sunlight (direct or reflected) for varying amounts of time (can be as little as five minutes) I will develop an excruciating burning pain, swelling, redness or blistering on the skin that is exposed to the sun.
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