Hi, my name is Blair Murray.
I am 60+ and really enjoy outdoors and gardening.
I have a fairly rare inherited skin condition called DSAP (Disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis) that started in my 30's. My mother had it but it was never diagnosed properly.
This is a skin condition that causes dry, scaly patches. It is characterised by a large number of small, brownish patches found most commonly on sun-exposed areas of the skin. Sun makes the spots look angry and very itchy. I am lucky that it only affects my arms and legs so far, and not my face. The joys of Celtic ancestors and a childhood where I often was sunburnt. The only treatment is burning the spots off so prevention is by far the best cure.
I now use 50+ sunscreen most days and try to avoid the sun in the hottest part of the day, as well as wearing UV clothing if I'm spending time outside.
Don't get sunburnt ever, always use sunscreen and invest in good clothing.
Thank you Blair for helping raise awareness for skin cancer, melanoma and skin conditions, and 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.