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
Your skin is your largest organ and has a long memory. Sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative throughout your life. Research shows that sun damage contributes to more than 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, premature skin ageing as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.
Limiting sun exposure is very important. As the UV rays cause the most damage to the skin.
It often takes many years and sometimes decades for the effects to become visible.
But the good news is that taking care of your skin form now onwards may be able to help you to reduce the probability of skin cancers and minimise skin ageing.
Dermatologists recommend UPF50+ sun protective clothing and a broad brim sun hat as the first line of defence against premature skin ageing, sunburn, skin cancer and melanoma. Sunscreen with a SPF rating above 30 should be applied to skin that is directly exposed to the sun.