Hopefully you’ve been careful this summer, but you may still have acquired some damage. If this year’s warmest months (and all of the previous summers) have left you with dark spots, fine lines and other signs of sun damage, it is possible to improve the situation.
Ask the Expert
My father was diagnosed with a small squamous cell carcinoma on his ear. He says it’s nothing and refuses to go back and have it removed. What can I do to convince him he’ll be better off with treatment?
I’m 15 and my mom tells me I should use sunscreen every day. But I have acne and I don’t want to put anything on my face that will make it worse. I feel like getting some sun will make my skin look better, so why should I do what she says?
I occasionally use a tanning bed before a trip or a big event, just to give me a little color. Isn’t that better than lying out in the sun for hours? And doesn’t it give my vitamin D a boost, too?
I’d had a few skin cancers removed before, all basal cell carcinomas (BCCs), the most common type. But when I was diagnosed with a squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) on my scalp, it seemed different, and a little more scary.
When my friend Renee posted this photo of her hand on Facebook (below), it struck a nerve. She had drawn a heart around a large brown spot and wrote: “Instead of recoiling from my age spots, I will now encircle them with love. Please join me.”