Reverse Early Sun Damage and Plump Up Tired Skin!

Picture 3 Pre-cancerous lesions, known as actinic keratoses, are considered the earliest stage of skin cancer and have the potential to progress to squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer that can be fatal! For the last 4 decades, doctors have been successfully treating patients who show these early signs of skin cancer with Efudex cream.  And this treatment just delivered more good news!  A recent study has found that the medication could also improve skin tone and smooth wrinkles.  The cream seems to increase collagen production as it heals the skin wounds.  According to Joanie Willard of The Examiner, “at the end of the two week period, subjects noted less wrinkles in the cheek and eye area and all pre-cancer lesions were gone.”

But you should know there are downsides during the treatment.  Described as a cracked-out version of Retin-A, patients experience extreme redness and inflamed skin soon after application.  Dr. Dana Sachs, who was a participant in the recent study said, “I’ve heard people describe it as looking like raw hamburger meat!”    Although, at only $60 a tube, this is truly an inexpensive and effective treatment when compared to the invasive alternatives.

  • Cat

    Question: What is the best way to self tan your face if you suffer from melasma. I have some melasma on my cheeks and lips, its not too dark and have been using a prescription. I hate when I look pale, but I find the the self-tanner it makes the spots darkers. Any tips?

    • http://www.selftanningqueen.com Self Tanning Queen

      Hi Cat,

      Great question! What I would suggest is putting the self-tanner on your face and then take the corner of a dry wash cloth or dry q-tip and remove the product from the areas where you have melasma, that way those areas won’t get as dark. I do that to my areas of hyper-pigmentation, too! Try that once and see how it develops. If you get good, take a slightly damp Q-tip and take off more product. This is a little bit more tricky since if it is too wet it can look uneven and have whiter areas that the water came in contact with! Keep me posted! I also have “How To” videos at http://www.antidoteskincare.com where I talk about just this issue under the “face” video. You should check it out!

      Let me know if that helps! Thanks so much for your question!

      Happy Friday!

      Sinead

      Self-Tanning Quuen

  • Cat

    Thanks for the answer. Would you suggest the same thing if I were to spray tan instead of self tan?

    • http://www.selftanningqueen.com Self Tanning Queen

      Hi Cat,

      Yes, I would suggest the same trick! Or put a tiny bit of lotion on the areas of concern just before you do a spray tan. That will also help prevent too much absorption of the product!

      Good luck and keep me posted!

      Sinead

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    is it still safe to use a tanning bed?

    • http://www.selftanningqueen.com Self Tanning Queen

      I would say no! Especially now that the World Health Organization has deemed it as dangerous as arsenic! : ) Self-tanners and spray tans are the way to go!

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