Live In Our Skinz: Skin Stories From Doctors

“Don’t forget to apply sunscreen”
“Look for shade”
“Get an annual skin check”

The above guidance is worth listening to, but do we? It can be easy to gloss over important medical advice because we don’t see the implications of ignoring it. By sharing stories, we’re able to capture the root of why it’s important to follow these recommendations.

Here are two stories from dermatologists that detail different lessons in sun safety.

Creating Awareness Through Social Media

Dr. Beth Goldstein is a dermatologist and the founder of Modern Ritual Health. When asked about a skin story, she described how TikTok helped a follower get a necessary skin screening:

Our company, Modern Ritual Health, is on Tiktok. I have many postings around information about skin cancer detection, treatment, and prevention. A recent customer searched on Tiktok about skin cancer, she saw my Tiktok about needing to get her spot checked and found that a local pharmacy near her had the option to use our screening program.

She was able to book an appointment online, get screened, and be seen within 3 days! We are seeking to improve access for high-risk patients to get into a dermatology office sooner than normally available and it worked. - Dr. Beth Goldstein

Getting A Second Chance At Sun Protection

Dr. Dusan Sajic is a double board-certified dermatologist and anti-aging medicine provider, and the founder of Sajik Skin. When asked about a powerful skin story, he recounted when a gentleman had a second chance:

It was a hot summer day when Mr. Smith walked into my office for his cosmetic consultation. He was a middle-aged man who was starting to show signs of aging and photodamage on his skin.

As I examined his skin, I noticed that the freckles seemed to be more than just regular sun spots. They were larger and darker than I would normally expect to see from sun damage alone.

"Mr. Smith, I think it would be a good idea to consider a biopsy to rule out the possibility of melanoma," I said.

Mr. Smith's eyes widened in alarm. "Melanoma? That's serious. Is it really necessary?" I assured Mr. Smith that, while melanoma is a serious condition, it is also readily curable if caught early such as in his case. I explained that catching it early is crucial to ensuring a positive outcome. Mr. Smith reluctantly agreed to the biopsy.

The biopsy revealed that the freckles were indeed a melanoma, but it was caught in the early stages, known as "in situ." With any melanoma - definitive treatment means more surgery. Mr. Smith agreed and, following surgery, was successfully cured.

I also emphasized that, as a melanoma survivor, Mr. Smith was at an increased risk of developing a second melanoma in the future, particularly in the first five years following treatment. I stressed the importance of taking proper precautions to protect his skin going forward. - Dr. Dusan Sajic

What’s Your Skin Story?

Just like these doctors, many of us have our own stories and lessons learned when it comes to sun protection. Anything from a bad sunburn to an experience with melanoma is something worth sharing to help someone else prevent sun damage and skin cancer.

Check out the UV Skinz origin story to see why the UPF 50+ clothing at UV Skinz was created.

What’s your skin story?