tanning outside a month out
on 7/30/14 12:29 am
When my wife saw her surgeon before summer, he said for her to make sure she used high SPF sunscreen on her incision spots as it was very prone to sunburns. She told him she was not going to be wearing a bikini, so no worries.
So, I would guess, you might want to limit exposure to the sun at your incision areas.
on 7/30/14 2:27 am
Just remember too much of a good thing causes serious harm to your skin. I would cover the incision until next year and don't over-do the sun. My scars are all tanned now except the ones I got two weeks ago and they look fine but I didn't tan them until they were at least a year old.
Ha ha! Glad you smiled!
Canada is a land of weather extremes....it's freezing in winter and scorching hot in summer. We have long, sunny, fry-an-egg on the sidewalk blistering summer days, and plenty of heatwaves. Our summers are short, so folks do tend to think of us as a cold-only climate, but we do have humid, muggy, swampy hot summer days too.
While it's always important to protect your skin from the sun's rays, it's especially important to cover up scars.
That's because sun damage to healing skin can last much longer than that weekend suntan.
A number of factors go into how visible a scar will be once the skin's healing process ends. Factors such as genetics and the nature of the wound cannot be controlled, but another factor -- care of the scar -- can, and one of the most important ways to care for a scar is to protect it from the sun.
Scars are particularly sensitive to sunlight and can sunburn faster than healthy skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Once a scar becomes sunburned, it can remain discolored or darkened and may not fade back to match the color of your healthy skin.
For that reason, if you've got a fresh scar, doctors advise avoiding exposing the wound to the sun altogether. Try wearing protective clothing such as shirts with long sleeves, long pants or large-brimmed hats.
If clothing doesn't cover the scar, make sure to use a sunscreen. Sun blocks that use zinc and titanium are recommended, but any sunscreens that have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater should be acceptable if applied frequently.
In addition to avoiding the sun, you can also take a proactive role in helping your scar heal by rubbing or massaging the wound for about five to 10 minutes twice daily. And if the wound required stitches, avoid rigorous activity such as contact sports or rough activities for about two weeks.
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