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post #1 of 13 Old 07-15-2012, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Why sunscreen is important!

I was hanging around the barn last week, and it was really hot out, so I figured I'd just wear by bikini top around as it wouldn't be as hot that way. I completely forgot to put sunscreen on, and ended up with severe second degree burns on my stomach and chest! Omg they hurt so bad! I look like a deformed freak right now as the skin is bubbled and blistered, and is comming off in places, leaving raw areas underneath. I had no idea the sun could cause such severe burns! I've had normal sunburns before, but this looks like I dumped boiling water all over my chest and stomach. Some of the blisters have become infected now, and they have to be drained and cleaned regularly. I'm not allowed to go swimming, wear tight cloths, wear bras, or go outside when its hot out until the skin heals, all because I forgot sunscreen!
I'm sharing this with you guys so that the same thing won't happen to anyone else. I had no idea this was even possible, and can say that I will never forget to wear sunscreen again! This is an awful, and painful experience and one I will never forget!
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-15-2012, 07:33 PM
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Owies, you got 2nd degree burns! Hope it doesn't scar, take care of your burns!
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post #3 of 13 Old 07-15-2012, 07:39 PM
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As a kid, back in the 60s, I used to burn myself into walking bubblewrap on the beaches of Florida. I was never certain if the pain of the burn or the itching of the peeling skin was worse, although I usually voted for whichever was happening to me at the time.

At 54, this guy puts sunscreen on his face with the regularity and thickness of a 50 year old Hollywood ex-starlet slathering her face in miracle creams in her desperate attempt to be young again.

I don't have to worry about my chest and belly. With MY looks, riding topless would probably rate a call to the cops...something about a Santa Claus impersonator trying to escape on a horse.

Best wishes to you in your misery!

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post #4 of 13 Old 07-15-2012, 08:00 PM
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o.O Owies

Burns are the most painful things on the planet....From heat or otherwise! I remember when I was in sixth grade I had a gokart, a really rust bucket-thing, but when I went to get out my foot caught on the little metal thing that goes to the gas pedal....The thing shot off like a rocket with me caught halfway in it and halfway out, luckily my dad grabbed it before I got drug but the rear tire did make a very large burn on my left calf that blistered, infected, then peeled...Very painful....

I've done that sunburn thing too, blisters included...It's not so bad as a little kid because you kinda just push through it, but now I would probably whine and cry and bitch until it healed...

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #5 of 13 Old 07-15-2012, 09:00 PM
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Those sunburns catch up to you when you get older, too. I have had several skin cancers removed...not a big deal if you don't mind looking like a coyote with a notched ear from frostbite...
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post #6 of 13 Old 07-15-2012, 09:13 PM
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^^^^ yes..when you get to my age (55+) all those years in the sun (even wearing a hat) catch up to you. Had 2 basal cell tumors removed also.
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-15-2012, 09:30 PM
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^^^ 54 here, and I have a checkup in 2 weeks. I have 3 new moles that have appeared on my face in the last 4 months. Maybe not cancerous, but I don't plan on leaving them on and hoping...

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post #8 of 13 Old 07-15-2012, 09:34 PM
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Sorry this happened to you. You should be aware to be extra careful with your new skin when it grows back for a few years, it will burn much more easily than the rest of you.
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post #9 of 13 Old 07-15-2012, 09:36 PM
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^^^ Exactly....I never go to the doctor, but the smartest thing I've done in a long time was listening to my wife and going to the dermatologist to look at every blemish on my body.

Good luck.
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post #10 of 13 Old 07-16-2012, 12:41 AM
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I'm so sorry to hear that! It makes me hurt just thinking about it. I've had sun poisoning on my legs before and between the blistering pain and the swelling, I thought I would rather die. I don't forget sunscreen anymore and I am so careful about how long I spend outside even with it.
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