7. Diagnosing Sun-Related Skin Conditions
Sun spots, liver spots, freckles, and melasma are not signs of skin cancer. However, they are associated with sun exposure and therefore may indicate an increased risk of skin cancer. It is critical to inspect your skin for signs of changes to any spots or moles. Actinic keratosis refers to pink, red, or brown patches of skin. According to the Mayo Clinic, these patches may be rough and scaly, flat and bumpy, or hard and wartlike. These spots may be early signs of skin cancer. Bring any new or changing spots to the attention of your doctor.
6. ABCDEs of Skin Cancer
When inspecting moles or spots on your skin, the Skin Cancer Foundation advises watching for the ABCDEs of skin cancer. A stands for asymmetry or a mole with sides that are not equal in appearance. B stands for a border that is jagged or uneven. Changes or variances in color are a third warning sign of melanoma. Meanwhile, a diameter larger than the eraser of a pencil may be a sign of skin cancer. Lastly, E represents a mole or spot that is evolving or changing with time.
If you notice signs of sun spots, exfoliating your skin may help to reduce the appearance of these areas. You can find many exfoliating products on drug store shelves. However, you can also make your own facial scrubs at home. Soulfully Made has a recipe for a Lemon Sugar Scrub that calls for a lemon, sugar, olive oil, coconut oil, and lemon essential oil. Meanwhile, Edible Communities offers a recipe for an antioxidant-rich Papaya Face Scrub. You can make this scrub with papaya seeds, papaya fruit, and olive oil.