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Anyone have tips on sun protection?

Posted by @jolinda, Tue, Sep 11 10:56pm

I've known that for a long time that transplant patients need to be especially careful when it comes to sun protection because we are more susceptible to skin cancer. In just the last month I have learned about two tips that were new to me:
1. At my annual Dermatologist appointment I learned that I should be reapplying sunscreen every few hours throughout the day. Yikes, I didn't realize this!
2. A fellow kidney transplant patient told me he purchased specialty sun protection clothing for wearing outside. Who knew?
I am wondering if any of you have other tips or tricks for sun protection that are just as valuable. Please share!

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@jolinda I don't have new ideas, but I just wanted to say that my husband have 30spf shirts and we love them. We get them at a sporting goods store. We plan to get more in the future!
Blessings,
JoDee

@jolinda I got my husband's truck windows tinted after his kidney transplant. Also, don't forget to wear hats, and sunscreen everyday, even if it is foggy. Wear white cotton gloves when driving; the rays coming through windshield are harmful. Hope this helps!
Ginger

@jodeej

@jolinda I don't have new ideas, but I just wanted to say that my husband have 30spf shirts and we love them. We get them at a sporting goods store. We plan to get more in the future!
Blessings,
JoDee

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@jodeej
I haven't ordered anything yet but I have looked at a bunch online after learning they exist..
Can you tell me if they are stiff, heavy fabric or are they pretty comfy?
Jolinda

@gingerw

@jolinda I got my husband's truck windows tinted after his kidney transplant. Also, don't forget to wear hats, and sunscreen everyday, even if it is foggy. Wear white cotton gloves when driving; the rays coming through windshield are harmful. Hope this helps!
Ginger

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@gingerw
This is a great tip! I never even considered how sunny it can be in a car.
Thanks,
Jolinda

@jolinda

@jodeej
I haven't ordered anything yet but I have looked at a bunch online after learning they exist..
Can you tell me if they are stiff, heavy fabric or are they pretty comfy?
Jolinda

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@jolinda they are actually very comfy I got a means long sleeve t-shirt. There are also button up shirts if you want something more dressy looking. I've seen that Duluth Trading even has them with bug spray in them! Lol

@jolinda I have purchased some "rash guard" shirts (I have no idea why they call them that) that have an SPF 50 to wear if I am out in the water on a sunny day. A lot of stores carry them, like Land's End, and the online Speedo site. I have hardly ever worn them though because my best defense is avoidance! I really try to not be in the sun during prime hours, in fact we went to Hawaii last October and I never got the least bit burned due to just not spending time on the beach or out in the sun during prime hours.
The tips about the car are good, I have never thought of those before but so far I have been fine. I am pretty used to avoiding the sun since I have always burned being very fair-skinned. I hate the feel of suntan lotions so that's why I prefer just staying out of the sun for the most part.
JK

@contentandwell

@jolinda I have purchased some "rash guard" shirts (I have no idea why they call them that) that have an SPF 50 to wear if I am out in the water on a sunny day. A lot of stores carry them, like Land's End, and the online Speedo site. I have hardly ever worn them though because my best defense is avoidance! I really try to not be in the sun during prime hours, in fact we went to Hawaii last October and I never got the least bit burned due to just not spending time on the beach or out in the sun during prime hours.
The tips about the car are good, I have never thought of those before but so far I have been fine. I am pretty used to avoiding the sun since I have always burned being very fair-skinned. I hate the feel of suntan lotions so that's why I prefer just staying out of the sun for the most part.
JK

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@contentandwell I do not like the sunscreen lotions, either, but have struggled to find a few that do not make me feel slimy ;)) As a malignant melanoma survivor, plus other skin cancers, I try to make it a point to keep sunscreen handy. Last year we were on a 2 week camping trip, and sunscreen was used everyday. No sunburn, no redness, and a clear report from dermatologist right after. As a redhead/blue-eyed gal, skincare is important to me!
Ginger

@contentandwell @gingerw @rosemarya do you put on sunscreen every time you go outside, no matter for how long? My husband and I have gone on walks and etc and he hasn't applied any since it was just for a short time. He hasn't had any color, much less a burn. I'm just wondering if we should be more diligent.

I have read a couple of articles, that actually said that a lot of the sunscreen had harmful ingredients ….so I look for all or mostly natural ingredients .

@jodeej

@contentandwell @gingerw @rosemarya do you put on sunscreen every time you go outside, no matter for how long? My husband and I have gone on walks and etc and he hasn't applied any since it was just for a short time. He hasn't had any color, much less a burn. I'm just wondering if we should be more diligent.

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@jodeej Check with what your transplant team or dermatologist recommends. As I have a history of malignant melanoma, I "grease up" everyday no matter what, no matter the weather. And replenish it based on activities during the day.
Ginger

@gingerw

@contentandwell I do not like the sunscreen lotions, either, but have struggled to find a few that do not make me feel slimy ;)) As a malignant melanoma survivor, plus other skin cancers, I try to make it a point to keep sunscreen handy. Last year we were on a 2 week camping trip, and sunscreen was used everyday. No sunburn, no redness, and a clear report from dermatologist right after. As a redhead/blue-eyed gal, skincare is important to me!
Ginger

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@gingerw I too am a blue-eyed, redhead — or was a redhead. Only my hairdresser knows for sure what my color is now. If I must be in the sun I do use sunscreen but whenever possible I just stay out of it.
Which sunscreens do not find objectionable?
My daughter is very pale, she doesn't have my complexion, not rosy, but she has always been careful of the sun too. I don't think I have ever seen her with a burn of tan.
JK

@jodeej

@contentandwell @gingerw @rosemarya do you put on sunscreen every time you go outside, no matter for how long? My husband and I have gone on walks and etc and he hasn't applied any since it was just for a short time. He hasn't had any color, much less a burn. I'm just wondering if we should be more diligent.

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@jodeej I do not. So far I have not had any problems at all, and my PCP and dermatologist have checked me over for any signs of cancer and I'm fine. It's amazing because they say that most damage is done by the time you are 18 and I had incredible burns when I was a kid. One burn when I was in HS was second degree.
JK

After my heart transplant, I was told by a Phoenix Mayo dermatologist that I had 45-260% more chance of getting skin cancer than other folks. That certainly made me consider everything I was doing. I have become a "hat" woman and rarely wear sleeveless shirts unless I'm outside very early in the morning. I check the UV index during the day if I plan to be out of the house and dress appropriately. I also use a facial foundation/moisturizer that contains a 40 SPF. Neutrogena makes a sheer sunscreen 55 SPF that is very lightweight and not smeary on the skin. You can pick it up at Costco. I think most brand name sunscreens are safe to use. I remember my mother smattering us with zinc oxide during summer because we spent the entire time outside for three months while growing up. You can always use that. I live in Tucson and exercise in my pool usually after 4 or 5 pm. I do use a rash guard shirt. I think it has that name to protect against any abrasion that could cause a rash, including sun rash. I am so grateful to have this time to live life and I promised my surgeon I would take care of this new heart.

@contentandwell

@gingerw I too am a blue-eyed, redhead — or was a redhead. Only my hairdresser knows for sure what my color is now. If I must be in the sun I do use sunscreen but whenever possible I just stay out of it.
Which sunscreens do not find objectionable?
My daughter is very pale, she doesn't have my complexion, not rosy, but she has always been careful of the sun too. I don't think I have ever seen her with a burn of tan.
JK

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@contentandwell I like the No Ad products for their coverage, besides the fact they contribute to drug abuse campaigns. Also, Avon made a general body lotion a few years back that purportedly had 15 spf. Also, Wal-Mart brand Equate has a Olay knock off that I like for my face. I have had basal cell, squamous cell (a beauty of a scar on my forehead for that!), and malignant melanoma (that is a dog bite shaped scar of 32 stitches on right forearm). Will never be able to go incognito!
Ginger

@contentandwell

@gingerw I too am a blue-eyed, redhead — or was a redhead. Only my hairdresser knows for sure what my color is now. If I must be in the sun I do use sunscreen but whenever possible I just stay out of it.
Which sunscreens do not find objectionable?
My daughter is very pale, she doesn't have my complexion, not rosy, but she has always been careful of the sun too. I don't think I have ever seen her with a burn of tan.
JK

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@contentandwell
I am finding more clothing with SPF. I live in FL so I use sunscreen all the time. I get Good sense SPF 30 lotion. It doesnt burn eyes is a good moisturizer and reduces age marks and brown spots…of course I don't have those…LOL!

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