In this Saint Patrick’s Day, special edition post, we are going to take a look at fair skinned, Irish and redhead skin problems. While these issues are common in fair skinned populations, they are not exclusive to them. Meaning, anyone can develop these skin conditions. When you have fair skin you are more susceptible to sunburns, skin cancer, redness, flushing and rosacea. It is important that you find a skin care regimen that works with your skin type to guard against these issues.
Rosacea is a rash that presents itself most commonly as, redness and flushing on the: cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. While both men and women are affected by this skin condition, it tends to be more severe in men; however, it is a more common condition in the women population. The redness is caused by dilated blood vessels and can sometimes produce small red bumps or microscopic pus filled spots. Middle aged (40-60 years old) people and those who are fair skinned, are more likely to experience rosacea. When you have fair skin, the redness is more visible than those of darker skin types and it can become damaging to your emotional well being.
Naturally, anyone can experience a sunburn, if they do not take proper precaution against it; however, it is more common in Irish and fair skinned pigmentation. Often times, people believe that if the sun is not out and visibly shining, they are not at risk of experiencing skin damage from the ultraviolet (UV) rays but this simply isn’t so. It is important to utilize a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30, daily. If you are swimming or outside for a lengthy duration of time, reapply every two hour for maximum benefits.
There are three forms of skin cancer. The most frequent form of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma. It presents as a growth or lesion that appears like an open wound or sore on the skin. It is unlikely to spread or become fatal; however, if left untreated it can be fatal. If you have a suspicious wound get it checked immediately. Another form of skin cancer, the second most common form is known as squamous cell carcinoma. It is a result of abnormal cells growing at rapid rates in the squamous cells, in the upper layers of the epidermis. These often appear as raised, red, scaly patches or elevated growths on the skin.
The most dangerous form of skin cancer is known as melanoma. The unfortunate truth to this form is that if caught early it can be treated; however, if left undetected or treated it spreads and is fatal. Melanoma’s typically present with the appearance of a mole, while some develop from already existing moles. If you have any doubt or suspicion of new growths, lesions, moles or are experiencing changes in a mole or beauty mark on your body, speak to a physician right away.