I wanted to take a bit of a break from our usual conversations about acne, rosacea and other similar skin conditions to talk about another very concerning problem that affects millions of men and women today. Especially men and women like me, who are of European descent and are naturally fair skinned.
I’m talking about basal cell carcinoma, which is a form of skin cancer that often occurs on the face due to the naturally higher exposure to sun that the facial area experiences. The good news is that basal cell carcinoma is the least dangerous and most treatable form of skin cancer there is. The bad news is, it seems to have a high rate of recurrence in many people.
This often requires hundreds or thousands of dollars in the precision surgery called Mohs, which scrapes the cells off in layers and then examines them in a lab to confirm they are indeed cancerous. This can also leave a person with lots of little scars. It happened to me, and I am done paying for multiple surgeries because obviously there is something causing them to recur right along my hairline a few times a year.
I have an idea that I know why. I think that my skin cells up by my hairline are particularly damaged and susceptible to turning cancerous because of the multiple dye jobs I used to go through on my hair when I was younger. Not only that, but ignorantly I also had many chemical treatments done like straightening treatments, perms and smoothing treatments that are now known to be highly toxic.
I think that these treatments irretrievably damaged the skin by my hairline. I know that this area also naturally gets more sun exposure because it is the top of your forehead, but it’s just odd that I know I had all these chemicals put on my head years ago and now this is the only area where I’ve ever had problems with basal cell carcinoma.
I’ve read about others who have had surgery to get these “tumors” removed (usually they are just red spots that never heal or crust over and bleed but never seem to go away), and have had recurrent basal cells return over and over again, so I don’t think what I’m experiencing is all that uncommon.
I think once your skin is damaged, there is not much you can do besides make sure you don’t put any chemicals on it ever and use all natural hair care and skin care. Also I think you use a natural sunscreen barrier like titanium or zinc oxide to reduce the exposure to the sun as well.
As far as getting the excisions done to remove them over and over again, I’ve instead opted to treat my basal cell carcinomas with a cheap solution of vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid and water. It works within three days and completely removes the tumors without leaving a mark on my healthy skin.