A 20-year-old female asked:
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i'm 20, had about 3 bad sunburns as a kid. no blistering, just red and very painful to move. skin peeled. can i reverse the damage? i'm very concerned

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
Skin exams: you certainly should make it a practice to use sun screen now. Also do monthly skin exams to look for changes in your skin, this involves a full length mirror and hand mirrors. Any changes should be checked out by your doctor. You are wise to start now. I had a first cousin die in his early 40s from a melanoma. He spent his early years in Fiji getting lots of sun.
Answered on Dec 2, 2014
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