This summer, LEO Pharma and Otter Nurseries have teamed up to bring the Know Your Skin™ campaign to Devon to raise awareness of solar keratosis among gardeners. Solar keratosis (also known as SK) is defined as rough or scaly skin patches that develop where unprotected skin has been exposed to sun over time. SK can lead to non-melanoma skin cancer in a small number of cases.
Visitors can learn how to check their skin for sun damage, obtain practical sun protection tips and step inside the ultraviolet (UV) face imaging photobooth. A free print-out of the UV will show the effects that prolonged sun exposure can have showing areas of the face with increased melanin production.
Know Your Skin™ campaign supporter Dr Tony Downs, Consultant Dermatologist from the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital, comments: “Solar keratosis is more likely to affect people who have hobbies involving prolonged sun exposure, such as gardening. The Know Your Skin campaign advises people on how to spot the signs of sun damage and also how to prevent it, so we hope that by being at Otter Nurseries, we’re encouraging gardeners in Devon to dedicate more time to truly knowing their skin.”
Charlotte Fionda, from the charity Skcin says: “It is vital people know how to protect and look after their skin in the summer months but also the importance of doing monthly skin checks not just by looking at their skin, but by feeling it too. We want people to understand that skin checks are about more than just moles and knowing how to check for any sign of sun damage is important.”
Hermione Lawson of the British Skin Foundation, who is supporting the Know Your Skin™ campaign, said: “Public awareness of the dangers of too much UV exposure still needs to improve in the UK and the rates of skin cancer and potential pre-cursors such as solar keratosis are on the rise as a result. It is incredibly important that the general public know these dangers and check their skin regularly for any changes, seeing their healthcare professional as soon as possible if they are worried.”
- WHAT? The Know Your Skin™ campaign greenhouse at Otter Nurseries
- WHEN? Saturday 16th August 9.00am - 5.30pm, Sunday 17th August 10.30am - 4.30pm
- WHERE? Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1LZ
If anyone is worried about any changes to their skin, they should speak to their GP. For further information about Skcin visit www.skcin.org.