Cancer Council has developed a unique sunscreen to protect those most vulnerable to harsh effects of the sun’s UV rays – including those who have had skin cancers or moles removed.
Cancer Council Professional Sunscreen for Scars was developed under the guidance of dermatologists and plastic surgeons to meet the needs of those who have extra sensitive skin.
Queensland is known for having the highest rates of skin cancer in the world – around 3,000 melanoma and 133,000 non-melanoma skin cancers are diagnosed each year.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the new Cancer Council sunscreen would protect delicate scar tissue, while helping it to heal.
“Cancer Council Professional Sunscreen for Scars is ideal for people who have had a mole removed, undergone cosmetic procedures like skin grafts and laser surgery, have sensitive scars that need extra protection and concealment, are concerned about a mole, and those who simply want to protect delicate skin from the sun,” Ms Clift said.
“The product is rich in zinc, which creates a physical, reflective veil on the skin’s surface.
“It is widely regarded as the preferred method of sun protection by dermatologists.”
Ms Clift said all Queenslanders should be using all five recommended sun protection measures when outdoors.
“Stay SunSmart by remembering to Slip on protective clothing, Slop on SPF30 or above broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen, Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on wrap-around sunglasses,” she said.
“As with all sunscreens, Cancer Council recommends re-application every two hours to ensure maximum protection.”
Cancer Council Queensland recommends all Queenslanders conduct skin checks regularly and if any new moles or spots are detected, or a mole or spot changes in shape, colour or size, people should visit their GP immediately.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland, and being SunSmart, is available at www.cancerqld.org.au or by calling Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20.
Products can be purchased online at www.sunsmartshop.com.au or through the Cancer Council Queensland SunSmart Shop, 553 Gregory Terrace, Fortitude Valley.
For interviews, please contact:
Katie Clift, Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson, Cancer Council Queensland P. (07) 3634 5372 or M.0409 001 171
For more information, please contact:
Kim Ryan, Senior Media Advisor, Cancer Council Queensland (07) 3634 5239
Professional Sunscreen for Scars’ combination of five ingredients aids the skin’s healing process, while hydrating, smoothing and softening the appearance of scars. The ingredients include pro-vitamin B5 to improve skin’s hydration, vitamin B3 to aid in skin elasticity, allantoin to improve the skin’s barrier function, aloe vera leaf extract for moisture and vitamin e to smooth scar tissue. Each of the ingredients has been selected for its anti-inflammatory and skin repairing properties, to assist the reduction of scar tissue, redness, and general aesthetics.
Professional Sunscreen for Scars is also paraben and fragrance free and has been specifically designed with very sensitive skin in mind. With a natural tint to help conceal imperfections or scars, the sunscreen can be worn with or without make-up