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Re: Do you think you knew about sun screen?

Postby rlown » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:42 pm

yeah.. but I'm not carrying both.. you can buy a "throw away" hoodie that comes with pants for 15 buxx at Big-5 which would work just as well. I used that last year in July. It was hot out, but I was comfortable in it. Kept the skeeters off as well. Still works, btw.. haven't ripped it yet.



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Re: Do you think you knew about sun screen?

Postby maverick » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:58 pm

15 buxx, with pants! :eek:
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Re: Do you think you knew about sun screen?

Postby rlown » Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:07 pm

there's also this hat at REI: http://www.rei.com/product/795921/rei-s ... d-cape-hat in the mens section. Kinda looks like my next hat.
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Re: Do you think you knew about sun screen?

Postby DAVELA » Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:45 am

between the visor and the flap there seems to be a lot of skin that gets exposed.With the flaps closed will it get hot in there?
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Re: Do you think you knew about sun screen?

Postby rlown » Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:00 pm

It might get hot.. dunno, as I can't test it locally as REI doesn't carry it here. The REI in Santa Rosa really sucks (my opinion). They carry nothing that a real backpacker wants, and yes I've complained to both the store manager and corporate. They tend to cater to day-hikers and trendies.. (again my opinion)

I like my "lucky hat". Just need to add some neck/ear shade. I'm thinking there might be an easier way to do that with some fabric and velcro.
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Re: Do you think you knew about sun screen?

Postby njbeast » Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:20 pm

Better late than never...just had a patch of skin cancer cut out of the bridge of my nose. My doctor(skin cancer specialist) gave the following info:

Pretty much anything over 35 to 40 is bullsh^%. Use a sunscreen with both zinc and titanium as the primary ingrediants.

I now waer a full brim hat along with the sunscreen...still trying to find a really light-weightL/S sun shirt.
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Re: Do you think you knew about sun screen?

Postby dave54 » Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:50 pm

Resurrecting an old thread with a new post.

Being of the fair skinned set, my dermo suggested we try the blue light treatment, the skin cancer preventative. We both have already had some bouts with basal cell carcinoma.

We did it Saturday. Since avoiding the sun for 48 hours is recommended, we were pleased with the weather forecast for the weekend -- cloudy and rain. Unfortunately, the weather gods did not cooperate, sunny all day Saturday.

The whole process took about 2 hours. First, the nurse cleansed our faces and applied the special cream. We then had to wait 70 minutes for the stuff to soak in. After the alloted wait time my head was inserted into the blue light chamber for the required 16 minutes. The drug attaches itself only to the cell walls of damaged cells, leaving healthy cells alone. The blue light is the exact wavelength of blue to activate the drug.

I was warned in the literature that some people feel some itching or tingling, and may get hot. i was not, however, anticipating the degree of discomfort.

The first minute or so was fine. Then I felt some minor irritiation on my nose and forehead. The irritation quickly became uncomfortable, then rapidly progressed to PAIN!. :( A short 16 minutes seemed like an eternity. I just gritted it out and accepted it as for my own good.

After the treatment the nurse cleaned up our faces and applied some sunscreen. We were given a goody bag with some more sunscreen and lotions.
The ideal post treatment is to go straight home, close the curtains, and leave the lights off. Basically cave up for two days as you are highly photosensitive. We however had some additional shopping and errands to run (we drove 1.5 hours just to get to Chico, so we were not going to waste a trip). So we trotted through Walmart and the mall in our floppy wide brim hats and high collars, getting funny looks from people. At one point I removed my hat indoors, and instantly felt the impact of the fluorescent lights. It began to hurt again. Hat back on.

It was dark when we finally drove back up the hill to home. Washed our faces again with the special cleanser they gave us, and applied a cortisone cream for the residual irritation.

Sunday morning we both looked like we spent a hard week at the beach with red splotchy spots. We accept this, as the red spots are where the pre-cancerous damaged skin cells were killed. Spent all day Sunday caved up with lights off and curtains closed. I was still sensitive to the light from a single lamp while reading the paper.

I still look like hell while writing this, but feel fine. Haven't needed an ibuprofen or cortisone cream all afternoon.

My wife is questioning whether she will ever go through this again. If my results are good I probably will in a few years. My insurance is paying for it, and although a major inconvenience and painful, it is beneficial in the long run.
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Re: Do you think you knew about sun screen?

Postby AlmostThere » Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:39 am

I've known for a while about the safer vs less safe sunscreens... I wear a zinc oxide lotion on face and backs of hands. I had a pair of sun gloves but as usual one of them took a vacation and hasn't come back yet.

I know the stuff works. I've already had a precancerous spot taken off my back plus cataract surgery at a very early age, am in no mood to have another surgery, so the sunscreen stays, as will long sleeves, glacier glasses, and the dorky hat.
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Re: Do you think you knew about sun screen?

Postby Cross Country » Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:29 pm

I always get really hot while hiking and so in the sun always hike in shorts and lightweight shirt. I am by nature very fair skinned and burn easily. I have to see my dermatologist twice a year. Despite using sunscreen regularly for the past 45 years, my arms are not fair and are in fact quite dark the year around. I almost never used sunscreen on my legs but still ever winter they turn very light. During the course of my life I spent a great deal of time outdoors despite working indoors. I would advise everyone to see a dermatologist more often than you think you should!
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Re: Do you think you knew about sun screen?

Postby LeeAnne » Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:52 pm

I always put sunscreen on my face when hiking and I absolutely make sure that I have sunscreen on when I'm skiing. I've never gotten sunburn from hiking or from any outdoors activities except for spending time on the beach and on the slopes. When hiking I usually wear a large brim hat to keep the sun off my ears and most of the time off my neck and face. But I still put sunscreen on my face and neck as well as my hands and my legs and arms if they are exposed.
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