Mum issues warning after nasal tanning spray horror

A mum-of-four has issued a stark warning after years of sunbed use, tanning injections and nasal tanning sprays has left her with a precancerous condition.

Sarah Ashcroft has warned others not to make the same mistakes she made after undergoing treatment for precancerous cells which left her feeling like she’d been “burned in a fire”.

The 38-year-old from Birkenhead has a condition called Actinic Keratosis, Liverpool Echo report.

She is being treated with “chemo cream” which leaves her skin painful and inflamed as it destroys the precancerous cells in her skin.



Mum issues warning after nasal tanning spray horror

She said: “For years and years I’ve gone on sunbeds, probably for about 18 years.

“Over the last nine years I’ve been using tanning injections and nasal sprays. When I went on holiday I also wouldn’t use sun cream because I was always really brown.

“But about three months ago I noticed a flaky, itchy mark on my nose and one on my chest so the doctor referred me to a dermatologist.”

The dermatologist told Sarah that she had Actinic Keratosis which are dry, scaly patches of skin that has been damaged by the sun.

Sarah was told her precancerous condition was caused by years of using nasal tanning sprays which together with sunbed use effectively doubled the amount of skin damage she received.

She was immediately put on a course of treatment with chemotherapy cream that attacked the precancerous cells in her skin.

She said: “When I started to use it, it reacted so badly to my skin. It goes down layers into your skin and burns any cells before they turn into skin cancer.”

Pictures show Sarah’s skin after the cream had been applied causing her skin to become inflamed and break out in painful, scarlet blotches.

She added: “When I was having the treatment I couldn’t physically get up because it felt like I’d been burned in a fire.



Sarah Ashcroft from Birkenhead said years of using sunbeds and nasal tanning sprays have left her with a precancerous skin condition needing treatment with chemotherapy cream that leaves her feeling like she's been 'burned in a fire'
Sarah Ashcroft from Birkenhead said years of using sunbeds and nasal tanning sprays have left her with a precancerous skin condition needing treatment with chemotherapy cream that leaves her feeling like she’s been ‘burned in a fire’

“I couldn’t move my neck because it was so badly burned with the cream.”

After weeks of treatment the inflammation in her skin has reduced but she said it’s a condition she will now have to live with, and receive regular treatment for, as it could flare up again at any time.

Sarah said she is now left facing the consequences of years of using sunbeds and not wearing sun cream together with the damage caused by the nasal sprays.

She said: “It’s all down to sunbeds and using nasal sprays. People don’t realise just how dangerous they are, it’s been a reality check for me.

“I know so many young girls who use nasal sprays. Years ago it was tanning injections but you don’t hear much of them now as people are using the spray and they’re going on the sunbed every day.

“They don’t realise what they’re actually doing. The dermatologist told me the sprays bring the pigmentation that’s in your skin right to the surface and then you’re going on the sunbed which exposes it and doubles the amount of damage.

“You can get them on the internet and people sell them they’re so easy to get hold of.”



Mum issues warning after nasal tanning spray horror

She added: “Now my skin looks clear but it’s not healed. Over the next 12 months I’ve got to carry on with the treatment.

“I’ve got to have my arms and legs done and the rest of my face which will look horrific when I get that done.

“I just want to let people know not to abuse the sun and those treatments. Don’t do what I’ve done, your health comes first. I’ll never go in the sun again.”

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