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Brave Mom, 27, With Skin Cancer Warns About Danger Of Tanning — Graphic Pic

Wed, May 13, 2015 11:58pm EDT by 1 Comment
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Tawny Willoughby used to be a huge fan of tanning. But now, she’s suffering from skin cancer. And in an effort to inspire women to protect themselves and their skin, she posted a graphic photo of her skin condition on Facebook. See it here. 

Tawny Willoughby is putting on a brave face, as she spreads her message about the dangers of tanning beds. The Kentucky native, who is now a mother to a 2-year-old son, was diagnosed with skin cancer at the age of 21. In order to prevent others from being a “statistic,” Tawney, now 27, took to Facebook on April 25 and candidly displayed the scabs and blisters that have taken over her face.

Tawny Willoughby Skin Cancer Pic — Young Mom Warns About Tanning Beds

“If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like,” Tawny wrote on her Facebook page next to a picture that showcases the immutable damage caused by tanning beds.

As Tawny explained, “I did the bulk of my tanning in high school. I probably laid an average of 4-5 times a week (I laid frequently because my tan faded very fast). I never laid in the tanning bed and in the sun in the same day.”

In addition to undergoing procedures to treat five incidents of basal cell carcinoma, Tawny also visits the dermatologist every 6-12 months, where “she usually has a skin cancer removed at each checkup.” She also counted her blessings in her moving message on social media, since she has not been diagnosed with melanoma.

“Don’t let tanning prevent you from seeing your children grow up. That’s my biggest fear now that I have a two-year old little boy of my own,” urged the new mom.


With the summer quickly approaching, it’s essential to learn from Tawny’s mistakes by being vigilant about protecting your body’s largest organ: your skin!

As she advised, “Wear sunscreen and get a spray tan. You only get one skin and you should take care of it.”

Our Favorite Sunscreens To Protect Your Skin This Summer rounded up our favorite sunscreens to protect your skin all summer long.

First, lather on Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50. This hydrating, anti-aging sunscreen is formulated with a breakthrough complex, featuring melatonin as well as three forms of vitamin C and vitamin.

Next, we also never leave for the beach without bringing Honor MD Protect SPF 30 Anti-Acne, which is crucial to our daily skin care routine. It’s important to note that many of the ingredients that you use on your skin to fight acne also cause drying and sensitivity of the skin. Plus, this lack of moisture can be exacerbated by sun exposure. Therefore, this oil free moisturizer not only soothes and hydrates the skin, but it also provides excellent coverage against the sun’s damaging rays.

Last but not least, we stock up on BeautyRx Solar Defense Super Rich Cream SPF 25. The skincare line’s founder, Dr. Neal Schultz, has created an SPF that offers sun protection and rich moisturization. Equally, the cream provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Dr. Schultz is highly experienced with skin cancer prevention. In fact, he even captured the melanoma removal process (warning this video is graphic).

Above all, it’s highly important to consider how often you apply SPF to your skin. Sunscreen should be used daily in the morning, as the final step in your skincare routine. Start with clean, dry skin and then apply liberally over face, neck and décolleté 15 minutes before sun exposure. Massage until visible formula melts into skin and completely disappears and then reapply every two hours.

— Jordyn Shaffer