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Division of Transplantation

Skin Care

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Acne is not uncommon with steroid use so do not be alarmed if acne develops after transplant, especially on your face, chest or back. This usually improves as your steroid dosage is reduced. It is important that you keep your skin clean. Wash your face several times daily. You may wish to use a special soap that has antibacterial ingredients. Shampoo your hair frequently and keep your hair off your forehead.

Protection From the Sun:

Transplant medications make you more susceptible to skin cancer than the average person. Use a sun block SP Factor of 30 or above. Wear sunglasses or a hat if you go out in the sun. Observe your skin for any of the following:

  • Raised areas
  • Changes in a wart
  • Any sore that does not heal

Notify the doctor should any of these develop.