I recently underwent a procedure to clear up some future skin cancer on my face. I was using a product called Fluorouracil which attacks cancer cells below the surface of the skin. I was to use the product for 30 days.

I lasted 18.

These pictures were taken on the 18th day.


Here’s another shot taken the day before I gave it up.


My face hurt like the worst sunburn ever. It itched. It was tender to touch. Every time I smiled it felt like my face was cracking. And there were scabs forming which I thought were on the way to infection. During those 18 days using Fluorouracil I was a little concerned that I was going to be permanently scarred. Not that I expected to come out of this thing looking like I did when I was 25, but still. My doctor assured me that my face would heal over time, but I wasn’t taking any chances.

A few years ago I gave my wife some products by a brand called Éminence Organics that boasts all natural ingredients. She likes them, and her skin looks great. So a I purchased a few of their products to help expedite my recovery.

These are the photos from just one week after I stopped using Fluorouracil, and started using the Éminence products.


The impressions on my nose are from my glasses, but as you can see, the recovery has been fairly remarkable.

The Éminence products I used this past week included:


Skin cleanser


Hydrating mist


Eye serum






When we find products that work, I think we’re responsible for sharing them. God knows we bitch enough about the ones that don’t work. Anyway, as the pictures prove, Éminence works for me. I highly recommend it. And no, they didn’t pay for this endorsement in any way.

Yes, I’ll have to continue using Fluorouracil as part of an annual proactive approach to dealing with skin cancer, but now that I know I can recover, I’ll be less stressed about it. Though I can’t stress enough how important it is to use sunscreen. Every day.


Jim Mitchem

Wear Sunscreen, Kids
The Anti Gary V.

Jim Mitchem

Writer. Father to daughters. Husband. Ad man. Raised by wolves. @jmitchem on twitter. First novel, Minor King, out now.

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