Woman shares terrifying photo to warn against common beauty practice

With one picture, an Irish woman is warning others about the dangers of tanning. The message has reached thousands of people.

Mags Murphy, from Dublin, used to love spending time in the sun, getting tan. She spent years laying out at the beach and in tanning beds just to get a little color. "I heard all the warnings years ago and closed my eyes and ears to it all," she said to the Daily Mail.

But now, she's paying for all that damage to her skin. After a visit to the doctor, Mags was told that her face is full of precancerous cells. She was prescribed an ointment to "burn them out" and is documenting her month-long journey on Facebook.

Even as early as Day 3 of Mags' treatment, years of damage is visible.

Her skin has became raw, blistery and painful. Sores were starting to form on her face.

On Day 10, Mags' skin is itching and burning.

Here is Mags on Day 18:

"Face very dry still some sort of scabbing is occurring...it's a job to even eat cause can't stretch my mouth," she writes.

According to the NHS, sunbeds, like the ones Mags used, "give out the same type of harmful radiation as sunlight" but may be even more harmful, depending on factors like frequency, your age and skin type.

"I'm sharing this to try and raise awareness to sun damage and using high factor sun lotion," she said on her Facebook post.

You can follow Mags' journey here.

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Sun Bum Face Stick SPF 30

Use this face stick to protect your nose, hairline, cheeks and forehead from sunburn. 

Price: $9.99

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Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50

This setting spray will help control oil and defend your skin against harmful UV rays.

Price: $28

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Cosmedicine Medi-Matte Perfected Oil Control Tinted Moisturizer

In the summer, we recommend swapping out heavier foundations in favor of a tinted moisturizer with SPF.

Price: $65

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SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50

This product has a matte finish and feels more like a powder than sunscreen on your face. 

Price: $25

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Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47

This sunscreen is chemical-free and has a lightweight, non-greasy texture. 

Price: $14 (0.5 oz) $54 (4 oz)

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AMOREPACIFIC 'Resort' Sun Protection Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

Apply this on the most sun-sensitive parts of your face for targeted sun protection. 

Price: $40

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Trufora Titanium Day Cream SPF 30

This product supplies skin with Vitamin D without UV exposure. 

Price: $45

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L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Facial Oil SPF 30

This non-greasy, facial oil with 30 SPF contains 8 essential oils and instantly moisturizes skin. 

Price: $13

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100% Pure SPF 15 Sweet Mint Lip Balm

Lips also need protection from the sun. This lip balm has SPF 15 and goes on smooth. 

Price: $9

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Supergoop! Sun-defying Sunscreen Oil With Meadowfoam SPF 50

This oil-based SPF 50 sunscreen absorbs quickly and hydrates skin.  

Price: $34

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Proactiv+ Liquid SPF

This sun protection was specifically developed for acne-prone skin. 

Price: $56 - Two 0.75 oz. tubes
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COSMEDIX Peptide Rich Defense SPF 50

This product smoothes facial lines and protects against future skin damage. 

Price: $58

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