Deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has attended a press conference with burn marks all over his face.
While reporters were surprised by his appearance at first, Barnaby soon revealed that he was going to look like this for a few weeks because he had just had cancers burned off his face.
Skin cancer affects two in three Australians and is one of the most prevalent and problematic cancers in the country.
Boldly showing off his scars, Barnaby used the chance to warn poke a little fun at himself and remind people to slip, slop, slap.
“I took part in a press conference today like a walking advertisement for why you should wear a hat.
Cancers on my face are being burned off with a cream so I’m going to look like this for a few weeks. It doesn’t add to my complexion, but some say it doesn’t take away from it either.
“So if you’re in the sun, cover up, or you’ll be looking the same in a few years’ time – and you just don’t know what you’ll have to front up to.”
This kind of treatment is becoming more and more common, with people using the cream to remove skin cancer from their face and body.
While it can be uncomfortable and awkward to walk around with these marks on your face, it’s a timely reminder that we all need to be vigilant about skincare!