A sunburned mother claims a 34-second clip of coconut oil melting on her leg, which she shared on social media, may have saved her life.

Bre Sheffield suffered severe sunburn after falling asleep on the beach for 45 minutes last month without wearing sunscreen.


Bre Sheffield thought TikTokers saved her lifeCredit: Kennedy News and Media


Mum shared shocking clip on site showing how badly she was burnedCredit: Kennedy News and Media

The mother-of-four shared a shocking clip showing just how burned she was – with her thighs scarlet and so hot you can see a piece of coconut butter melting into a puddle on her skin.

The light-hearted post, captioned “When you’re so burned you can melt coconut oil on your leg,” went viral, racking up 4.2 million views.

The video focuses on the skincare product quickly disappearing into the skin of the 35-year-old’s right thigh, but TikTok was quick to notice a jagged nickel-sized mole – a mark that she’s had for a decade but admits she’s “growing up.”

Social media users flocked to the comments section of her 34-second clip, suggesting she get the sinister mark checked out by a doctor – with many brazenly declaring it to be melanoma.

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer that tends to spread throughout the body.

I initially dismissed the comments. It (the mole) is something I’ve had my whole life, so I never really paid attention to it.

Bre Sheffield

The concerned x-ray technician has made an appointment with a dermatologist and is in the process of having the mole removed.


She admits that while doctors didn’t think there was anything to worry about, she’s nervously hoping that tests will prove it’s not cancerous, thanks to what TikTokers are saying.

Today, Bre is sharing her scary experience to encourage people to use sunscreen and get anything suspicious looked at by doctors.

Bre, from Coffee Springs, Alabama, USA, said: “TikTok users could have potentially saved my life.

“They really shaped the way I saw things and pushed me to take things more seriously.

“I was really scared, I started to question everything.

“I had taken my kids to the beach that morning and fell asleep without using sunscreen. I got pretty burned, which doesn’t usually happen.

Sun Health Explained: Skin Cancer and Moles

“At home, I was talking to my son, and he mentioned something about how hot my leg was, and I wondered if that would melt the coconut oil.

“So he said, ‘Let’s make a video,’ and it became a joke. I was going to delete it the next day, but it turned into what it did.”

One TikTok user wrote: “I don’t want to scare you but it looks like melanoma. »

Another user commented: “Call your dermatologist tomorrow and tell them it can’t wait.” »

A third wrote: “As someone who just had cancer removed and is cancerous, go get it checked out. »

A fourth user commented: “It’s melanoma. »

Bre said: “I initially dismissed the comments. It (the mole) is something I’ve had my whole life, so I never really paid attention to it.

“But then once the comments started pouring in and the messages started coming in, I looked at some old photos and noticed they had changed, so that kind of piqued my interest .

“It’s flat, it’s not raised, but it’s darkened over time and it’s grown. It’s so normal to me over the years.”

Bre has had annual skin checkups and had an on-site biopsy in 2014, which revealed no cause for concern.

The importance of sunscreen in your skincare routine

Dermatologist and skincare enthusiast Andrea Suarez – known as Dr Dray – has revealed why you should wear sunscreen.

The one thing you can do that will make the biggest difference – and this matters for all ages – is to protect your skin from the sun, Andrea stressed.

“The vast majority of external aging is due to exposure to ultraviolet rays,” she continued, and not because you’re “not using jazzy serum or applying 90 different things on your face.” your face every day.

“If you’re not in your twenties, go now.”

But she added that using sunscreen alone doesn’t go far enough. Andrea also advises you to wear sun protective clothing like wide-brimmed hats and long sleeves, in addition to not staying in the sun for too long.

Doing this throughout your life — and all year round, not just during the summer or on sunny days — “will reduce the visible signs of photoaging,” Andrea said.

These are wrinkles, confused pigmentation and sagging skin.

However, she said pushy TikTok users pushed her to make an appointment with a dermatologist on May 14, as she admits the numbers were increasing.

She is now referred to a plastic surgeon to have the mark, thought to be a benign nevus spilus, removed due to its change in appearance.


Bre said: “I felt a lot of anxiety. I started asking myself questions: “Could it be melanoma? What if that was the case?

“I told my dermatologist I would like it removed and was hoping she would agree.

“No excision was performed but due to the size, my dermatologist referred me to a plastic surgeon.

“I’m a little nervous. I just hope it comes off smoothly and the results come back benign.

“It will be a big relief once I receive the test results, a heavy weight on my shoulders.

“Once it’s removed I’ll feel better, but I’ll feel even better once I get the results.”

Grateful, Bre said the outpouring of support and concern over her video was heartwarming, and she is now sharing her skin health journey to encourage others to get checked out.


Worried x-ray technician has growing mole removedCredit: Kennedy News and Media


Bre is now sharing her skin health journey to encourage others to get checkedCredit: Kennedy News and Media

Bre said: “It’s really strange because it’s comforting to know that there are people in the world who still care about other humans and want the best for people.

“A lot of people have contacted me and said that thanks to this video they made an appointment and had their skin examined.

“I’ve also received a lot of hateful comments and messages. I try to ignore them and not read them because they don’t really know the whole story or everything about me. I just ignore it and I delete it.

“Melanoma is very serious, it can affect anyone. It doesn’t have to look like the basics, it can look like anything.

“It doesn’t hurt to get it checked out, what’s the worst that could happen? It might be something not to worry about.

“I want to raise awareness about the importance of skin health.”

Skin cancer: what are the signs and symptoms – and what does it look like?

There are various forms of skin cancer which generally fall under non-melanoma and melanoma.

Non-melanoma skin cancers, diagnosed a total of 147,000 times a year in the UK, kill around 720 people a year in the UK.

Melanoma, on the other hand, is diagnosed 16,000 times a year, but it is the most serious type and tends to spread throughout the body.

This deadly cancer kills 2,340 people each year.

According to Cancer Research UK, since the early 1990s, cases of cutaneous melanoma have more than doubled in the UK and are expected to rise further.

The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new mole or change in an existing mole.

Most experts recommend using the simple “ABCDE” rule to look for symptoms of melanoma skin cancer, which can appear anywhere on the body.

  • Asymmetric – melanomas usually have two very different halves and are irregularly shaped
  • Border – melanomas usually have a notched or irregular border
  • Colors – melanomas will usually be a mixture of two or more colors
  • Diameter – most melanomas are usually larger than 6mm in diameter
  • Enlargement or elevation – a mole that changes size over time is more likely to be melanoma

In women, the most common specific location for melanoma skin cancers in the UK is on the legs.

Men are more likely to see melanomas in their trunk – the back or chest.