Unfortunately, cancer treatments can affect your skin – often makes the skin more sensitive, itchy, dry and pigmented. So we’ve put together our top five tips to help you navigate this chapter in your skin story.
It is estimated that about half of people undergoing cancer treatment develop problems affecting their hair, skin or nails. While not everyone will experience skin problems, it can be frustrating and uncomfortable for those who do. Using natural, gentle and protective skin care products can help you control any dermatological problems and shower your skin with the love it deserves.
Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and hormone therapy are some of the most common cancer treatments. While these treatments work to make you feel better, they can be tough on your skin.
Tip 1: Doctors know best
It goes without saying, but you should always talk to your doctor or specialist nurse before using any skin care products during treatment. They will be able to offer advice and guidance on how to care for your skin, as well as recommend any products or ingredients you should stay away from. You will be left with a skin care routine exactly what your doctor ordered.
Similarly, you should tell your medical team about any skin changes you are experiencing as a result of your treatment, such as a rash, dry skin, spots, or itching. They can double check and find a solution, so don’t be afraid to speak up if something goes wrong. Organizations like Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK also provides many useful resources if you want to read more or want more assistance.
Tip 2: Do it gently
Skin can often feel super sensitive during treatment, so choosing gentle, creamy cleansers and avoiding harsh, alcohol-based toners can help prevent flare-ups.
Our best seller Smoothing Cleanser Complexion Purifier The perfect cleansing companion for even the most sensitive skin. Melts away dirt without rubbing, opting for a fragrance-free, oil-based formula to control sebum production while providing essential moisture.
For a hydration hero, reach out to Vitamin Toner Pore Refining Mist. Aloe vera and cucumber juice are blended with cranberry oil extract and Vitamins B3, B5 and C to create this milky white mist. pH balanced and moisturizing, it’s the perfect choice for your skin.
You should also keep in mind that your usual exfoliation treatments may be a bit too strong right now. Some exfoliants can strip the skin of its natural oils and moisture – but we wanted to keep all of the good stuff! So why not try pausing them for a while?
Tip 3: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Dryness is a very common concern for cancer treatments, especially during chemotherapy. The skin on both the face and body can feel very tight, dry, and even flaky, so it’s more important than ever to keep your moisture levels at their peak.
We know that hot showers or baths can make you grouchy – especially during the colder months – but your less-than-sharp skin will become more and more dehydrated by the minute. Plus, if you use shower gels and bubble baths that contain strong detergents, you’re doubling your dehydration!
Instead, try shortening the wash time and keeping the water warm. Ours Shower gel and Premium bath foam Swap skin-cleansing cleansers for natural, pH-balanced ingredients – leaving you refreshed and protected.
Once you’ve rinsed it off, go straight to the moisturizer. For a body cream good enough to eat, look no further Whipped Body Velvet. Designed to emulate buttercream, this deeply hydrating, revitalizing, and hydrating cream makes moisturizing so sweet. But remember, it’s best to check with your doctor before using any skin care product.
Tip 4: Care in the sun
It’s important to be sun safe, but some cancer treatments can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and put you at higher risk of UV damage. You don’t have to completely avoid the sun, just be sure to wear a high-SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen (like Great Barrier Sunscreen) daily – yes, even in winter! This will protect you from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
When applying, pay attention to particularly sensitive areas such as lips, inflamed skin or scars. Our pocket size Sunscreen Perfect for targeting these spots and providing maximum protection when you’re out and about. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a pair of sunglasses!
Tip 5: Take Good Care of Hands and Nails
Chemotherapy and targeted medications can make hands – and especially nails – very dry. A good pair of rubber gloves may sound like an unusual skin recommendation, but protecting your nails and hands when doing housework will always help keep the area much more comfortable.
Clean hands have never been so important in today’s climate, but soaps and gels can make hands tight and uncomfortable. Look for pH balanced formulas, like Featured hand sanitizerand always follow a moisturizing treatment, like Superfood hand therapy.
Treatment often causes nails to become brittle and grow more slowly, so a good treatment for nails and cuticles, like Nail Nectar, which can help prevent breakage and delamination. Try to avoid cutting your cuticles, as this can lead to a higher risk of nail infections.
Each person’s skin journey will have its own waves of changes, which is what makes us unique. But skin care is all about learning to take each skin tone – armed with the knowledge and the will to use that knowledge – and nurture it into the healthiest version of itself.
If you’re being treated for cancer, always remember to talk to your doctor before starting or continuing your skin care routine.