During cancer treatments, more than 80% of patients will suffer from skin reactions of varying severity. Some oncology treatments weaken the skin’s natural defences. These treatments may cause acute dryness, itchiness, radiodermatiti (lesions caused by radiation) that target hands and feet, inflammation of the hair follicles, as well as affecting finger/toe nails.
You may develop a minor rash or sunburn easily; this is called photosensitivity. Some people also have skin pigmentation changes.
We need to perfect our routine with proper hydration to help reinforce the skin barrier to help with the discomfort. By opting for face cleansers and makeup removers that respect the skin’s pH, using creams and balms, sun protection and hypoallergenic makeup products that are scent free, rich in texture, and chemical free. Remember to include scalp, hands and feet. For more hydration, put on gloves, socks, and cap after applying your SkinCare. Oatmeal baths aid in helping with itchy areas.
Keep nails short, Avoid getting manicures and pedicures, and try to only wear leather shoes. Avoid synthetics materials and high heels to better protect your feet.
At this time also avoid hot baths and showers as well as chlorinated water. In addition use scent free laundry detergent, avoid shaving, using deodorants, perfumes and alcohol based lotions.
Try to prevent infection if treatment area peels and becomes painful. Common areas are where the skin folds, ears, breasts, or bottom. Keep these areas clean and dry. Your specialist may prescribe antibiotics and dressing for these areas.
Always protect yourself. Drink fluids, use sunscreen and sun-protective lip balm. Wear a loose-fitting long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a hat with a wide brim when outdoors. Give your body and skin the rest and attention it needs at this time.
LeiLani is a certified Paramedical Makeup Artist
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