Oncology Skin Care

ADVICE

Lasting Image can provide advice and skin care products both during and post-cancer treatment to lessen the harsh effects of treatments. Please feel free to call for a complimentary consultation.

Cancer treatment can be harsh on one's skin. During chemo and radiation treatments, skin becomes very sensitive and tender. It also takes on a drier, more reddened appearance, sometimes blotchy. Appropriate topical products will give skin a "lift" and add some ease to the surface.

The key is to be gentle with the skin. Keep your skin as moist as possible during chemotherapy treatment and avoid raw and broken skin. If a particular product shows tendencies to redden or itch discontinue use immediately.

Avoid acidic cleansing products, alcohols and astringents. Watch for additives to skin care products such as scent, perfume or cologne as they may cause undue irritation. Also watch for perfumes and colognes that may be integrated into your skin care products, as well as applying scents directly to the skin.

Fabric softeners are made of waxes and contain fragrance, so lessen or avoid use on bedding items such as sheets and pajamas. Ingredients such as Benzyl Peroxide, metals, salicylic acid and some other peeling agents should be carefully monitored. Certain botanicals have a stimulating effect such as tea tree oil, camphor, eucalyptus, wintergreen and other oils. This may be beneficial in some instances but over-stimulating in others. Finally, be wary of harsh and abrasive cleansing and exfoliating products including some salt and sugar scrubs, pumice stones and other devices.

Lasting Image can provide advice and skin care products both during and post-cancer treatment to lessen the harsh effects of treatments. Please feel free to call for a complimentary consultation.