Taking Care of Your Skin
during Cancer Treatment
Although chemotherapy drugs can be
effective in fighting cancer, these drugs also affect healthy cells in different organs of the body including
the skin. By killing rapidly dividing cancer cells, chemotherapy drugs attack malignant cells as well as certain
normal cells, mainly healthy cells in the bone marrow, skin, digestive tract, hair follicle, mouth and
reproductive system. This abnormality leads to the development of several side effects including skin disorders.
Here are some tips you can use to care for your skin during cancer treatment:
Be gentle with Your Skin - Use cleansing products
containing no harsh chemicals that can irritate or damage your skin, but use skin care products made especially
for sensitive skin or for people going through cancer treatment such as lindi
skin care products. Clean your skin gently, and wear soft fabrics. It is
important to avoid the use of hot or cold packs unless your doctor says it’s okay to do
Moisturizing Your Skin – when showering, it is
necessary to use lukewarm instead of hot water which tends to remove moisture
from the skin causing skin dryness and irritation. In addition to lukewarm water, Limit your showers to once a day, and apply non-chemical and/or
non-comedogenic moisturizing lotions (lotions that do not block pores)
on your skin after showers.
Avoid Sun Exposure – it is important to avoid prolonged sun exposure during
chemotherapy and radiation therapy. If you have to expose your-self to the sun rays, wear Sunblock. However, it is recommended to ask your
doctor if you should use sunblock. It is also recommended to cover your skin and wear a broad-brimmed hat when
you go outdoors.
Treat Skin Rash – it is very common to experience skin rashes during
chemotherapy. If you see any development of skin rash anywhere in your body, tell your doctor right away so that
you can be prescribed cream or appropriate treatment to solve those dermic issues. In addition, avoid all
products that can cause skin allergic reactions.
Treat fingernails and toenails –
treatment skin around fingernails or toenails may become irritated. The nails of certain patients may become
ingrown and discolored. Do not use any product that can worsen your nail conditions. It is not recommended to
bite your nails or use fake nails or wraps to cover your cover diseased nails. Avoid all activities that can
lead to skin problems. Wear gloves when gardening or washing dishes. Put petroleum jelly on your hands and
feet, and cover them with cotton gloves and socks before bed.
Prevent Bed Sores - avoid prolonged bed
rest. If the disease or the treatment causes you to spend most of your times lying in bed or sitting in a
wheelchair, try to be active when you can; this helps to prevent not only skin sores but also deleterious physiological effects such as muscle atrophy and arterial constriction. If, due to your
condition, you cannot leave the bed, you can exercise by moving your arms and legs.
Treat Injection Skin Allergy – most chemotherapy drugs are taken by injection. Drugs
that are injected into a vein can leak out and damage the skin, leading to inflammation, redness and irritation.
In you experience any of these, tell your doctor right away. He will stop the leaking and clean the affected
area to prevent further damage.
Keep Your Doctor Updated On Any Skin Changes -
Side effects caused by cancer treatment are
enormous; this list includes just a few. Therefore, let your health care provider know of any skin abnormalities
during the treatment. He will recommend you therapies to effectively treat the skin
condition. In any case, do not try to treat