Skin Care during Cancer Treatment
Chemotherapy drugs might be effective in battling cancer
cells; however, these powerful drugs also affect healthy cells and tissue in the organism including the skin
cells. By killing malignant cells (cancer cells), chemotherapy medications go further to kill normal cells that
divide rapidly, primarily healthy cells in the bone marrow, skin, digestive tract, body hair follicle, mouth and
reproductive system. In most patients, this abnormal attack on healthy cells results in the occurrence of
various side effects such as skin disorders. However, there steps you can take to prevent your skin from
developing adverse reactions. Below are some tips that can help you prevent or reverse most skin disorders
caused by cancer treatment:
Be gentle with Your Skin - Use cleansing
products containing no harsh chemicals capable of irritating or damaging 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 so.
Moisturizing Your Skin – when taking shower, it is better 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
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 –
during cancer 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
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.
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 yourself.