One of the many side-effects of cancer treatments are changes to the skin often causing dryness, itchiness and sun sensitivity. Although much of this is inevitable, you can still proactively minimize the severity of these side-effects by choosing the right products your skin interacts with.
So, whether you’re a patient undergoing cancer treatments, or supporting someone with a breast cancer diagnosis, consider these dermatologist-approved and recommended preventative measures and topical treatments to keep skin healthy through it all.
The products you should use...
After the surgery, your primary concern should be preventing infection and protecting your skin from sun damage, redness, drainage and increasing pain. To help scars heal, keep the area hydrated and moisturized with an ointment formulated to protect and prevent damage and infection. The Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream is formulated with Avène natural spring water that imparts nourishing moisture to fortify the skin barrier and soften its texture to help with wound healing.
Additionally, frequent exposure to harsh sunlight may delay the healing process for scars and pigmented skin. This is why it’s important to always protect your skin with broad-spectrum sunscreen that is SPF 30 or above. Our skin experts recommend using our breast cancer safe sunscreens like: SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 or the EltaMD UV Restore Clear SPF 40.
2. If you’re going through chemotherapy
Some of the short-term side-effects of chemotherapy include hair loss, nausea and vomiting but dry skin is just as common. As chemotherapy drugs target fast-growing cancer cells, skin cells may not necessarily be excluded from that process. To help calm down dry skin, you should reach for creams, oils or ointments that are free from fragrances and are optimal for sensitive skin. Our skin experts highly recommend the Bioderma Atoderm Shower Oil that invigorates dry and sensitive skin to reveal a luxurious, silky-smooth finish.
3. f you’re doing hormone therapy treatment
As your hormone levels shift, so does your skin’s moisture and sensitivity levels which lead to the development of dry and acne-prone skin. To combat this, you need to moisturize and prevent any further skin damage from developing. Look for a hyaluronic acid-rich formula like Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, olive leaf extract found in Phyto-C O-live Gel and redness-soothing ingredients like niacinamide and green tea found in the SkinKure Sensitive Skin and Rosacea Cream Heavy.
If you’re looking for more breast cancer safe products approved and recommended by our board-certified dermatologists visit our breast cancer safe catalog on Derm to Door