Looking after your Skin during Chemotherapy
After a Breast Cancer diagnosis, I’ve just completed 6 months of chemo and my skin changed so much in that short time so I wanted to share my tips on looking after your skin during chemotherapy.
I’ve always had very oily skin but almost instantly after my first session (AC chemo), my skin started to dry out. Whilst I appreciated it to some extent, I did have to adjust my skincare slightly.
So here are my tips for looking after your skin during chemotherapy:
1. Be gentle
This means using gentle products but also no scrubbing or rubbing. I was particularly conscious of not wanting to rub my eyelashes and brows off!
As my skin got drier, I used a more creamy cleanser for dry skin and a very mild toner afterwards that would keep my skin clean but be gentle. I really love Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cream Cleanser and Nivea’s Micellar Water and use them day and night.
Moisturiser saved my skin from ever becoming overly dry and I went from hardly ever using it to using it day and night.
The ones I used the most were Nivea’s Day and Night Creams. They’re both really lightweight and didn’t make my skin oily at all. They’re also both really affordable as I didn’t want to invest a fortune into skincare products that I might not need for long.
3. Avoid too much sun exposure
It was drilled in to me at the start that chemo makes your skin super sensitive and to avoid the sun when possible.
I use a SPF50 each day to avoid sun damage underneath my make up and I stay out of the sun as much as possible too.
4. Keep Eye Make up to a minimum
If your eyelashes and eyebrows start to fall out, try and minimise the amount and frequency that you use eye make up. Applying it and removing it will rub those precious hairs.
That said, a little mascara and eye liner might make you feel more confident if you have started to lose your hair so just use it sparingly.
5. Look after ALL of your skin
For me, my skin everywhere became much drier, not just on my face. I also had a small patch of eczema appear on my arm.
Remember to moisturise your whole body and if you do get any eczema or really dry skin, I really loved using Hope’s Relief Premium Eczema Cream.
I lose all of the hair on my head too and whilst my scalp didn’t become too dry, I did occasionally moisturise it.
These are just some of the things that helped me look after my skin during chemotherapy. If you are going through treatment yourself, definitely ask your Doctor what they recommend you use.
Do you have any tips for looking after your skin during chemotherapy?
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