I finished chemotherapy for Breast Cancer earlier this year and during the time I was undergoing the treatment, my skin was affected so much more than I thought. I did a lot of research on how to care for your skin after Chemotherapy. I’ve been found ways that worked for me.
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I was surprised at how much my skin changed during the six months of undergoing AC chemotherapy and then Taxol. I’ve always had such oily skin and the treatment completely dried it out. That was actually quite a nice side effect for a while! Although side effects of radiation for breast cancer or from chemo being good is rare of course. When chemo finished, the skin on both my face and body was left too dry and dull.
The effects of chemo took some time to leave my body. During that time, I used some very gentle products and techniques to restore moisture to my skin. I wanted to look on the outside as good as I felt on the inside.
I talk more about the long term side effects of chemotherapy in this post.
Here are some of the skin issues I dealt with during my treatment. Plus some lovely MooGoo products that help to address them.
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How to care for your skin after Chemotherapy
Dry Skin & Eczema
During treatment, I started getting eczema and I’d only ever experienced this once in my last pregnancy. Thankfully it wasn’t near my chemo port. I didn’t want to use any steroid creams but received a sample of MooGoo Eczema & Psoriasis Cream in one of my BellaBaby boxes and tried it out.
It’s made from natural and gentle ingredients and is recommended for the whole family to use so I felt confident that it would be gentle on my skin. I applied it to the patch of eczema on my inner elbow once a day for a week and after a couple of days, the eczema disappeared. It came back once since then, I think as my hormones were ‘adjusting’ so I’ve bought a full sized tube to use and it’s now gone. My son also gets eczema behind his knees and we use this on him too – it’s so gentle.
MooGoo’s Skin Milk Udder Cream is also well known to assist patients during treatment to keep skin healthy and hydrated and their Milk Wash is gentle for the face and body, particularly for sensitive or irritated skin. My skin was so sensitive during treatment and I love that this is made from natural cleansers.
My hair has always been as oily as my skin and since I lost my hair to chemo, I realised this was because my scalp was oily. Another chemotherapy side effect was that my scalp got dry and as my hair grew back, I started getting some dandruff – for the first time in my life!
As happy as I was to have hair again, I started to wash it less often to reduce drying out my scalp and let the natural oils come through. Although I don’t like the look of oily hair, I much prefer it to having dandruff and a dry scalp so this is working well.
MooGoo’s Shampoo and Conditioner are both gentle products that actually address the cause of dandruff as well as removing it gently during washing.
As well as wanting to limit my sun exposure to reduce the risk of skin cancer, I was advised by my medical team that during chemo and radiation, my skin would be super sensitive.
I was always pretty good at remembering to apply SPF before I went out but I do it religiously every day now and will forever. Now I just do not want to risk any chance of sunburn.
I use an SPF on my face and a really moisturising one on my body which means as well as protecting me from the sun, I’m also rehydrating my dry skin too.
MooGoo’s Natural Suncreen SPF 40 is made with natural ingredients (Zine Oxide) which protects skin from the sun without breaking down.
Dry Lips & Mouth
One of the worst chemo side effects for me was the dry mouth and mouth sores. I always had lip balm on hand to reapply throughout the day to keep my lips soft. It didn’t seem to matter how much water I drank, I always had a dry mouth until treatment finished.
My skin changed so many times during chemotherapy and radiation and now 3 months on from finishing, it’s almost back to normal.
If you’re about to undergo treatment yourself, expect some changes may happen although it’s very different for everyone. Treat your skin gently and remember that you may have to readjust your skincare regime a few times until it’s back to normal again.
Where to buy
You can find out more about MooGoo’s range of skincare here. They are an Australian company with a wide range of natural and gentle products. These are made with effective ingredients and no gimmicks.
The range offers solutions to many different skin issues, as well as eczema and dry skin and they’re made from natural plant oils and extracts. I love that they list every ingredient in each of their products on their website.
The MooGoo Oncology Care Pack
I love the MooGoo Oncology Care Pack which includes some gorgeous products that help hydrate protect, soothe and care for skin during and after chemo or radiotherapy for breast cancer or other cancers. Plus a gorgeous pair or cosy socks to help keep feet warm as a chemotherapy or radiation side effect can also be cold hands and feet.
The pack, at $40, includes:
- Skin Milk Udder MooGoo Cream – a lightweight moisturiser
- Fresh Cream Deodorant – a natural deodorant preventing odour causing bacteria
- Milk Wash – for the face and body
- Cow Lick Lip Balm – to condition dry lips
Having undergone treatment myself, this pack is a lovely oncology care pack would be such a thoughtful gift for anyone about to start treatment or in need of a treat.
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