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Looking after your Skin during Chemotherapy

Looking after your skin during chemotherapy is so important – here are some top ways you can treat it right.

Looking after your Skin during Chemotherapy

After a Breast Cancer diagnosis, I’ve just completed six 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 because of the chemotherapy side effects.

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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.

You can purchase it here in Australia, here in the US and here in the UK.

2.  Moisturise

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.

You can purchase the Day Cream here in Australia, here in the US and here in the UK.

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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.

Related: Caring for Your Hair During Chemotherapy

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.

You can purchase it here in Australia, here in the US and here in the UK.

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? Was skin changes one of your chemo side effects?

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2 Comments

  1. Hannah | Hannah Spannah
    / 4:25 pm

    I think that I imagined this would be the result of chemo but I hadn’t thought about removing eye make up and thus removing precious hairs. That’s so unfair as you pointed out- mascara and eye liner just might help you feel a little better about yourself.
    Glad you wore factor 50. A medication I tried 2 years ago, makes you sun sensitive. I recently restarted start it but didn’t get the advice again and totally forgot. I finished it 6 weeks ago and completely forgot but I relaxed in the sun for 1 hr last week and burnt my face terribly- blisters and all. I never tan my face usually as I don’t want wrinkles!! Gutted

    • / 10:34 am

      Ooh ouch ouch! You just don’t realise how sensitive your skin is until that happens. It’s a chore to keep putting it on but hopefully worth it :) x

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