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SKIN CARE AND THE CANCER PATIENT
QUESTION: So many women and men are battling so many kinds of cancer. Depending on the type and location of the cancer the individual may be treated with Chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or all three. This can be very hard on their skin, do you have any tips for these individuals.
Answer: Ossetra totally understands the mental and physical challenges that comes with cancer treatments. Going through surgery and receiving chemotherapy and radiation is challenging enough and the individual does not have total control over how the treatments are working but we do have a lot of control on how we look after our skin during these treatments and believe me the better we take care of our skin the better we will look and feel during and after treatments. It is really important to consult with the oncologist, and esthetician and a family doctor before doing anything new with your skin. These trained individuals can recommend a personal skin care regime specifically for the individual and the type of treatment you are receiving.
QUESTION: What are some common skin related side effects that the cancer patient should be aware of?
Answer: Some obvious skin reactions can be:
Severe dryness or patches of dry skin
Sensitivity, rashes, itchiness, redness especially around the area that the chemo drug is inserted
Sensitivity to sun
Flushing in the face or chest area
A skin rash that is often mistaken for acne
These skin reactions can be mild to severe depending on the individual. Intensely dry skin is a common complain associated with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The discomfort individuals experience due to dryness can range from skin that feels slightly dry and stretched to being so dry that the skin cracks, peels or weeps. By boosting skin hydration and barrier function prior to starting the course of treatment with topical serums and creams containing gentle humectants will help prepare skin for any upcoming challenges. Also, a good diet and eating lots of fruits and foods that contains a high water content.
QUESTION: Are there certain skin care products that individuals should avoid while doing treatments and what types of products should they look for?
Answer: Definitely, do not use anything that contains synthetic dyes, perfumes, harsh detergents or chemicals. This, of course includes skin and body care products. This is a time when the individual needs to be a label reader and really scrutinize the ingredients your skin and body care products have. Daily use of a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more is a must. The individual should cleanse the skin with lukewarm water, not hot and choose a natural and or an organic skin and body care line that does not contain any harsh chemicals. Ossetra skin care is a line which I used and worked quite well while I was doing treatments. This is a difficult time in your life, looking after your skin and giving it the best possible care is something the cancer patient can control. Looking after your skin before, during and after surgery and treatments will help make those treatments easier and reduce healing time afterward.
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