Tips on Skincare whilst undergoing treatment for Cancer
I've been thinking again about the #UniteForCancer campaign that was widely promoted last month.
This blog is designed to provide a little advice and guidance on skincare during and post-treatment for Cancer. For many of us, our outward appearance is the physical armour that we wear every day in order to face the world. If our appearance changes dramatically in a short space of time – for example, as a result of scarring from surgery, as a result of rapid weight loss or gain, or as a result of losing hair through cancer treatment or alopecia – our self-confidence can be adversely affected - which can be the last thing we need when we're trying to physically recover from illness or trauma!
For some people, managing to retain some level of control over our appearance can occasionally help to lift our spirits and give us confidence, which in turn helps to improve our overall sense of wellbeing. This is an idea central to the charity ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ (www.lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk), a charity focused on helping women face cancer with confidence by tackling the visible effects of cancer head on. This amazing charity offers beauty workshops and Masterclasses, as well as providing helpful online advice about skincare, makeup, wig selection and styling, alternative head coverings and nail care, and can be contacted via telephone (01372 747 500) or email ([email protected]) if you are looking for advice and support.
The appearance and texture of the skin can also change as a direct result of the drugs or treatments prescribed to tackle cancer. The Cancer Research UK website lists a number of skincare related side-effects to Chemotherapy and Biological Therapy, including dryness, discoloration, sensitivity and the appearance of rashes or spots similar to acne. The website also highlights the fact that Radiotherapy can affect the skin, both in the treatment area and on the opposite side of the body where the radiotherapy beam emerges, and recommends that if you are or know someone who is suffering from open sores as a result of Radiotherapy treatment, that your (or they) should speak to a G.P. for specialist skincare advice.
At Appearance Based Medicine, we stock the iS Clinical skincare range – a skincare brand developed in conjunction with pharmacologists, geneticists, biologists and physicians. iS Clinical have invested heavily in researching and manufacturing effective skincare products for a variety of skincare needs, including products specifically tailored to meet the unique concerns of patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Here are their recommendations for treating skincare issues that arise as a result of medical treatments for cancer (though both your GP and Clare McLoughlin RGN INP may be able to make alternative recommendations based on your needs).
If you'd like any more information about the treatments or products supplied by Appearance Based Medicine that may be suitable for use if you are undergoing treatment for Cancer, please don’t hesitate to call us today on 0800 8766322 or 01628 303020, or via email at [email protected]