Summary of the issue

Your skin during cancer treatment

Some cancer treatments can cause skin problems. Skin may become more sensitive or irritable. This can have an impact on quality of life. Most of this discomfort disappears once the treatments are over. In the meantime, your skin will need suitable hygiene and appropriate actions to be relieved.

Daily care

If your skin has been weakened by cancer treatments, it is essential to adapt your skincare routine. This is essential so that you do not worsen the side effects on your skin. This includes choosing the right products. For cleansing, opt for ultra-rich gels, oils or dermatological bars without soap or perfume and with a physiological pH. To combat dry skin, apply an emollient at least once or twice a day. To conceal redness, scars, dark circles or to redraw eyebrows, make-up is a good option... but opt for “ corrective ” and “ medical ” make-up. Follow all our tips.

Taking care of your skin each day during cancer treatment

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Preventing the side effects of cancer treatments

Pampering your skin is the first step. But in addition to cleansing, you will also have to adopt a few habits (which are easy to put in place, rest assured). Whether it’s chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or targeted therapies, cancer treatments today allow better management of the disease but they also sometimes (but not always) cause side effects that can affect your skin, nails or scalp, in particular, and can damage your self-image and impact your quality of life. Some examples:


  • xerosis (or dryness of the skin)
  • pruritus (or itching)
  • skin rashes
  • cracks
  • burns
  • alopecia, etc.

Protecting your skin from the side effects of cancer treatments


Because Eau Thermale Avène takes care of the most sensitive skin, we wanted to accompany you during this particular period.

The Eau Thermale Avène Team

Relieving the side effects of cancer treatments

Some side effects of cancer treatment, such as hair loss, are well known. But others, such as dry skin, itching or nail sensitivity, sometimes surprise patients. They can be difficult to live with and can even affect the continuation of cancer treatment. It is, therefore, important to manage these side effects well. Because yes, it is possible to prevent, reduce and relieve these undesirable skin effects, thanks, in particular, to easy-to-use dermo-cosmetic treatments. 

Protecting your skin from the side effects of cancer treatments


Taking care of scars

Surgical procedures often leave scars. While some can be easily hidden under clothing, others remain visible. Again, there are solutions. We tell you everything about the treatments that help to improve the appearance of scars: from massages to reduce them, to make-up to conceal them.

 Reducing scar tissue after surgery


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We answer your questions

We’re here to help you sort fact from fiction

False. Side effects depend on many factors: the medications used, the dosages, but also the patients themselves. Each person reacts differently to the different treatments. It is possible to prevent some of these side effects through proper hygiene and dermo-cosmetic care.

False. These side effects usually last only for the duration of the treatment. They are therefore reversible and have no health consequences.

True, using up and down, left to right, and circular motions with your fingers will make your skin more supple quickly, as well as allow you to move more easily. If this is difficult for you to do, you can ask your doctor to prescribe sessions with a physiotherapist.

Our solutions for your skin during cancer treatment

Eau Thermale Avène skincare products designed to help you feel better about your skin
With its creamy, ultra-nourishing and comforting texture, the balm immediately calms and durably controls the skin's hyper-reactivity. Tolérance CONTROL Restorative Soothing Balm
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