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Taking care of your skin on a daily basis during cancer
Dryness, redness, irritation... during cancer treatment, your skin is not spared from the side effects of the treatments. During this period, you must therefore take care of it. This requires good habits to adopt on a daily basis.
Do I need to adjust my daily skin care routine while undergoing treatment? The mode of action of certain cancer treatments can indeed make your skin dryer, more sensitive and easily irritated. Gentle, adapted hygiene and moisturizing care are therefore essential to prevent and not accentuate the skin's side effects. Adopting the right care routine for your face and body will help reduce the skin signs of treatment and help you feel better. However, there are a few precautions to be taken, especially in terms of product selection.
To take care of your skin on a daily basis, the choice of products is not random. In fact, some of these ill-adapted products could further irritate your skin. In general, use only "gentle" products, specially formulated for hypersensitive and reactive skin, without soap or perfume, so as not to increase the dryness and sensitivity of the skin. The specifications of your cosmetics will be strict: they must be free of preservatives (likely to cause allergies) and contain a minimum of ingredients... Health professionals are there to guide you. ALWAYS ask your oncologist, doctor or dermatologist for advice before using your skin care products.
During your treatment, your skin will have specific needs. It's important to continue to take care of yourself every day... but with a few small adjustments. What product should you use to clean your face and body? And to moisturize them? Can you continue to use your usual shower gel? We tell you everything.
The disease and the treatments have repercussions on the texture of the skin, which can become dry. Xerosis (the scientific name for this dryness) is one of the most common consequences of chemotherapy. Most often it is a simple dryness of varying extent. It is no less a source of discomfort, because it does not only concern the face, but the entire body, from head to toe. Regular moisturizing with an emollient and specific products (for the lips, for example) will bring you softness and comfort.
What could be more pleasant than sunbathing? However, during chemotherapy, the sun's rays increase the risk of burns and certain medications can make your skin hypersensitive and cause hyperpigmentation. You should therefore avoid exposing your skin to the sun as much as possible, even in moderate sunlight. Always remember to protect yourself.
During treatment, the complexion changes and the skin loses its radiance. Medical makeup is a great ally, it will help you mask the signs of fatigue and the effects of treatment. Here again, a few precautions must be taken in choosing your products and in the way you use them. Because even a foundation should not be chosen lightly...
You must therefore cleanse your face morning and night to remove makeup, impurities and small dead skin cells. Apply a small amount of cleansing milk or lotion on your forehead, nose, cheeks... then gently massage with your fingertips in a circular motion. Then gently remove the excess with a tissue. To perfect this make-up removal.
Makeup is not just for women. You too, gentlemen, can enjoy its benefits, especially acneiform eruptions. A little bit of fluid corrective foundation to be dabbed locally with a sponge and the lesions are masked.
As with daily hygiene products, it is important to use only shaving products that do not contain alcohol or perfume. This also applies to aftershaves. During the treatment period, your skin is weakened and these products are far too aggressive. To quickly alleviate the fire of shaving, to pulverize a thermal Spring water of Avène just before the application of a hydrating care.
Is it possible to have hair removed during treatment? In some cases, the skin is too fragile for hair removal, whether it be by waxing, depilatory cream or an electric epilator. Before anything else, talk to your oncologist.
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