Skin is your largest organ and the first line of defense against infection. During chemotherapy, good skin care is not just cosmetic, it is also an essential part of your treatment.
We’ve all heard that chemotherapy causes hair to fall out, but chemotherapy can cause your skin to become drier and more fragile than ever before. You may even be more sensitive to the sun. That all sounds quite scary, but if you take good care of your skin, it’s possible to have soft, healthy, comfortable, and attractive skin throughout your treatment process.
What’s the Best Way to Keep Your Skin Healthy During Chemotherapy?
The best way to keep your skin healthy during chemotherapy is to treat your skin to a hydrating, gentle skin care routine every day that is free of any toxic ingredients. Dr Barad Illuminated SkinCare® was engineered for people like you in mind. These skin care products offer something for every step of your skin care routine.
What are the Essentials for Truly Effective and Hydrating Skin Care During Chemotherapy Treatments?
Remember that chemotherapy causes a weaker immune system, so be sure to use only hypoallergenic products (those that don’t have any fragrances, complex and toxic preservatives or irritating ingredients) on your skin. All Dr Barad Illuminating SkinCare® products are holistically engineered and safe for cancer patients or cancer survivors. They have no toxic ingredients, preservatives, dyes, perfumes, or sulfates, and they are hypoallergenic. The proprietary formulation process makes it possible to not only pinpoint the optimal ingredients, but also to identify their best concentration.
Use Skin Care Products to Keep Your Skin Clean and Clear
Use only gentle cleansers on your skin. Be sure to always rinse your skin off thoroughly with warm water. Dr Barad Illuminated SkinCare® Soothing Nutrient Cleanser offers antioxidant and calming ingredients that make this the perfect cleanser when your skin is feeling dry. It provides the perfect balance to deep clean the skin without stripping it of essential moisture. It removes makeup and sunblock, is hypoallergenic, and safe for all skin types.
Keep your Skin Hydrated and Moist
Your doctor probably told you to drink lots of water every day and to stay hydrated. But, your skin also needs hydration from the outside. To do this, you need a good moisturizer to combat the effects of treatment. Try Dr Barad Illuminated SkinCare® Extreme Rejuvenation Crème. It is a non-comedogenic cream, designed for extreme skin rejuvenation. By incorporating highly effective moisturizers, such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides and shea butter, combined with a unique blend of potent antioxidants, stem cells and micro-encapsulated glycolic acid, the ingredients work synergistically to help renew and revive skin. This cream also has anti-inflammatory properties, and is highly effective for those that can tolerate a moisturizer that stimulates aggressive cellular turnover. If you have gentle or more sensitive skin, use the Sensitive Rejuvenation Crème, which has the same great properties, but is designed for sensitive skin.
Your Skin May Be More Sun Sensitive During Treatment
For a natural, chemical-free sun protective cream, EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47 provides a safe solution. It is the ideal daily sunscreen for those undergoing chemotherapy. The gentle formula glides on and rubs in quickly. UV Pure is formulated with only physical active ingredients that are stable in UV light. Note that chemical based sunscreens, such as Neutrogena, actually degrade with UV exposure, and are especially risky during chemotherapy.
What Skin Care Should I Avoid?
Cancerous cells grow and multiply at a faster rate than healthy cells in the body. Chemotherapy drugs are designed to stop the cancerous cells from growing and multiplying, but healthy cells are also affected. That means giving up your exfoliating regimen. Exfoliating products remove skin build-up of dead cells and that process is not happening during chemotherapy. So skip the scrubs and Clarisonic brushes.
In honor of women’s and men’s breast health month, the entire line of Dr Barad Illuminated SkinCare® is on sale during October!
Why? We believe that everyone deserves to look and feel their best, starting with great skin, using products that are formulated for our clients’ needs. Our skin care is holistically engineered and safe for everyone: chemotherapy patients, cancer survivors – and their loved ones. Dr Barad Illuminated SkinCare® does not contain toxic ingredients, preservatives, dyes, perfumes or sulfates, and is never tested on animals. The synergy of Barad Illuminated SkinCare® special ingredients and formulations delivers amazing results. Stop by the Aesthetic Skin & Laser Center to pick up the products you need, or order online at www.aestheticpittsburgh.com. If you order during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you’ll receive 10% off all products you purchase.