The Importance of Skincare for Cancer Patients
The skin is the one of the most vulnerable tissues to the damaging effects of chemotherapy, radiation and targeted drug therapies. Although skincare may not be top of the mind for many individuals undergoing cancer treatment, it is extremely important to take proper care of your skin – even if that may seem like the least important task while you prepare for your treatment.
What are the skin-related side effects of cancer treatment? Changes to skin texture, colour, moisture and diminished collagen. Patients will often experience dry, rough, skin that cracks and peels and is suddenly more sensitive. Chemotherapy can also make your skin more photosensitive, meaning you will have an increased risk of sun-induced skin damage such as sunburn and pigmentation changes. Adopting the right skincare routine is paramount in the prevention of these cancer treatment-related toxicities.
Some things you can do to help mitigate the irritation to your skin are:
- Avoid perfumes, colognes, aftershaves, or anything alcohol based
- Take short showers and baths, and avoid hot water which can be very drying
- After you bathe or shower always apply a soothing, non-scented lotion, to help lock in moisture while still damp
- Avoid shaving, or shave less
- Wearing loose fitting clothes can cause less irritation, and always wash your clothes with a mild or non-scented detergent
- Protect your skin from the sun! This is even more important when undergoing cancer treatments. Use sunscreen, wear a hat, and long sleeved clothing
- Stay hydrated!
At Port Moody Health Integrative Medicine & Cancer Care, our oncology-focussed naturopathic physicians have researched many different skincare lines and while there are many great options out there iS Clinical is an industry leader and is the only professional skincare that has a specially formulated line to address common skin responses associated with chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
The iS Clinical Cancer Care Program was established over 15 years ago and is renowned throughout some of the most acclaimed Cancer specialist centres in North America – leveraging specially designed treatment protocols, training, patient support and transformative skin regimes for those experiencing the symptoms and side effects of cancer and treatment therapies.
The Pure Wellness Collection by iS Clinical contains:
- Cream Cleanser
This lightweight, moisturizing cleansing cream formula is powerful yet non-irritating making it ideal for sensitive skin. It contains an essential mix to cleanse while preserving and fortifying the skin’s natural barrier function
- Poly Vitamin Serum
An intensive reparative formula delivering a powerful combination of essential vitamins, bionutrients, and antioxidants to hydrate, regenerate and restore overall skin integrity in the most compromised skin conditions.
- Hydra-cool Serum
This refreshing lightweight serum enables penetration of superior antioxidants, essential botanicals, and bionutrients to rejuvenate and hydrate the skin.
- Extreme Protect SPF 30
Combining the latest in anti-aging technology with sun protection this formula features microfine zinc oxide, micro-encapsulated sunscreens and powerful botanical antioxidants. Clinically proven to repair and protect collagen and cell DNA with our unique Extremozyme technology this broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen is the ultimate moisturizing protection
These products have been used successfully by active cancer patients during treatment for over a decade to improve the overall look and feel of the skin.
*We recommend that you review any skincare regimen with your local iS Clinical Cancer Care certified practitioner before starting any program.
Have you tried Harmony Facial?
This soothing and revitalizing facial is designed to awaken the senses and restore balance to the skin as it renews tone, clarity and resilience and helps give a healthy glow to fatigued skin.
This facial is 100% safe for skin compromised by active cancer treatments.
To learn more about caring for your skin during cancer, to order iS Clinical or to book a treatment, please contact one of our patient care coordinators.