Creams, balms, and ointments, are especially smart to use, as they are thicker and provide more moisture to you skin.
Chemotherapy. At the same time, the word scares us and gives us hope. With so many decisions, so much to think and worry about, skin care often does not make the list. But, it definitely should. Cancer and chemotherapy put our body though so many changes, and they do the same to our skin. The time to start a skin care regiment is as soon as you get the unwanted news. Doing so will help you so much in the long run.
Chemo treatments will most likely dehydrate your skin. That is just a fact. Building up and putting hydration back, as much as you can, will lessen red, flaky patches that often progress to itching, cracking, peeling, and blistering. Sometimes a chemo rash will develop, and this only makes you more miserable. These more severe symptoms can lead to infection, and that is no good, especially with a lowered immune system.
Creams, balms, and ointments, are especially smart to use, as they are thicker and provide more moisture to you skin. The thickness also helps build a barrier to the air, which better keeps the extra moisture in. Finding a good chemo cream is important, and should be researched ahead of time, if possible. A company with a line of products developed for the sensitive skin of cancer patients is the best to use. Their creams and balms, along with their other products, should be full of nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. This will provide nourishment for your skin as well as extra moisture.
It is also important to remember to drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Water really does wonders for all parts of the body, and the skin is no exception. Keeping skin cells hydrated will help reduce the effects the chemotherapy has on them.
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