Despite the improvements in the delivery of Radiation Therapy (RT) as cancer treatment, patients still experience sensitive skin as side effect. Combined with Chemotherapy and Targeted therapy, it can slow down the renewal of the skin’s top layer, causing dryness and dullness.

Here is a guide on good skin care habits to help improve your skin’s integrity and resiliency. We hope these skin care tips will help cancer patients have better quality of life.

 

Why have a Skin Care Routine when undergoing Radiation Therapy (RT)?

Regular skin care is important even days before and after RT sessions. Cleansing your skin regularly helps decrease micro­flora, which minimizes risk of infection. Moisturizing the skin helps maintain and improve skin barrier function, keeping the skin soft and prevents wounds and irritation.

It is recommended to apply Skin Relief Cream 2-3x daily starting two weeks before, during, and up to two weeks after your radiation therapy.

Cleansing and Hygiene

  • Gently wash over the irradiated area daily with Skin Care for Hope Mild Body Wash. Lather onto wet skin and rub in circular motions.
  • Avoid using scrubs or loofahs to rub your skin.
  • Bathe for just 5-10 min using cool or lukewarm water to minimize dryness.
  • Rinse off with water when done. It is normal to feel a thin film of moisturizer on your skin.
  • If desired, you can use deodorants.

Moisturize Sufficiently

  • Apply Skin Care for Hope Skin Relief and Moisturizing Cream 2-3x daily.
  • Remember not to apply any cream very close to your radiation session time.
  • Don’t scratch! Dry, sensitive skin can be itchy. Soothe the affected area with Skin Relief Cream.
  • Topical steroid cream prescribed by your doctor can also help decrease discomfort and itching.

Protect your skin

  • Apply sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
  • Wear loose cotton clothing to cover the affected irradiated area.
  • For small wounds, apply Silver Sulfadiazine Cream.
  • For large wounds, apply saline-soaked gauze. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice.

 

DISCLAIMER: These recommendations do not substitute a doctor’s advice. Please inform your doctor for symptoms and concerns.

 

Your Skin Needs All the Help It Can Get.

Radiation Cancer Therapy compromises the skin on the irradiated area. Skin Care for Hope Skin Relief and Moisturizing Cream contains a nourishing formula that soothes and moisturizes dry, sensitive skin:

  • Coco Cellulose (Nata de Coco) is a local wound dressing ingredient that has natural antibacterial and moisturizing properties
  • Calendula has been shown to help reduce grade 2 radiation dermatitis in some studies
  • Buah Merah is rich in antioxidants which are free radical scavengers that may help in radiotherapy induced skin toxicity
  • Aqueous cream helps better than aloe gel in reducing dry desquamation and pain among radiation patients
  • Steroid-Free, Paraben-Free, and Fragrance-Free

 

Skin Care for Hope Skin Relief and Moisturizing Cream and Mild Body Wash are available in Chrys Pharmacy at Asian Hospital Cancer Center, and soon in selected MedExpress pharmacies. You may also Add To Cart the Skin Moisturizing Bundle here in our shop, or at Lazada and Shopee.

References:

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  2. Pommier P, Gomez F, Sunyach MP, D’Hombres A, Carrie C, Montbarbon X. Phase III randomized trial of Calendula officinalis compared with trolamine for the prevention of acute dermatitis during irradiation for breast cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2004 Apr 15;22(8):1447-53.
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