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Caring for your skin during and after cancer treatment


This cancer patient is taking care of her skin by following the advise she received in a consultation at the after cancer clinic.

That's why it's important to take extra care of your skin during and after cancer treatment.


Here are some tips to help you maintain healthy skin:

  1. Moisturize regularly: Use a fragrance-free, gentle moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Avoid using products with alcohol, which can dry out your skin.

  2. Protect your skin from the sun: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays. Wear protective clothing, such as hats and long-sleeved shirts, when you're outside.

  3. Avoid hot showers and baths: Hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils, making it dry and itchy. Use lukewarm water and a gentle soap to keep your skin clean.

  4. Be gentle when shaving: Use a sharp razor and a shaving cream or gel to avoid nicks and cuts. Shave in the direction of hair growth to minimize irritation.

  5. Don't scratch itchy skin: Scratching can further irritate your skin and make it more susceptible to infection. Use a cold compress or moisturizer to soothe itchy skin.

  6. Consult your healthcare provider: If you notice any changes in your skin, such as redness, rash, or blisters, talk to your healthcare provider. They can provide you with appropriate treatment options.

Taking care of your skin during and after cancer treatment can help minimize skin-related side effects and improve your overall well-being. Remember to be gentle and use gentle skincare products. Don't hesitate to seek medical advice if you notice any changes in your skin.

 

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