- For your body, this means applying moisturizer after the bath or shower.
- For your face, this usually means applying moisturizer in the morning and at night.
- For your hands, this means moisturizing after washing many times during the day.
- For your lips, this means using a hydrating lip balm throughout the day.
- For your body, this means you typically only need to soap up the parts of your skin that have the body odor glands (apocrine glands) including your armpits, groin, buttocks, and feet. If you still have oily skin when you are on chemo, you'll also need to use cleanser on the oily areas of your back, neck, and chest too.
- For your face, this means using the mildest cleanser that gets off your makeup and products, but that isn't so harsh as to dry out your skin. Don’t shoot for that tight "squeaky clean" feeling after washing because it means that you removed too much of your natural oils and actually irritated your skin.
- For your hands, this means using cleanser only on your palms most of the time. Skin on the back of your hand rarely gets into germs and grime, and it’s fragile and prone to dryness. Also, the space between your fingers and under your rings trap cleanser, so be careful to rinse all the cleanser off well; retained cleanser will irritate and "burn" your skin, worsening some of the hand-skin problems that occur during chemo.
Dermatologist's Product Recommendations for People Undergoing ChemotherapyYou can read more about my recommendations for products that are perfect for the skin care by clicking the blue links below. These are all products that I recommend for my patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. They're gentle, hypoallergenic, and non-irritating, yet they provide elegant skin care and help you to feel good about how your skin looks and feels while you're under treatment.
Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy - Replenix Power of Three Cream to help soothe facial redness and inflammation.
VaniCream Moisturizer for face and body
Ceralip Lip Balm hypoallergenic lip therapy for healing sensitive, dry, chapped lips
Dr. Bailey Skin Care Mineral Makeup, which is gentle and gives natural makeup coverage that's hypoallergenic for sensitive skin
It's also really important to continue sun protecting your skin by wearing the same mineral zinc oxide physical sunscreens that I always recommend. This will help with the redness that can happen on the chest from sun damage too. Click here to see my sunscreen comparison chart to pick the right sunscreen for your skin.The chest redness that comes from sun damage also blushes and flushes when a person gets warm, so staying cool can help. My favorite treatment for sun damage on the chest is Intense Pulsed Light Treatments. When your cancer treatments are over, ask your oncologist if these treatments are okay. If so, then find a dermatologist and ask her if the treatments are right for your skin. I hope that helps. Warm Regards, Cynthia Bailey MD, Dermatologist If you have questions about skin care or skin health, please send them to me using the Contact Dr. Bailey button at the top of the page. Disclaimer: Please realize that availing yourself of the opportunity to submit and receive answers to your questions from Dr. Bailey does not confer a doctor/patient relationship with Dr. Bailey. The information provided by Dr. Bailey is general health information inspired by your question. It should not be a substitute for obtaining medical advice from your physician and is not intended to diagnose or treat any specific medical problem (and is not an extension of the care Dr. Bailey has provided in her office for existing patients of her practice). Never ignore your own doctor’s advice because of something you read here; this information is for general informational purpose only. The Best Skin Care for Breast Cancer Treatment and Chemotherapy