Tips on Skincare whilst undergoing treatment for Cancer

I’ve been thinking again about the #UniteForCancer campaign that was widely promoted last month.

This blog provides some advice and guidance on skincare during and post-treatment for Cancer.

For many people, one’s outward appearance is the physical armour that one wears every day in order to face the world.  If our appearance changes dramatically in a short space of time – for example, as a result of rapid weight loss/gain, scarring from surgery, or as a result of losing hair through cancer treatment or alopecia – our self-confidence can be adversely affected – and that’s the very last thing we need when we’re trying hard to physically recover from illness or trauma!

For some people, retaining some level of control over our appearance can sometimes help lift our spirits and give us confidence, which can help to improve the overall sense of wellbeing.  This idea is central to the charity ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ ( – who are focused on helping women face Cancer with confidence, by tackling the visible effects of cancer head on.  This charity offers beauty workshops and Masterclasses, as well as providing really helpful online advice about makeup, skincare, selection and styling, alternative head coverings and nail care.  They can be contacted via telephone (01372 747 500) or via email ([email protected]), if you are looking for advice and support.

The texture and appearance of the skin sometimes changes as a direct result of the drugs or treatments prescribed to tackle Cancer.  The Cancer Research UK website lists a number of skincare related side-effects to Chemotherapy and Biological Therapy – these include dryness, discoloration, sensitivity and the appearance of rashes or spots similar to acne.  The website also highlights how Radiotherapy can affect the skin, both in the treatment area and on the opposite side of the body where the radiotherapy beam emerges, and recommends that if you are or know someone who is suffering from open sores as a result of Radiotherapy treatment, you (or they) should speak to a G.P. for specialist skincare advice.

At Appearance Based Medicine, we stock the iS Clinical skincare range – a skincare brand developed in conjunction with geneticists, pharmacologists, physicians and biologists.  iS Clinical have invested heavily in researching and manufacturing effective skincare products for a variety of skincare needs, including products specifically tailored to meet the unique concerns of patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Below are their recommendations for treating skincare issues that arise as a result of medical treatments for Cancer (though both your GP and Clare McLoughlin RGN INP may be able to make alternative recommendations based on your needs):

  • For Sensitive Skin and Inflammation – iS Clinical’s Pro-heal Serum Advance, which is packed with powerful antioxidants and healing botanicals, can help to combat redness and inflammation.
  • For Dry and Cracked Skin – iS Clinical’s Cream Cleanser is paraben and perfume free and gentle enough for the most sensitive skin, and can effectively be used in combination with the iS Clinical Body Complex, a soothing body treatment designed to provide immediate hydration for dry, compromised and cracked skin.
  • For Radiation Dermatitis – iS Clinical’s Poly-Vitamin Serum can help to rejuvenate compromised, thin or extremely dry skin and help to immediately relieve tightness.
  • For Radiation Burns – iS Clinical’s Hydra-Cool Serum works to cool and calm the skin whilst also providing damage-deflecting antioxidant protection.  iS Clinical’s Sheald Recovery Balm can also help to speed recovery and repair of the skin and can help to minimise scarring.

If you’d like further information about the treatments or products supplied by Appearance Based Medicine that may be suitable for use if you are undergoing treatment for Cancer, why not come in for a free consultation – you can call us to book today on 0800 8766322 or 01628 303020, or email us at [email protected]