Cancer is a scary word. And it comes with other scary words: chemotherapy, radiation, oncology… these words are clinical, scientific, and loaded. A cancer diagnosis is often the worst moment of someone’s life. There’s the fear of an uncertain prognosis, the worry about how loved ones will cope, and the intimidating treatment options and confusing medical jargon to deal with all at once. It might seem that skincare is one of the least important things to consider, and in many ways, it is. However, the side effects of cancer treatment, as well as the disease itself, can cause a considerable amount of discomfort and create noticeable changes to the skin on the face and the body.

The side effects of chemotherapy and radiation include fragile, itchy, very dry skin, rashes, radiation burns, and dermatitis. And, of course, cancer treatments, namely chemotherapy and radiation can interfere with your nervous system, causing you to develop strange reactions to products and ingredients that never bothered you before. Everyone is aware that nausea and hair loss are part of the cancer treatment process, but most people are unaware of how their skin (especially the face) will change. While undergoing chemotherapy and radiation (and even afterward), the skin is extremely dry and dehydrated due to the barrier function being impaired by the treatment.


Radiation Therapy

 Cancer Treatments Effects on the Skin

  • Sometimes radiation therapy can cause the skin on the part of your body receiving radiation to become dry, peel, itch (called pruritus), and turn red or darker. Your skin may look sunburned or become swollen or puffy. You may develop sores that become painful, wet, and infected called a moist reaction.
  • Some types of chemotherapy can cause your skin to become dry, itchy, red or darker, or peel. You may easily develop a minor rash or sunburn, called photosensitivity. Some people also have skin pigmentation changes. Your nails may be dark and cracked, and your cuticles may hurt. You may experience radiation recall if you previously received radiation therapy; the area of the skin where you received radiation may become red, blister, peel, or hurt. 
  • Signs of an allergic response to chemotherapy may include a sudden or severe rash, hives, or a burning sensation.
  • Stem cell transplants can cause graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), which may cause skin problems such as a rash, blisters, or thickening of the skin.
  • Some types of immunotherapy can cause a severe and sometimes extensive rash. Your skin may be dry or blister.
  • Some types of targeted therapy may cause dry skin, a rash, and nail problems. If you develop a rash, it is important to talk with your doctor before stopping targeted therapy.
Specific Skin changes:
Acne (acneiform eruptions) -Peeling, flakey, or crusty skin
-Bed sores -Swollen Skin
-Blisters Photosensitivity(sunburn easily)
-Burning or skin pain -Rash
-Dry skin -Red or darkened skin
-Hyperpigmentation (darker areas of skin, tongue, and joints) -Sores that are painful
Hypopigmentation (patches of skin that are lighter) -Bruising (ports and injections)
-Itchy, dry  skin

Removing toxins is THE goal as you create your strategic plan for healing and working through the oncology treatment process to get on the other side of this disease.

A cancer diagnosis can have a devastating impact on the entire body, and the skin can be hit very hard with side effects that further damage a person’s self-image and appearance, making healing even more challenging. 

Oncology skin care is now a specialty in the field of aesthetics. It has so much to offer cancer patients and those recovering from cancer treatments to mitigate the side effects of oncology treatments and help correct and minimize the damaging physical effects of cancer treatments.

Some types of chemotherapy can cause your skin to become dry, itchy, red or darker, or peel. You may develop a minor rash or sunburn easily; this is called photosensitivity. Some people also have skin pigmentation changes. Your nails may be dark and cracked, and your cuticles may hurt. If you received radiation therapy in the past, the area of skin where you received radiation may become red, blister, peel, or hurt. This is called radiation recall. Signs of an allergic response to chemotherapy may include a sudden or severe rash or hives or a burning sensation.Chemotherapy, radiation, and the side effects of drug therapy kill cancer cells; however, this leads to side effects such as extreme dryness, loss of elasticity, itching, peeling, rashes, bruising, redness, scaling, and skin discoloration. Chemotherapy, in particular, changes the system so much that products and treatments that once worked very well are often not tolerated. These treatments can be so frustrating and stressful…how do you continue to care for your skin, and what is safe and effective to use at this point? What DO you do?

First, help the body flush as many toxins out of the system as possible topically and internally, and avoid (at all costs) adding MORE chemicals and synthetic ingredients to your system…

The body needs all the help it can get to flush out all the dead cells left over from the chemo killing them off, and it also needs help flushing the chemo medications out of the system, so they don’t damage healthy cells. Key Strategy? Ditch ALL chemical products – inside and out to reduce the toxic load on your body. Dermal toxicity is a direct result of oncology treatment and negatively impacts the skin’s texture, color, and elasticity due to the massive chemical overload on the system.

Below is an ingredient-specific list of chemical-free products made specifically to address the needs of cancer patients and help restore and protect the skin from the toxic overload of cancer and cancer treatments:

Sunshine Botanicals Cleanse & CalmCleanse and Calm

A rich,  aromatic creamy cleanser that will deeply detoxify the skin, reduce redness and soothe sensitive, fragile, and compromised skin conditions. This product is multi-tasking and is also a fantastic makeup remover! Cleanse & Calm will gently lift away even the heaviest foundation and eye makeup for ultra-clean skin.

Cellular Renewal Mist 8 oz Sunshine BotanicalsCellular Renewal Mist

 A powerful and targeted blend of botanical extracts carefully blended to hydrate the skin, stimulate healthy cell growth and revitalize damaged tissue.

Rapid Repair Fluid

This multifunctional serum is especially indicated for compromised skin conditions and helps heal skin recovering from radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Cool, fresh, and oil-free, this soothing serum may also be used as a daily hydrating fluid to help restore the skin’s natural barrier function and help fight breakouts and irritations. May be applied 2-4x a day for acute redness, burns and bruising.

Extreme Hydration Soothing Skin ButterExtreme Hydration Soothing Skin Butter

Extreme Hydration contains cannabidiol (CBD) that helps ease pain and reduce inflammation of dry, stressed skin. We have blended CBD with some of nature’s most effective anti-inflammatory herbs and precious plant oils to repair the skin barrier and protect skin from dehydration. This multi-functional formula is also packed with Omega-3, 6, & 9 essential fatty acids to repair, nourish and rejuvenate stressed, compromised skin conditions.

Total EclipseTotal Eclipse

Total Eclipse blends the benefits of a tinted moisturizer, skin repair, and environmental protection – all in one chemical-free formula. This weightless beauty balm is formulated with potent antioxidants and zinc  oxide will protect the skin from the ravages of harsh environments without any carcinogenic chemicals and designed to feel weightless on the skin.

Oncology Skin CareOncology Collection - Herbal Medicine Meets Corrective Skincare – Simplified:

Do you know someone who would who would benefit these products?  We have an Oncology Kit which has all of the amazing products that you can share with your loved one.

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