• Dry skin and nails

    Asked by Nancebeth on Monday, December 17, 2012

    Dry skin and nails

    I never had a problem with dry skin and /or nails before I started chemo. I live in Florida where it is super humid. I noticed my nails and skin getting very dry during chemo and bought and used some expesnive lotion which helped a lot. I am now 4 months out from chemo and my skin is still really dry and my nails are so dry they crack and split. Anyone else have this problem and what helps?

    12 Answers from the Community

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    • Sugarshine's Avatar

      My oncologist said this will probably happen to me with the new chemo I started today. He encouraged me to start moisturizing intensively hands and feet. I am using Philosophy amazing grace as it seems to be very hydrating. He also warned me of the nails drying changing colors and cracking. The oncology nurses are also very good to pre warn me of possible side effects and recommend things to alleviate it. I have come to rely on them greatly.

      over 5 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      I use a moisturizer that I make using mineral oil, beeswax, distilled water and borax. It works very well. It helps the nails, but doesn't prevent the breaking. I rub it into my nails and nail beds daily. A cosmetology friend gave me NailTek which again helps but does not totally answer the challenges.

      over 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      the only lotion I like is Gold Bond creme...its not greasy and doesn't have a scent....

      over 5 years ago
    • Msreje's Avatar

      I finished my chemo on October 15th and I never had dry skin nor discolored nails until end of November. I use aquaphor from Eucerin during the day for my hands and at night I put vaseline on my feet and I cover them with white cotton socks. This has helped me. As for nails, the nurses at my chemo center have recommended I use tea tree oil which is an over the counter oil. It is stinky but according to them is the natural way to go. I used it on my hand and toe nails and my nails did not split. I hope you feel better soon.

      over 5 years ago
    • tsaum1031's Avatar

      I bought some Crabtree and Evelyn Jojoba bath and lotion products. It's a dense lotion but not greasy. I love the smell. My grand-daughter likes to rub it onto my bald head!

      over 5 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      I am four months out from chemo also. My cuticles have been ragged and my nails are weak. They break easily. I also have very dry skin. I have small white patches of dry skin on my arms and legs. I use Eucerine calming cream. I also use a very mild soap in the shower and lukewarm water. Good luck. I don't know how long this will last:)

      over 5 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      It took me about a year to grow out my yucky nails & begin to see better nails. I kept them trimmed & used nail hardening polishes. My skin is still dry. Are you going to take Aromatase Inhibitors? If so, remember that suppressing estrogen will also cause dry skin. Not much you can do but take baths with bath oils & use skin creams. We need to remember these are minor problems compared to having cancer! Congrats for completing chemo!

      over 5 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I don't have the nail problem, but my skin is very dry. The skin on my fingers just crack open, like I got a papercut. They really hurt! I lotion during the day using Eucerin healing cream, and at night I use Udder cream followed y a pair of cotton gloves. I have been off of that chemo for about 2 1/2 weeks now, and the cracking is still there, but much improved. Great suggestions from everyone! Congrats on finishing chemo! Best of luck to you on your journey!

      over 5 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I use Emu Oil (you can get it online through amazon.com and other sources). It's the best oil for absorption I've tried. It "cured" some very dry patches I had. It's not cheap but I'd say try it all over your hands for a week or so, then just use on the cuticles and nails.

      over 5 years ago
    • maggiemaybe's Avatar

      My biggest challenge was my face. Before chemo I had sensitive, combination skin. I could only use certain soaps and moisturizes. After chemo, my face (as well as everything else) became very dry. I now use Olay foaming face wash for sensitive skin and Curel lotion and I haven't had any problems. The Curel works well for my hands also.

      over 5 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      I've had very dry hands most of my life and frequently use hypoallergenic soaps and detergents. I wear gloves when cleaning anything like dishes, the tub, etc.
      Years ago, I was told to use cotton gloves at bedtime over lotion on my hands. One of the best products I've used is on Amazon: 'Avon Moisture Therapy Intensive Treatment Hand Cream 4.2 Oz'. The cotton gloves are purchased from photography web sites/stores.

      over 5 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      Your question and the topic of nail changes from chemotherapy helped inspire a blog article.

      What's happening to my nails? - Nail Changes from Chemo

      This article shares solutions from WhatNexters and related questions others have asked on the site; perhaps you will find it helpful.


      almost 5 years ago

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