• Skin prep

    Asked by Fuxitol on Monday, October 23, 2017

    Skin prep

    Am hearing chemo does a number on skin. What to put on skin? What not to? How to treat, protect?

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • akwendi's Avatar
      akwendi

      Someone had recommended aveeno lotion so I used a lot of that because my skin was dry. I also used baby shampoo. It was gentle (and as a side note made me happy because it reminded me of when my kids were babies). But I really didn't have any issues. My mom had different infusions and had some sores on her scalp that were irritating. I think it depends on what chemo you have. Best of luck!

      about 1 month ago
    • lh25's Avatar
      lh25

      I had breakouts on my face during Chemo, I used an Aveeno product for acne that worked well. I also used baby shampoo on my scalp.

      about 1 month ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I use a cream I make. My chemo nurse, back in the day, commented on how extraordinarily moist and supple my skin was for someone undergoing chemo.

      Here's the recipe:https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/non-editible/beauty-recipe/dry-skin-cream-2.html

      I just finished radiation. I used this same cream on my neck where I got the treatments. I didn't burn. My skin did get rough for a few DAYS. Now, you cannot tell where I had radiation. I finished my treatments just over a month ago.

      I swear by it...

      about 1 month ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      1. Hydrate hydrate hydrate! Chemo dehydrates something fierce, including skin. I drank at least 10 8-oz glasses of water a day on chemo, more on infusion days. Was practically surgically attached to my water bottle. (Thirst would awaken me in the middle of the night.)
      2. Stay out of the sun as much as possible. My chemo occurred during summer in Florida. I relied on longsleeved cotton shirts that breathed, and a broad-brimmed hat over my chemo cap.
      3. Pat skin dry after showering. Do not rub.
      4. Use baby wash.
      5. Did I mention hydrate?
      6. During radiation I wore Curel Intensive Care during the day and Vitamin A&D ointment (greasy) at night and if I were staying indoors.
      7. Keep hydrating!

      30 days ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Besides adequate water, skin likes absorbing vitamin E oil, castor oil, coconut oil, apricot kernel oil and l have one friend who swore by avocado oil. I loved cacao butter.

      Choose which food to feed your skin.

      30 days ago
    • GLW's Avatar
      GLW

      I used coconut oil.....bought a jar for about $5...I have been out of chemo over two years now and still use it....some of the brands smell more "coconuty "than others....I smelled like a walking pina colada!!

      30 days ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar
      banditwalker

      This is the first I'm hearing of chemo being hard on the skin, rather than radiation. I had no problem with my skin during chemo. As a matter of fact it got rid of my dermatitis.

      29 days ago
    • fiddler's Avatar
      fiddler

      I used calendula gel and had no reaction to radiation, not even redness. It's the gel that works, not a lotion or liquid.

      28 days ago
    • fiddler's Avatar
      fiddler

      Sorry - just woke up. I was answering for radiation.

      There are some good ideas here for dry skin.

      28 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I remember using good old fashioned Johnson's baby lotion when I was going through chemo. And the reason I used it was because a friend had made a chemo bag with all kinds of fun things in it and the lotion was part of the bag. I used it when I needed it. Another thing was lots of chap sticks for dried lips.

      28 days ago
    • Fuxitol's Avatar
      Fuxitol

      What to put on bald head?

      28 days ago
    • Tomatogirl's Avatar
      Tomatogirl

      I used Argan oil for my face and scalp during chemo (and afterwards too, through radiation). Buy it on Amazon, don't buy the Josie Maran stuff (waaaaaayyyyy too overpriced).

      And, hydrate! Drink lots of water. I got sick of water after awhile, so my husband bought me smart water, vitamin water, Propel...anything that I felt like drinking in order to flush out my system.

      27 days ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      @Fuxitol, I wore chemo caps, which are made of very soft fabric, with no seams to irritate the skin. While getting A/C chemo, the sebaceous cyst on my scalp (which I've had for decades) became inflamed, so I applied Neosporin. Fortunately, the inflammation cleared up in a couple of days.

      I used chemo caps from TLC for sleeping and the fancier ones from Hello Courage (run by a cancer survivor) the rest of the time.

      TLC: http://www.tlcdirect.org/
      Hello Courage: https://www.hellocourage.com/

      27 days ago

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