WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN SKIN­CARE DUR­ING CHEMO:

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Gen­tle & Non-Dry­ing

Many prod­ucts con­tain al­pha-hy­droxy, acids and other agents for­mu­lated to re­move dead skin cells, ex­fo­li­ate and achieve a younger-look­ing skin. When you are un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy how­ever, heavy ex­fo­liants and harsh scrubs are not ap­pro­pri­ate for the skin.

Hypo-allergenic

Chemo can mess up your ner­vous sys­tem and you may de­velop strange re­ac­tions to things that never both­ered you be­fore. Hence it is best to not pro­voke your skin to po­ten­tial al­ler­gens.

Avoid harsh chem­i­cals, dyes, or per­fumes

The av­er­age prod­uct is de­signed to ap­peal to the mar­ket and are loaded up with per­fumes, dyes and other harsh chem­i­cals. Dur­ing chemo, you should avoid these in­gre­di­ents as they can cause ir­ri­ta­tion and other ad­verse re­ac­tions.

• Mois­tur­iza­tion and Hy­dra­tion

Dur­ing chemo, the skin tends to dry out faster, so opt for prod­ucts that de­liver mois­ture, rather than strip­ping it away. Avoid cleansers that use harsh sur­fac­tants or suds­ing agents that can strip the skin off its en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tive bar­rier. Emol­lients, ce­ramides, phos­pho-lipids and hyaluronic acids – these are all mois­tur­is­ing in­gre­di­ents that are very sooth­ing. Botan­i­cals like Boswelia and green tea are ac­tives that are sooth­ing. Pro­tec­tive in­gre­di­ents like zinc are great for heal­ing and sun pro­tec­tion. If your skin is very dry and flaky, am­mo­nium lac­tate cream can in­crease mois­ture.

• Ap­ply Face Oil & Sun­screen

Ap­ply­ing oils to the skin, with­out the in­ter­fer­ence of a wax bar­ri­cade, gives your skin the es­sen­tial fatty acids it needs. These fatty acids, called lipids, form an en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion bar­rier that pre­vents the el­e­ments from as­sault­ing our skin, keep­ing all skin types healthy. Wear­ing sun­screen ev­ery day is the best way to pre­vent basal and squa­mous cell car­ci­no­mas, and non-nano zinc ox­ide is the in­gre­di­ent you want to see in your sun­screen. Some chemo­ther­apy drugs make skin more sus­cep­ti­ble to sun­burn.

• Avoid Tri­closan

Lab stud­ies link this in­gre­di­ent to can­cer. It is found in many prod­ucts, in­clud­ing anti-bac­te­rial hand washes and wipes.

• Parabens

Used for preser­va­tive pur­poses, in­gre­di­ents be­long­ing to the paraben fam­ily are en­docrine dis­rup­tors. Look for paraben-free prod­ucts.

• Green doesn’t mean nat­u­ral, or­ganic or safe

Do not as­sume "nat­u­ral" and "or­ganic" la­bels are safe prod­ucts for you. Prod­ucts that claim to be nat­u­ral and or­ganic, thus as­sumed to be safe, can ac­tu­ally be green­wash­ing their claims.

• Pink doesn’t mean safe

Over re­cent months, there has been a ris­ing con­tro­versy within the breast can­cer arena called pinkwash­ing - com­pa­nies who use breast can­cer aware­ness to pro­mote prod­ucts that are not safe for breast can­cer sur­vivors. Sim­i­lar to green­wash­ing, rec­og­nize the pos­si­bil­ity that a "pink" prod­uct may not be as safe as it should be for can­cer sur­vivors, es­pe­cially in skin care.

• Eat A Bal­anced Diet

When it comes to se­lect­ing your en­trees, the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety rec­om­mends that can­cer sur­vivors: o Eat 5 or more serv­ings of fruits and veg­eta­bles daily o Choose healthy fats in­clud­ing omega-3 fatty acids o Se­lect pro­teins that are low in sat­u­rated fat, such as fish, lean meats, eggs, nuts, seeds and legumes o Opt for healthy sources of car­bo­hy­drates, such as whole grains, legumes, fruits and veg­eta­bles

• Limit Al­co­holic Bev­er­ages

Stud­ies have found a link be­tween al­co­hol in­take and the risk of get­ting a num­ber of can­cers.

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