Oncology Skincare is a rapidly growing specialty field for skincare practitioners, as the treatment of cancer and the cancer itself pose a number of unique skincare issues. Additionally, cancer is also a very emotional experience, so the focus is on both addressing the skin concerns of the client and making the client feel pampered and relaxed.
While undergoing chemotherapy and radiation (and even afterward), the skin is extremely dry and dehydrated due the barrier function being impaired by the treatment. Cleansers with harsh surfactants or exfoliating scrubs are not an option, so a gentle cleanser must be used. During this time, the skin may be much more reactive than usual, becoming easily inflamed and irritated. Treatment products with AHAs, BHAs, retinols, and other aggressive ingredients are strictly off limits, so a soothing anti-inflammatory serum is a perfect replacement. Red, peeling rashes may appear, and skin may become extremely fragile and develop sensitivities to products that used to be part of the client's skincare regime. A rich, gentle moisturizer or balm is necessary for healing and protecting the skin. The skin is also highly prone to sunburn, so a gentle moisturizer with a pure physical sunscreen and high SPF rating is crucial.
Remember, the idea with Oncology Skincare is to heal the skin, not treat the cancer. Here are a few basic skincare routines that are suggested for clients battling cancer:
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Osmosis Skincare Cleanse - The gentle botanical surfactants in Cleanse will help remove impurities without irritating the skin.
Osmosis Skincare Immerse - Add a few drops of Immerse to any moisturizer to help heal injured skin and improve barrier function.
Osmosis Skincare Quench - Jojoba oil, organic shea butter, hyaluronic acid, and squalane found in Quench will help to protect, soothe, and moisturize compromised skin.
Osmosis Skincare Shade Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30 - Shea butter and a host of botanical extracts combined with pure physical sun protection of Shade Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30 keep the skin moisturized and protected during the daytime.
IMAGE Skincare ORMEDIC® Balancing Facial Cleanser - Packed with soothing botanicals, ORMEDIC® Balancing Facial Cleanser provides a thorough cleanse with gentle anti-inflammatory ingredients.
IMAGE Skincare ILUMA™ Intense Lightening Serum - Despite its rather active name, ILUMA™ Intense Lightening Serum is actually a very calming anti-inflammatory serum perfect for soothing and healing compromised skin.
IMAGE Skincare VITAL C™ Hydrating Intense Moisturizer - The rich moisture of shea butter, hyaluronic acid, and olive oil make the VITAL C™ Hydrating Intense Moisturizer perfect for healing and hydrating irritated, inflamed skin.
IMAGE Skincare PREVENTION+™ Daily Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30 - The pure physical protection and soothing botanicals in PREVENTION+™ Daily Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30 make this a perfect daytime moisturizer for cancer patients.
Rhonda Allison :
Rhonda Allison Skincare Gentle Milk Plus With Probiotics - With plenty of soothing, moisturizing ingredients, Gentle Milk Plus With Probiotics works to gently remove impurities while helping to keep the skin moisturized and supple.
Rhonda Allison Skincare Omega #6 EFA - Essential Fatty Acids absorb beautifully into the skin to rebuild + heal from inside, making Omega #6 EFA a cancer patient's new best friend.
Rhonda Allison Skincare Ultra Hydration Cream - Ultra Hydration Cream is a soothing, rich moisturizer will help to seal and prevent dehydration in the skin.
Rhonda Allison Skincare Daytime Defense SPF 30 - With soothing botanicals, rich hydrators, and sun protection in the form of zinc (which also helps to heal the skin), Daytime Defense SPF 30 is the best bet for daytime protection.
Note: This information is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, examination, or treatment. Do not ignore professional medical advice or delay in seeking treatment because of anyone or anything on this website. Always seek the advice of your qualified healthcare provider with any question you may have regarding a medical condition.