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What Helps Dry Skin From Chemo?

There are several ways you can help prevent and manage dry skin at home.

What Helps Dry Skin From Chemo?

“Dry skin is a common side effect of chemotherapy treatment. The good news is that after the chemotherapy treatments are finished, the skin dryness will probably improve.” – source: everydayhealth.com 

Many cancer organizations share their tips on what helps dry skin from chemo. We’ve curated a list of all the best tips. Oh, and you can submit your tips or add comments to tips submitted by others.

#1 Moisturiser tips for dry skin | Makeup tutorials

"Learn tips on moisturising dry skin after breast cancer treatment.

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#2 Use moisturizers

"Use moisturizers containing salicylic acid, urea, ammonium, or lactic acid
When skin is very dry and cracked, use moisturizers containing salicylic acid, urea, ammonium, or lactic acid. These will soften the skin and allow for water to be retained." - source: cancer.net

"Use a moisturising lotion or cream containing the ingredient urea to help with the dryness." - source: cancercouncil.com.au

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#3 Tips for Easing Dry Skin

"Is your breast cancer treatment giving you dry, flaky skin? From moisturizers to lukewarm water, learn more about managing your dry skin at Breastcancer.org: http://bit.ly/2lVUCOE." - source: Breastcancer.org / Youtube

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#4 Avoid products that list alcohol or fragrance

"Avoid products that list alcohol or fragrance as an ingredient, since they can dry or irritate your skin. Your nurse may suggest you add colloidal oatmeal to your baths, as it can reduce itching. Take short showers or baths in lukewarm, not hot, water. Put on skin cream or ointment that is recommended by your nurse after drying off from a shower but while your skin is still a little damp. Apply a cool washcloth or ice to dry, itchy skin." - source: cancer.gov

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#5 Bath time

"You can try different ways to reduce the dryness and prevent skin breakdown. Limit bathing to once a day and take sponge baths rather than full baths or showers. If you do have a bath, add mineral oil or baby oil to the bath water to restore oiliness to the skin. Use a gentle soap and warm water rather than hot water." - source: cancer.ca

Limit water exposure - "Keep bath and shower time to 10 minutes or less. Turn the dial to warm, not hot. Try to bathe no more than once a day." - source: mayoclinic.org

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#6 Protect your skin from cold

"Keep your home cool (60° to 70° F) and humid. Use a humidifier in the house if you live in a dry climate or you’re using the heater to keep your house warm."

"Protect your skin from cold and wind. Be sure to wear a hat and scarf if it’s cold out." - source: compassoncology.com

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#7 Apply sun block

"Apply sun block with an SPF of 15 or higher to all areas that are exposed to the sun — face, ears, hands, and back of the neck — before you go outside." - source: breastcancer.org

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#8 Exfoliate with care

"Use a soft washcloth to gently exfoliate your skin. This helps remove dry skin from the epidermis (top skin layer) so that deeper skin layers can better absorb moisturizer. (If you’re undergoing radiation, don’t use a washcloth on the radiation site. Ask your care team for cleansing instructions.)" - source: clevelandclinic.org

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#9 Try to drink 1–2 litres

"Try to drink 1–2 litres of fluids (water, juice, etc) a day" - source: cancersa.org.au

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#10 Protect hands

"- Always rinse and dry hands carefully, particularly after contact with cleaning products.
- Wear rubber or vinyl gloves to protect hands, underneath wear thin cotton gloves.  Do not wear for long periods of time. (Wash the cotton gloves frequently)." - source: chemocare.com

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#11 Soothe chapped lips

"At bedtime, apply a lip balm that contains petrolatum. Other names for this ingredient are petroleum jelly and mineral oil." - source: aad.org

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#12 Creams tend to be more effective than lotions

"Use an emollient, which are creams that soften skin and moisturize. Creams tend to be more effective than lotions. Some examples are Eucerin®, Aquaphor®, Nivea®, and Cetaphil®." - source: oncolink.org

"Avoid all types of hormone creams (such as products containing hydrocortisone)." - source: dana-farber.org

"Ammonium lactate cream - If your skin is extremely dry and flaky, ask your doctor about ammonium lactate cream (prescription or over the counter)." - source: cancerconnect.com

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