Jasmine was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2013 and recently came in to talk to us about her experiences undergoing chemotherapy. Jasmine told us that one of the many side effects she struggled with was the damage that the treatment did to her skin, hair and nails.
Because chemotherapy can cause skin to become hypersensitive, extremely dry and flaky, Jasmine found it hard to find products that wouldn’t irritate or cause her skin further inflammation.
If you have recently been treated with chemotherapy, you may have been advised to use only scent-free skin and hair care products. In this guide, we look at Green People’s range of neutral scent free products and share some tips on caring for your skin during and after treatment.
*Note: Always follow the advice of the staff on your oncology unit. The information found on this page may not be suitable for all types of chemotherapy or side effects.
Which products can I use during chemotherapy?
According to Cancer Research UK, there is evidence that it can be helpful to wash skin daily with a gentle, perfume-free soap – although be sure to follow the advice of the unit you are being treated on.
Green People offer a Neutral Scent Free Shower Gel which is pH-balanced and contains no perfumes or essential oils. Follow with the Neutral Scent Free Body Lotion to restore the moisture and sebum balance.
Use a gentle deodorant free from pore-clogging Aluminium, such as the Neutral Scent-Free Deodorant. This is rich in ingredients such as soothing Aloe Vera and Prebiotics to promote healthy skin flora.
Remember that your skin may come into contact with other products such as shampoo and conditioner so you may also wish to consider Neutral Scent Free hair care too.
Treat dry hands and nails to Neutral Scent Free Hand Wash followed by Neutral Scent Free Hand & Body Lotion. The super intensive formula contains Perilla, Evening Primrose and Shea Butter and is soothing yet non-greasy.
Chemotherapy Skin Care: Further Tips:
- After washing, gently pat the skin dry or blow dry with a hair drier on its cool setting
- Apply creams or lotions lightly to avoid further damage, again by gently patting the skin
- Protect skin from sun by covering up and wearing high SPF sunscreen
- Drink plenty of filtered water to keep skin hydrated from within
- Avoid using harsh synthetic chemicals such as SLS, phthalates, parabens, chemical
pesticides and triclosan