Five Tips For Dealing With Dry Skin After Skin Cancer Treatment


Many skin cancer patients have dry skin around the area of treatment. It's important that you know how to safely provide comfort for these areas since it's different from handling simple dry skin. These areas are going to be much more sensitive. Here are five tips to help you deal with dry skin after cancer treatment:

  1. Be Extremely Gentle: Being too rough on the area is only going to make it worse. It's best to be as gentle as possible by patting the area dry after taking a shower, using sensitive moisturizer that is free from fragrances and is hypoallergenic. You should also not be using any hot or cold treatments unless recommended by your doctor. If you feel this might help you, talk with your doctor first. 
  2. Drink Water: Drinking water is extremely important for your body's health overall, especially when you are dealing with skin cancer treatment. This is going to help keep the skin hydrated, which can easily prevent bad issues with dry skin. 
  3. Take Mindful Showers: When taking a shower, it's best to use lukewarm water instead of hot water. The reason being that hot water can irritate the skin. You should also only be taking no more than one shower per day. Otherwise, the water is going to dry out your skin. Your skin needs a break from this. And always be sure that you apply moisturizer to the skin after your shower so your skin is rehydrated right away. This is going to prevent bad spells of dry skin during the day. 
  4. Be Mindful in the Sun: Now that you have dealt with the awfulness of skin caner, it's even more important that you take action for protecting yourself against the sun. Use sunscreen that does not have any of those additives in it, such as fragrances. You should also be protecting your body further by wearing enough clothing that is covering your body. You should even consider wrapping the affected area since the sun can dry it out. 
  5. Take Special Care of Your Nails: The skin around the nails tend to become extra sensitive during skin cancer treatment. It's important that you do not bite your nails and that you are being careful of not drying them out. Wearing gloves while cleaning, especially while doing dishes or gardening is extremely important. 

When you consider these five tips, dealing with dry skin is going to be much easier when going through skin cancer treatments


21 June 2017

Never Ignore an Unusual Skin Change

When I was a teenager, I loved sunbathing to keep a golden tan. My family had no history of skin cancer, so I thought my skin was "invincible" to sun damage. Years later, as an adult, I noticed an unusual patch of skin on my arm. I had no idea what it was, but thankfully, I made an appointment with my GP to get it checked out. She referred me to a dermatologist who diagnosed me with very early stage skin cancer that could be treatable with a simple cream. I was very lucky that the cream worked, but if I had waited to visit the dermatologist until my skin cancer was more advanced, I would have had to have surgery to remove it. I decided to start a blog to share my story and post tips about skin health. Please come back often and learn more about skin!