One of the most common side-effects of chemo or radiotherapy is horribly uncomfortable and sensitive skin. If you’re undergoing this kind of treatment you can get sore areas, chemo and radio burns, or painfully dry lips, eyes or hands. You can also develop sensitivities to substances and ingredients that your skin might’ve been able to tolerate up until now.
Unfortunately, irritants can be found almost everywhere, but here’s a quick checklist of what you might need to look out for when you’re avoiding anything that could flare up sore skin.
Potential irritants in the home
Potential synthetic irritants in cosmetics and toiletries
It’s generally a good rule of thumb to go for things that are as natural as possible when choosing both household cleaning products and skincare, as these usually contain fewer skin irritants. However, remember that some natural substances are also irritant, so take care over what’s in your face cream or shampoo: check ingredients lists and always patch test before widespread use!
Possible natural irritants in cosmetics and toiletries
Balmonds for sensitive skin
Luckily, you can avoid most of the above, in your skincare at least, by sticking to Balmonds! Although we use a few essential oils in some of our products, we don’t have any of the other nasties in our skincare.
Skin Salvation is a great moisturiser for sensitive chemo-affected skin, rich and nourishing for dryness and free from synthetics.
We also offer a fantastic All-Natural Starter Kit which would make a perfect skincare essentials bundle for anyone undergoing chemo or radio therapy.
If you require medical advice we recommend you always contact your healthcare professional.
If you or someone you are caring for seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call for emergency services straight away. For general medical advice, please contact your healthcare professional, this article does not contain or replace medical advice.
Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.