There is a laundry list of side effects associated with chemotherapy. Not only does it take a toll on your immune system as a whole, but your skin goes through a lot as well. Many skin-related side effects associated with cancer treatments are, rashes, peeling, cracks, sores, sensitivity to light, cystic acne, dry skin, swelling, redness, changes to nails, hand and foot syndrome, discolored skin, and allergic reactions due to treatments.
That is a lot to handle on top of a cancer diagnosis. One of the best things is to be very open on honest with your medical team about your side effects, and how they make you feel as well. Depending on the skin reaction you may be referred to a dermatologist to help, and also because of an increased risk of infections.
When it comes to seeing an esthetician during treatment, if you are not seeing a skincare professional on a regular basis before treatment, it may not be the best to start while in treatment. If you do want to find someone to help with your skin or even lymph drainage, look for specially trained professional in oncology esthetics.
But, what can you do at home? Choose the best quality products and ingredients made from nontoxic, natural, organic ingredients. Your bodies chemistry is changing while in treatment, so it is best to avoid harsh chemicals.
Look for a mild cleanser that you can use daily.
Try to incorporate skin care products that provide hydration and lock in moisture. Facial oils are great to aid in extra moisture due to dry skin associated with medications.
Be gentle with your skin during treatment, and give it some time to recover once treatment is complete as well. Try to avoid products that contain alcohol or large amounts of essential oils, as your skin may be very sensitive.
Drink plenty of fluids and herbal teas to help stay hydrated and nourish your body.