Cancer treatment can be incredibly stressful for anyone. Apart from the emotional effects of going through treatments, most women also experience the physical side effects of chemotherapy such as hair loss, bruising and bleeding, and skin and nail changes. Going through these changes can be upsetting and may even lead to depression, that’s why it’s important for women to keep their spirits up while undergoing cancer treatment. One way that women can boost their morale is to ensure that they look their best every day. However, having acne caused by cancer treatments can get in the way of looking good, which is why it’s crucial to find ways to be kind to yourself and address this skin problem. It’s amazing how having clear skin and a bit of makeup can help one to look and feel better, so follow these tips to keep your skin looking its best before and after your cancer treatments

Use a very mild cleanser

Medications, chemotherapy drugs, and steroids can all cause painful acne to develop on your face. Your first instinct may be to use facial care products with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to treat your pimples, but these ingredients may be too harsh and cause skin irritation. Instead, use a mild, natural non-soap cleanser or ask your doctor to recommend a cleanser that’s safe to use.

Don’t pick at your skin

Having acne may make you feel self-conscious and make you start picking at your skin. However, it’s important to stop this bad skin habit and find a way to banish spots without harming your skin. Picking can lead to more pimples and scarring, which is not what you want when you’re aiming for clear skin. To prevent picking, you can use pimple patches to form a protective barrier, and using these sticker-like patches can also help to dry pimples without added chemicals. If you prefer to use a topical acne-treatment product, ask your doctor to prescribe a cream or ointment to use as a spot treatment on pimples. For other skin problems such as blackheads, use a blackhead extraction tool such as a blackhead suction remover to decongest your pores. Never use your fingernails to coax these tiny black spots out of your pores as you can create tiny wounds on your face.

Moisturise

Using a moisturiser can help to keep your skin healthy during cancer treatment. Proper hydration not only keeps your skin supple, but it can also prevent pimples. Skin that lacks moisture becomes dry and flaky and can worsen acne. Moreover, lack of moisture causes skin to overcompensate by producing more oil which can lead to pimples. Smooth on a lightweight moisturiser in the morning and before bedtime for best results

Conceal pimples and even out skin tone

Mineral foundation help to even out your skin tone and give it a glow before and after cancer treatments. Using this type of foundation won’t aggravate skin problems as it contains natural ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. A good quality mineral foundation can also reduce redness and make acne less noticeable.

Try these tips to manage acne caused by your cancer treatment. Staying positive and finding ways to look your best can help you look and feel good before and after your treatments.

Resources & Further Reading:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/apr/21/chemotherapy-cancer-chemobrain
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chemotherapy/side-effects/
http://www.beautydespitecancer.co.uk/webshop/skincare/cleanse/defiant-beauty-cleanse-and-moisturise
https://greatist.com/live/skin-picking-what-it-took-for-me-to-stop