Chemotherapy/Radiation Therapy and the Skin

Chemotherapy/Radiation Therapy and the Skin

PCA SKIN® is an ideal choice for soothing and supporting the skin of those undergoing treatment for cancer. We offer many advanced daily care products that provide gentle, non-irritating cleansing; soothing; and strengthening benefits for stressed skin. Some specific product recommendations are creamy cleanser, anti-redness serum, hydrating serum, brightening therapy with TrueTone, perfecting face & body hydrator SPF 30, après peel® soothing balm, ReBalance, silkcoat® balm and peptide lip therapy.

Common dermatological side effects of cancer treatment
• sensitivity or allergic reactions • severe dryness • flushing • hyperpigmentation • photosensitivity • rashes • acne/folliculitis

Through good skin care, we can help these patients look and feel better. It is wise to select skin care products that do not contain synthetic fragrances, colors or other known sensitizers to avoid instigating any reactions. Peels should be avoided during the course of chemotherapy, except detox gel for acne breakouts/folliculitis. Cancer patients should consult their oncologist prior to beginning any new regimens.

Rhabilitating the skin after completion of treatment
Using gentle products during treatment can help keep hyperpigmentation at bay, but when the skin recovers, blended superficial chemical peels can help to rid the skin of any unwanted pigmentary deposits. Protocols should focus on the low-dose approach to allow the skin to adjust and regain equilibrium.

Chemotherapy patients with hyperpigmentation

This protocol is designed for chemotherapy patients who are experiencing skin discoloration as a result

of the inflammation associated with the cancer treatment The ingredients in these products will gently

reduce hyperpigmentation in all skin tones.

Chemotherapy patients with folliculitis

This protocol is designed for chemotherapy patients who are experiencing folliculitis.

The ingredients used in these products will gently reduce and prevent follicular impaction and inflammation.

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy support

This regimen will help to maintain skin health during chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The products

included will help to prevent the onset of some of the common skin concerns brought on by these

cancer treatments.

For those undergoing radiation therapy, avoid open areas in the skin, and only treat the surrounding tissue.