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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Skin Care Products for Chemo Patients Part I

Skin Care Products for Chemo Patients Part I/III

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This blog is meant to help others who have the experience of chemo treatments and the effect it has on their skin.

I personally have been prescribed Chemo treatments on three separate occasions. For a 12 month treatment in 2002, a six month treatment in 2008 and another six month treatment in 2012. Just so you know, I think I have it beat this time! I am waiting to hear about my most recent test results from my doctor.

Each time the treatment prescribed was more harsh than the one before. The practice of medicine is a science and they are constantly working on cancer cures. For my most recent treatment, I went to a wonderful hospital that put together a treatment that was more direct to fighting the type of cancer disease that I had. It was very hard to get thru, but, I made it through to the end.

Each time I have taken chemo my skin has always gone through many changes. I want to share with those who may not have thought to use some of these products to help ease their discomfort. So, if you know someone going through this awful treatment, please be aware that it really does change the way someone looks and feels even though they may still be laughing and look okay to you. Hopefully, you will be able to suggest using one of these products to help them.

PLEASE NOTE: There are many wonderful products available to help a chemo patients' skin, however, these are the products that I tried and found to be effective.

Cancer Survivor Song - on YouTube

BioSilk Therapy Oil

biosilk therapy oil
The first product I want to tell you about is BioSilk. Not only can BioSilk be used as a hair conditioner, it is a perfect body lotion! And, wow!, does it have the most fabulous smell!

BioSilk contains Silk Proteins, Botanical Extracts, Vitamin E and Vitamin B for moisturizing.

BioSilk is the perfect leave in hair conditioner when you first start your chemo treatment and have not lost your hair. It really does help repair the drying damage. I massage this into my scalp when my hair is dry also. Another thing I highly recommend is that you just let your hair dry naturally. If you blow dry of use a hot iron, it will further damage your hair while going through chemo. This does not mean that you can't blow dry or use a hot iron, but, if you are not going out into public, I highly recommend that you just let your hair dry naturally.

BioSilk can be purchased in many stores including Wal-Mart, Target, CVS and K-Mart. I buy the largest container I can find because I go through it so fast. My doctor advised me that it was important to use your body lotion within ten minutes after getting out of the shower for the best absorption.

I happen to use BioSilk even when I am not sick because it makes my skin feel silky smooth! Use sparingly because a little goes a long way. Absorbs in the skin quickly.

Blue Emu Oil with Aloe

bue emu oil creamPart of the side effects that I experienced during treatment was a peeling rash. This was very dry skin and when it peeled, it would bleed. I needed a deep penetrating medicinal cream. Although I tried many, this was one of my favorites.

Emu oil quickly penetrates the skin to deliver ingredients directly to the source of discomfort, while helping moisturize the skin and reduce inflamation. Blue-Emu Oil is deep penetrating, non greasy, and has no lasting odor. It is great for use on the back, neck, shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, legs, feet and ankles.

I just set up a monthly delivery schedule during my treatment with Amazon getting an additional discounted price! I used two jars a month.

Other Highly Recommended Healing Body Creams

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I have used all of these products. You will be pleased with any of these selections! Shea Butter is another rich and creamy skin healer. I love Avon's Skin So Soft products and use them all year long. Eucerin and Cetaphil are both highly recommended for severe dry skin.

Cancer Survivor Song - on YouTube

Part II will cover Facial Skin Care here
Part III will cover Body Skin After Treatment

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