Cancer treatments, while life saving, can cause a wide variety of side effects to the entire body. The use of powerful cancer fighting treatments including Chemotherapy, Radiation and drug therapy are known to cause some very serious skin, hair and nail issues that can range from mild discomfort to extremely painful and disfiguring.
Skin Changes and Side Effects
Chemotherapy is a total body treatment. Side effects range from mild scattered rashes with redness and itching to severe, irritated rashes and open sores. The skin also becomes drier as chemotherapy reduces the amount of oil the glands secrete. This dryness compromises the skin’s barrier and makes healing more difficult.
Radiation is a localized treatment. The skin can look irritated, swollen, and blistered, much like severely sunburned skin. After a few weeks, some patients develop Radiation Dermatitis. This form of Dermatitis surfaces as dry, flaky, itchy and peeling skin in the area of the treatment. It is irritating and painful and once it occurs, it can continue for years.
Radiation treatments can also increase a person’s risk of developing skin cancer in the future.
Hair Changes and Side Effects
Hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy cancer treatments. For many, it is the most distressing part of cancer treatments. Our hair plays a big role in how we appear to others, how we see ourselves, and how we define ourselves. Hair loss can’t be hidden from view and threatens a person’s sense of self and personal image. It is a traumatic experience that is most often, temporary.
Nail Changes and Side Effects
Chemotherapy also affects our nails. There may be a line or even multiple lines and indentations related to the cycle of chemotherapy treatment. These lines are not permanent and usually take approximately 6 months to grow out with the nail.
During this time, nails may become more brittle and discolored. The skin around the nails may become extremely dry. Be very gentle with your nails, keeping them clean and trimmed with clean nail scissors as needed.
NeoGenesis for Oncology Related Skin, Hair and Nail changes
Healing and preventing infection during and after cancer treatments is a must. NeoGenesis products contain the S²RM® molecules that naturally heal the skin, delivering nutrient rich molecules to areas inflamed, sunburned and peeling from the effects of cancer treatments.
Our most advanced product Recovery, abundant in S²RM® molecules is the product to use for skin healing anywhere the body is affected from cancer treatments. Recovery immediately begins to naturally heal and calm the skin where these symptoms exist. If additional hydration is needed, follow Recovery with our Intensive Moisturizer or our Body Cream and apply as often as needed to further calm and hydrate the skin, including the nail beds. Our gentle and hydrating Moisturizing Mist may be used throughout the day to combat dryness and discomfort on the skin.
Gently cleanse the skin with our Cleanser, then apply Recovery on cleansed skin, twice daily for as long as needed. Recovery is safe for use on all areas of the body, including around the eyes. NeoGenesis can aid in healing the skin and reducing or eliminating the inflammation and discomfort of skin changes during chemotherapy.
For hair loss, the NeoGenesis Hair Thickening Serum, NeoLash, NeoLash and NeoBrow products are formulated with S²RM® technology and other signaling molecules that can begin to restore hair loss in a natural, healthy way.
NeoGenesis has several products that are Oncology approved for use before, during, and after cancer treatments. In addition to Recovery, Intensive Moisturizer, Moisturizing Mist, Body Cream, Hair Thickening Serum, NeoLash, and NeoBrow, we support healthy skin care with our Cleanser, Eye Serum, Skin Serum, and Light Moisturizer. Ask your skin care professional for recommendations on using these products to protect and heal the skin affected by cancer treatments.