Post chemotherapy

Cancer treatments are associated with a variety of skin reactions. Whilst these may not be fully curable, they can be controlled.

Skin Symptoms

  • Dry Skin and/or itchy skin
  • Hot Flushes/Redness
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Changes in your nails
  • Photosensitivity
  • Rashes
  • Worsening of acne
  • Sensitivity to UV rays
  • Skin peeling

Did you know...

Nails need extra care and protection when going through treatment, as they're 10 times more absorbent than the skin. It's a good idea to carry a hand cream with you and make sure you apply it every time you wash your hands and before you go to bed. See our nail treatment range for extra protection.



There are many different types of treatments for cancer and they can all have slightly different effects on your skin. It's hard to cover all scenarios, however here are a few tips that may help you:

  • Avoid using cold or hot water whilst washing your face, this can irritate your skin which may cause dryness, redness or sensitivity.
  • Your skin may be more sensitive to different weather conditions. Make sure you are using an SPF in your day time moisturiser, and use a heavy/more hydrating moisturiser in cold conditions.
  • Keep your skin hydrated. A face oil or serum under your moisturiser will really help.
  • Be aware your skin may be different than before Chemotherapy/Radiotherapy, you may need to completely change your routine/products.
  • A spritz of face mist may help during a hot flush, or to refresh your skin during the day.
  • Your hair and nails may be different too. Using a hand cream or cuticle oil may help with brittle nails. Finding a gentle shampoo, conditioner and treatment may really make a difference too.
  • Treat yourself and your skin, whether that be a overnight mask, a luxurious night cream, a long bath with a lovely bath oil, a manicure or just really taking care of yourself. You deserve it.

**The information provided within this article is here to be helpful and educational, and is not a substitute for medical advice.

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