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Skincare During Cancer Treatment Chemotherapy, radiation and other cancer treatments can create side-effects that are tough on your skin. The most common Skin Issues related to cancer treatment include: Dry / Itching Skin Face Rash Radiation Burns Hand-Foot Syndrome Fingernail Issues Dark, Puffy Under-eye Issues All too often, these skin issues are unexpected and sometimes are left untreated by people who just assume that "it's just part of the deal"... but it's not! WHAT YOU CAN DO: BE AWARE: Being aware of the potential skin issues is half the battle. Everyone has heard about potential nausea and hair loss, but most people are unaware of what may happen to their skin. A 2010 study by Supportive Care in Cancer found that nearly a third of cancer patients reported unexpected Dry Skin and Skin Irritation. Simply by being aware of the potential side effects, people battling cancer can minimize the psychological stress often caused by these skin issues. PREPARE: A good preventative regimen of gentle, pure skincare can help avoid or minimize many of the side-effects of treatment. Regimens begun after skin issues have started can be quite effective as well, but it's always best to start a good regimen before the appearance of any skin issues. WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN SKINCARE DURING CHEMO: 1. Gentle & non-drying Much of the skincare on the market is designed to promote younger-looking skin, and one of the main ways to accomplish youthful skin is to exfoliate, peel & strip away the top layer of skin cells. Many skincare lines contain alpha-hydroxy, acids, and other agents designed to peel away skin cells. When you are undergoing chemo, heavy exfoliants and harsh scrubs are not appropriate. 2. Hypo-allergenic Chemo can play games with your nervous system. You may develop strange reactions to things that have never bothered you before. The last thing you want to do is bombard your skin with new potential allergens. 3. Avoid harsh chemicals, dyes, or perfumes Your average skincare is designed primarily by a marketing team. They care mostly about what products will look good on TV and will appeal to the senses. To that end, they load their skincare with perfumes, dyes and other harsh chemicals. During chemo, you should avoid those perfumes, dyes and heavy metals that can cause irritation and other adverse reactions. 4. Moisture & hydration are key Some skincare is heavy with drying agents and "anti-oil" ingredients - included to prevent shiny, oily skin. During chemo, skin tends to be dry without any help, so look for skincare that delivers moisture, rather than stripping it away. >> Tips: Use Fucoidan to support cancer treatment
Wigs - tips for wearing a wig over new hair growth When it comes to wearing a wig over new hair there are a few tips that can make all the difference. Tips for wearing a wig over new hair growth How to prevent your wig from slipping You may need to find a new way to ensure that your wig feels secure. Take a look at our suggestions below: Wig cap A wig cap can be worn over hair or on a bare scalp to make the wig feel more comfortable. It is separate from the wig. Wig caps are an accessory made from fine elasticated fabric, shaped like one foot of a pair of tights (or a little footsie) that is worn as an under layer. A wig cap is put on the head before putting on the wig. It really is a case of trial and error to see if a wig cap adds more comfort to you. It is worth a try if your wig is feeling uncomfortable or insecure. Wearing a wig cap may help: If your scalp is very sweaty making your head wet as it can help absorb sweat If your wig feels as if it is slipping when worn over hair, e.g. new hair growth (or you could try using wig clips) If your wig is itchy If you are getting an irritable, spotty or greasy scalp when wearing your wig When initially trying on wigs or headwear to gather and hide hair Silk lining A silk lining or fabric lining can be hand sown into a wig at a cost of around £50+. A lining often has silicone tapes added that help the wig to fit securely. Additionally, wig tape or wig clips can also be used. A silk lining is ideal for added comfort and can help with anyone who is sensitive to the feel of the weft wig base. Silk linings can be fitted by a professional wig supplier but can also be hand sown on. Ensure that you don’t cover the inner adjustable belt straps if adding a silk lining yourself. Wig clips Clips in varying sizes can be hand sown strategically to the inside of your wig or hairpiece to help a wig fit securely when worn over hair or hair thinning. Following new hair growth after chemotherapy treatment, adding wig clips is an ideal way to add some extra security if you feel that your wig is prone to slipping. Advice: You may use Fucoidan - a dosage of Japan algae to support treating cancer effectively
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