Skin Things FAQs

  • Many people will find that their skin becomes drier and more sensitive during chemotherapy. There are a few ways you can alter your skin care routine to reduce the severity of these side effects.
    When washing, use gentle, unscented soaps with lukewarm water to avoid irritating sensitive skin. Pat yourself down with a soft towel and liberally apply moisturiser to soothe and protect.
    If you are going out, it is important to limit time in the sun, and to regularly apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to any exposed skin.
  • It is possible that treatment will cause your skin to become darker or reddened. Limiting sun exposure and using effective sun protection can help reduce any redness, as can the use of gentle wash products and moisturisers.
  • There are several ways to treat skin cancer, and the treatment you receive will depend on what stage you are diagnosed.
    If skin cancer is diagnosed early, it will often be treated with surgery to remove the affected area and a surrounding margin of healthy skin. For later stage diagnoses, it is common for chemotherapy or radiation therapy to be used.
  • Chemotherapy can mean skin becomes sore, dry and more sensitive than before. It can also affect pigmentation and lead to patches of skin reddening or becoming darker. Regularly applying moisturiser and limiting time in the sun are two effective ways to help lessen the impact chemotherapy can have on the skin.