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CARING FOR YOUR SKIN WHEN FACING CANCER

Cancer treatment-related side effects do not always get enough attention. As a result, skin side effects may cause significant discomfort that severely affects the quality of life of a cancer patient. Guided by dermatologists and oncologists, our Cancer Journey Supporters Squad, and the American Cancer Society, La Roche-Posay has created resources to help you understand and care for your skin.

SKIN SIDE EFFECTS
DURING CANCER
TREATMENT

TIPS TO CARE FOR YOUR SKIN

CLEANSING TIPS

  • Use soap sparingly and infrequently
  • Avoid long, hot showers
  • Limit cleanser use to the armpits and groin or visibly dirty areas. Rinse off immediately.
  • Avoid scrubbing the skin during showers or baths and gently pat skin dry after bathing.
  • Add mineral or baby oil to warm bath water, or apply directly to the skin after showering while skin is still damp.

  • OTHER TIPS

  • Avoid colognes, after-shaves, and other products that contain alcohol.
  • Use an electric razor rather than a blade to avoid cuts and irritation.
  • Drink 2 to 3 quarts of liquid a day if permitted by your doctor. (Ask your cancer care team how much you can safely drink.)
  • Protect your skin from heat (especially dry heat), cold, and wind.

  • LOOK FOR A GENTLE CLEANSER WITH…

  • A formulation that is free of additives, fragrances, perfumes, or sensitizing agents.
  • pH between 4.0 - 6.0.
  • MOISTURIZING TIPS

  • Apply moisturizer liberally at least twice a day, or as often as desired.
  • Always apply moisturizer immediately after bathing or showering, before the skin is completely dry.
  • Avoid contact with these skin irritants:
    • Wool clothing, or any rough fabric
    • Alcohol-based skincare products
    • Household cleaning products
    • Bleach

    LOOK FOR A MOISTURIZING CREAM WITH…

  • Protective occlusives such as white soft paraffin (petroleum jelly), dimethicone, and cyclomethicone
  • Humectants such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, sorbitol, lactate, urea, and honey

  • LOOK FOR A SKIN REPAIRING BALM WITH…

  • An alcohol- and fragrance-free formulation.
  • Lipids such as ceramides to help restore and maintain skin-barrier function.
  • Dexpanthenol to maintain skin softness and elasticity.
  • SUN PROTECTION

  • Always seek shade, especially when the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses when possible.
  • Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand as they reflect the sun’s damaging rays.

  • SUNSCREEN APPLICATION

  • Apply sunscreen to the face every morning.
  • Sunscreen should be applied 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapplied at least every 2 hours.
  • Apply more than a half-teaspoon of sunscreen to each arm, the face, and the neck.
  • Apply just over 1 teaspoon to the chest and abdomen, the back, and each leg.

  • LOOK FOR SUNSCREENS WITH…

  • Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and an SPF of at least 30.
  • To minimize the risk of irritation, use a mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.
  • CARING FOR SKIN WITH LA ROCHE-POSAY

    SUITABLE FOR PATIENTS UNDERGOING CHEMOTHERAPY & RADIATION*

    *Do not use on broken skin. Consult a medical professional prior to use. La Roche-Posay ribbon is not affiliated with any organization. This claim is validated for Lipikar Wash AP+ and Cicaplast Balm B5.

    GENTLE CLEANSER
    LIPIKAR WASH AP+
    FOR BODY & FACE

    REPAIRING MOISTURIZER
    LIPIKAR BALM AP+
    FOR BODY & FACE

    SOOTHING BALM
    CICAPLAST BALM B5
    FOR DRY SKIN IRRITATIONS

    CERTAIN TYPES OF CANCER TREATMENTS CAN MAKE THE SKIN MORE SENSITIVE TO THE SUN.

    Doctors often recommend using a daily sunscreen to help protect your skin.

    *Before using these products, please consult your dermatologist, oncologist, or HCP to see if these products are suitable for you. We formulate our products free of fragrance and sensitizing ingredients. We always recommend that you do a patch test to see how your skin reacts before applying fully.

    SUNSCREEN
    ANTHELIOS MINERAL TINTED SPF 50
    FOR FACE

    SUNSCREEN
    ANTHELIOS MELT-IN MILK SPF 100
    FOR FACE & BODY

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