Oncology Skin and Hair Care
Chemotherapy Side Effects
Chemotherapy damages rapidly dividing cells, the key trait of cancer cells. In the process of chemotherapy, healthy cells that are also rapidly dividing, such as skin cells, are also damaged. Because the chemical is widespread throughout the body, the damage to the skin may also be widespread. In contrast, radiation therapy damages only those skin cells that are in the path of the radiation beam.
Chemotherapy treatments often cause skin issues. The skin may become dry, itchy, darken or peel. A rash may also develop or you may become more photosensitive, causing the skin to sunburn easily. Even the nails may turn dark and crack, and the cuticles may be painful.
One of the side effects of chemotherapy is Erythema. Erythema is the reddening of the skin, including on the palms of the hands and soles on the feet, with or without large blisters (bullae) and it can be quite painful. These symptoms can be preceded by dysaesthesia (altered sensation of the skin). The pain from this rash may be so severe that daily activities are limited.
Supportive care for chemotherapy burns may include an analgesic (pain relief) and cold compress. Consult with your health care provider for the best course of action.
NeoGenesis Products for Chemo Side Effects
Chemotherapy Side Effects of the Skin Protocol; twice daily
Gently cleanse the skin with NeoGenesis Cleanser
Spritz the Moisturizing Mist on the skin
Apply Recovery serum to the area
Finish with Barrier Renewal Cream or Intensive Moisturizer
Use Moisturizing Mist and Barrier Renewal Cream or Intensive Moisturizer throughout the day as needed for soothing relief.
Chemotherapy Side Effects of the Hair Protocol
To promote regrowth of the hair on the scalp, eyelashes, and eyebrows, NeoGenesis has hair care products to feed needed nutrients to the hair follicle to bring back health to the hair that is thinning or has been lost due to chemotherapy treatments.
On a damp scalp (hair does not need to be shampooed), part the hair and put a drop(s) of the NeoGenesis Hair Thickening Serum into the scalp at the part (the number of drops will depend upon the size of the area). Massage the product into the scalp. Repeat wherever hair loss has occurred. It is recommended to repeat this twice daily for the first 30 days of use, then once daily after until results are achieved.
For lashes that have thinned, use the brush applicator of the NeoGenesis NeoLash to draw a fine line across the lash line. Repeat twice daily for the first 30 days, then once daily after until results are achieved.
For brows that have thinned, use the spoolie applicator of the NeoGenesis NeoBrow to groom the product into the brows. If segments of the brows are missing, use the NeoLash brush applicator to apply product to the area. Repeat twice daily for the first 30 days, then once daily after until results are achieved.