Oncology Skin Care

Radiation Dermatitis

Radiation dermatitis is a significant side effect of external beam ionizing radiation most commonly used for radiotherapy of various spreading cancers, called malignancies. It is also called radiodermatitis, x-ray dermatitis, radiation skin damage, or a radiation burn.

An estimated 95% of patients receiving radiation therapy will experience some degree of skin reaction, which may include erythema, dry desquamation (skin peeling), and moist desquamation.

When someone has repeated radiation exposure, this causes an imbalance in the tissue damage and repair cycle so that exposed skin is damaged faster than it can repair itself. Factors that increase the risk and severity of skin reactions include high daily and cumulative radiation doses, the type of beam used to deliver the radiation, a large treatment field, treatment to areas with skin folds (such as the head and neck, the groin or under the breast), and whether the radiation was delivered with chemotherapy.

Patients receiving radiation therapy should be advised to avoid sun exposure by covering the treated area with protective clothing or SPF 50+ broad-spectrum chemical free sunscreen. Avoiding topical skin irritants, such as perfumes, deodorants, and alcohol-based lotions which can make skin even more sensitive and reactive.  It is important to not scratch of the affected area.

NeoGenesis Products for Radiation Dermatitis

NeoGenesis skin care products contain stem cell molecules that naturally heal the skin, delivering nutrient rich molecules to areas that are inflamed, sunburned and peeling from the effects of radiation treatments.

Twice Daily Protocol; AM & PM

  1. Spritz the area of damage with the NeoGenesis Moisturizing Mist

  2. Apply Recovery to the area, using the dropper or spray format

  3. Finish with Barrier Renewal Cream to hydrate and heal any barrier damage

Use the Moisturizing Mist and Barrier Renewal Cream as often as needed throughout the day for immediate and soothing relief of symptoms.