If you’re wanting to find a cream that doesn’t sting on super-sensitive skin after radiotherapy, here are a few important things to remember.
What to avoid
Find a balm (rather than a water-based cream) that is as free as possible from known skin irritants while your skin is so sensitive, even common ones that you might find in high street toiletries. These include:
- Polyethylene Glycol
- Glycolic Acid
- Salicylic Acid
- Strong essential oils, ie citrus, lemongrass, cinnamon, ylang-ylang
Skin Salvation: a perfect balm for sensitive skin
Skin Salvation is free from all the potential irritants listed above, and is also free from harsh synthetic preservatives.
It’s an oil-based balm rather than a water-based cream, so is much less likely to sting on application. The oil and beeswax work to soothe and protect damaged, fragile or super-sensitive skin from further irritation, providing a breathable but waterproof layer over the epidermis.
It’s also rich in the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and EFAs (Omegas 3, 6 & 9) that your skin needs to regenerate and repair itself. Regular application of Skin Salvation works a bit like a vitamin supplement for your skin, feeding it with nutrients over a period of time.
If you want something lighter than a balm for your hands or face, try one of our three shea butter-based creams, all of which work very well for skin affected by chemo:
If you require medical advice we recommend you always contact your healthcare professional.
If you or someone you are caring for seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call for emergency services straight away. For general medical advice, please contact your healthcare professional, this article does not contain or replace medical advice.
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