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Skin Care for Radiation Therapy

Undergoing radiation therapy is a challenging journey, and taking care of your skin during this process is crucial for your well-being. Radiation can have an impact on your skin, causing various skin-related side effects.

Note: This information is for reference only and should not replace professional advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding a medical condition

Skin and Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is a targeted treatment that can affect not only the intended area but also the surrounding skin. The radiation damages the skin cells, disrupting their normal functions and affecting the skin's natural barrier. This can cause skin irritation, redness, dryness, and, in some cases, blistering. It's important to proactively care for your skin to minimize discomfort and support its healing process.

Moisturizing the skin becomes crucial for radiation therapy patients to alleviate discomfort, support the healing process, and maintain the overall health of the skin. Here are some reasons moisturization can be important for someone undergoing radiation treatment:

Relieves Dryness: Radiation therapy can cause dry skin as it disrupts the skin's ability to retain moisture. Dry skin can feel tight, itchy, and uncomfortable. By regularly moisturizing the skin, patients can replenish lost moisture, soothe dryness, and alleviate discomfort.

Support Skin Healing: Radiation-induced damage can hinder the skin's natural healing process. By applying a gentle and moisturizing cream, such as Lanicare's lanolin-based moisturizer, patients can provide a nurturing environment for the skin to heal. Moisturizers help create a protective barrier on the skin's surface, sealing in moisture and promoting the skin's recovery.

Improves Skin Comfort: Moisturized skin is more comfortable and less prone to tightness and itching. By keeping the skin well-hydrated and moisturized, patients can enhance their overall comfort and quality of life during radiation therapy.

Enhances Skin Protection: The skin's natural barrier is often compromised during cancer treatments. Moisturizers help reinforce this barrier by providing a layer of protection. They can act as a shield against external irritants, reduce friction, and minimize the risk of infection in the treated area.

By incorporating regular moisturization into their skincare routine, radiation therapy patients can nurture and protect their skin. It is important to note that patients should follow their medical team's guidelines regarding the application of creams or ointments, as certain products or ingredients may interfere with the treatment. Consulting with healthcare professionals and utilizing specialized skincare products can ensure that patients receive optimal care and support for their skin throughout the radiation therapy process.

Lanicare™ and Radiation Therapy

Lanicare™ moisturizers and emollients are specifically designed to meet the needs of serious dry skin and irritation. The Lanicare™ family of products offers a unique combination of extreme moisturization, hypoallergenicity, and a range of textures.

Lanicare™ contains medical grade (USP) lanolin. This lanolin closely mimics the skin's natural barrier lipids, helping seal in moisture, soften the skin's protein structures, and improve water concentrations. To understand a bit more about lanolin, visit our What is Lanolin? page.

For cancer patients, we at Lanicare™ suggest our Intensive Blend. Our Intensive Blend has a slightly thick consistency and melts on the skin, providing quick and effective relief in most cases.

It is recommended to for application directly after showering or as needed.

If you prefer something a different consistency, we provide a variety of products that range in consistency and texture to ensure a more pleasurable experience. Please click here to see our full catalog.