Chemotherapy Skin Care for the Body

Caring for Your Skin and Nails During Chemotherapy - Dermatologist Advice and Experience.

Chemo treatments make your skin sensitive and often cause changes in your nails. 

I know the ‘inside and out’ experience of skin undergoing chemotherapy. At 55 years of age, I was diagnosed with aggressive hereditary breast cancer and underwent four months of intensive chemotherapy. As a dermatologist, I used my experience as a 'living laboratory' to find the best skin care routine to keep my skin comfortable and healthy during chemo. The results are the products and recommendations you see here.

"Build your complete skin care routine from my products here and you will have highly effective and custom-designed skin care that I have specifically created for chemotherapy patients. I know what you are going through and I want you to have one less burden during this trying time." - Cynthia Bailey, M.D., Dermatologist and cancer survivor

What are the effects of chemotherapy on your skin, and why are your skin care routine and skin care product choices so important during chemo? 

Your skin is your body's biggest organ, and it protects you from germs, harsh weather and other stresses present in your environment. Chemotherapy weakens your entire body, including your skin.

During chemotherapy you need to keep your skin healthy so it can protect you from harmful elements in your world, especially germs.

During chemotherapy your immune system is weakened and this is not the time for a break in your skin’s barrier function that keeps you safe.

My Chemotherapy Skin Care Kit and hypoallergenic products are designed to support your skin, giving it the best chance to stay healthy and strong, and to protect you well while you undergo your chemo treatments. I developed it while I was on chemo, using my dermatologist's knowledge and my own skin as a living laboratory.

What happens to your skin during chemotherapy?

On chemotherapy, your skin may become drier and more fragile, and you may get rashes from your chemo drugs. My Chemotherapy Skin Care kit and dermatologist-approved, hypoallergenic products you find here will help support your skin’s ability to stay healthy, and to recover from any skin problems your treatment may cause.

Your skin, nails and cuticles may also become brittle, and your nails may be discolored from the medicines you are receiving. My hand care kits can help with these problems, too.

Your skin may become more sun sensitive due to some of the medicines used in your treatments. Know how to sun protect your skin. Use broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreens on exposed skin daily. I prefer zinc oxide products because they provide excellent UV protection but are gentle and hypoallergenic. Consider using UPF 50 sun hats, clothing and sun protection gloves. Often sun sensitivity shows up first on the back of your hands, sides of your face and neck. The more UV protection measures you use, the better because a sun sensitivity rash will cause breaks in your skin and potentially need to be treated with more medicines - on chemo, you are on plenty of medicine already!

Good skin care is really important during chemo.

If you take good care of your skin during chemotherapy, you can have soft, healthy, comfortable, and attractive skin throughout your treatment. Even more importantly, having healthy skin is essential for your physical well-being during chemo; dry, sensitive skin is prone to eczema, itching, and sores that can become infected and cause you suffering you don’t need on top of everything else that you are facing right now.

"My mom had beautiful skin and then chemotherapy and radiation made her skin hypersensitive to everything. I am so grateful for your cancer friendly products. They were a 'life saver' for us; when you are dealing with everything else about cancer the last thing you want is an extra problem. Another friend of mine who has stage 4 lung cancer is also using your kit and it is helping him. He's a guy so for him to 'sing the praises' about skin care is a huge thing!" - Patricia A., Sonoma County, 2016

 How do you take care of your skin during chemo?

The most effective way to keep your skin healthy during chemotherapy is to diligently use a gentle, hydrating skin care routine every day. Remember, you always get the best results when you use Complete Skin Care. Dr. Bailey's Complete Skin Care Routines involve the 4 essential steps of,

  1. Cleanse
  2. Correct
  3. Hydrate
  4. Protect.

Skin Care During Chemotherapy

  1. Cleanse using only gentle cleansers and warm - not steaming hot - water.
  2. Correct rashes using only hypoallergenic products (those that don’t have fragrances, or complex or irritating ingredients).
  3. Hydrate by applying a hypoallergenic and deeply hydrating moisturizer right after toweling dry.
  4. Protect your skin from sun exposure that can cause sun sensitivity rashes due to the many medicines you are on. Wear a non-irritating and hypoallergenic - but broad spectrum - zinc oxide sunscreen every day. Remember, even sun exposure through a window can cause a drug-induced sun sensitivity that can lead to a rash. (Please note that if your cancer doctors want you to get sun exposure for your vitamin D level, ask them if you can use your tummy skin instead of the sensitive skin of your face, chest, and arms.)
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  1. Kids Adventure Sun Hats

    Kids Adventure Sun Hats

    Good looking and high-performance UPF 50 sun protection hats for kids.

    Regular Price: $17.00

    Special Price $10.00

  2. Dr. Bailey's Chemotherapy Skin Care Kit

    Chemotherapy Skin Care Kit

    This is the skin care routine I used while undergoing chemo treatments myself. I designed these kits to help chemo patients simplify one aspect of their chemotherapy self-care. Be confident that you are taking good care of your body’s largest organ while you undergo chemo. These are also the perfect gift to send to a friend or family member who is undergoing cancer treatment. 50% of the profits donated to cancer research.

    Regular Price: $75.00

    Special Price $67.50

  3. Dr. Bailey's Naturally Eczema Free Kit

    Naturally Eczema Free Kit

    Heal and prevent eczema with dermatologist’s hypoallergenic products specifically made for eczema prone skin.

    $77.67
  4. Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Unscented, glycerin-rich soap made with healing oats for your dry and sensitive skin.
  5. Dr. Bailey's 100% Natural Ultra-Hypoallergenic Shower Gel

    100% Natural Ultra-Hypoallergenic Shower Gel

    An entirely unscented and dermatologist approved shower gel for even the most highly sensitive skin. Economical and perfect for the entire family.

  6. Dr. Bailey's 100% Natural Invigorating Shower Gel

    100% Natural Invigorating Shower Gel

    A refreshing head-to-toe skin cleanser for the entire family. At last, an economical shower gel that is entirely natural; remove dirt and oil from everyone’s skin without any chemicals.

    Regular Price: $12.50

    Special Price $11.25

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  7. Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic cleansing bar for extremely sensitive skin.
    $5.00
  8. Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Elegant and light-textured, natural moisturizer for dry to normal sensitive skin.
    $22.00
  9. Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Highly Effective moisturizer to heal your extremely dry and sensitive skin.
    $26.00
  10. Back Applicator

    Back Applicator

    Not everyone has flexible shoulders and the Back Applicator reaches where the shoulders can't.

    $12.00
  11. Back Applicator Refill Sponges

    Back Applicator Refill Sponges

    Each packet contains 2 replacement sponges.

    $3.00
  12. SunSavvy Around Town Sun Protection Kit

    SunSavvy Around Town Sun Protection Kit

    My SunSavvy Around Town Bundle is complete sun protection that’s perfect for everyday use. Whether you’re at work, school, a weekend outing, or special celebration, you’ll be covered.

    Regular Price: $119.00

    Special Price $107.00

  13. Sunsavvy Ready 4 Fun Sun Protection Kit

    Sunsavvy Ready 4 Fun Sun Protection Kit

    Soaking up all the sunny-fun summer has to offer means extreme, sun-protection tools need to be close at hand. Yep. You're you’re going to be outside at BBQs, concerts, lounging by the pool, having fun in the river or on the lake, and more. You’ve been waiting all year for this! And, I’ve got your skin covered so that you get all the bliss without the sun damage.

    Regular Price: $166.00

    Special Price $150.00

  14. BloxSun Sun Gloves

    BloxSun Sun Gloves

    Block the harmful UVA/UVAB sun rays from your hands.

    $40.00
  15. UV Ray Detecto Ring

    UV Ray Detecto Ring

    Learn when you are exposed to harmful UV rays. The Detecto-Ring consists of plastic UV sensing beads and a colored key ring. Keep it on your key ring and test your sun exposure - the white beads turn color when they're exposed to UV-A or UV-B. Get ready to be surprised!

    $2.50
  16. Sun Guard Clothing Treatment

    Sun Guard Clothing Treatment

    Turn everyday clothing into sun protection garments. Wearing sun protective clothing is essential for comprehensive, complete sun protection of your skin!

    $4.00
  17. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection. 

    $44.00
  18. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™

    Oil-free and oil control ultra-light and tinted matte technology in a hypoallergenic sunscreen – it’s the holy grail for oily and sensitive skin AND it’s elegant for all skin types too! Contains iron oxide too making it the best sunscreen for melasma. 

    $47.00
  19. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Enjoy an oil free, non-whitening and “light as air” feel on your skin. Pure mineral zinc-oxide protection that’s perfect for even the most sensitive skin.

    Regular Price: $47.00

    Special Price $42.30

  20. EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40

    EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40

    Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a lovely moisturizing lotion that's sheer and elegant of the skin. Perfect for normal to dry skin with it's hyaluronic acid and just a little light oil to moisturize your skin without leaving a heavy feel.

    $26.50
  21. Dr. Bailey's Hand Care Kit for Naturally Busy Hands

    Hand Care Kit for Naturally Busy Hands

    You know who you are, or who the people are in your life that never stop. Their rough and chapped hands tell the story of all that they do during the course of their busy lives.

    Give them (you) what they crave, healing for dry and chapped hands.

    Regular Price: $33.00

    Special Price $28.00

  22. Dr. Bailey's Survival Kit for Busy Hands™

    Survival Kit for Busy Hands™

    Dermatologist−recommended skin treatment for dry, busy hands.

    Regular Price: $31.00

    Special Price $27.00

  23. Dr. Bailey's Dry Hand Skin Repair Kit

    Dry Hand Skin Repair Kit

    Dermatologist-recommended skin treatment for dry, chapped, painful hands and cracked fingertips.

    Regular Price: $44.00

    Special Price $39.00

  24. Cotton Gloves

    Cotton Gloves

    A really good pair of cotton gloves is essential to help heal dry hands.
    $4.00
  25. Bag Balm

    Bag Balm

    This is a time-honored healing ointment for severely chapped skin and dry brittle fingernails.
    $10.00
  26. Dr. Bailey's All Natural Lavender Foaming Hand Soap

    All Natural Lavender Foaming Hand Soap

    Gently scented with organic lavender essential oil. This is a luxurious and easy-rinse, foaming liquid formula with pleasant lavender essence. It is gentle for sensitive skin and the entire family, but tough on germs. Keep a bottle at every sink to keep your hands clean AND healthy.

  27. Dr. Bailey's All Natural Foaming Liquid Hand Soap™

    All Natural Foaming Liquid Hand Soap™

    Natural, organic, foaming liquid hand soap - the best type of non-drying cleanser for dry hands.
  28. Dr. Bailey's Dry Skin Hand Cream™

    Dry Skin Hand Cream™

    I use this moisturizing and protective hand cream all day long to prevent chapped skin from washing my hands between every patient.

  29. Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

    Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

    Non-greasy natural non-nano zinc oxide mineral sunscreen for every day sun protection. This is a lovely natural mineral sunscreen made with organic ingredients - and it's not just for babies!

    $24.00
  30. Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.

    $13.00
  31. Raw Elements Tinted SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    Raw Elements Tinted SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    Raw Elements is the highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for your most rigorous athletic activities in intense sun exposure circumstances. Reef safe too.

    $19.00
  32. Raw Elements Eco Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Untinted

    Raw Elements Eco Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Untinted

    The highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for the most active kids, high powered athletes and sensitive skin all in one! Reef safe too.

    $20.00
  33. Raw Elements Eco Stick SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    Raw Elements Eco Stick SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    At last, the best mineral zinc oxide sunscreen product proven not to run into and sting your eyes - even when you're wet! Reef safe too.

    $16.00
  34. Men's Khaki Performance Hat

    Men's Khaki Performance Hat

    These stylish and high-performance men's microfiber hats have a breathable mesh lining and a 3 1/4" brim. They fit perfectly and won't blow off because they have both an adjustable chin strap and an adjustable brim strap to hold them securely to your head.

    $19.00

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  35. Kid's Hat (Boys and Girls)

    Kid's Hat (Boys and Girls)

    Good looking and high-performance sun protection for kids.

    Regular Price: $15.00

    Special Price $10.00

  36. Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin

    Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin

    My favorite Self-Tanning product.

    $26.00
  37. Vanicream Free & Clear Shampoo

    Vanicream Free & Clear Shampoo

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic shampoo for extremely sensitive skin, eczema and skin allergies. Non-medicated, preservative and gluten-free shampoo that leaves hair clean and manageable. 

    $10.00
  38. Vanicream Free & Clear Conditioner

    Vanicream Free & Clear Conditioner

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic conditioner for extremely sensitive skin, eczema and skin allergies. Non-medicated, preservative and gluten-free conditioner that leaves hair feeling clean and healthy. Great for the entire family. 

    $13.50
  39. Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream, 4 oz.

    Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream, 4 oz.

    Dermatologist recommended skin cream for sensitive skin. One of the best skin care products to heal dry skin for people with eczema or skin allergies.
    $8.00
  40. Dr. Bailey's All Purpose 100% Natural Spray Cleaner

    All Purpose 100% Natural Spray Cleaner

    Safe, Non-toxic and Zero-VOC Surface Cleaner that is ideal for People with Sensitive Skin. Know that your home cleansing products are certified to USDA Organic Standards and made with only plant-based ingredients in a fragrance free formula.

  41. Dr. Bailey's All Purpose 100% Natural Liquid Cleaner Concentrate

    All Purpose 100% Natural Liquid Cleaner Concentrate

    Safe, Non-toxic and Zero-VOC Surface Cleaner that is ideal for People with Sensitive Skin. Know that your home cleansing products are certified to USDA Organic Standards and made with only plant-based ingredients in a fragrance free formula.

    Certified to USDA Organic Standards

    by Vermont Organic Farmers

  42. Dr. Bailey's Breast Cancer Awareness Home Cleaning Kit

    Dr. Bailey's Breast Cancer Awareness Home Cleaning Kit

    ***50% of Profits donated to Breast Cancer Awareness***

    Enjoy these spectacular new cleaners while doing your part to support Breast Cancer Awareness.

    $26.82

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