Chemotherapy Skin Care for the Body

Dermatologist-Recommended Skin Care Products for Sensitive Skin Undergoing Chemotherapy Treatments

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

Let me help you understand the unique effects of chemotherapy on your skin and why your skin care is so important right now.

Chemotherapy is a stress to your entire body, including your skin. Your skin is the biggest organ you have and it is on the outside of your body. During chemo you need healthy skin to protect you from harmful elements in your world, such as germs. Remember, 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 skin care kit and 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. On chemotherapy, your skin may become drier and more fragile, your nails and cuticles may become brittle, and you may get rashes from your chemo drugs. The skin care kit and products you find here will help support your skin’s ability to stay healthy, and to recover from any problems your treatment may cause.

Your skin and nails may also become discolored from the medicines you are receiving, and you may even become more sun sensitive. My skin care routines will help with these problems, too. 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 keep your skin healthy 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. Follow these four simple, key skin care steps daily during your chemotherapy:

  1. Cleanse using only gentle cleansers and warm - not steaming hot - water if you suffer from dryness.
  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 allergic 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. Kid's Cruiser Hat (Boys and Girls)  1065

    Kid's Cruiser Hat (Boys and Girls)

    Good looking and high-performance sun protection for kids. These hats also work well for adults with smaller head measurements. 

  2. Men’s Performance Microfiber Hat  1189

    Men’s Performance Microfiber Hat

    These stylish and high-performance men’s microfiber hats have a breathable mesh lining and a 3 1/2" 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.
  3. Raw Elements SPF 30 Sunscreen Eco Stick  1078

    Raw Elements SPF 30 Sunscreen Eco Stick

    At last, the best mineral zinc oxide sunscreen product proven not to run into and sting your eyes - even when you're wet!
  4. Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin  1058

    Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin

    My favorite Self-Tanning product.

  5. Suntegrity Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30  1127

    Suntegrity Baby 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!

  6. Vanicream Free & Clear Conditioner  1257

    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. 

  7. Raw Elements Eco Formula SPF 30+ Sunscreen  1128

    Raw Elements Eco Formula SPF 30+ Sunscreen

    The best all natural, UVA-UVB broad spectrum, high performance sun screen for your 'wet and sweaty activities'.
  8. SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection  1015

    SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection

    The Ultimate Sun Protection Kit provides everything you'll need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

  9. Dry Hand Skin Repair Kits  1131

    Dry Hand Skin Repair Kits

    Dermatologist-recommended skin treatment for dry, chapped, painful hands and cracked fingertips.
  10. Chemotherapy Skin Care Kit  1187

    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.

  11. Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen  1018

    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. It spreads so easily that it's also my favorite product to apply to the large expanses of unprotected skin on our bodies. You absolutely must use a water resistant sunscreen when you're going to be wet. 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.

  12. Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen  1016

    Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen

    This is the ultimate in 'nonchemical', mineral, physical sun protection. It is perfect for people with extremely sensitive skin.

  13. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™  1207

    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. 

  14. Cotton Gloves  1134

    Cotton Gloves

    A really good pair of cotton gloves is essential to help heal dry hands.
  15. Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40  1017

    Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    My favorite every day sunscreen! I wear it every day on my face, neck and chest! It gives a great matte finish that's SPF 40 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

  16. All Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™  1140

    All Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Highly Effective moisturizer to heal your extremely dry and sensitive skin.
  17. SunSavvy Kit, Sensitive Skin Protection  1014

    SunSavvy Kit, Sensitive Skin Protection

    Strong, yet non-irritating sunscreen and sun block is essential for people with sensitive skin.

  18. Dry Skin Hand Cream™  1041

    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.

  19. Sun Guard Clothing Treatment  1020

    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!

  20. Toleriane Skin Cleanser  1049

    Toleriane Skin Cleanser

    This is a European-made, extremely gentle cleanser that hydrates and cleans with glycerin, and is free of any irritating sodium laurel sulfate type ingredients. This is my favorite cleanser for dry or sensitive skin, or people using Retin A.

  21. Back Applicator  1050

    Back Applicator

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

  22. Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream, 4 oz.  1085

    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.
  23. Bag Balm  1132

    Bag Balm

    This is a time-honored healing ointment for severely chapped skin and dry brittle fingernails.
  24. All Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™  1141

    All Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Elegant and light-textured, natural moisturizer for dry to normal sensitive skin.
  25. Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™  1155

    Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Unscented, glycerin-rich soap made with healing oats for your dry and sensitive skin.
  26. Vanicream Cleansing Bar  1156

    Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic cleansing bar for extremely sensitive skin.
  27. Vanicream Free & Clear Shampoo  1256

    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. 


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