Hypoallergenic Chemotherapy Skin Care Products

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

In 2013, at the age of 55, I was diagnosed with hereditary breast cancer. After undergoing a strong series of chemotherapy treatments with multiple chemotherapy drugs, I personally and professionally understand the challenges chemotherapy patients face.

As a dermatologist and patient, I used my experience as a "living laboratory". The results are the products and recommendations you see below. They are practical, highly effective, and custom-designed for chemotherapy patients -- so that you have one less burden during this trying time.

What are the effects of chemotherapy on your skin?

Cancer treatment with chemotherapy is a stress to your entire body, including your skin. Your skin is your body's biggest organ and it is constantly exposed to potentially harmful elements in your outside world.

You need to keep your skin healthy during your chemotherapy treatments because your skin needs to protect you from outside stressors such as germs, chemicals, and harsh weather. Remember, during chemotherapy your immune system is weakened and this is not the time for problems with your skin. My skin care kit and products are designed to support your skin, giving it the best chance to stay healthy and strong so as to protect you well while you undergo your chemo treatments.

On chemotherapy, your skin may become drier and more fragile than ever before. Your nails and cuticles may become brittle, your skin and nails may become discolored from the medicines you are receiving, and you may even become more sun sensitive.

If you take good care of your skin when you are on chemotherapy, it is possible to keep it soft, healthy, comfortable, and attractive throughout your treatment process. Even more important, healthy skin is essential to your physical well-being during chemo. Dry, sensitive skin is prone to eczema, itching, and sores that can become infected.

Remember, your skin is a huge organ. Its exposure to the germs, chemicals, and the air of the outside world make you vulnerable when it is damaged. During chemotherapy, your immune system is suppressed and you are more vulnerable than ever before − which means you need healthy skin to protect you and keep you well.

How do you keep your skin healthy when undergoing chemo treatments?

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 4 key skin care steps daily during your chemotherapy:

  1. Use only gentle cleansers.
  2. Use only hypoallergenic products (those that don’t have fragrances, or complex or irritating ingredients).
  3. Use warm − not steaming hot − water on your skin when it is suffering from dryness.
  4. Always apply an intensive hydrating moisturizer right after toweling dry.

Some products will take care of more than one step in your Complete Skin Care Routine.

If your chemo medicines make you more sun sensitive, then you will also need to apply a good sunscreen every day. Remember, even sun exposure through a window can cause a drug-induced sun sensitivity which can lead to a rash. Your sunscreen needs to be broad spectrum blocking UVA and UVB. I have included products that are gentle on your skin, yet strong against the sun's UV rays, in the list below. You can also view my full sunscreen selection on the Sun Protection Products page.

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  1. UV Ray Detecto Ring  1021

    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
  2. Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin  1058

    Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin

    My favorite Self-Tanning product.

    $22.00
  3. 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.

    $74.00

    Out of stock

  4. Survival Kit for Busy Hands™  1202

    Survival Kit for Busy Hands™

    Dermatologist−recommended skin treatment for dry, busy hands.
    $22.90

    Out of stock

  5. 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.

    $52.50
  6. 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. 

    $21.00
  7. Makeup Brush Set  1196

    Makeup Brush Set

    Beautiful, economical, and ethically sourced professional brush set and tasteful tie pouch.
    $36.00
  8. 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. 

    $13.50
  9. Loose Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation™  1213

    Loose Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation™

    This gossamer-light triple milled powder gives you a soft and lovely matte finish with complete coverage.

    $20.00
  10. 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.
    $18.00
  11. 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!

    $24.00
  12. 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!

    $4.00
  13. 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.

    $38.50
  14. Avene Gentle Eye Make-up Remover  1070

    Avene Gentle Eye Make-up Remover

    This soothing gentle formulation made in France removes even stubborn waterproof eye makeup without irritation.
    $18.00
  15. Women's Sun Protection Bucket Hats  1250

    Women's Sun Protection Bucket Hats

    Lightweight, cool, and breathable cloth UPF 50 sun protection hats. Get in the habit of wearing this broad−brimmed hat along with your broad spectrum sunscreen − proven effective in the prevention of skin cancer and premature aging. Fits your head perfectly with its clever, adjustable inner brim cord. Highly packable too and makes a great gift!
    $20.00
  16. All Purpose 100% Natural Spray Cleaner  1297

    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.

    $14.90
  17. All Purpose 100% Natural Liquid Cleaner Concentrate  1298

    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

    $14.90
  18. EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40  1126

    EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40

    Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a lovely moisturizing lotion that's sheer and elegant of the skin.
    $24.00
  19. Dry Hand Skin Repair Kits  1131

    Dry Hand Skin Repair Kits

    Dermatologist-recommended skin treatment for dry, chapped, painful hands and cracked fingertips.
    $36.90

    Out of stock

  20. 100% Natural Ultra-Hypoallergenic Shower Gel  1295

    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.

    $12.50
  21. Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy™  1060

    Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy™

    State of the art antioxidant skin care powerhouse and my absolute favorite facial product. If you were going to pick just one antioxidant for your skin care, the best would be green tea - it helps calm skin redness and fights sun damage.

    $70.00
  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.
    $8.00
  23. 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!
    $16.00
  24. 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'.
    $19.00
  25. Naturally Hydrating Pore-Minimizing Facial Toner™  1215

    Naturally Hydrating Pore-Minimizing Facial Toner™

    Brighten your complexion with the extra clean that comes from using a gentle and non-drying toner after washing your facial skin.  

    $28.00
  26. Facial Redness Relief Kit - with Resveratrol™  1069

    Facial Redness Relief Kit - with Resveratrol™

    This is the same magical ingredient combination as my Facial Redness Relief Kit - Oil Free but now with the newest Green Tea Skin Therapy Cream containing resveratrol, the powerful grape antioxidant, in a paraben-free cream base.

    $80.00
  27. Suntegrity 5-in-1 BB Cream SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen  1208

    Suntegrity 5-in-1 BB Cream SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen

    This luscious and all natural face cream is my absolute new favorite face sunscreen! Natural, broad-spectrum mineral zinc oxide protection that feels and looks so good on your skin that you'll want to wear it 24/7.

    $45.00
  28. Baked Mineral Powder™  1209

    Baked Mineral Powder™

    Hydrating mineral powder for a luminous, velvety finish to your skin.

    $30.00
  29. Bag Balm  1132

    Bag Balm

    This is a time-honored healing ointment for severely chapped skin and dry brittle fingernails.
    $10.00
  30. Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin™  1139

    Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin™

    Gentle, oil free hydration for facial skin. This light glycerin moisturizer is perfect for acne prone skin and to use in combination with all of our therapeutic facial products.

    $21.00
  31. Facial Redness Relief Kit - Oil Free  1068

    Facial Redness Relief Kit - Oil Free

    Dermatologist recommended products to calm facial redness from rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis using ingredients that are proven to give relief.
    $79.70
  32. MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 Broad Spectrum  1157

    MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 Broad Spectrum

    Luxurious, Broad Spectrum Sunscreen with a Silky "Barely There" Finish.
    $32.00
  33. All Natural Lavender Foaming Hand Soap  1300

    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.

    $11.00
  34. Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™  1211

    Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™

    Advanced skin care technology for firmer, brighter, and smoother skin instantly!

    $69.00
  35. Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder™  1216

    Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder™

    Oil-free pressed minerals give you medium to full coverage with a smooth, long-lasting matte finish. This mineral makeup foundation is full coverage, yet oil-free. The light reflecting powder is so fine that it won't flake or cake. You get a natural, healthy skin look because the tiny mineral particles are so fine that they layer imperceptibly on your skin giving you complete coverage to show off your skin.

    $24.00
  36. Loose Mineral Makeup Blush™  1212

    Loose Mineral Makeup Blush™

    Two lovely, soft shades to invoke a natural looking, delicate health-radiating glow to your skin (without the sun!).

    $17.00
  37. Back Applicator  1050

    Back Applicator

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

    $12.00
  38. 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.

    $29.75
  39. 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.

    $28.00
  40. 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.

    $13.00
  41. 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.

    $14.90
  42. Vanicream Lip Protectant  1255

    Vanicream Lip Protectant

    The best dermatologist recommended hypoallergenic lip balm and sunscreen - all in one product!

    $8.00
  43. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™  1217

    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!

    $43.00
  44. SunSavvy Kit, Daily Wear Protection   1013

    SunSavvy Kit, Daily Wear Protection

    The best dermatologist recommended mineral sunscreen products for everyday protection. 

    $38.00
  45. Replenix CF Cream   1022

    Replenix CF Cream

    This has been a popular facial product in my dermatology practice for years! This unique oil free cream contains a high concentration of green tea antioxidant polyphenol, combined with caffeine and hyaluronic acid (a very expensive protein moisturizing ingredient).

    $69.70
  46. Calming Zinc Bar Soap®  1044

    Calming Zinc Bar Soap®

    My favorite skin cleanser! Naturally healing, unbelievably hydrating, and powerfully medicated to solve your skin problems.

  47. 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.

    $22.00
  48. Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Dry to Normal Skin™  1056

    Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Dry to Normal Skin™

    Richly moisturizing, non-greasy technology with just a hint of hydrating oils to balance dry facial skin. Fortified with antioxidants, vitamin E and CoQ10.
    $22.50
  49. All Natural Foaming Liquid Hand Soap™  1133

    All Natural Foaming Liquid Hand Soap™

    Natural, organic, foaming liquid hand soap - the best type of non-drying cleanser for dry hands.
    $8.00
  50. Cotton Gloves  1134

    Cotton Gloves

    A really good pair of cotton gloves is essential to help heal dry hands.
    $4.00
  51. 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.
    $20.00
  52. 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.
    $5.00
  53. Vanicream Cleansing Bar  1156

    Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic cleansing bar for extremely sensitive skin.
    $4.00
  54. EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31  1158

    EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31

    Protect your delicate lips from the sun every day with a sunscreen lip balm you will love to use.
    $10.00
  55. Nutritic Lip Treatment Balm  1204

    Nutritic Lip Treatment Balm

    The best lip balm with deeply hydrating ingredients for moist lips all the time.
    $16.00
  56. 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. 

    $10.00
  57. Baked Mineral Trio Eye Shadow

    Baked Mineral Trio Eye Shadow™

    Luscious, creaseless, long lasting shimmery color. Do you love your eye makeup? I do, and it's because this is what I use every day!

    $20.00
  58. Mineral Makeup Loose Powder Eye Shadow™  1214

    Mineral Makeup Loose Powder Eye Shadow™

    Long lasting and creaseless eye shadows with a luscious, velvety, smooth finish.

    $7.00
  59. EltaMD UV SPF 46 Sunscreen  1125

    EltaMD UV SPF 46 Sunscreen

    Completely oil free and ultra light feel on the skin make this sunscreen a marvel. Perfect for oily to normal and acne prone skin. Comes with either a clear or tinted option to help soften complexion flaws for all skin types.

    $32.00
  60. 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. 

    $38.00

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