Jan 21, 2015 10:00 AM

Author: Cancer Learning Center


Chemo and radiation can cause changes to skin, and dry winter weather can make it worse. These tips will help you prevent itching, dryness, redness, and peeling:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid long, hot showers. Use lukewarm water and mild soap. Gently pat skin dry with a soft towel.
  • Limit tub baths to less than 30 minutes.
  • Use a hypoallergenic moisturizing lotion over your entire body. Apply while skin is damp from bath or shower, and reapply frequently throughout the day.
  • Choose body-care and cleaning products (soap, shampoo, lotion, and laundry detergent) that are free of dye, alcohol, and perfume.
  • Avoid perfumes, colognes, and aftershaves.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.
  • Choose clothes and bed sheets made of soft cotton.

Cancer Learning Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute
cancerinfo@hci.utah.edu

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