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Chemotherapy and dry skin: remedies and tips

Chemotherapy and dry skin, some practical tips. Chemotherapy, as we all know, is a drug therapy to stop the growth of cancer cells. The drugs that are used serve to combat these or prevent them from dividing.

According to their nature, they are distinguished into:

Antimicrobial, or anti-infective, chemotherapy targets pathogenic microorganisms and cells infected by them; its products are called antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals etc;

antineoplastic chemotherapy, which targets neoplastic cells with drugs known as anticancer drugs.

Thus, the basic requirement of the chemotherapeutic drug is target selectivity: it eliminates neoplastic cells while preserving healthy cells. Unfortunately, however, there are still no drugs that can act only on the tumor mass without presenting side effects on other tissues in the body.

It must be said, however, that usually these tissues are able to return to their initial state at the end of therapy.


Side effect: chemotherapy and dry skin (Xerotic)

The side effects of chemotherapy are often the biggest cause for concern when starting this path, as they can be multiple and you never know what to expect.

These include dryness of the skin also called Xerotica. Among the side effects, in order of frequency it is among the most common. It occurs over the entire skin area although it is most noticeable on the hands and feet.


How to intervene in dry skin: remedies and tips

Chemotherapy and dry skin, what to do? When dry or Xerotic skin occurs, first consult your doctor and ask what is best to use and what is not.

However, there are good practices to incorporate into one’s daily routine that are still good to follow.

For washing:

  • Avoid washing with solid or liquid soaps or synthetic detergents; they may increase the dryness of the skin;
  • to wash hair or hands use so-called “washing bases”: these are cleansing products that do not foam and wash without drying out the skin.

Choose a gentle shower shampoo while respecting the skin’s natural pH and the balance of the skin’s hydrolipid mantle. Enriched with keratin and panthenol it has a moisturizing and restructuring action.

After washing:

  • in areas of particular dryness, it is appropriate to apply a self-hydrating ointment that can draw water from deep within the skin to the surface;
  • Avoid using moisturizers that are not effective for this type of dryness (always ask your doctor);
  • Apply an emollient cream where the dryness is less, in which case it is preferred to an ointment.

Choose an emollient body cream formulated to moisturize, protect, soothe and improve the overall condition of the skin.