How to care for your skin, after you have had Radiotherapy.
As a Therapy Radiographer. My patients can suffer with their skin after Radiotherapy.
As Radiotherapy treatment is accumulative, the skin will take a couple of weeks to repair itself after your last treatment.
- Apply the moisturiser morning and evening, and ensure the moisturiser is soaked in.
- You can apply the moisturiser long term, to ensure the skin is nice and supple, and less dry and irritated. (Chemotherapy can also dry your skin out)
- If the skin is broken, be careful not to use certain creams. It should say on the bottle on whether to use the moisturiser on broken skin.
- Your skin – long term will be sensitive to the sun, and therefore you should use at least 30SPF on your skin, to ensure it is protected.
- You may need to cover the area with clothing to protect it from the sun, during your treatment, and this may be after to.
- You know your skin best, and will know when it’s heal to its natural self.
- Pat the area dry, rather than rub with a towel, to minimise irritation.
- If the skin is still sensitive, and needs shaving, use an electric shaver rather than a razor.
- Be careful with tight clothing, looser, cotton or linen fabrics may be more comfortable.
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