September is National Ovarian Cancer Month– a disease that affects 22,000 women annually in the US. At No-Nonsense Beauty Blog we get frequent skin care questions from women with different types of cancers on dealing with skin problems with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. .
Life saving chemotherapy can dehydrate the skin because this category of medication shuts down both oil and sweat gland activity. This sudden and severe loss of moisture produces intense dry areas, itching,redness, sensitivity and inflammation. Nails are also hit hard with destruction of the cuticle and even the loss of the nail itself. Radiation can be equally damaging. The intense heat can produce a painful sunburn, peeling and blistering. Both chemo and rdiation can leave the skin especially vulnerable to infection.
When Cancer Becomes Personal
In the past few years, four close friends have been dealing with advanced cancer. I saw first hand the impact of treatment on their skin, but did not know how to help. Flowers, spy novels and tubs of Haagan Daz just went only so far to show that I cared. When I discovered Skin in Treatment line of products, I finally had something valuable to offer my friends.
Introducing Skin in Treatment
Merilyn Konnerth had no risk of breast cancer, nor did she have a family history, but at age 52 she was shocked to hear a diagnosis of breast cancer. Within a week, she was dealing with the side effects of multiple surgeries and chemotherapy. When she could not find products to relieve the discomfort, she joined forces with her Dad who is a pharmacist. Together they developed cleansers and moisturizers that dealt with the dryness that did not contain ingredients which might add to the problems.
Her products have a rare integrity. Rather than just an empty marketing concept, Skin in Treatment was developed at the fronlines of a cancer journey. Because the skin becomes hyper sensitive, Skin in Treatment products do not include irritating ingredients like glycolic acid, alcohol, fragrances, grapefruit extract, parabans, mint, salicylic acid, petroleum by-products and phthalates. It even excludes soy which may be a problem with estrogen based cancers. In their place, Skin in Treatment products are packed with natural oils like Argan oil, oat proteins, and shea butter. Many contain murumuru oil which has both hydrating and anti-microbial properties.
Martha Stewart and Skin in Treatment
Skin in Treatment is available on Etsy and is now a finalist in the Martha Stewart Made in America Contest. This event supports local artisans and homemade products. There are 25 categories that include textiles, paper crafts, toys,baked goods and condiments. Merilyn is a finalist in the beauty category and you can vote for her to support this unique and very needed line of skin care.