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
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