How Do I Choose a Skin Product During Radiotherapy?

Choosing a skin product during treatment can be a daunting task. After all, you don’t want to use a product that will hamper the effectiveness of the treatment, or slow down recovery. As such, it’s important to discuss with your treatment team before starting to use any product on your own.

Our guidelines will help you shortlist the product best for you, which you can then discuss with your treatment team.

Don’t Use

  • Products containing alcohol and perfumes, as these may further irritate your skin
  • Metallic-based topical products (zinc oxide creams or deodorants with an aluminum base, for instance), since they may increase the dose absorbed by skin
  • Starch-based products, as they can increase the risk of infection 

Instead, look for products that were designed specifically for cancer patients, as the ingredients used target inflammation, itching, dryness, and pain.

Remember! Consult your treatment team before starting to use a new product.