Caring For Your Skin During Cancer Treatments

When you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer there are many things to think about, and skin care can seem like a minor concern. Most people know about the hair loss that comes with chemotherapy and radiation, but treatment can also cause dull, dry, sensitive and irritated skin. When you are undergoing chemotherapy, your skin cells don’t replenish like they normally would, and your skin becomes dry and fragile. By proactively approaching this side effect, you can keep your skin healthy and hydrated as you undergo these drying treatments. People tend to think of dry skin as just a cosmetic problem, but skin can get so severely dry that it becomes inflamed and prone to infections. It’s important to adjust your routine to ensure your skin stays healthy throughout treatment.

MACRO B COMPLEX® This ground-breaking technology begins with oat beta glucan, a powerful botanical element found in the cell wall of an oat. Through BREVENA’s proprietary purification process, oat beta glucan is transformed into the healing powerhouse known as, Macro B Complex®. Trusted by doctors and plastic surgeons for over 20 years to successfully treat traumatized skin in burn centers nationwide, the unique, cellular friendly properties of Macro B Complex have proven to accelerate the healing process of the most damaged skin making it the ideal ingredient to calm sensitive skin, replenish severely dry skin, and soothe irritation while protecting skin from future damage and environmental age accelerators.

My skin felt so tight and dry as I went through cancer treatments. Nothing was helping, and I finally decided to try BREVENA. The Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream was amazing and made my skin feel so soft and smooth again! I am a fan for life!


Here are Some Suggestions:

  • Avoid long, hot showers or baths. These deplete your skin’s barrier and may cause more irritation.
  • Use moisturizers, preferably thicker creams or ointments rather than lotions or gels. Generally speaking, the thicker consistency, the is more hydrating the product is.
  • Apply the cream or ointment within 15 minutes of showering, before bed, and after washing your hands to prevent water loss.
  • Search for products that are gentle, hydrating, and hypoallergenic. Gentle soothing ingredients will hydrate your skin without irritating it. Look for aloe, oats, and petrolatum to lock in moisture without irritation.
  • Avoid common allergens like fragrance, dyes and essential oils that can further irritate dry, sensitive skin.
  • Skip the exfoliation. During cancer treatment your skin cells do not turn over as rapidly so sloughing off skin can be damaging to the already fragile skin.
  • Use gentle, fragrance-free soaps and laundry detergent. The more irritants you can avoid the better.
  • Hand-foot syndrome is one side effect of chemotherapy that causes hands and feet to peel and turn red. To soothe, apply a thick ointment or balm and cover hands and feet with cotton gloves and socks before bed.

Restorative Skin Balm

This therapeutic balm has an ointment-like texture to cocoon the skin in moisture. Free from dyes and fragrances, it won’t irritate the skin. The Macro B Complex® works to replenish the skin, reduce irritation, lock in moisture, and restore the skin’s barrier.

Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream

Rich and comforting, our night cream is filled with emollients to add moisture back to your skin. Macro B Comple, Jojoba Oil, Cocoa Butter and more work to soften the skin without added ingredients that may cause skin irritation.

Comfort Kit

Our most hydrating products are now together. These products are ideal for the driest and most sensitive skin. These products restore moisture, and help to soothe irritation and redness. Fragrance-free, steroid-free, and dye-free.