Cancer treatment cause many toxicities included skin toxicities. Although skin toxicity often resolve upon therapy discontinuation these side effect can negatively affect self esteem, treatment compliance and quality of life.
A literature review was conducted using the electronic databases PubMed and Google scholar, with respect to the period from 2008 to 2018. The following key words were entered: “medical makeup”, “cancer”, “anticancer treatment’’ and a combination thereof. The exclusion criteria for the articles were languages other than English.
Medical makeup was tested under dermatological control on damaged skin. It was water- and sweat-resistant, perfume-free, preservative-free, superior coverage (40-50% pigments) and has natural results. In a multicenter study (9 centers) were studied 90 patients presenting with visible cutaneous side effects from chemotherapy: altered complexion, total or partial eyebrow alopecia, irregularity of lip contour, dry lips. The corrective medical makeup improved the quality of life in 81.2% of patients and helped 76.8% of patients to brave the stares of others. Also, health professionals should inform women cancer patients about medical make-up, its benefits and give some instructions for applying make-up.
Medical makeup has many benefits in enhancing patients’ self-esteem. Health professionals must find ways to implement it in cancer patients who have skin toxicity. Also, in Greece there is a great need for further research for this issue, on a large population with precise characteristics in order to arrive at safe results about medical makeup.
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Alexander Technological Educational Institute - Research Laboratory "Care in Adults Patients with Cancer".
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