What can you do?
Dedicate time to take care of yourself and your skin.
Keep your skin clean using mild soaps. Use lukewarm water (32–35°C) when cleaning your skin or washing your hands.
Always moisturise your skin after taking a bath, showering or swimming.
Moisturise your skin daily with hypoallergenic moisturising cream (non-oil or alcohol based). Ask your doctor/nurse about possible brands.
If you use make-up, try to use a good-quality brand. Avoid applying it to dried or inflamed areas or open cracks. Your nurse will provide you with advice and recommendations.
Use sun protection (sun protection factor 30 or more) when staying outdoors, even for short time periods. Reapply as needed during the day.
Wear a hat and long-sleeved clothes to protect yourself from the sun. Clothes should be changed daily.
Use rubber cotton-lined gloves when cleaning the house or washing the dishes.
Wear slippers or comfortable shoes in the house.
Contact your doctor/nurse if you have a question, or as soon as skin reactions appear/get worse. It is very important that these are treated immediately.
Keep a record of the reactions as they appear and how you manage them. This can then be shown to the doctor/nurse during the visit. An example of a diary can be found here.
Don’t stop your cancer treatment without first speaking to your doctor/nurse. Most skin reactions can be successfully treated without changing the dose or stopping treatment.
Don’t push back cuticles or bite your fingernails. Artificial nails should not be worn.
Don’t use harsh laundry detergents or work in the house or garden without gloves.
Don’t wear tight shoes.
Don’t stay in direct sunlight for long periods of time.
Don’t use skin products containing alcohol, perfumes or dyes.
Don’t use skin-peeling products or concealer.