Isabel Calleros shares which cosmetic products you should purchase and those you should avoid while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
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Cosmetics to Buy and Avoid During Chemotherapy and Radiation All right ladies, now that we know how to maintain the health of our skin and the integrity of our skin through home care let’s talk about what we shouldn’t be doing because we are doing it because we don’t know we are not supposed to be doing it. So let’s talk about some of the questions that come up all the time to me about what I should not want to do. First of all let’s look at the products that we are using. So you can go to your cupboard to go to that junk drawer in the bathroom and pull out all your products. Anything that contains alcohol, throw it away. Anything that contains glycolic acid, get rid of it. Anything that contains a vitamin A or a C as an active ingredient, give to your oldest girlfriend. She is going to need it more than you at this point, okay? These are things that are going to break down your skin more. They are great when we are done with our chemotherapy and our skin is well established, but it is not good during it. These ingredients, these type of products will create extra sensitivity, over exfoliation which leads into excessive dryness, okay? Excessive dryness will then cause more wrinkles and more wrinkles will cause a frown on your face. So we want to stay away from those ingredients. When we talk about home care and products to use on our skin we are also talking about not just products for daily use but we are also talking makeup. We are also talking about skin block. We are also talking about cleansers. So let’s start with the makeup. With your makeup, make sure that you are using a full coverage of makeup base that has an SPF, most of them I think at this point the, usually the highest is about between an 8 and a 12 SPF, okay? Speaking of SPFs keep in mind that, I had a patient tell me this once and I thought it was kind of cute because they really didn’t know, so I am going to let you know before you ask your aesthetician and you don’t kind of look like you are not, you don’t know what you are talking about. You don’t take the SPF of the 8 in your foundation and the SPF of the 12 in your moisturizer and add those together and say I’ve got 20 so I only need a sunblock with 10. No. Each one is individual. Sunblocks, you want to use a sunblock and not a sunscreen. There is a big difference and the difference is that you look at your front door in your house and you leave the front door open but you have the screen door closed, you still have white filtering in into your house, okay? That’s a sunscreen. When you look at a sunblock you’ve closed the front door. No light is coming in and at the stage that you are in your cancer treatment you need a sunblock, okay? Your SPF or sun protection factor recommended by the American Dermatology Association and the American Cancer Society is an SPF of at least between 20 and 30. After 30 the FDA says that all you are adding is more chemicals to your body. So keep it between a 20 and a 30 when you are outdoors. If you work inside and you are on a computer keep in mind that the UV lights that are above you, that the light from your computer is still going on to the skin. Without using the sunblock you are going to create darker pigmentation on the skin quicker than if you are not using a sunblock. You are going to get some pigmentation with your radiation more than likely. So let’s not help it develop. Keep that sunblock on. Another thing you want to look at is, do I need a toner during this time, okay? If you can find a great toner that does not have alcohol then you are right on the track. The best thing to use would be witch hazel, your good old-fashioned witch hazel. Find it in your grocery store. Find it in your drug store, any of your retail stores will carry witch hazel. It’s the cheapest thing on the counter. It works great as a toner. Use those 100 percent cotton rounds and it will remove all of the residue of makeup and what have you on the skin. If you are acne-prone going through ch