MY BODY AND SKIN
Your cancer treatment is about to start: you might experience changes in your skin, your hair, your nails, and you may have new questions about your skin care and hygiene routine.This is an important time to take care of yourself, both physically and mentally.
There are many proactive ways to protect and look after your skin during treatment. Dermatologist-approved products are available to take care of your body, face and scalp.
You can also find a range of supportive care solutions to improve your quality of life during cancer treatment. Relaxation therapies such as Sophrology help to unwind both your body and mind, clear your head, and improve your outlook on life. Exercises such as Pilates could also help rehabilitate your body and improve your flexibility during and after cancer treatment.
Choosing from a menu of available therapies to engage your body and mind can help you lessen the side effects of cancer treatment and improve your daily wellbeing. There are plenty of options, and at La Roche-Posay we are here to support you and help you choose the appropriate solutions, endorsed by medical experts.
"MY SKIN WAS MORE TIRED, DRY, AND ITCHY"
THE TESTIMONY OF JULIE
“My skin was more tired, dry, and itchy. I experienced redness on my skin; on both my face and my body. I realized I had to take care of my skin differently and adapt my skin care routine during my treatment.”
MY BODY AND SKIN
Because your skin will change during cancer therapy, now is the right time to take care of yourself, nourish your skin and indulge in moments for yourself. A daily skin care routine will help to improve your skin during treatment.
At La Roche-Posay, we have been developing dermatologist-approved skin care solutions to soothe, nourish and protect your sensitive skin before, during and beyond cancer treatment.
POINT OF VIEW
Sometimes vital cancer treatments are delayed or stopped due to the skin side effects of the treatment... Look for products specifically created for sensitive skin with as few potentially sensitising ingredients as possible.
Dr Justine Hextall, Consultant Dermatologist
Some cancer treatments, depending on the type of cancer, make the skin more sensitive and fragile. How the skin reacts may vary depending on the type of skin, the nature of the treatment or its duration. During therapy, cancer patients need to know how best to take care of their reactive skin.
To help manage skin toxicities, La Roche-Posay brought together working groups of dermato-oncologists and oncologists that specialise in dermatological conditions associated with cancer therapy.
In 2012, the brand initiated a European working group - the European SKIn Management in Oncology (ESKIMO) - composed of dermatologists and an oncologist specialized in cancer care and the dermatological issues associated to it. After reviewing updated scientific data, the group drew on its medical expertise to develop recommendations of suitable dermocosmetic solutions, and therefore improve the quality of life of patients during their cancer treatments.
These same recommendations were then published in renowned peer-reviewed scientific journals. Subsequently, FRESKIMO (FRench SKIn Management in Oncology) - a French work group comprising dermatologists and oncologists - was created.
TO MY INNER SELF
As part of supportive care, physical activity, relaxation and talking therapies can help you to re-connect with your inner self and find strength while undergoing cancer treatment.
You could try dynamic relaxation exercises such as Sophrology, or tailored physical activities like Pilates, which can both contribute to an improvement in your physical and mental outlook.
You can rely on doctors and other healthcare professionals such as physiotherapists to support you during this time. Patient associations are also an essential space for you to network with other cancer patients. Great emotional support can be found by discussing your situation with others that understand.
HOW CAN SOPHROLOGY
HELP ME DURING TREATMENT
Sophrology is the art of connecting with your breath through a series of movements designed to clear your head and relax your body. This holistic approach, which includes visualisation and relaxation therapies, can reduce your anxiety and fatigue while improving your positivity and confidence to face cancer. Many patients have found that it helps to tackle the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment. It can help with insomnia and emotional distress.
Pilates and resistance exercises can enhance your quality of life at any stage of treatment. If you are experiencing muscle weakness, pain or limited movement, a rehabilitative Pilates programme can counteract these symptoms, leading to psychological and physical benefits on your road to recovery.
Find Pilates techniques to learn and practice, and advice from INA professionals.