A guide to radiotherapy skin care

12/05/2020 — By Alexandra Julian

A guide to radiotherapy skin care

This guide offers some information on skin care for those who are undergoing radiotherapy treatment.

Many people are advised by their hospital to use an unscented cream during radiotherapy and to use very gentle products to wash. We look at our range of scent free products and have some tips on caring for your skin after treatment.

*Note: Always follow the radiotherapy skin care advice of the staff on your radiation unit. The information found on this page may not be suitable for all types of radiotherapy or side effects.

 

What radiotherapy skin care do I need?

According to Cancer Research UK1, it can be helpful to wash radiation-treated skin daily with a gentle, perfume-free soap – although be sure to follow the advice of the unit you are being treated on.

Green People is a leading organic skin care company and we specialise in products for sensitive skin. Our scent-free range is rich in natural, plant-derived extracts and oils to help restore, protect and maintain your skin’s natural barriers.

shea butter


Ingredients include Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Green Tea, Jojoba, Perilla and Calendula, each chosen for being gentle on sensitive skin along with their individual benefits and properties.

Thanks to their ultra-gentle profile, some people choose to give our scent free products as gifts for radiotherapy patients.

Facial products for sensitised skin

If the treated area is on the head or neck, try our gentle Scent Free Cleanser and soothing Scent Free 24-Hour Moisturiser packed with vitamins, minerals and botanical plant extracts.

radiotherapy skin care


Our skin-friendly natural creams and lotions absorb easily into the skin to leave it hydrated, nourished and balanced, while our cleansing products are free from irritating SLS and instead contain gentle foaming agents from Yucca that do not dry the skin out.

Remember that your skin may come into contact with other products such as shampoo and conditioner so you may also wish to consider scent free hair care too.

Scent Free Anti-Ageing 24-Hour Cream 50ml
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Scent Free Anti-Ageing 24-Hour Cream 50ml

An ultra-gentle anti-ageing moisturiser to soothe and nourish sensitive skin

£20.00

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Scent Free Cleanser & Make-up Remover 150ml
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Scent Free Cleanser & Make-up Remover 150ml

Ultra-gentle cleanser & make-up remover

£20.00

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Scent Free Shampoo 200ml
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Scent Free Shampoo 200ml

An ultra-gentle shampoo, soothing for sensitive scalps

£12.50

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Scent Free Conditioner 200ml
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Scent Free Conditioner 200ml

An ultra-gentle, easy-comb conditioner for sensitive scalps

£12.50

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Body products for sensitised skin

If the area treated with radiotherapy is on the body, our Neutral/Scent Free Shower Gel may be suitable for cleansing, as it is pH-balanced and contains no perfumes or essential oils. You may wish to follow with our Neutral/Scent Free Body Lotion to restore the moisture and sebum balance.

Many people undergoing treatment find that they wish to use a very gentle deodorant. Our Neutral/Scent-Free Deodorant. This is free from pore-clogging Aluminium and rich in ingredients such as soothing Aloe Vera and Prebiotics to promote healthy skin flora.

Scent Free Shower Gel 200ml
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Scent Free Shower Gel 200ml

An ultra-gentle bath and shower gel, soothing for sensitive skin

£12.50

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Scent Free Hand & Body Lotion 150ml
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Scent Free Hand & Body Lotion 150ml

Ultra-gentle hand & body lotion for sensitive skin

£21.00

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Scent Free Deodorant 75ml
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Scent Free Deodorant 75ml

An effective, ultra-gentle deodorant for sensitive skin

£10.50

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Radiotherapy skin care: further tips & sunscreen

  • After washing, gently pat the skin dry or blow dry with a hair drier on its cool setting
  • Apply creams or lotions lightly, again by gently patting the skin
  • Do not rub the area of skin that has received radiotherapy
  • Protect the treated area of skin from sun by covering up and wearing high SPF sunscreen.

 

Scent Free Sun Cream - SPF30 200ml
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Scent Free Sun Cream - SPF30 200ml

High factor fragrance-free SPF30 sun cream suitable for sensitive skin

£24.00

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Scent Free Facial Sun Cream - SPF30 50ml
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Scent Free Facial Sun Cream - SPF30 50ml

High factor, scent-free SPF30 facial sun cream for sensitive skin

£19.00

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Our UK customer care team are happy to help you identify which of our natural skin care products might be suitable for your skin or as a gift for radiotherapy patients. Please call us on 01403 740350.


1 https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/canc...

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