Fun facts about skin care during radiation

As I prepare for day 2 of radiation, I thought I’d share a few fun facts about what I can / cannot do for the next 6+ weeks:

  • Moisturize daily – Start immediately upon beginning radiation and apply twice a day but not 4 hours prior to radiation
  • Use a mild soap such as Dove and avoid soaps with fragrance
  • Do not use a loofah, scrub brush or sponge
  • Do not rub skin dry, pat only
  • Take short, lukewarm or cool baths / showers
  • Deodorant only, no antiperspirant
  • No shaving on side that is being treated
  • No sun exposure to area being treated (which is halfway up my neck! And it’s already 80 here…eek…)
  • Keep area being radiated covered when in the sun
  • Wear loose fitting shirts, preferably cotton
  • Avoid chlorine pools and swimming in the ocean (Nooooooo!!!) as these can be irritating and drying to the skin

Yeesh! I know it’ll be worth it but my goodness that’s a lot to remember. I keep hoping chemo fog will eventually get better…I suppose testing my memory with a list like this helps! J


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