Chemotherapy Causes Dry Skin? Here Are The Solutions!

Chemotherapy Causes Dry Skin? Here Are The Solutions!

Jakarta, YKPI – The process of chemotherapy in cancer treatment often leaves new problems, namely dry and damaged skin. This certainly makes women, especially patients and survivors of breast cancer feel less-confident.

Head of SMF Dermatology and Venereology at the Dharmais Cancer Hospital Jakarta, dr. Danang Tri Wahyudi, SpKK, FINSDV, FAADV said it is reasonable considering that chemotherapy may cause smaller oil production in the skin.

“Thus, it reduces the level of natural moisturizing factor, and makes the skin become drier,” dr. Danang explained in the “Breast Cancer Webinar series: Skin Care for Breast Cancer Patients” on Friday (6/19). The event was conducted by the Indonesia Breast Cancer Foundation (YKPI) in collaboration with doctors at the Dharmais Cancer Hospital Jakarta.

“Dry skin must not be ignored,” he said. The specialist who also serves as the Head of the Indonesian Society of Dermatology and Venereology  (Perdoski) of Jakarta Branch said that dry skin may lead to the disruption of the body’s self-defense. This is what then causes itching.

Some chemotherapy medicine such as capecitabine (Xeloda®), fluorouracil (5-FU), liposomal doxorubicin (Doxil®), doxorubicin (Adriamycin®), cytarabine (Ara-c®), sunitinib (Sutent®) and sorafenib (Nexavar®) may cause reactions in the skin. One of them is hand and foot syndrome (HFS).

Then, what are the solutions?

Danang advised cancer survivors to use thick lotion or cream-based moisturizers, which can help overcome dry skin. As for HFS, survivors may use moisturizers for very dry or cracked skin.

“Moisturizers can be used thickly at night and wrapped in socks,” said the alumni of medical faculty of the University of Indonesia. He also advised cancer survivors to avoid bathing for a long time, or use hot water when bathing. Using soap with moisturizers, free of fragrance, and non-alkaline pH is also recommended.

“Use moisturizers immediately after bathing to keep the skin well hydrated,” he continued.

On this occasion, YKPI Chairperson Linda Agum Gumelar, who is also a survivor of breast cancer, emphasized that all participants of this third series of webinar, especially those of breast cancer survivors, would maintain their health.

According to Linda, the skin theme on this webinar is very important for patients and survivors of breast cancer who often have the same problems.

“Skin care is very important and should not be ignored. Therefore, be very careful in choosing skin care because the skin of cancer survivors is sensitive. Do not use bleaching products because they contain hydroquinone,” said Linda.

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