Oncology Skin Care

Winter Brings New Skin Care Challenges to Oncology Patients

The arrival of colder winter weather brings not only snow and ice, but also dry, itchy skin and chapped lips – conditions that are irritating enough to deal with, but can be horrendous to deal with for an oncology patient who already has dry and brittle skin.

Ways an Oncology Patient Can Combat Winter Skin Issues

For oncology patients, there are a number of precautions that should be taken during the winter to keep skin dryness and itchiness at bay. Many of these tips should be followed year-round for oncology patients to keep skin in top condition, but are especially vital in the cold winter months.


Creams and lotions can have great lasting effects on brittle skin, and are recommended over using lotions because of the thicker consistency. It may be helpful to apply the cream shortly after showering. Be sure to also drink lots of water to keep your skin as healthy and hydrated as possible. If you find it difficult to drink enough water, it may be helpful to consistently eat foods high in water such as watermelon.

Protect the Skin

Dry, windy, cold weather conditions will aggravate dry skin. It is important to bundle up, wear warm clothing that will provide a physical barrier to protect the skin from the harsh season. When washing the skin (and clothes), use detergents that are gentle – preference goes to fragrance free and unscented soaps – typically anything made for babies should be suitably gentle. Additionally, limit the amount of time spent in the bath or shower – especially if you tend to have very warm showers as the hot water can irritate already brittle skin; and, wear sunscreen – even in the winter – your skin’s safety is top priority while undergoing treatments.

For those dealing with itchy, dry, brittle skin from going through oncology treatment, keeping care of your skin is of utmost importance, and this battle becomes ever more important as the winter months roll in. With winter comes dry, cold weather with can wreak havoc on your skin – keep ahead of it’s damages with these helpful tips.



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