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How to treat dry skin after chemotherapy

Suffering from dry skin triggered by cancer treatment? You might want to think twice before slathering on your usual moisturiser. Many contain essential oils, fragrance and most mainstream moisturisers out there will be too strong for your weakened skin barrier.

Our co-founder, Lauren, went through leukaemia and knows only too well the impact cancer treatment can have on your body. During her own therapy, her skin became extremely sensitive and sore. Even many natural ranges caused her skin to flare up, and so her sister, Sarah, stepped in and began using her extensive skin knowledge and expertise to formulate her own innovative natural skincare (that now make up our award-winning skincare range). They totally transformed Lauren's fragile complexion and, in turn, her mood and mindset. As her skin started to feel more balanced and soothed, so did she.

Skincare may seem like an after-thought when you're faced with cancer treatment; but when the weeks are filled with chemo cycles, fatigue and pain, it's incredible how much comfort it can bring – and not just to a sore complexion.

Here, we take a look at the cause of chemo-induced dry skin and how to replenish moisture, nourishment and comfort...

Why does cancer treatment cause dry skin and chapped lips?

Various treatments for cancer – including chemotherapy and radiation therapy – can damage saliva glands, leading to a dry mouth condition called 'xerostomia' or 'chemo mouth.' Depending on the cancer treatment received, this can sometimes linger for several months or years.

Along with dental problems, mouth sores and issues talking, chewing and tasting, the condition can cause dry chapped lips which are often made worse as cancer treatment takes its toll on skin cells, too.

Ingredients to avoid during cancer treatment

Fragrance and essential oils can be particularly irritating to sensitive skin during or after chemotherapy. And many moisturisers often include parrafin and steroids, which cannot be used over the long-term.  

How to treat dry skin after chemotherapy

Reach for nourishing, restorative plant actives, oils and butters that are scientifically-proven to hydrate AND protect your skin barrier. While parrafin and mineral-based formulas form a protective film over the skin barrier, they offer little in the way of skin nourishment and have the potential to disrupt the skin's delicate microbiome.

Whether you’re prone to flare ups, have been on steroid or paraffin based creams for a long time or are just coming off them, the Maven Daily Moisturiser is as comforting, soothing and luxurious as putting a cashmere jumper on your skin.

By Sarah Maven Daily Moisturiser

Plus, Maven is Dermatologically Approved for Sensitive Skin, clinically-proven moisturise the skin for up to 8 hours after first use, and reduce transepidermal water loss for up to 4 hours. No petroleum. No mineral oil. No steroids. With clinically-proven hydrating actives, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, Maven provides deep, long-lasting hydration and repairs the skin barrier, for a complexion that is calm, comfortable and radiant.

Please note: You should always seek medical assistance if you experience any new rashes, peeling or redness following cancer treatment. 



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