Healthy Living

Proper Skincare for Anyone Living with Cancer

Pick a gentle cleanser without alcohol or SLS

Avoid all harsh cleansers, especially those that have alcohol as an ingredient. Many perfumes and toners are alcohol-based. These skin cleansers may be too harsh for your skin now since your glands are producing less oil, drying it out even more. Dryer skin is also more sensitive – it’ a vicious cycle we want to avoid.

Check all your shower products and cleansers and look at the ingredients list. Besides alcohol, you should also avoid an ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). It can be very harsh on your skin. Try to pick products that don’t have this ingredient. Check your toothpaste too! You’d be surprised how many brands use this harsh ingredient.