Skin Care Guide

while undergoing oncology treatment


Skin Care Suggestions


It is known that oncology treatment can a ect physical appearance. Although these changes may not be clinically serious, they are nonetheless important to how you feel. When we are pleased with our physical appearance, we feel stronger when facing our day; this feeling is still desired even when affected by illness.

Skin changes such as dryness, acne or blemishes and irritation are, for the most part, temporary, but still need attention and care.

At the Ricardo Fisas Natura Bissé Foundation, we want to cover basic suggestions and simple solutions to minimize these possible side effects. The hope is that with the right information, they can be prevented.

All of the following recommendations are for guidance only and can vary per person. It is important to always consult with a doctor and follow their advice and recommendations.

How do I care for the skin on my face?

During chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapies, some side effects such as dryness, irritation, rashes or breakouts may occur on the skin and, in most cases, they are temporary. The following suggestions may help you minimize some of these side effects.



• Avoid using skincare products, such as scrubs or peels that can be harsh on the skin

• Avoid exposing your skin to heat sources such as sun or hot water

• Refrain from using products or treatments to remove dark spots or blemishes

• Wear sunglasses with UV protection that cover the entire eye area

• Apply eye contour cream along the outside of the eye area. Start by applying small dots around the eye area and gently press into the skin to help with dryness

• Apply lip balm from one end of the lip to the other with so touches

• For a dry mouth, increase liquid consumption to moisten the lips. Sugar-free citrus candies can also help.



On the eye contour area, you may notice dryness, irritation, puffness or dark circles due to dry eyes, excess tears or total/partial loss of eyesbrows and eyelashes

On the lips, dry mouth syndrome may cause dryness and cracks



1 Cleanse and remove makeup morning and night.
We suggest cleansers and toners that maintain the skin’s natural pH (alcohol-free and hypoallergenic) and provide a calming effect.


2 Hydrate and nourish your skin morning and night.
Use light-textured serums and creams with moisturizing, emollient, restructuring, anti-in ammatory, antiseptic and vitamin-rich properties. Remember that skin care products should always be applied in upwards movements, and do not forget to also apply to your neck, décolleté and ears.


3 Protect your skin from the sun every day.
Apply a SPF 50+ protection cream to your face, neck and décolleteé.

How to I moisturize my skin?

The combination of medication and medical treatments can lead to reactions on the skin. For instance, it can feel more sensitive which can cause tightness and itching. To help ease these side effects, you can apply specific skin care products that improve skin’s elasticity.


  • Take short showers with lukewarm water and rinse thoroughly.

  • Avoid scratching the skin with sponges or rough towels.

  • Wear cotton underwear.

  • Use a light touch to pat your skin dry.

  • Avoid belts or elastic bands that can rub your skin.

  • If you experience swollen legs or feet, talk to a doctor and wear ergonomic shoes.