Oncology and Skin Care

Mature woman visiting her daughter with cancer.

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Weekly Column: Skin Sense

Her reflection shows years of struggle from the long fought battle with cancer: Dry, crepey skin, broken capillaries, dehydration, mild inflammation, and redness. She reflects on the old game show Jeopardy: “Things we try to diminish…things that cause premature aging.” She has a faint memory of the words, “After cancer, your skin will never be the same.”

She wipes her eyes gently and is thankful for the gift of life. No time for tears; she must accept or learn to improve this new body, new skin, and create a new normal.  Standard spa skincare can remedy general issues like fine lines and dark circles but when skin is compromised, these treatments can intensify the problem.  Fragile skin must be treated with oncology based protocols.  Goals are restorative skin care including deep hydration and moisturizing with slightly occlusive, plant based products that are anti-inflammatory. Home care is crucial to a successful program.

Real Talk: Cancer and auto-immune disorders wreak havoc on the body.  Additionally, some of the medications and treatments that improve and sustain life may also cause negative side effects to the skin and body.  Once the illness is in remission, the largest organ in the body – the skin, may have developed long term areas of concern.

Clients should seek medical guidance before initiating any therapy or treatment. They should ask their physician about proper nutrition, exercise and the use of healthy ingredients such as antioxidants, plant based botanicals, and pH appropriate cleansers. When choosing an oncology spa provider, only select certified oncology skin therapists.

Angela Strother, PhD is co-owner of Jon’Ric International Massage & Wellness Spa in Matthews, offering authentic salt rooms, massage, facials, threading, Henna body art, and body treatments.  She is certified in aesthetics and oncology skin care.  You can reach the Jon’Ric team at 704-708-4165 or email at fprojection@aol.com.  At Jon’Ric Matthews, come join us for a cup of tea and a chat about your skin!

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