Really dry skin after chemotherapy

Can anyone recommend a good moisturiser for really dry skin which leads to itching! Since my Dad has finished chemotherapy his skin has become really dry and itchy.

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Hi @Janeyd a great big welcome to our forum, I am glad you have found us.
Perhaps someone in your dads medical team can prescribe an appropriate medication or your pharmacy might also be able to suggest a product.
Please let us know if you get something to help your dad.
I look forward to hearing more from you.
I hope others can be of more assistance.

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Hi @Janeyd and welcome! Hopefully somebody will be able to share there experiences. Does your dad have a clinical nurse you could contact for advice? How is your dad at the moment following the chemo, aside from the itching you have described?

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Hi Erica, Dad spoke to his cancer Dr today it she didn’t offer any recommendations so he is going to call his GP tomorrow and hopefully they can recommend something. He has been using a moisturiser but it isn’t helping unfortunately.

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Hi Nichola, Dad spoke to his cancer today but she didn’t give him any recommendations. He’s got a croaky voice from after the radiotherapy but it isn’t causing him any discomfort, so he’s not too bothered!! Otherwise he’s doing really well, he just wants to be able to go out and do things for himself like he used to.

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Hi @Janeyd, oh, well cancer Dr not much help, please let us know how the call to your Dad’s GP goes, everything seems a battle sometimes when you are all stressed and exhausted already.

Hi @Janeyd, we hope you’re keeping well. Does you dad have a CNS, a specialist nurse? They may be able to advice and recommend something for your dad’s dry and inching skin following his chemotherapy treatment. We hope the GP appointment goes well and is able to advice your dad. If we can be of any further support, our Support Services Team are always here: https://bloodcancer.org.uk/support-for-you/talk-blood-cancer.

Best Wishes
Bav

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Hi,

Your dad is very lucky to have you to help him!! I was never really prescribed a cream by my medical team but these are my suggestions.

Best to ask his medical team if you are unsure before using anything but I found Dream Cream from Lush to be really good. It also has mostly natural ingredients. I used to get really dry skin on my hands after chemo from washing them so much to the point were they would burn but Dream Cream really helped.

Aveeno moisturizer is also really good as is E45 and aquapor. I found it was best sticking to unscented products with fewer ingredients in them as scented and coloured products can dry the skin further.

Don’t be afraid to ask his specialist nurse for recommendations, it won’t be the first time they’ve been asked.

Good luck to you both!!!

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Thank you, I’m hoping his GP has been able to recommend something, if they haven’t I’ll speak to his CSN and/or try your suggestions.

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Fingers crossed! Let us know how you get on. Take care X

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@Janeyd

Can totally empathise with itching and irritation at mo…

I’m sure you’ve tried antihistamines but I’ve been eating fexofenadine like haribos but been smoothering myself with zerobase cream which I think is helping … I tend to only get itchy when I’m still; lying down or sitting down.

Hope it gets sorted and thanks for posting as I’m also interested in people’s recommendations.

Ps. Zerobase was prescribed by my doc

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I have had bouts of eczema since a child and although it is now under control when on chemo it all flared up again.
I can’t tell you how many different lotions and potions I tried, spent a fortune!
The one thing that helped me and helps to this day is Morrisons own Extra care moisturising lotion. It’s unscented only costs £1.
It’s more like a cream and is absorbed quickly.

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Hi @AnnD. I’m the same and have tried loads. It’s just about finding one that works for you isn’t it. How are you? :blush:

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Hi @AnnD, so true. it is not always the cost of the lotion is it.
Also as @Nichola75 says it is the lotion that works for you personally too.
Has any one else found a really good lotion that works for them and at what cost.
How are you doing?

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when i was having cemo last year i came home covered myself in baby oil then had a shower his seem to do the trick

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Hi @richard welcome and you confirm what I just said that often the cost of the lotion might be irrelevant. Actually baby products often do the trick, I use a daily moisturiser on my hands that is for babies.
You have already shown the value of our forum by coming up with a handy hint that worked for you, we are also here to support each other.
I look forward to hearing more about you and how you are, take care.

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Hi @richard and welcome to the forum. Baby products are do good for sensitive skin aren’t that. I’ve used many a baby product!
I hope you are keeping well? :blush:

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@Janeyd

Hello ….I had awful dry and itchy skin running up to diagnosis and during my treatment - so so frustrating and annoying!

I found here looking forward a solution too and found on an old thread a recommendation for a particular Aloe Vera Gel. Apparently one of the purest out there.

It is made by Aloe Pura Laboratories and called ‘Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Cooling Soothing & Restoring’. It also says on the front ‘Bio Active Aloe Vera Juice with Vitamins A C & E’.

I can’t recommend it enough. It gave me almost instant relief from such an awful irritation! With such toxic treatment when I think of chemo, it was a real treat getting relief from something so natural!

Amazon have it for about £5.

If this helps one person - fab!

I can also recommend a nice cold BrewDog - the cold can can also be very soothing!
…;0)x

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Brilliant @AdamM thanks for your recommendations and the really useful pictures.
How have you been?
Can any one else share what has helped them?

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Just buy any unscented cream they’re all basically the same.i have a cancer, Mycosis Fungoides,which drys the skin like ezecma or psoriasis so have loads of experience with emollient creams.expensive ones are no different from cheap ones.

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