Cancer treatment plays havoc with our faces

The bad news is drugs have horrendous effects on our facial and body skin.                                              Good news – these drugs ‘dry us out’ and those of us who suffer acne, cold sores, etc. often find these disappear over treatment time.

However difficult our treatment – there comes a time when we want to start wearing make-up again, and it helps enormously if we have prepared the basis for this. However, I found treatment had made me very hesitant and self-conscious – and I felt I needed to get back to basics and remind myself what i should do.

So here is basic information to make sure you are giving your skin the best start possible, kindly provided by La Roche Posay.  They are the French experts at cancer care for our skin, so ………


La Roche Posay is one of my favourite skincare companies, and they have just issued some very common sense advice on keeping  skin in tip-top condition to provide a base for make-up :

Myths surrounding makeup can be confusing and concerning for those wishing to conceal their blemishes, without breaking out. So prepping your skin before applying makeup is an essential step for achieving a flawless finish.  This information has been prepared for those with acne;  if drugs have made your skin extra dry, you might want to vary it, and use LRP’s creamier products such as those in its Lipikar range.

Step 1: Preparing a clean base Use the Effaclar Sensitive Skin Micellar Water to cleanse skin before applying any products; this will leave you feeling fresh. Follow up with Effaclar Astringent Lotion, once a day so as not to irritate the skin, this will help to tighten pores and tone skin, whilst also removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin.

Step 2: Choosing the right moisturiser

For those concerned about the longevity of their makeup, primer is a good option to help you feel confident in your coverage. Most primers have properties which hydrate the skin and even out skin tones, which make it a great step to take pre-foundation.

For those with blemishes, Salicylic acid and LHA provide a keratolytic action to the skin, which means that they work to remove dead skin cells and exfoliating pores. Meanwhile Niacinamide gets to work on inflamed skin and blemishes. These ingredients are found in Effaclar DUO [+], making it a great makeup base for those with acne-prone skin.

The combination of Airlicium and Carnosine in Effaclar K(+), makes it the perfect base for your makeup if you have oily skin with blackheads. Airlicium is an incredibly absorbent ingredient, absorbing up to 100 times its weight in sebum. Meanwhile the Carnosine in Effaclar K(+)  is able to get rid of blackheads with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The combination of these powerhouse ingredients will ensure skin is matte and ready for makeup, as well as treating your oily skin and blackhead concerns.

For those with shiny skin, Effaclar Mat is a great alternative to traditional primers. It contains Perlite, which is an ingredient that will mattify skin before any makeup application. Use Effaclar Mat to keep skin hydrated and shine-free.

With your skin perfectly primed you’re ready to start applying makeup!..

These are recommended products for acne-prone skin

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If you have dry skin, try these

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