Drugs can give you dry, itchy skin as a side effect.  This can be devastating

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But sometimes you need specialised help, particularly with dry, itchy and flaky skin caused as a side effect of treatment. My horrid skin problems were brushed aside by uncaring doctors – they gave me to understand they had more important things to consider.

Once you leave hospital you are probably on your own.  Cancer tends to be an older person’s disease and you can feel isolated. You want to go out, but with awful skin you don’t feel able to face the world.

I am years older – but as an ex-skincare journalist might be able to offer some tips about what to do with ‘brillo pad’ skin that comes with drugs that we are treated with.

And this applies to everyone – boys and girls.

to get rid of the rough bits of skin that often appear on the skin during treatment, making us scratch, . I contacted Nicola Ramm, from the inexpensive Living Nature skincare range from New Zealand.

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Breast Cancer Network New Zealand endorses this skincare range, and makes me wonder why can’t our major cancer charities look after us as well?   All we are offered – if anything – are aqueous creams, and similar gunk.

You have to cleanse and moisturise and there is NO going to bad without doing this.  Sorry.

Living Nature  say their “‘hero’ ingredient, Kumerahou, often described as nature’s soap, is renowned for its cleansing properties and provides a gentle, natural alternative to harsh surfactant cleansers.  This New Zealand native plant does wonders for skin, effortlessly loosening oil, dirt and debris, whilst soothing and helping to lock-in moisture.  Rich in phyto-saporins, Kumerahou also provides strong antimicrobial protection.  Jojoba and Candelilla beads gently lift keratinised dead skin cells from the skin in minutes and with ease, revealing younger cells beneath and helping to stimulate healthy cell renewal.  These natural wax beads are non-irritating and smooth so won’t cause micro tears or damage your skin, leaving it refined, refreshed, soft, smooth and healthy; and healthy skin means beautiful skin”.

She also recommended exfoliating any rough patches two or three times a week – and men can do this too.  Be prepared to do this long term as I find long term side effects of strong drugs can last for several months.

She suggested I use their Skin Reviver Exfoliant.

Living Nature’s new Skin Revive Exfoliant 

This rather worried me – hasn’t there been a lot in the press recently about the harm Exfoliants are doing to the sea.  If you believed all the stories, oceans are awash with plastic micro-beads that make up most exfoliants – and as usual we are made out to be the villains!  But Living Nature assure me their natural wax beads are bio-degradable and harmless to ocean life, so using this you’ll be supporting the Beat The Microbead campaign to reduce the significant ecological impact of plastic microbeads making their way into the oceans.

The product arrived, together with some samples which were snapped up by the nurses!  Suitable for all skin types, but particularly those with mature, acne-prone or sensitive skin (that’s me!), fast-acting Skin Revive Exfoliant gently and effectively cleansed and exfoliated my skin in just two minutes.  With one easy action, my skinLiving Nature Skin Revive Exfoliant - Living Naturelooked smoother and felt healthy, glowing and rejuvenated.  If you’re short of time, use in place of your cleanser.  When I had time, I used it before applying a mask, and if you have normal, dry or mature skin, Living Nature recommends using Skin Revive Exfoliant 2-3 times a week and more frequently for oily, acne-prone or combination skin, daily if preferred.

The tube of exfoliant costs £27.50 for 75ml, but lasts a looooong time.

Their other products cost a lot less ,and with Christmas coming up why not go on their website and draw up a wish list?

Now, I get out the tube two or three times a week, as I find long term side effects of strong drugs can last for several months (rrp £27.50 for 75ml)

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