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It’s natural to wonder which moisturisers to use prior to having radiotherapy. We’re not able to make recommendations for particular products but information from the Society and College of Radiographers has a range of skin care advice including a section on moisturisers.
You may be advised to avoid certain products whilst having your treatment, as they can cause skin irritation. You could contact the radiotherapy treatment team to discuss this or ask about it at your radiotherapy planning appointment As Becky says you could also check with your breast care nurse
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Hi Mitochic, my radiotherapy team advised Aveeno as it is oat based. It was super stuff and I still use it and all the related products three years on. I was told the skin absorbs it very easily, which it does, and it is non greasy, which it is. It does not contain any chemicals which may irritate the skin. During rads your team will keep a good eye on you and will provide any additional special creams you may need. Good luck with rads. You are almost there! Well done. X
I was told to only moisturise after each radiotherapy session, try to have the skin clean and dry before you go, otherwise creams and oils can interfere with the rads and may cause burning. Xx
I’ve been using Aveeno on my mastectomy scar. It’s probably one of the most gentle moisturisers. I work in pharmacy and I know that there is an ingredient in E45 that can cause a bit of stinging on irritated skin, and with Aqueous cream I believe it was found to cause thinning of the skin with regular use. We don’t see it much on prescription these days.
A few ladies I follow on Instagram have recommended creams called MooGoo and Uddely Smooth, the latter Ive seen on prescription in an outpatient pharmacy so wonder if they supply it when you have radiotherapy? I’m not 100% sure. I think the MooGoo might need to be ordered online. I deffo recommend the Aveeno, I’ve used it when I’ve had really dry irritated hands and it’s sooooo soothing! I would check with your nurse as well for recommendations 😊 Hope that helps!
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I had a mastectomy 23/6 and physio has advised moisturising the area, i have aqueous cream and E45 however she advised when i get nearer to having radiotherapy it would be best not to use these creams, she didn't say why. It got me thinking which is the best cream/oil to use?