Chronically Dry Skin
Chronically dry skin (Xerosis) is common in patients receiving many types of chemotherapy and radiation, including epidermal growth factor receptor EGFR inhibitors. EGFR inhibitors are thought to cause growth arrest of the keratinocytes (skin cells) and initiate terminal maturation. Mucosal surfaces of the skin such as the vagina, mouth and eyes may also be affected.
Because the chemotherapy chemical is widespread throughout the body, the damage to the skin is generally widespread as well. Damage to the skin cells will lead to a decrease in the skin’s ability to produce its natural moisturizing molecules, and to produce its natural barrier function that retains moisture. When the barrier of the skin is compromised, it loses its function of protection.
NeoGenesis Recovery abundant in S²RM® molecules, is recommended to help restore homeostasis in the skin. Simple topical application of this product should help mitigate skin redness and irritation. Follow Recovery application with Intensive Moisturizer to help restore the skin’s own moisture, and re-establish the skin’s barrier function. These products may be used under other more occlusive moisturizers that may be recommended by your health care professional when dealing with chronically dry, damaged skin.
For irritated muscosal surfaces, such as mouth, vaginal, and nasal cavities, we also recommend applying Recovery and Intensive Moisturizer to the area with irritation and sores.
Application of a chemical free sunscreen during the day is a must to further protect the skin from harmful rays. Adding a humidifier to the home may be helpful in providing a skin friendly environment.