Cancer is a disease that affects a large number of people worldwide. In Canada alone, the number of deaths due to cancer in 2017 was around 80,000. While treatments such as chemotherapy have proven to be successful for different types of tumors, it also comes with side effects. Examples of such side effects are sensitive and dry skin.
For people going through chemotherapy or radiation treatment, oncology facials are a great source of benefit. They are developed and designed using safe products to cater to dry skin.
Oncology facials refer specifically to the use of procedures and products for patients undergoing cancer treatment. Because their skin in extremely sensitive and much drier than normal, everything that their skin comes into contact with must be safe, lab tested, and sanitary.
This means that the oncology treatments should be free of stimulating products, excessive heat, strong exfoliates, and extractions. It is crucial that the skin therapist be aware of the long-term side effects involved in each modification treatment. Another reason why it is so important to go to qualified people is because every treatment is specific to the individual. Other factors that come into play are the types and stages of cancer, treatment time, experience with side effects, and the patient’s medical history.
Oncology facials generally make use of the “Less-is-more” principle. This means less heat (which includes use of infrared, steam, and towels), less friction (European massage, extractions or exfoliations) and less time (on skin service and more time on foot and hand massage, reflexology, and acupuncture points).
Since the goal of oncology skin care is specific to people with cancer, the oncology trained esthetician strives to provide restorative and hydrating therapy with emphasis on sanitation and safety. This includes having the knowledge on using the appropriate ingredients, products and protocols. The facial treatments used are done while keeping the sensitive nature of the skin in mind all while soothing, calming, nourishing and restoring the skin.
It is also necessary to take particular contraindications into account. Examples such as:
- Has the radiation/chemotherapy resulted in skin pigmentation?
- Has the patient’s lymph nodes been extracted?
- Is he/she on steroids?
- Is the patient currently undergoing chemotherapy or is he/she in remission?
- Where is the area of active radiation?
Medical oncology is often complemented by oncology skin care and falls under an integrated approach towards self-care.
Estheticians need to be trained under oncology-focus programs to best serve their patients affected by cancer and provide a high-level of quality service.
Visit leading oncology aesthetics in Calgary today and receive care at the hands of professionals who understand the importance of facial health and beauty.