Best natural skin care for radiation burns

24 March 2017

It's rare to hear people describe good outcomes for their skin after they've had radiation therapy.

A course of radiation therapy course usually consists of 30 treatments. While it's a lifesaving treatment this is incredibly harsh on skin. Skin that radiation burns needs gentle and soothing support to survive the treatment without cracking up - literally.

When products that are prescribed for use during radiation therapy don't actually nurture the skin, instead just put a greasy film over it, these are the sorts of unpleasant outcomes that occur:

"I still had bad burns, they opened up like bed sores and needed debridement (which I did at home--ouch) Healed up pretty well but sort of discolored".

"I only wish I had known about your products during my awful radiation treatment after the breast cancer. I was so burnt and would have loved some relief."

 "I wish you had posted this four weeks ago. I'm currently having radiotherapy and my skin has now broken - arghhh. The doctor told me to use sorbolene. And that's what the nurses have been giving me after the radiation therapy - yuk!"

Simplicité's founding naturopath David Lyons initially worked at the Royal Brisbane Hospital for seven years treating skin cancer and sun damage.

David recommends using Nutritive Body Lotion to soothe areas of skin under treatment. The lotion is to be used regularly after the radiation treatments. Many patients have happily used this approach but always check with your oncologist first.

The feedback below shows how large amounts of soothing, healing plant extracts work: including freshly squeezed Aloe Vera juice - calms irritated skin, promotes healing in damaged skin; Carrot - used in the treatment of rashes including dermatitis and eczema; Clary Sage - calms redness, soothes and moisturises.

best natural skin care for radiation burns

"Just a note to let you know how much I love your skin care products? I have jut finished 30 radiation treatments for breast cancer and the skin lotion, as recommended by David, was an absolute lifesaver! My skin looks 100% better than other patients and medical staff were very impressed! 

Thank you for your wonderful products and advice!"

Debbie Stjernquist

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