November 09 2021 - Skin Care 101
Best pain soother during Efudex treatment26 June 2019
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Relieve Efudex pain and discomfort
Nolene's Efudex story
"Sharing my Efudex story has helped many others reduce Efudex pain by using Damask Rose Day Creme during and after the treatment. Ever since discovering this wonderful cream I still use it and many other Simplicité products - my skin has certainly never been better."
"I was in a lot of pain in week two of a month-long treatment for my whole face using Efudex fluorouracil cream for sun damage, including early BCCs (basel cell carcinomas).
After the first application of the Efudex cream my skin started burning - over two weeks this got progressively worse. I was in constant pain.
But changed after an unexpected phone call.
I'm a website designer and the phone call was from the owner of a skin care company, Simplicité Skin Care, wanting help with their site.
During the call I looked through the site and was impressed by results people said the products gave. I noticed that each product was made using what was explained as ‘nutritive, healing, skin-friendly and highest quality’ plant extracts'.
So I asked for help with my burning, red skin.
I told Robin, the co-founder of Simplicité, about the very painful treatment I was going through and asked if any Simplicité products would work in conjunction with the Efudex treatment to give me some much needed relief.
Pain and discomfort while using Efudex
Unless you have used Efudex yourself or known someone going through the treatment it's difficult to understand the sort of pain and discomfort you experience over the entire period of using it.
You constantly want to scratch and rub your face. You have to wear a face with no expression; no smiling or frowning - because doing any of those hurts. Your sleep is disturbed and you even have to eat with a teaspoon because it hurts to open your mouth more than just a tiny bit.
The doctor’s advice for pain relief during the treatment was to apply Vaseline to the affected areas a few times daily. I had been doing this, but not only did it give no pain relief, but after every time I applied the Vaseline my face felt as if I was rubbing razor blades across it.
Simplicité Damask Rose Day Creme relieves pain of Efudex
Robin told me that Simplicité Damask Rose Day Creme was soothing and highly nutritive so would help. She said she would post me the product. I received it next morning and immediately applied some to my face.
It felt so beautiful and smooth to use but the main thing was I could not believe how my face suddenly felt normal again.
The burning stopped, the itching stopped and I didn’t even feel any need to touch my face again until I next used the Efudex cream a couple of hours later.
I was so surprised and relieved that I emailed Robin's husband David Lyons (the naturopath and herbalist who formulates and makes Simplicité products) to ask why and how this product could help me so much He told me that as with all his products, Damask Rose Day Creme contains his freshly made, medicinal grade (high activity), plant extracts including Calendula, Chamomile and Rose Geranium.
David said an example of this high activity is that medicinal grade Chamomile extract has been shown to have 70% of the anti-inflammatory effect of hydrocortisone cream (without the side effects).
David said the Simplicité products work so well (for example soothing my terrible pain).because he uses effective amounts of between 8-18 of the concentrated extracts.
From that time on I would put the Efudex cream on in the morning, wait two hours then apply Damask Rose Cream. Doing that eased the pain so much that I didn't have to think about my face again all day.
I would only remember how horribly red it was getting when I looked in the mirror.
In the evening I would wash my face again and reapply the Efudex, then before bedtime put on the Damask Rose. Doing this gave me a good night’s sleep.
In weeks 3 and 4 the cream stung for a couple of minutes at first
By the time I got to weeks 3 and 4 of the Efudex treatment my skin was very, very raw so the Damask Rose Cream really stung for about two minutes at first.
So I would count to 100, at which point my skin would suddenly settle down and stop stinging. Then, the cream completely soothed the Efudex pain in the same way it had been doing since the beginning of the treatment.
Dermatologist approved post-Efudex help
When I went for my next dermatologist checkup appointment at the three-week point, I showed him what I was using instead of Vaseline.
He checked the ingredients listed on the jar and said it was fine to keep on with what I was doing as the Damask Rose Day Creme didn’t contain anything that would hinder Efudex treatment.
I continued with the Efudex for just over four weeks of treatment and towards the end I was applying the Damask Rose Day Creme three to four times through the day to relieve the pain and discomfort.
What to use after Efudex treatment
When I finished the Efudex treatment my skin was red and raw. It improved dramatically each day as I continued to use Damask Rose Day Creme.
Over a period of time I added other Simplicité products - first a gentle facial Cleanser (Sundew Cleansing Milk was so soothing and gentle), Antioxidant Plant Serum and Rosewood Face Oil. These helped my very sensitive skin to feel wonderful and after a couple of months I added other Simplicité products to form a complete routine.I will always remember how Damask Rose Cream helped so much during and after Efudex treatment to stop nasty scabs forming and my skin cracking. I still use all of my Simplicité products and have never been happier with my skin.
Thank you David and Robin, you have produced some truly remarkable products."
Springwood QLD Australia
Skeptical doctor: Damask Rose Day Creme "really works" for pain relief during Efudex
"The day had arrived where I was going to embark again on undergoing Efudex skin treatment for sun damage to my skin from years of childhood sun cream neglect. Anyone who has gone through Efudex skin therapy would tell you it's not one of life’s greatest experiences with significant skin pain developing after about 10 days."
"Your skin becomes red raw. It blisters, weeps and peels off in layers. Sleepless nights etc etc. Shaving the face is like torture. The standard advice is to use moisturiser, Panadol or even cortisone cream. Did not work at all for me but after talking to David and Robin Lyons who produce the magnificent Simplicité Skin Care range it was recommended I use Damask Rose Day Creme."
"It was revolutionary. This cream which combines too many natural components to list, really works and I am one of the great skeptics. Pain levels down by 80%. Sleep no problem at all. It was fantastic. I can highly recommend this product."
Dr Michael Crouch
More pain relief during Efudex skin cancer treatment
"I received the Damask Rose Day Creme last night and relief for my skin was instant! The cream has taken away the irritation, angriness, swelling and redness. I even managed to sleep through the night without pain! Once I’ve healed I will definitely look at your other products to purchase."
Amazing results for Efudex red cracked skin
I was recently prescribed a course of Efudex. Towards the end of the course the skin on my face was red and dry, with areas of cracked, broken skin. Thankfully this occurred during the extended NSW lock-down period!
I tried pure Jojoba oil but this didn't help at all. After some online research I noticed that people were claiming dramatic results from Simplicite Damask Rose Day Creme, so I ordered some. The results really were amazing.
I applied it 3-4 times a day and found it settled the discomfort and dry skin. It also assisted the healing process and by the end of the first week I was just left with some residential redness, which was since faded.
My next purchase was a Simplicite trial pack which I am loving, and combined with some great advice from Robin I feel as if my skin is not only free from the effects of sun damage but is also looking better than it has for years.
Damask Rose relieved my pain during Efudex treatment
"My skin specialist recommended I use Efudex and I agreed to this as I didn't want to let the sun spots etc take a hold. I didn't want to get skin cancer.
The photos in Noelene Wood's testimony are exactly what I looked like. I was told to use Vaseline to keep the skin moist so it wouldn't get little crusts on the blisters.Fortunately I didn't ever get to the stage of bad blisters - I did however have very itchy, tight and burning feelings. After using Vaseline it got worse and felt just shocking. So then I was told to use sorbolene and an aqueous cream - I wasn't keen to use those on my skin.
I am so pleased I rang and spoke to the person at your office who told me about using the Simplicité Damask Rose Day Creme. Nolene Wood was right. It helped me so much too - no more burning."
Nerang QLD Australia