During chemotherapy the skin often becomes inflamed, dry and painful. The protective skin barrier can become compromised, leaving the skin vulnerable to further damage.
Using the right products can help to relieve the irritation and discomfort of dry skin, as well as repairing the weakened skin barrier.
Cancer packs are designed to combat some of the physical symptoms of cancer, as well as minimising the damage caused by radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Each ingredient is carefully selected to provide maximum benefit. One of these ingredients is Pro-Vitamin B5. Also known as panthenol, Pro-Vitamin B5 is a highly effective humectant, reducing water loss through the skin and, thus, restoring hydration.
In addition to functioning as an effective moisturiser, Pro-Vitamin B5 also has regenerative properties. Studies have shown that when the skin barrier is damaged, Pro-Vitamin B5 can accelerate repair and reduce roughness and inflammation. When applied to the skin, Pro-Vitamin B5 is converted into pantothenic acid, which is a component of the coenzyme A synthesis process. Coenzyme A helps to synthesise the fatty acids and lipids that comprise the outer layer of the skin, the stratum corneum.
The Cancer pack also contains Pro-Vitamin B5. Developed to protect the scalp following chemotherapy-induced hair loss, this product also provides soothing relief to dry, painful skin. In addition to Pro-vitamin B5, it contains Aquacacteen and glycerine, which are both highly effective moisturisers. To ensure maximum absorption and effectiveness, the product should be thoroughly massaged into the skin.
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