We are currently in the process of developing a programme for men, which we are trialling in 2017. For now we have listed some of our tops tips to help you manage the side effects of treatment.
Cleaning – We suggest using a gentle cleansing wash to remove dirt and oil from the skin. A water-based liquid face cleanser or gentle soap can help. TIP: Don’t rub with gusto or use a granular scrub before shaving as this can cause razor burn.
Shaving – During treatment, when you are at risk of bleeding and infection, your doctor may suggest that you switch to an electric razor to prevent potential cuts. Chose a razor that suits the sensitivity of your skin and beard coarseness. Cheaper razors can give you razor burn or ingrowing hairs because the extra blades pull the hairs below the skin TIP: To finish, use an aftershave or aftershave balm as these hydrate and soothe the skin. Make sure that it is alcohol free so it doesn’t dry out your skin.
Moisturising – Don’t skip moisturising, doing this daily will help you get softer/smoother skin. It is a good idea to find a moisturiser that contains an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or above – these are great for everyday use. Apply a pea-size amount of light moisturiser on cheeks, forehead and chin and rub in softly.
Sun Protection – Sun screen isn’t just for the sand and slopes, it’s for every day, especially during chemotherapy which can cause sun exposure-related skin reactions. A spray on sunscreen is easier to apply on a thinning hairline and a moisturising sun screen is great on dry skin. IMPORTANT: Sunscreen use should be discussed with your doctor or cancer specialist. Some products should not be used on radiation treatment areas so make sure you consult before using any new products during treatment.
Concealer – Using a concealer to hide facial discolouration or dark circles is a foreign concept to some men but you’d be surprised at how often it is done. Find a concealer that matches your skin tone, dot on any spots and blend edges until hidden. You could also use a tinted moisturiser which you would apply in the same way as any face lotion.
Eyebrows – According to research, men experience the same negative feelings about chemo-induced hair loss, as women. If your eyebrows start to fall out you can re-draw them but don’t re-draw them entirely as it will look too obvious. Instead fill in a little bit with shorts strokes just where the hair is missing. Alternatively you could pick a nice pair of glasses, prescription or not, with frames big enough to hide the eyebrow area.
If you would like more information on our men’s programme please email us