Q. Hi Alison, I have just started chemo for breast cancer and I am wondering what skincare I can use now. I usually use Elemis, Liz Earle, Clientele and Gatineau. Can I still use these please? Hope you can help. By the way I am 70, but I have been following your advise for about 12 years now with great results. Thank you.
A. When you are going through serious medical treatment like chemo, you can continue to use all of your favourite products as long as your skin is enjoying them. What can sometimes happen, is as your body reacts to the medication you can then react to products on the skin, even your favourite products.
It doesn't mean that you are allergic to them forever, it just means that you have to simplify your routine for now. Instead of using five or six skincare products you go back to basics and only use two.
If you're using Liz Earle or Elemis, just choose a cleanser and a moisturiser – simplify your routine. When you've finished your treatment, gradually introduce your skin to all your other favourite beauty products.