A suitable skincare routine during chemotherapy…


Comp prize 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.


  1. sharon wilson March 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    hi when i was having chemo for breast cancer, my skin became very dehidrated. this is when i began to use decleor oils. they worked perfectly. neroli to start and balm essential and now am on most of the range. they worked very well and my dehidration was iliminated.

  2. Diane H Smith March 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I have just been watching Bare/es all day and although I have tried their makeup I really don,t think it is for ladies who are older I am 60 Have always looked after my skin, but when I tried b/e my fine lines and my skin looked older, it seems to go into my lines especially over my nose were I have the 11 o clock lines could you reccomend a foundation that has nice cover but is light I don,t like heavy makeup,I am a medium complexion.
    Thankyou Regards Diane

  3. melissa paxton July 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    hi alison ive used liz earle for years but got brave and decided to give the philosophy TSV a go love it but the micro peel with it made my skin feel like little needles shoting through my face is that normal or should i avoild it ???

  4. Kate Verity January 22, 2013 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

    HI Ali i wonder if you could help??? I am currently recieving treatment for Lung cancer and as such have been told that i cannot use anything on my skin that contains alcohol, which has made my use of cleansers moisturerises etc very limited and very fustrateing for me as i have to check everything i use to see what it contains and invariably i find i am not able to use the majority of products that i have been used to. At the moment i am using clinque everything !! but it would be so good if i could use other products as well at times. My mum uses most of your beauty products and as such wondered weather i would be able to use them as a change for me. In the main i would love to be able to u se bath products and moisturiseter s after having a bath .I currently take oral therapy which is currently working very well for me .Thanks for any help you may be able to give
    Kate verity

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