Posted in: Breast Cancer Blog , Friday October 8, 2021

Video Transcript

Hi, everyone. I’m Marianna Torre. I’m a Physician Assistant here at the Deep Blue Med Spa. My background consists of general surgery and trauma. And most recently, the last four years, I’ve been a PA at Deep Blue Med Spa doing aesthetic medicine. I also have a background in breast cancer. I worked at a breast cancer clinic for about two years and did intra-op, pre-op, and post-op. Both chemotherapy and radiation have significant impacts on skin, hair, and nails. In particular, skin can become red, irritated, dry, flaky. The skin pigment can darken and also become very photo-sensitive.

These side effects often begin within weeks of initiating both chemo and radiation. So, in order to address these issues, I first and foremost tell my patients to stick to a skincare regiment that is very gentle, hydrating, and also most importantly, to use sunscreen on a daily basis, which contains either a zinc or titanium to prevent against UVA and UVB rays. One of the products that I often love and recommend to my patients is the ProBLUE MD sunscreen, and it’s SPF 50, and it contains zinc oxide, which is a physical barrier and helps protect against UVA and UVB rays.

Also, I advise my patients to stay hydrated, to wear loose fitting clothes. I always recommend patients look for skin products that are geared more towards sensitive skin, meaning that they’re hypoallergenic, fragrance free. And one of the products that I often use myself for my patients post-treatment is the ZO hydrating crème. This particular product has colada oatmeal, which is very soothing and calming. Also, this product inhibits bacterial intrusion, which is very good to prevent infection during and post-treatment. Products and ingredients that I would advise my patients to avoid during and post-treatment are products that contain any alcohols, fragrances, essential oils, which can be very irritating to the skin.

I also would avoid using an exfoliating regimen, in particular, any scrubs, any alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic acids, and retinols. As a physician assistant here at the Deep Blue Med Spa, we work closely with our estheticians who are amazing, and we often suggest that patients following their treatment just to start off with a simple signature facial, and the estheticians can customize it for a more sensitive skin approach. When regards to lasers and injectables post-treatment, I always advise my patients to get medical clearance prior to undergoing any treatments. Once you’re medically cleared, we can discuss certain options that are available to address any volume loss, any pigmentation, any questions that you may have, and we can create a customized approach to addressing these issues.