This Is Where Oncology Aesthetics Comes Into Play!

by | 26 October 2020

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia with approximately 55 Australians diagnosed every single day.



Its incidence is increasing – with 1 in 7 Australian women and 1 in 675 Australian men expected to be diagnosed in their lifetime.

Not only is there an increased number of Australians effected by breast cancer annually, we know that there are a range of other cancer types that are significantly effecting the general health of cancer patients along with the health of their skin.



From initial diagnosis, side effects and psychological wellbeing, there are so many components to factor in.

Whether you or someone you know is a cancer survivor, actively going through treatment or may be in remission – It’s reassuring to know that skin therapists can now be armed with the information and the knowledge to make the necessary adjustments in order to provide a safe treatment along with recommending the most appropriate home care products to suit the ever changing skin conditions along your cancer treatment journey.

This is where Oncology Aesthetics comes into play. Oncology Aesthetics involves advanced education that is designed to provide skin therapists, dermal clinicians and massage therapists with the knowledge of how to safely modify skincare, skin treatments and body treatments to compliment medical oncology treatments while providing comfort and support.

With the skin being the largest organ of the body, what is happening on the inside will always be reflected through the condition of the skin. When a cancer diagnosis is given, it is time to prepare the skin for the effects of the treatments that may lie ahead. Well prepared skin will be less likely to react and flare as a result of treatment. This is where the use of physiological skincare designed to calm, nurture and repair the skin alongside the practice of Oncology Aesthetics can help.

Reduced barrier lipid formation, barrier impairment, inflammation, dermatitis, skin rashes, skin irritation, discolouration and acne are amongst some of the more common side effects that may be experienced. Different stages of cancer therapy may yield different responses in the skin. Products alongside skin treatments need to be adapted, in order to continue to assist repair of a compromised skin. This is where dermaviduals can help.

As a modular range, there are many product options in the dermaviduals armoury specifically formulated for compromised skin. A skin analysis and consultation will help to provide insight into each of your skin concerns, or challenged clients and from there you can rest assured that your skin receives the right care at every step of your cancer journey. Let’s revisit some of those options now.

  • Cleansing Milk with DMS – A gentle cleanser, containing no damaging emulsifiers; it supports correction of an impaired skin
  • DMS Base Cream High Classic – A protecting and soothing moisturiser containing no nasties (no fragrance, preservatives, emulsifiers, colours, silicones, mineral oils or amines)
  • Boswellia Nanoparticles – Formulated to treat barrier-disordered skin, it calms, reduces redness and strengthens capillary function
  • Green Tea Extract – Is rich in polyphenols, which assist in the prevention of environmentally induced damage
  • Kiwi Seed Oil Nanoparticles – Packed with Omega 3’s, this oil is the ultimate in soothing red and irritated skin
  • CM Glucan Complex – Protection for barrier-impaired skin that accelerates healing

When we look at the protocols for in clinic treatments, remember that these will vary greatly based on where you might be on your cancer treatment journey.  The type of cancer, type of treatment, length of treatment and medications will all come into play when deciding how to work with you, and as such you should seek a clinic and therapist who has a solid knowledge base on how these things effect the skin differently.

A qualified Oncology Aesthetics Practitioner can positively impact the lives of cancer patients with compassion and healing. You will find your nearest dermaviduals clinic to work with you on your skin journey here 💙