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Laser hair removal for cancer: an expert doctor answers if it is recommended

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Seeing yourself well and having good self-esteem is a fundamental part of life. When you are sick, the need to feel attractive and comfortable with your body may be even greater.. For a person, facing a serious illness such as cancer and being subjected to aggressive treatments that cause changes in the body can be traumatic. Hence the importance of looking your best when looking in the mirror. In this sense, some patients wonder if they can continue with laser hair removal during cancer treatment.

Although many of the treatments cause hair loss this does not happen homogeneouslyso some women choose to continue with hair removal.

The Dr. María Calvohead of the Dermatology service at the Ruber Juan Bravo hospital complex, states that it is better to avoid hair removal while the disease remains active.

“Any disease in the active phase is a contraindication to performing laser treatment. Therefore, a person with an oncological disease “You should not undergo laser hair removal.”declares to MagasIN.

As the doctor explains, laser hair removal “acts very specifically on the hair follicle, since the melanin in the hair has high absorption due to the wavelength of the lasers used.” Then there is “a selective destruction of the hair follicle without damaging the skin, as long as it is not tanned.”

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The penetration capacity of hair removal lasers is minimal, reaching only a few millimeters, where the hair follicles are located. “So it doesn’t have any harmful effects on the body.”

Even so, “during oncological treatment it is advisable not to perform laser hair removal,” especially when taking “drugs that are considered photosensitive.”

“The photosensitive treatments They are those that produce adverse reactions when administered together with some spectrum of light. Therefore, if the wavelength of the laser used is included in said spectrum it could be harmful,” says Dr. Calvo.

End of treatment

And, once the treatment has been completed, when can laser hair removal sessions be resumed? The doctor advises that wait until you have a medical discharge from the oncological processthat is, “that the disease be considered totally eradicated.”

The key, concludes Dr. Calvo, is “to wait until you have the disease under control and always follow your doctor’s advice.” Because looking good is important, but we must not forget that the priority is health.

Skin care

In addition to avoiding laser hair removal, during cancer treatment it is especially important to take care of the skin and give it extra hydration. Treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy are especially important for dermatological health since they cause alterations in cells and excessive loss of fluids. All this causes the skin is more sensitive and suffers from excessive dryness, peeling and itchingamong other symptoms.

To combat it, the first thing is to use moisturizing, emollient, soothing and restoring creams of the hydrolipid barrier. The ideal is to apply them all over your body at least twice a day, especially when you get out of the shower.

Some most recommended lotions by oncology experts are the Rewarding Body Balm by Twelve Beauty (€92); the Radio Skin Lotion (€39.90) and the Calming Serum (€58.90) from Laboratorios María D’uol; or the Soothing Balm €25) and the Nourishing Cream with color and SPF 50+ (€45) from the Ángela Navarro brand.

Of course, we must not forget the areas most prone to dryness such as the feet, hands and elbows.

Other recommendations are to avoid scratching and exfoliation treatments, take short and not too hot showers so as not to further weaken the dermis, and drink plenty of water to keep the entire body hydrated.

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