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CANCER FIGHTERS & SURVIVORS

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I wanted to do whatever I could so that other people's lives wouldn't change as mine had.

Mission

My story begins at age 23. My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 Colon Cancer. After surgery and numerous rounds of chemotherapy, she succumbed to the disease 2 years later. My life had changed forever and cancer was the reason.

I wanted to do whatever I could so that other people's lives wouldn't change as mine had. I began my career at DuPont as a toxicology research scientist. A decade later, my research career had shifted from pre-clinical cancer trial work to clinical cell therapy treatments for leukemia. The cell therapy was groundbreaking and proved very successful in eradicating the disease.

I transitioned from research scientist to skin care specialist and became 1 of 2 skin care professionals in the state of Delaware to be certified in Oncology Esthetics. As a result, I have developed safe and effective treatments for those actively receiving chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

My need is to maintain the health of my client's skin, no matter what issues they may have. I believe in using my knowledge and experience to continue helping people in a different, but equally important way. My story continues and so does my mission...

Skin Care during Cancer Treatment

If you are currently undergoing cancer treatment, your skin may be prone to a variety of skin reactions:

The goal of professional facials during cancer treatment is to hydrate, soothe, and protect your skin. Exfoliation and corrective services can do more harm than good right now. It is of upmost importance to maintain the integrity of your skin at this time.

Skin Care after Cancer Treatment

Your skin may have experienced a variety of reactions to cancer treatment. Because your skin has a memory, any damage or inflammation that resulted from cancer treatment may still persist for up to 2 years post treatment. This is why we have to be conservative in our approach to corrective skin care services.

You must wait at least 6 months after your last treatment to begin a transitional skin care program. At this time, we can slowly begin a more corrective skin care regimen.

Professional facials may also include exfoliation, depending on the individual.

Common Misconceptions

MYTH

I can't have facials while I'm undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

FACT

You can, in fact, have facial treatments while you are actively undergoing cancer treatment. A certified Oncology Esthetician has been trained to know what products and services are appropriate during this time and will adjust facials to your needs. The goal of any facial treatment during cancer treatment is to soothe, hydrate, and protect your skin.

MYTH

I have completed my therapy, so now I can have corrective treatments and return to my anti-aging skin care routine.

FACT

Just because you have completed active cancer treatment, doesn't mean you can receive corrective facial treatments. Your skin is in a transition period, a time in which damage and inflammation may persist in your skin for up to 2 years post cancer treatment. Skin care throughout your transition period should be conservative in nature, slowly working up to corrective treatments and products.

MYTH

This skin care product says it's organic, so it must be ok to use.

FACT

Any skin care product can claim that it is organic or natural, even if it is not. This is why it is important to read the ingredient labels on your products. Avoid using products with possible irritants, such as fragrance and any exfoliating ingredients, such as glycolic acid.

General Recommendations

A cancer diagnosis is life changing. You can receive enormous benefit from supportive care, such as facial treatments. Facials offer a chance for you to relax and focus on feeling well. Oncology Estheticians are skilled in providing the appropriate products and treatments.

Fresh Faced Skin Care's Therapeutic Facial provides great benefits, such as easing symptoms and skin reactions, improving skin health, and restoring a sense of well-being. This facial is tailored to your specific needs and focuses on hydrating, soothing, and protecting your skin.

Skin reactions are very common with cancer treatment. Types of reactions throughout cancer treatment include redness, breakouts, and pigmentation. Professional treatments can help ease symptoms, but cannot necessarily correct symptoms at this time.

Makeup plays an important role in hiding any skin color and texture changes. Makeup can also help create eyebrows and eyelashes in the event of hair loss. Mineral makeup is recommended during and after cancer treatment due to the nature of its ingredients.

Not all mineral makeup is created equal, so be sure to check the ingredients. Avoid makeup containing talc or hydrated magnesium silicate. These ingredients are used in makeup as a lubricant or oil absorber. However, they have been linked to asbestos and are possible carcinogens.

Fresh Faced by Erica mineral makeup is perfect to use during and after cancer treatment. I personally designed my products to be used on the most sensitive skin types. Please know that all of the ingredients used are completely safe and natural.

You deserve to look and feel your best, regardless of what health challenges you may be facing. Whether you are looking for skin care recommendations, a professional facial treatment, or makeup and application tips, I am here for you.

Be well,