Oncology Facial Remedy Overview – Lydia Sarfati

As of January 2019, it’s estimated that there are 16.9 million most cancers survivors in america. This represents 5.0% of the population. And, in 2019 alone, 1.7 million new cancer cases were diagnosed in the United States.  It’s a tragic reality that the probability of an esthetician encountering a consumer that both has a historical past of most cancers therapy, is within the strategy of present process therapy or is recovering from therapy is excessive.  Oncology facial remedies is a type of esthetic therapy that’s meant to enrich medical oncology therapy, addressing distinctive pores and skin considerations that may come up from oncology therapy whereas additionally providing essential integrative remedy to assist alleviate stress and nervousness related to combatting most cancers. 

Certification in Oncology Facial Remedies has turn into an increasing number of obtainable all through america, by way of organizations akin to Oncology Training International.  Changing into licensed in oncology facial remedies and incorporating it right into a follow could be an enormously rewarding and enriching expertise for the esthetician, realizing that they’re addressing a demographic that may derive really life-changing advantages from their companies. 

Right here is an outline of what a oncology facial treatment entails, in addition to substances and data the esthetician might want to incorporate into their follow so as to turn into an authorized practitioner.

What’s Oncology Facial Remedies

Oncology facial care is a follow that entails post-graduate training to discover ways to carry out facial and physique remedies which are secure for a consumer that’s present process or recovering from most cancers therapy.  This contains choosing the precise substances that won’t be contraindicative to any of the medicines or remedies, in addition to understanding the assorted types of most cancers therapy and unwanted effects and the way they are often ameliorated by way of esthetic companies

Oncology facial care enhances medical oncology by implementing integrative therapies akin to therapeutic massage and aromatherapy in addition to beauty and skincare companies to assist present bodily in addition to psychological advantages. That is an intensive space of research as a result of every consumer has distinctive circumstances: individualized most cancers remedies as nicely are ensuing considerations akin to heightened sensitivity or prosthesis. Estheticians educated in oncology facial remedies must have intensive coaching in medical oncology remedies in addition to attainable unwanted effects so as to correctly and safely present companies to an oncology affected person.  It additionally requires a excessive degree of empathy and sensitivity.

The good thing about esthetic remedies for oncology sufferers is quantifiable.  One research of eighty-eight feminine most cancers sufferers carried out in a hospital setting in Italy discovered important discount in depressive signs, nervousness and physique picture points, in addition to an enchancment in vanity ranges.  This research was carried out as a part of a program known as “Health in the Mirror,” a help program for sufferers receiving oncology therapy. Through the morning, an esthetician educated in these remedies in accordance with the Oncology Coaching Worldwide tips offered a lecture on easy methods to deal with the pores and skin and physique throughout most cancers remedies, akin to beauty substances to keep away from and easy methods to moisturize and cleanse each day. Through the afternoon, a spa setting was recreated inside the hospital, the place sufferers acquired esthetic remedies, akin to massages, manicures and pedicures, with all remedies carried out by licensed estheticians licensed in oncology facial care

Based on one of many research’s co-authors, Angela Noviello, Director of the Esthetic Division of Milano Estetica Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Spa, in addition to Italian Director and European Coordinator for OTI Oncology Esthetics, oncology esthetics can have a mess of advantages, together with:

  • Selling leisure
  • Selling blood circulation
  • Selling hydration
  • Stimulating or enjoyable the nervous system
  • Selling enhanced respiratory
  • Selling sleep
  • Ache discount 
  • Lowering unwanted effects of therapy akin to  nausea and lack of urge for food
  • Enhancing the standard of the pores and skin
  • Lowering nervousness and melancholy
  • Selling socialization


Kinds of Most cancers Remedy and Their Aspect Results

The primary space of training entails understanding the assorted types of most cancers therapy. Remedy could be broadly divided into native, the place therapy is directed at a particular a part of the physique and is usually used when most cancers is just current in that space.

Radiation remedy and surgical procedure are each native remedies.  Systemic therapy travels by way of the bloodstream to achieve most cancers cells all through the physique. Many chemotherapy medicine are systemic remedies which are absorbed by the physique’s cells and tissues. Focused remedy makes use of medicine to focus on particular molecules (akin to proteins) on or inside most cancers cells. By concentrating on these molecules, the medicine cease the expansion and unfold of most cancers cells and restrict hurt to wholesome cells.

Uncomfortable side effects of those remedies can embody ache, swelling, scars from surgical procedures, pores and skin discoloration, radiation dermatitis, erythema or reddening of the realm, edema, partial lack of  epidermal basal cells which might trigger dryness, itching, scaling, flaking and peeling,  darkish circles, hyperpigmentation, crusting, blistering, fatigue, and hair loss.

Do No Hurt

As with all companies, a very powerful maxim is to do no hurt to the consumer.  Relating to oncology sufferers, that is much more crucial since their our bodies and immune programs have been severely compromised by way of therapy. 


Oncology facial care coaching is not going to solely overview the sorts of therapy an oncology affected person could also be present process, but in addition cowl essential features of altering spa companies to go well with this consumer, and are lined in depth in textual content books akin to Oncology Esthetics®, Morag Currin, (Oncology Coaching Worldwide, 2020.)    With this, the esthetician will:

– Find out how and when to change spa companies throughout all phases – earlier than, throughout and after – most cancers therapy.

– Study what substances to keep away from, akin to perfumes, parabens, silicones, DEA, TEA, Oxybenzone, glycols, alcohol, sulphates and triclosan. (For a full listing of substances, see Oncology Esthetics.)

– Acquaint your self with oncology specialists who will present insights about useful companies in addition to strategies and companies which are prohibited.

– Learn to correctly method to the consumer, together with modifying voice and demeanor, to create mild, calm and soothing environment.

– At all times take note of the shoppers consolation. 

– Study correct sanitation, together with use of antimicrobial products registered with the EPA as sterilizers.  

– Perceive how the entire spa and salon must be modified for correct sterilization, together with correct cleansing of the entrance desk space, cabinets, ready room chairs, facial mattress, trolley, chair counter tops, bogs (sink, toilette), towel dispenser, cleaning soap dispenser.

– Ensuring all areas must be nicely ventilated.

– When attainable, using disposable implements and utensils akin to sheets, spatulas, headbands, brushes and towels to keep away from cross contamination.

– Sporting private protecting gear akin to medical grade nitrile gloves, goggles, face masks and lab coat and studying correct elimination of gloves and altering gloves upon completion of any process and prior touching of any clear surfaces

– Correct cleansing and storing of non-disposable implements in a dry sterilizer or autoclave.

Understanding how small however essential lodging depend within the facial room:

  • Have a step stool to make it simple for them to get on the mattress.
  • Have a snug seating spot in case the consumer wants a minute to only sit and loosen up.
  • Have a wig stand for many who want it.

– Be ready to cease. Shoppers and survivors of most cancers really feel disconnected from their our bodies.

The facility of contact reveals stress, in addition to hidden or contained emotions of neglect. Your response to the consumer’s emotional launch, have to be guided by the consumer, and if wanted, therapy have to be stopped.

Facial room or space arrange:

Put together your work station. 

Be sure that your facial mattress is draped and set appropriately.

Be sure that your work desk or trolley has the entire issues that you will want throughout the facial process, together with the entire merchandise and provides for the facials.

Be sure to have your whole devices clear and saved within the sterilizer and your magnifying lamp is in place.


Hand Cleansing and Gloves:

Correct hand cleaning must be for at the least 50 seconds.   Take a cleaning soap cleanser that’s anti-bacterial and wash palms totally in heat water. Be vigorous in on this process, being certain to scrub in between fingers, underneath fingernails and as much as elbows. Rinse and dry totally. 

Placed on nitrile gloves.  Be certain that they suit you nicely, and will not be too small or too massive. Press into the finger creases.  After therapy, take away correctly and discard them.

Facial Process:

Pores and skin Evaluation:

As soon as consumer is located within the facial mattress or chair, and has on a hair internet, take a chunk of cotton and place it over the attention space.  Take your magnifying lamp and analyze the pores and skin.  Check out the situation, whether or not the pores and skin is dry, compromised, oily, or whether or not the consumer is experiencing any type of sensitivity.

When you look at the pores and skin appropriately, take away the magnifying lamp, shut it, put it away, take away the cotton, then come round and have a session along with your consumer. 


After we are coping with oncology sufferers, there isn’t a cookie-cutter therapy. Every consumer would require a unique method and totally different therapy.  When you find yourself doing a session, don’t stand behind the shoppers head.  Transfer ahead and sit subsequent to them.  At all times have a look at them and ensure they’re you.  Be certain that their ears will not be blocked in any approach to allow them to hear you correctly and that they will see you. Fairly often, shoppers which are present process chemotherapy or radiation are tremendous delicate and won’t be capable to pay attention as attentively.   It’s essential to be calm, have a really calming demeanor and communicate clearly and slowly. At all times listen and use correct etiquette. 


To proceed with the facial therapy, to your consumer’s safety, in addition to your personal, please use a face masks and non-latex disposable nitrile gloves.

1. If the consumer has eye make-up, take away the attention make-up first.

2. Tear a chunk of cotton*, moist it with water and squeeze out the surplus. Moisten cotton with Opti-Cleanse™ Extra Gentle Non-Oily Eye Makeup Remover.  Take the 2 items of cotton and place on the attention space. Go away one of many pads on as you’re employed on the primary eye.

*Please be aware: You may be utilizing cotton rather than tissues through-out this facial process as a result of cotton is softer and fewer irritating to compromised pores and skin.

3. Gently take away the attention make-up, working downwards first, stroking by way of the eyelashes, after which wiping underneath the attention. Flip pad inside out for a clear floor then repeat, going downwards on the lashes and wiping underneath the attention space. Eliminate the cotton and transfer on to the opposite eye. Repeat the identical the process on the opposite eye, transferring downwards first then in direction of the nostril. Flip cotton inside out for a clear floor and repeat.

4. Take a dry piece of cotton, and dry the realm. 

5. Use disposable brushes to use the cleanser. Disposable brushes are a really hygienic various to fingers and assist stop cross contamination.  These may also present delicate exfoliation.  Use Hydra Dew Pure™ Gentle Foaming Cleanser.  Apply it onto the pores and skin in very mild, upward, outward motions on the face and downwards on the neck. By no means rub. At all times end all actions on the temples.

6. Take cotton moistened with lukewarm water to take away cleanser residue in upward/outward motions.

Dr. Lucas Pulverizer Championniere /Exfoliation

Use a Dr. Lucas Pulverizer Championniere as a substitute of sizzling steam, which might irritate and inflame compromised pores and skin. Mix distilled water with Repêchage® Hydra Dew Pure™ Facial Essence Mist within the Dr. Lucas Pulverizer Championniere to calm, soothe and hydrate the pores and skin.

1. Present a Dr. Lucas Pulverizer Championniere misting for about 5 minutes. Apply the spray from the again, not in entrance of the consumer, to stop the spray from going up the consumer’s nostril.

2. Use cotton to pat dry the pores and skin.  Once more no rubbing.  Make sure that you haven’t any water dripping down the neck of your consumer. 

3. If the consumer wants extra exfoliation, use Rapidex® Marine Exfoliator With Phyto-Marine Actives.  It has an ideal pH, and a mix of delicate, mild and efficient AHAs mixed with seaweed and marine hydroxy acids.  This exfoliant is premeasured and opened on the time of use with no cross contamination.   Open the swab and swipe on the pores and skin in mild strokes everywhere in the face.  When you swab it on, chances are you’ll need to use just a little fan to chill the pores and skin down.  Take away after 5 minutes with moistened cotton and water.  Chances are you’ll use a water spray bottle, or repeat utilizing the Dr. Lucas Pulverizer Championniere.

Please be aware: At all times ask the consumer in the event that they really feel tingling from a scale of 1 to 10.  Something as much as 6 is regular.  If they’re feeling tingling from 8 on as much as 10, that is the time to take away the answer.

At this level, varied types of facial therapeutic massage, together with Effleurage, and facial therapeutic massage using the Repêchage® Kansa Wand and Repêchage® Silver Ball Massager, could be employed within the facial.  These types of remedies are outlined intimately by Oncology Coaching Worldwide of their Oncology Esthetics® textual content e book obtainable on pro.repechage.com for licensed professionals.

Sheet Masks and Repêchage® LED Radio Frequency and EMS Pores and skin Tightening Machine

*IMPORTANT: Earlier than continuing with any spa therapy, you should have the consumer full an consumption kind together with present remedies, medicines and unwanted effects, and procure affirmation from the consumer that his/her doctor has accredited the spa therapy to be administered. Fastidiously overview the consumption kind to find out if any modifications are wanted based mostly on the knowledge offered by the consumer. Some spa remedies, together with, however not restricted to, people who embody a hand and/or foot therapeutic massage or use of a beauty system might must be modified. As an esthetician you should think about every consumer based mostly on his/her particular situation and modify the spa remedies accordingly.

1. Take scissors from the sterilizer and minimize open the Repêchage® Lamina Lift™ Mask, which incorporates calming, soothing and hydrating chestnut extracts, aloe, seaweed, and spirulina, extracts, and take away masks from inside pouch.

2. Open the masks, apply to the face then take away the plastic backing and throw the backing away. Place masks to suit appropriately.  Place Repêchage® Eye Rescue Pads over the eyes.  These include Yerba Mate tea, which helps with the puffiness of the attention space. 

3. Now to assist with deep floor hydration and nourishing of the pores and skin, use Repêchage® LED Radio Frequency and EMS Skin Tightening Machine on Pink mild setting, in addition to gently radio frequency.  Used over the sheet masks, this system helps with the penetration of the important thing substances into the floor layers of the pores and skin whereas the sheet masks supplies a barrier.

4. Beginning on the chin, calmly press the system onto the masks in upwards and outwards circles, going as much as the brow and creating extra circles then upwards on the alternative facet of the face.   Carry out this for 5 minutes. (For cleansing instructions, see finish of protocol).

5. Use Repêchage® Essential Oil of Seaweed on the lips.  Fairly often the consumer is experiencing excessive dryness on the lips.  This can be a pure important oil of seaweed and Vitamin E.  Or, Hydra Dew Pure™ Oil can be utilized as nicely.

Hand and Foot Therapeutic massage

*IMPORTANT: Earlier than continuing with any spa therapy, you should have the consumer full an consumption kind together with present remedies, medicines and unwanted effects, and procure affirmation from the consumer that his/her doctor has accredited the spa therapy to be administered. Fastidiously overview the consumption kind to find out if any modifications are wanted based mostly on the knowledge offered by the consumer. Some spa remedies, together with, however not restricted to, people who embody a hand and/or foot therapeutic massage or use of a beauty system might must be modified. As an esthetician you should think about every consumer based mostly on his/her particular situation and modify the spa remedies accordingly.

Throughout this time whereas the masks is on, chances are you’ll provide the consumer an exquisite hand therapeutic massage, foot therapeutic massage or a scalp therapeutic massage. It will present the consumer with a really enjoyable, calming and therapeutic therapy.  Consider your palms as therapeutic palms.

1. First, cleanse the palms with cotton moistened with luke-warm water.

2. Apply Repêchage® Sea Spa Hand Cream and therapeutic massage into the palms, gently rubbing into the palms and outwards to the fingers.  Stroke down from the wrist, then gently tilt the hand up, clasp the fingers and rotate the hand on the wrists. Repeat on the opposite facet.

3. Cleanse ft with moistened cotton.  Apply Repêchage® Sea Spa Foot Cream in upwards strokes in direction of the ankles in mild effleurage actions.  Work cream gently into the toes then gently press upwards from toes to ankles alongside the middle of the highest of the foot.  Circle the ankle bones calmly, and end with mild strokes.  Cowl with a dry towel, and repeat on different foot.

Masks Elimination

1. After 10 to fifteen minutes, take away the masks.  Gently peel the masks off the pores and skin, leaving the residue. 

2. Take the Repêchage® Hydra Dew Pure™ Facial Essence Mist and spray the face.

3. Use dry cotton to dry the face, patting gently.  Once you work with one hand, relaxation the opposite on the highest of the brow. 

4. As soon as therapy is over, apply a barrier cream that mixes zinc, titanium and seaweed akin to Repêchage® Mineral Face Shield® which can be perfume and water free. 

Make-up Utility:

Use make-up akin to Repêchage® Excellent Pores and skin Mineral Make-up which incorporates seaweed extracts that incorporates nutritional vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.

Use Repêchage® Perfect Skin Perfecting Concealer underneath the attention space to cowl the darkish circles. 

Use Repêchage® Perfect Skin Liquid Foundation on a disposable sponge. Apply Perfect Skin Natural Finish Pressed Powder immediately on the sponge and apply to nostril, middle of the chin, brow.  End with a coat of Perfect Skin Conditioning Lip Gloss utilized with a disposable brush.

Submit-Remedy Sanitation:

Wash Repêchage® Silver Ball Massagers with anti-bacterial cleaning soap and heat water, then immerse in small cups stuffed with alcohol for seven minutes.  Take away, dry and put in dry sterilizer.

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