How to care for your skin after Chemotherapy

How to care for your skin after Chemotherapy is in collaboration with MooGoo.

I finished chemotherapy for Breast Cancer earlier this year and during the time I was undergoing the treatment, my skin was affected so much more than I thought. I did a lot of research on how to care for your skin after Chemotherapy and I’ve been found ways that worked for me.

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I was surprised at how much my skin changed during the six months of undergoing AC and Taxol chemo. I’ve always had such oily skin and the treatment completely dried it out. That was actually quite a nice side effect for a while! Although when chemo finished, the skin on both my face and body was left too dry and dull.

The effects of chemo took some time to leave my body and during that time, I used some very gentle products and techniques to restore moisture to my skin and look on the outside as good as I felt on the inside.

Here are some of the skin issues I dealt with during my treatment and some lovely MooGoo products that help to address them.

How to care for your skin after Chemotherapy

Dry Skin & Eczema

During treatment, I started getting eczema and I’d only ever experienced this once in my last pregnancy. I didn’t want to use any steroid creams but received a sample of MooGoo Eczema & Psoriasis Cream in one of my BellaBaby boxes and tried it out.

It’s made from natural and gentle ingredients and is recommended for the whole family to use so I felt confident that it would be gentle on my skin. I applied it to the patch of eczema on my inner elbow once a day for a week and after a couple of days, the eczema disappeared. It came back once since then, I think as my hormones were ‘adjusting’ so I’ve bought a full sized tube to use and it’s now gone. My son also gets eczema behind his knees and we use this on him too – it’s so gentle.

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MooGoo’s Skin Milk Udder Cream is also well known to assist patients during treatment to keep skin healthy and hydrated and their Milk Wash is gentle for the face and body, particularly for sensitive or irritated skin. My skin was so sensitive during treatment and I love that this is made from natural cleansers.

Dry Scalp

My hair has always been as oily as my skin and since I lost my hair to chemo, I realised this was because my scalp was oily. Another side effect of chemo was that my scalp got dry and as my hair grew back, I started getting some dandruff – for the first time in my life!

As happy as I was to have hair again, I started to wash it less often to reduce drying out my scalp and let the natural oils come through. Although I don’t like the look of oily hair, I much prefer it to having dandruff and a dry scalp so this is working well.

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MooGoo’s Shampoo and Conditioner are both gentle products that actually address the cause of dandruff as well as removing it gently during washing.

Sun Exposure

As well as wanting to limit my sun exposure to reduce the risk of skin cancer, I was advised by my medical team that during chemo and radiation, my skin would be super sensitive.

I was always pretty good at remembering to apply SPF before I went out but I do it religiously every day now and will forever. I just do not want to risk any chance of sunburn.

I use an SPF on my face and a really moisturising one on my body which means as well as protecting me from the sun, I’m also rehydrating my dry skin too.

MooGoo’s Natural Suncreen SPF 40 is made with natural ingredients (Zine Oxide) which protects skin from the sun without breaking down.

Dry Lips & Mouth

One of the worst side effects of chemo for me was the dry mouth and mouth sores. I always had lip balm on hand to reapply throughout the day to keep my lips soft. It didn’t seem to matter how much water I drank, I always had a dry mouth until treatment finished.

My skin changed so many times during chemotherapy and radiation and now 3 months on from finishing, it’s almost back to normal.

If you’re about to undergo treatment yourself, expect some changes may happen although it’s very different for everyone. Treat your skin gently and remember that you may have to readjust your skincare regime a few times until it’s back to normal again.

You can find out more about MooGoo’s range of skincare here. They are an Australian company with a wide range of natural and gentle products that are made with effective ingredients and no gimmicks.

The range offers solutions to many different skin issues, as well as eczema and dry skin and they’re made from natural plant oils and extracts. I love that they list every ingredient in each of their products on their website.

I love the MooGoo Oncology Care Pack which includes some gorgeous products that help hydrate protect, soothe and care for skin during and after chemo or radiotherapy. Plus a gorgeous pair or cosy socks to help keep feet warm as a side effect can also be cold hands and feet.

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The pack, at $40, includes:

  • Skin Milk Udder Cream – a lightweight moisturiser
  • Fresh Cream Deodorant – a natural deodorant preventing odour causing bacteria
  • Milk Wash – for the face and body
  • Cow Lick Lip Balm – to condition dry lips

Having undergone treatment myself, this pack is a lovely oncology care pack and would be such a thoughtful gift for anyone about to start treatment or in need of a treat.


MooGoo would love to offer a reader the chance to win one of these packs to try out their gorgeous range or give to a loved one.

To be eligible to win this, simply complete the Rafflecopter, visit us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and then comment below with your favourite product from the MooGoo range and why!

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The most creative answer from eligible entrants will win!

Click here to see my other giveaways and don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of this post to be notified of future giveaways!

Terms and Conditions

  1. Giveaway open to Australian residents only.
  2. Closes on November 30th 2016.
  3. Winner will be announced here after December 1st 2016 and contacted by email. If the winner does not claim their prize by return email by December 30th, another winner will be chosen instead.

Good luck!


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  1. Paula Harris
    17th November 2016 / 8:11 am

    I’m a sucker for a good lip balm, especially this time of year so would love to try the Cow Lick Lip Balm….and how awesome is that name too hahaha

  2. 17th November 2016 / 9:16 am

    I love their deodorant, its the only aluminium free deodorant that I’ve found that works!

  3. Christina
    17th November 2016 / 9:32 am

    Milk Wash sounds fantastic. Would love to make my skin great again

  4. Nicola James
    17th November 2016 / 9:38 am

    I have been using their shampoo and conditioner for years, the shampoo keeps my scalp beautifully moisturised and the psoriasis away! If I go away and use a different brand, within a week my scalp is a mess, very itchy and flakes everywhere – I have learned my lesson and only use MooGoo! One very happy customer who would love to try their deodorant and moisturiser!

  5. Ashley Beech
    17th November 2016 / 11:24 am

    I love the fresh cream deodorant;
    the supermarket deodorants don’t seem
    to do the job,
    but MooGoo’s does!

  6. nicole larsen
    17th November 2016 / 11:33 am

    The deodarant as it seems to be the only one that works for me

  7. Linda Courtney
    17th November 2016 / 12:13 pm

    I love the shampoo and conditioner.

  8. Rosemarie De Bari
    17th November 2016 / 12:45 pm

    The eczema cream worked wonders on my poor rashy babies skin when they were little, and I still use it today, it smells so nice.

  9. Belinda Moxey
    17th November 2016 / 12:46 pm

    The Cow Lick Lip Balm because I never leave home without lip balm, and I love that I can tell everyone I’m wearing cow kisses on my lips

  10. 17th November 2016 / 1:05 pm

    Definitely the natural sunblock. Sunblock is one of those products where I never feel like I know what’s in it, what’s an active ingredient or what’s a nasty, so it’s great to one I can just feel confident with!

  11. Charl
    17th November 2016 / 3:13 pm

    Cow Lick Lip Balm, always need a great lip balm on hand :)

  12. Peta B
    17th November 2016 / 3:36 pm

    The shampoo and conditioner, I find it leaves my hair clean and soft, without the use of harsh chemicals. Great for my whole family to use

  13. Kendall Knight
    17th November 2016 / 5:18 pm

    I haven’t tried MooGoo products, but the Udder Cream sounds amazing and the name sounds fun as well, hehe!

  14. Gayle Vos
    17th November 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Natural Anti-Ageing Face cream as I need it and would love to try it

  15. May
    17th November 2016 / 5:56 pm

    Milk Wash is our favourite! It’s loved by everyone. Hubby likes it because it doesn’t have a perfume smell. Mr 3.5yo likes it because I make bubbles in my hand. And I like it because I know it’s natural and gentle. Win win winner, yummy dinner!

  16. Tracy Wedding
    17th November 2016 / 6:23 pm

    the shampoo and conditioner is awesome makes my hair feel so clean and fresh

  17. Vicky
    17th November 2016 / 8:13 pm

    My favorite is the eczema and psoriasis cream. For years I’ve been trying to find a product that would clear me of my terrible skin condition and this seems to be doing a fantastic job so far :)

  18. Stacey Shailer
    17th November 2016 / 11:32 pm

    I love the sound of all the products, especially the Skin Milk Udder Cream. I’d love to win for my Dad who is currently undergoing chemo, his skin is soooo dry and needs some TLC. Plus being an ex-dairy farmer, he’d get a kick out of the whole cow-themed range :)

  19. Jill-Anne
    18th November 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Definitely, decidedly the MOOGOO ONCOLOGY CARE pack – one for me ( midway through my Taxol chemo.) and one for a very supportive friend on a similar journey… a couple of treatments ahead of me with warnings of things to come and products to have on hand. To date I’ve avoided dastardly inhibiting side effects but Oh my skin is so, so dry. My voice has become husky, but sadly not really sexy, and my lips parched. MOOGOO magic please!

  20. Sonia Chang
    18th November 2016 / 12:57 pm

    My both kids have sensitive skin and my husband has diabetes , so MooGoo skincare products have been used in my family for years. MooGoo Milk Wash and MooGoo Full Cream work well and protect dry and itch skin conditions, just a little 50 cents size is enough to cover whole body. It is truly an amazing skincare brand. It’s an amazing prize for everyone. Thank you.

  21. blake haugen
    18th November 2016 / 5:19 pm

    The eczema cream is wonderful. I use it on my son and has had no more flare ups for 3 months.

  22. Laura Power
    18th November 2016 / 6:46 pm

    Love to try the Fresh Cream Deodorant, love using natural deodorants.

  23. Netta
    18th November 2016 / 10:42 pm

    The milk wash! As someone who suffers from eczema and dry skin, I need a wash that is soothing, gentle and hydrating. It will keep my skin soft and clean without causing any irritation

  24. Jacky Burkett
    18th November 2016 / 11:43 pm

    The Cow Lick Lip Balm (try saying that after a few drinks) an Australian summer is tough on the lips and if they look and feel good then I know I do too. Plus I just love that name, it conjures up all sorts of funny images.

  25. Laura S
    19th November 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Natural sunscreen to protect my fair, sensitive skin in the sun!

  26. Kim
    19th November 2016 / 4:16 pm

    Moo Goo deodorant has changed my life, I’ve bought some for all my friends and family to try this Christmas. I haven’t sampled any of their other products yet but I’ve been using the deodorant since March, it’s the only natural aluminium free deodorant I’ve found in all my searching that works well and smells great. Everyone needs to try it!

  27. Samara McRae
    19th November 2016 / 9:01 pm

    The sunscreen. My bub has sensitive skin and using this natural product is perfect for him.

  28. Anthea Cornish
    23rd November 2016 / 1:36 pm

    I love the shampoo and conditioner as they make my hair feel wonderfully refreshed. No harsh chemicals makes it a plus in our house.

  29. Amanda
    23rd November 2016 / 4:21 pm

    I love the versatility of the milk wash. Being natural and a no soap formula it is not only safe enough for the whole family but it is cleanser I can use from head to toe.

  30. 23rd November 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Being pale skinned and covered in freckles it’s hard to find a good sunscreen that isn’t greasy but still gives good coverage – the Natural Sunscreen SPF 40 looks like the perfect companion for me this Summer!

  31. Sacha Pech
    24th November 2016 / 9:03 am

    The Eczema moogoo cream is a SAVIOUR. Our son was born with severe eczema (his skin peeled off after birth and wept). I cannot tell you the relief we felt when we found Moogoo. Effective and natural. Just the thing you want for your precious baby.

  32. Sharon Markwell
    24th November 2016 / 10:08 am

    MooGoo’s Natural Sunscreen SPF 40 is perfect for our hot Queensland summer and will protect our whole family naturally.

  33. Sarahmary
    24th November 2016 / 1:39 pm

    Suffering from dry skin, Shea Sorbet Butter Balm by Moogoo sounds just perfect for me. I LOVE lime Sorbet and im excited that my skin could smell so yummy and get softer and smoother

  34. Ying Ying Tan
    24th November 2016 / 4:40 pm

    I was introduced to MooGoo Eczema & Psoriasis Cream from the chemist today. I was instantly drawn to this product after testing it on my inflamed eczema-prone skin. Instant relief, pleasant smell and non-steroidal ingredients. This is definitely my FAVOURITE product so far, would love to try other products by MooGoo though!!!

  35. Sarah Armstrong
    25th November 2016 / 12:38 pm

    I like the Natural Suncreen because it’s made with all natural ingredients and is great for sensitive skin

  36. Melissa K
    25th November 2016 / 8:19 pm

    The Eczema & Psoriasis Cream with Marshmallow, Elderberry and more is my favourite as it sounds amazing, especially good for my son.

  37. Kristy F
    25th November 2016 / 9:52 pm

    Eczema and Psoriasis Cream as my boys get bad eczema and I have tried so many things to help them. I would love to try some moogoo to try and at least mim-inise their itch and pain.

  38. sapna
    25th November 2016 / 10:39 pm

    i love the sunscreen – it will be very useful for our whole family.

  39. sharyn williams
    25th November 2016 / 11:20 pm

    the full cream moisturiser as it really helps my dry skin

  40. Mick G
    26th November 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Fresh Cream Deodorant as I have a nightmare finding deodorants that work and this amazing product does just that

  41. Natalie Murnane
    27th November 2016 / 8:47 am

    Definitely the eczema and psoriasis cream it sounds amazing. I don’t want harsh stuff especially as my daughters skin is so sensitive so I want something we can both use. Best way to get her to do something is to be doing it myself so it needs to work on my old skin and her young skin.

  42. Kristina S
    27th November 2016 / 3:46 pm

    Coverup Butter Cup. Amazing sunscreen without all the nasty chemicals that others contain. I feel safe putting it on my kids. My Summer essential.

  43. Aunty Party (Christine)
    27th November 2016 / 7:26 pm

    My favourite MooGoo product, that I would love to try is the Protein Shot Leave-In Conditioner because my curly hair is so coarse, wild and dry.

  44. Cate
    27th November 2016 / 8:38 pm

    My favourite product is the MooGoo scalp cream for cradle cap, as it’s so easy to use and so effective, which is essential for newborns. Saves the mess of olive oil too!

  45. Louise T
    27th November 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Skin Milk Udder Cream. I am always on the look out for new moisturiser, so how can I pass this one up when it udder’ly cracks me up!!

  46. Alicia Bardsley
    27th November 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Eczema and Psoriasis Cream brings relief to all of us who suffer from eczema

  47. Wendy Christidis
    27th November 2016 / 10:59 pm

    My daughter has severe eczema and has just started using MooGoo Eczema & Psoriasis Cream Im very impressed with it as its very gentle and and is easing her symptoms without drying out her skin, unlike the steroids prescribed by her dermatologist .

  48. Loretta Franceschini
    27th November 2016 / 11:21 pm

    I like their sunscreen, because it’s easy to apply and gives me the protection I require. I have had 2skin cancers removed on my nose. One rather large one and had to have a skin graft. My plastic surgeon told me I have to use sunscreen every day now for the rest of my life as a preventitive and always cover up. To who ever reads this please always wear sunscreen and cover up. Don’t be complacent.

  49. Michelle
    27th November 2016 / 11:34 pm

    I like the improvement of my lips using Cow Lick Lip Balm

  50. Dianne
    29th November 2016 / 3:07 pm

    The MooGoo Natural Suncreen SPF 40 – because it is made with natural ingredients it is perfect for my senstitive skin so I don’t have to look like a beetroot (lol)! Thanks Mim!

  51. Tamara Lamb
    29th November 2016 / 5:19 pm

    The milk wash is amazing! Leaves your skin feeling refreshed!

  52. Elisabeth Martins
    30th November 2016 / 4:45 am

    Lip Balm — my lips are always dry, like always and MooGoo is the only brand that seems to make them soft and glossy.

  53. Laura Scriven
    30th November 2016 / 8:15 am

    Shea Sorbet Butter Balm,
    It makes my dry skin calm.
    Such a rich cream,
    Goes on a dream.

  54. Yvonne Giakoumis
    30th November 2016 / 12:58 pm

    The Moogoo Fresh Cream Deodorant.
    I like having the peace of mind that I’m using a natural product that is good for my body.

  55. adrienne harries
    30th November 2016 / 6:32 pm

    Eczema & Psoriasis Cream AKA Irritable Skin Balm
    Keeps skin moist and Eczema calm

  56. Megan Higgs
    30th November 2016 / 6:32 pm

    I love their eczema cream, it’s the only thing that works on my little Miss.

  57. Shannon Wotton
    30th November 2016 / 9:19 pm

    I swear by the Moo Goo Shampoo and Conditioner. My mum recommended it to me for my dry flaky scalp and it worked a treat. Yet another case of mother knows best!

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