Nail Care From Cancer Treatment: Your Questions Answered

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Nails can be damaged as a result of treatment for cancer. We look at some of the most common nail care during treatment for cancer questions and offer some solutions. These solutions apply to nail damage to fingernails as well as toenails. 

Lost Nails – will my nails grow back after cancer treatment?

Yes, your nails will nails grow back after cancer treatment. There are ways in which nail damage can be prevented or reduced

I have flaking nails as a result of chemo. What can I do?

Keep your nails short and use Jennifer Young Nail Varnish to protect and thicken your nails. Use Defiant Beauty Nail Oil three times a day from the start of chemotherapy.

I have fragile nails as a result of chemo. What can I do?

Keep your nails short and use nail varnish to protect and thicken your nails.

My nails have become detached from the nail bed. What can I do?

You should protect your nails as much as you can. Others experiencing this suggest using a pencil to flush the loo (push button flush), wearing gloves as much as possible, especially whilst gardening, avoiding washing up and generally taking good care.

My nails are ridged. What can I do?

Sparkly nail varnish (Jennifer Young Nail Varnish – Autumn, Vamp, Ocean View, Cinders & Gladrags) distracts from the ridges. The sparkles change the way the light hits the nails and the ridges are not as apparent. 

Ocean View

I have a dark nail bed. What can I do?

Dark and discoloured nail beds are not uncommon during treatment for cancer. Many people tell me it is a side-effect of chemotherapy. This condition can be camouflaged by using dark nail varnish.

My favourite dark nail varnishes to help disguise this side-effect of chemo are:

  • Autumn
  • Vamp
  • Poppy
  • Cinders
  • Fern

My nails are sore as a result of chemotherapy. What can I do?

I suggest using Jennifer Young Defiant Beauty Nail Mask. Cover the nails in this indulgent mask and leave for 15 minutes, longer if possible. Remove any excess with damp cotton wool.

My hands and feet are sore, dry and flaking as a result of my treatment for cancer – what can I do?

Defiant Beauty Healing Hand Balm is formulated to help skin which is challenged by chemotherapy. Defiant Beauty Mild Mint Foot Balm was created to support those living with and beyond cancer.

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