Nail Care

Cancer treatment can sometimes render nails, nail beds and surrounding skin  more fragile and prone to infection. Here’s how to pamper and protect your hands (and your feet, too).

  • Avoid cutting your cuticles. Instead, use cuticle cream to help combat dryness, splitting and hangnails.
  • Moisturize with rich hand cream.
  • Keep nails short.
  • If you’d like to use polish, soft, neutral shades of pink will lend a healthy- looking finish.
  • Use an oily acetone-free polish remover.
  • If you’re trying a new salon, call ahead to find out whether the staff has worked with – or knows what  to expect with – clients undergoing treatment for cancer.
  • Avoid acrylic nails or wraps as bacteria can get trapped in the space behind the acrylic nail or wrap, leading to infection.
  • Wear rubber gloves while doing chores as excessive exposure to water can lead to fungal infection of the nail bed.