What might you experience ?
Some people find it hard to feel confident and comfortable with the physical changes that cancer can bring. Of course, it’s all part of the cancer journey but it doesn't make it any easier. For many of us looking good helps us feel good. So whatever it is that might have knocked your body confidence, we’ve got some ideas to help you embrace your new body and feel beautiful again.
This guide will cover:
Skin and nail changes
Changes to your appearance
Why does this happen?
- Hair loss - Chemotherapy can cause hair changes which range from mild hair thinning to complete hair loss, known as alopecia. Losing your hair can be a very stressful and sad process. For many, this change in their physical appearance has a huge impact on their self-esteem which is why some people feel it is the toughest side effect to deal with
- Skin and nail changes - These can range from dry thinning skin, to weak brittle nails, to scars. Your cancer treatments cause a whole host of skin and nail changes which can leave you feeling self conscious or underconfident. But there are lots of ways of giving your skin a boost to help you feel more like you
- Changes to your appearance - Cancer treatments can change your appearance and leave you looking and feeling less like your usual self. Whether it’s losing your eyebrows and eyelashes or coping with a change in complexion, make-up can help make you look and feel better
- Anxiety - When you don’t look and feel like you anymore it can be scary and stressful. Trying to accept sudden changes in your looks can be tough and some people feel anxious, angry or even depressed. This is because our physical appearance is so closely linked to our feelings of self esteem. Finding ways of accepting these changes will help you feel confident again