Collection: Cancer Skincare

Skincare For Cancer - Puriskin in support of Bosombuddiesuk


Supportive Therapy for Chemotherapy, Radiation or Cancer Surgery.

PURISKIN is a multi award-winning natural British skincare brand that specializes in botanical formulations for healing.

Puriskin creams are formulated with the naturally-active properties of comfrey and tiger grass, a combination of two highly effective botanicals renowned for their exceptional healing benefits.

PURISKIN's high-grade essential oils and plant extracts are some of nature's kindest ingredients specifically selected for their equal ability to perform while being soothing and gentle. Effectiveness of each blend is weighed in equal measure with balance to the delicate canvas of skin.

The guiding principle for their formulations are that in providing restorative care adverse reactions should be avoided and existing conditions not exacerbated.

The pink suite of Puriskin products is a highly therapeutic range designed for use on those preparing for, undergoing and recovering from treatment for cancer. Each PURISKIN formulation is ethically produced without harsh chemicals, animal derivatives and problematic compounds such as parabens and petroleum.





The effectiveness of Puriskin Resurfacing Formula as the main product for the treatment of severely compromised skins such as those undergoing treatment for cancer and post surgery has been highly evaluated by clinicians specialising in Cancer Care and Surgery.

Amanda Shayle


MPCH MAcS CertNatSci (open)
Clinical Practitioner, Acupuncturist,
Puriskin Brand Ambassador.

'I recommend Puriskin Formula for use on the most vulnerable scenarios - in particular compromised skin, post chemotherapy.
Patients cite immense relief with regular use which not only brings considerable improvement to their overly sensitive areas of concern but feels soothing and pleasant when applied.
The light and cooling texture penetrates quickly without greasiness or any scent.'

Professor Philip Drew


Professor of Breast Surgery
Consultant Surgeon

'One of the things we worry about in breast cancer patients is over exposure to oestrogen or oestrogenic compounds such as parabens which are often found in beauty products.

Puriskin does not contain any parabens therefore for patients who are concerned about their scars after breast cancer treatment it's an ideal treatment to improve the general appearance of the scars and also the health of the skin .'


PURISKIN SKINCARE can be used in the weeks leading up to treatment to improve the immunity of the skin and continued throughout treatment to minimise the severity of any skin changes that might occur while being treated.

PURISKIN RESURFACING FORMULA harnesses the soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities of cucumber to bring rapid relief - typically on contact - to coolheat and calming redness and irritation.

The type of changes the skin goes through depends on the type of cancer treatment being undertaken.


Skin side effects are likely to occur with most cancer treatments. While chemotherapy and radiation differ in their procedure see below the possible skin side effects for these include:

  • itching and/or eczema like rashes
  • pain or discomfort
  • dryness
  • burns
  • changes to skin colour such as redness or darkening (hyperpigmentation)
  • heightened sunlight sensitivity
  • skin peeling - particularly red, sore peeling skin on palms of the hand and soles of the feet also known as hand and foot (palmar-plantar) syndrome.



Chemotherapy, or chemo, involves the use of strong medication to kill fast-growing cancer cells.

The main aim of chemotherapy is to prevent cancer spreading to other parts of the body.

As such the drugs are administered to the whole body as a 'systemic' treatment.
As the drugs travel throughout the whole body killing fast-growing cancer cells they can sometimes affect other healthy fast-growing cells and impact the reproductive and digestive systems, hair follicles, bone marrow and skin.

While skin might be affected in a number of ways as outlined, very common symptoms are highly sensitized skin and dry, flaky eczema-like irritations.

The extent to which changes in skin will occur depend on the intensity of the chemotherapy.


Radiation therapy involves sending doses of high-energy particles or waves to attack and destroy cancer cells.
Radiation therapy differs from chemotherapy in that it only impacts the cancerous cells in the body. Although healthy cells might be affected by the radiation they are able to regenerate and repair themselves while the cancerous cells can't do this.
Radiation is sometimes also used to alleviate discomfort and ease pain such as bone pain caused by cancer. Radiation therapy may be used on its own or may be combined with chemotherapy as a comprehensive cancer treatment program.
Although radiation might affect skin in different ways one of the most common side effects is a skin condition called radiation dermatitis, which can range from a mild, red rash (erythema) and itchy, peeling or flaking skin (dry desquamation) to a more severe reaction with blisters and wet, peeling skin (moist desquamation).


Cancer surgery is the traditional form of cancer treatment involving the partial (debulking) or full removal of cancerous cells or tumor and surrounding tissue to prevent the spread of the disease to other parts of the body.
This is sometimes followed with chemotherapy or radiation.
Further operative intervention after tumor removal may sometimes also required to improve quality of life such as breast reconstruction following a mastectomy.

Scarring and scar tissue and complications that may arise during stages of healing are the notable side effects for skin.

The concern with healing of scar tissue is the complications that can arise with the use of products that might include potentially harmful ingredients.

The use of products such as PURISKIN RESURFACING FORMULA which are specifically formulated for highly sensitive and traumatised skin and which are free from petrochemicals, parabens or allergens such as perfumes is recommended.


Here are some of the most frequent questions we are asked about the PURISKIN formulations by those undergoing treatment for cancer .


Our formulations deliver intense hydration to skin. As a skincare support the PURISKIN Resurfacing All-In-One oils provide soothing hydration as part of the daily cleansing and moisturising regimen.
During treatment phases, PURISKIN Resurfacing Formula provides cooling relief for any discomfort and irritation that may arise. All products can be used outside of a treatment regime to maintain healthy skin.


No. Puriskin Resurfacing Products are restorative formulations blended with plant ingredients that are naturally active with therapeutic properties to support the body's innate healing processes. There are no medicines used in the blends.


PURISKIN Resurfacing Formula is specifically designed to aid healing and resurfacing on damage and trauma. As such the cream is generally safe for application on open wounds and there have been no reported negative side effects, however with areas of extensive and deep, open damage it is always recommended to consult with your specialist prior to application.


No. It is recommended that skin is free of product during the treatment process however the Resurfacing Formula is designed for application straight after treatment to reduce any heat and discomfort.


PURISKIN Resurfacing Formula is a light-weight, non-greasy cream that is formulated for rapid absorption with a non-greasy feel and there is no discernible scent.
It is recommended as the topical application for use directly after chemo or radiation to assist with the cooling of the skin. Puriskin Resurfacing Formula is additionally recommended as the topical application for wound healing of scar tissue to assist with the regeneration of healthy skin cells and hydration of skin.

PURISKIN Resurfacing All-In-One Oils are deeply moisturising, fine oils that are to be used to maintain the moisture balance of skin. These are lightly naturally aromatic with their essential oils which support relaxation and may aid in stimulating the olfactory senses which can be impacted during treatment.
The all-in-one oils are recommended as supplementary morning and evening therapies at home.


Our formulations are blended for use on all skin types and are generally very well tolerated being entirely free of harmful ingredients such as parabens, petroleum or lanolin.
The Resurfacing Formula can safely be applied to any area of skin that is being treated.
We recommend caution with the all-in-one oils if a pre-existing sensitivity to essential oils exists as the products contain essential oils.


The active ingredient in Puriskin Resurfacing Formula is cucumber extract which is exceptionally anti-inflammatory and provides rapid cooling relief for skin.
Research has shown that phytonutrients in cucumber have cancer inhibiting properties.
This is supported with allantoin (an extract derived from the comfrey plant) which is powerfully hydrating and supports the shedding of dead skin cells.
Tiger grass boosts the potency of the formulation increasing the turnover rate of cells and facilitating the production of collagen in the skin. This is a vital factor in wound repair as collagen is one of the main building blocks for skin tissue.
Supporting the wound healing process in this way can greatly improve the appearance of scars and the texture of any traumatised areas of skin.


Each of the oils has a common base including Evening Primrose and Borage (Star Flower) oils which are rich in Omega 6 gamma-linoleic fatty acids. These are potent compounds that support the hydration of the skins cellular matrix - improving its barrier function so that skin is not only able to more efficiently retain moisture but thereby also improving the skin’s vital function as the body’s largest organ protecting it from foreign invaders such as bacteria and harmful toxins.
GLAs are particularly anti-inflammatory promoting healing on skin damage while Borage oil additionally exhibits anti-mutagenic properties that may inhibit the growth of problem cells.
Each of the oils is further enhanced by differentiating essential oils (further details overleaf) that can assist with physiological rebalancing and feelings of wellbeing.



Can be used as gentle cleansers applied with a damp cloth.
Ideal also for facial and body moisturising where only a little is needed.

For bath-time therapy add a few drops to the bath under running water this softens skin, expels toxins and provides aromatherapeutic benefit.


As a very lightweight product formulated without any allergenic compounds, Puriskin Formula can be applied as required (under guidance from your treatment specialist)during treatment.
Continued application post treatment is recommended with notable longterm improvement typical following sustained use as part of the body's skincare regime.

For burns, redness, irritation and eczema-like symptoms following radiation and/or chemotherapy
Apply directly after treatment to cool skin and support healing.
Puriskin Formula can then be reapplied as required throughout the day.
It is advisable to treat affected areas with a dose of Puriskin Formula before bedtime to support the nocturnal repair process which, during sleep, is the body's highly active period of regeneration.

For scar tissue
Patch test and leave for 24 hours to ensure suitablity.
If well tolerated start with two or three times daily application and increase application as required to benefit from surface improvement and supporting the repair process to improved, normalised skin.

With medical guidance, apply Puriskin directly to severly traumatised areas. Applying delicately to avoid further trauma and allow to fully absorb. Dressing or band aids can be applied as required or medically recommended once fully absorbed.
Reapply Puriskin Formula as required.


The particular nutritional blend of the award-winning Puriskin Resurfacing Formula provides powerful support throughout treatment and aftercare by relieving the discomfort of irritation and providing vital hydration and nutrition which are intrinsic to the healing process. Recovery time and stages will depend on the length and combination of treatment received and additional factors such as age, lifestyle, genetics and the health and condition of skin will also affect healing.

Chemotherapy and Radiation Aftercare

Cooling relief for overheated skin, flaking and irritation

The gentle blend of coconut and jojoba oils provides a lightweight base that is readily absorbed by the skin surface without irritation and provides the first step towards delivering the vital nutrients in the formulation so that healing of the skin surface can begin.

Active botanicals provide rebalancing as follows:


- hydrating, smoothing and calming

This powerful, natural plant-active delivers several highly beneficial properties to skin. It's keratolytic properties, make Allantoin an invaluable resurfacing aid as Allantoin interacts with keratin to thin an abnormally thickened stratum corneum resulting in smoother, softened and healthier skin.

Protective and restorative, Allantoin helps to increase the water content of the extracellular matrix which provides structural support to cells and is an important part of connective tissue. The increased water content in the skin leads to a reduction in irritation and redness resulting in a calming and hydrating effect on the skin surface. In addition Allantoin stimulates the production of new healthy cells.

These resurfacing and hydrating qualities are not only felt very quickly on application of PURISKIN RESURFACING FORMULA but also provide longterm balance and, effectively supports the healing of skin where serious damage has occured.


- stimulating collagen production

Collagen is the building block which provides structure to skin and the rate and quality of its production plays a pivotal role in how well skin will heal after damage. The rate of collagen production decreases naturally with age and may be significantly slower in skin that is severely traumatised - as such the gentle and powerful collagen-stimulating properties of Tigergrass plays a vital role in PURISKIN RESURFACING FORMULA.

Tigergrass not only boosts collagen production at a cellular level which helps to improve the quality and rate of collagen produced but also has anti-inflammatory properties. This anti-inflammatory action provides a vital additional level of support by calming the heightened state that causes the breakdown in skin surface structure resulting in flaking and shedding and helps to restore balance to skin and maintains a refine the texture of the skin surface.


- rapidly cooling, cancer prevention

Cucumber is a powerful anti-inflammatory and the extract of cucumber in PURISKIN RESURFACING FORMULA underpins the potent anti-inflammatory behaviour of Tigergrass bringing swift cooling relief to redness and itching, taking down heat and minimising sensation.

An additional goal with healing for cancer patients is to eliminate, as far as possible, the risk of Cancer reoccuring.
The potency of Cucumber plays an additional vital role in the area of prevention.

Research has shown that cucumber contains polyphenols which may help to lower the risk of breast, uterine, ovarian and prostrate cancers. In addition it contains phytonutrients called cucurbitacins which studies hae determined have the ability to block the signalling pathways required for cancer cell development.

Healing of Scar Tissue after Cancer Surgery

While there are a number of factors that affect how well a scar heals such as lifestyle, genetics and the health and condition of skin, vital to the healing process is effective wound care combined with rich cell nutrition consisting of vitamins, minerals, collagen, blood supply, hydration and oxygen.

Wound healing occurs in three phases: inflammation, proliferation and remodelling.

The nutrients that make up the healing blend of PURISKIN RESURFACING FORMULA provide essential botanical support at every stage of the wound healing process.


This first stage occurs immediately after the injury and lasts for a few days.
The body sends specialized cells to stop the bleeding and remove foreign materials, like dirt and debris, from the wound. At this stage the wound is very tender, looks red, swollen and pink.

PURISKIN Resurfacing Formula - Botanical Support

The cucumber extract rapidly calms redness and its powerful anti-inflammatory properties are supported by borage and evening primrose oils - both rich in GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) a potent anti-inflammatory of particular benefit at this point.
Antibiotic protection is provided by tigergrass and vitamin E delivers additional immune support.


(meaning rapid growth) happens next and lasts for 3-4 weeks.
In this phase, cells called fibroblasts, rapidly divide inside the wound to produce a scaffolding made of collagen that the new cells grow on to refill the gap made by the wound. At this stage the wound thickens and contracts and depending on the scar shape and size becomes more visible and can feel tight, itchy or uncomfortable.

PURISKIN Resurfacing Formula - Botanical Support

Tigergrass is a vital support during this stage aiding the production of collagen for structural support and elastin to keep skin supple.
Vitamin B5 and allantoin provide hydrating, skin softening and smoothing benefit to reduce tightness and ease discomfort.
Allantoin aids the cell turnover rate while vitamin E fights against the destruction of red bLood cells.


This is the final and longest stage of healing which can last up to a few years.
Here collagen reorganizes into a neater order to strengthen the new tissue.
During this phase, a red raised and swollen scar subsides into a finer, flatter shape that more closely resembles normal skin.

PURISKIN Resurfacing Formula - Botanical Support

The rebalancing combination of vitamins, essential oils and plant actives in the emollient coconut and jojoba base provide the ongoing hydration and nutrition needed for maintaining moisture levels, dermal restructure and refinement to ensure efficient recovery and improved skin health.



Pauline Giles

‘I had Breast Cancer in 2010 and was recommended to use Puriskin on my scar. My scar is now hardly visible, when I have shown people my reconstruction, they are absolutely astounded at the results.
I recommend everyone having surgery to use Puriskin, as unlike other products, it contains no trojan horse compounds such as parabens, SLS and other harsh chemicals.’ Pauline Giles, CEO & Founder - Bosombuddiesuk

Pauline Giles set up Bosom Buddies UK in 2010, after overcoming a battle with Breast Cancer. The aim for Pauline is to inform, educate and potentially help save the lives of both women and men by raising awareness of how to look for the earliest signs of breast cancer.
Key topics that Pauline covers as a speaker, while sharing her inspirational journey through surviving cancer, include the use of paraben free cosmetics and products and the effects of alcohol abuse on health and wellbeing.
A vital vehicle in her awareness campaign is the Bosom Buddies UK school programme, which targets Years 10 and 11 and provides an effective means of reaching 90% of the UK's 15 - 17 year old female population to dispel the myth of breast cancer as being only an older woman's disease.

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