43 Skin Care Gift Ideas That Are Perfect For Someone With Cancer.

A major symptom of cancer and cancer treatment is severely dry skin.  Skin that feels rough and coarse like sandpaper.  

The thing about incredibly coarse, dry skin… It hurts.  

And when you’re knee-deep in a cancer fight you don’t need to deal with that type of pain on top of everything else. 

Painful skin is a quality-of-life issue. A skin care set is a practical gift and one of the best gift ideas for someone going through this.

Dry, cracked skin may seem like something you “just have to deal with” when it comes to cancer treatment.  But, in my dad’s case (and in most cases) his skin was so raw and painful that there was no way we could just power through it.  

Taking good care of your skin is a big deal during cancer. So we set out on a mission to find the best skin care gift ideas to heal, nourish, and protect dry, damaged skin. It’s the perfect gift for someone going through cancer.

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Heads up!  If you have a friend, neighbor, or someone you work with who has been diagnosed with cancer The Support Squad Care Kit: 13 Genuine Ways to Help a Family with Cancer is packed full of thoughtful and practical ways that ANYONE can do.

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La Roche-Posay 

La Roche Posay

This company’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people with cancer through healthy skin.  Recommended by dermatologists all over the world, they create lotions and skin nurturing products that combat the toughest dry skin imaginable.  Their array of options focus on intense, healing moisture that will nourish and soothe dry, painful skin.  

With their effective formula including ingredients like Thermal Water, Ceramide-3, Shea Butter, Glycerin, and Niacinamide it not only hydrates and replenishes moisture but also repairs the skin’s protective barrier. 

La Roche Posay lotions are suitable for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy and are designed to help soothe and comfort painful, dry skin.  Their line of lotions, creamy cleansers, and face creams are specifically designed to help skin-related side effects for people going through cancer.

WebMD also has an article on the ingredients in their Lipikar Triple Repair Moisturizing Body Cream (which it refers to it as medication).  It talks about how Lipikar moisturizes against dry skin and specifies in the article that these ingredients can alleviate skin burns from radiation. 

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Triple Repair Moisturizing Body Cream

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser

La Roche Posay Lipikar Wash AP+ Body & Face Wash

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer, Daily Moisturizer Face Cream with Ceramide and Niacinamide

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Triple Repair Moisturizing Body Cream, Body Lotion and Moisturizer

La Roche-Posay Nutritic Lip Balm for Very Dry Lips, Soothes and Repairs Chapped Lips with Shea Butter and Ceramide

Lindi Skin

Lindi Skin

Lindi makes the skincare products you see all over the place when it comes to skin care gift sets for people with cancer.  

Dry, cracked, chafing skin is incredibly sore and painful.  This body cream delivers a soothing and healing intense moisture and alleviates painful dry skin.  

Designed to tackle the type of dry skin that if left untreated is distressing and uncomfortable.  Men won’t be embarrassed to wear this fragrance-free lotion that eases and repairs extremely dry skin so they can finally find relief. One of my favorite things about Lindi Skin, they have sets of mini skincare products so you can try them before you buy a single product.

Lindi Skin makes some of the best products and lotions out there for people dealing with the skin effects of cancer and cancer treatment.  Their hand creams are incredible making this one of the best gifts you can give someone going through this.

Lindi Skin Total Control Skincare Gift Collection

LINDI SKIN Fight Back Pack – Starter Kit That Includes Body Lotion, Body Wash, Citrus Face Serum, Lavender Face Serum, Face Moisturizer, Soothing Balm, and Face Wash

Lindi Skin: Cooler Pad – Cooling Hydro-Gel Formulated To Reduce Redness And Inflammation 

LINDI SKIN: Lip Balm – Soothe Dry, Chapped Lips And Hydrate & Soothe Nails And Cuticles


Aveeno has a ton of products that combat the skin effects of cancer treatment.  Oatmeal baths, yogurt lotions, and Cica balm (which repairs and moisturizes severely dry skin), and sunscreen to help protect from more damage.  Aveeno has something for every part of your entire skincare routine.

The key ingredient that everyone is talking about is the 100% natural colloidal oatmeal, which is a dermatologist recommended skin treatment for itchy dry skin. It’s a fast-absorbing formula that doesn’t leave a greasy mess.

 Aveeno has a ton of best-selling products on the market for people with cancer… but according to Johnson and Johnson, “Aveeno’s Restorative Skin Therapy has amazing benefits for people with cancer and was developed with cancer patient’s unique skincare needs in mind.”  You can find the full article here…

The Aveeno line is full of natural ingredients and is a holistic way to help your skin feel better.

The Aveeno products that we LOVE are… 

Aveeno Skin Relief Intense Moisture Repair Body Cream with Triple Oat & Shea Butter Formula, Helps Relieve & Restore Extra-Dry Skin with Long-Lasting Moisture, Fragrance-Free

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion for Very Dry Skin with Soothing Triple Oat & Shea Butter Formula, Dimethicone Skin Protectant Helps Heal Itchy, Dry Skin, Fragrance-Free

 Aveeno Calm + Restore Oat Gel Facial Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin, Lightweight Gel Cream Face Moisturizer with Prebiotic Oat and Feverfew, Hypoallergenic, Fragrance- and Paraben-Free

Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment with 100% Natural Colloidal Oatmeal for Treatment & Relief of Dry, Itchy, Irritated Skin

Aveeno Restorative Skin Therapy Moisturizing Oat Repairing Cream for Sensitive, Distressed, Dry Skin, with Prebiotic Oat & Aloe, Formulated without Parabens, Fragrance & Steroids

Aveeno Calm + Restore Nourishing Oat Cleanser

Aveeno Restorative Skin Therapy Sulfate-Free Body Wash for Sensitive, Distressed, Dry Skin, Gentle Cleanser with Oat, Formulated without Parabens, Fragrances & Soaps

The Balm Box

It’s hard to feel good about yourself when you’re struggling through the painful side effects of cancer.    The Balm Box products were created by a woman who survived 4 different cancers and channeled all that energy into creating some of the best skin care gifts for people who are fighting.

With cancer gift baskets broken down to address specific concerns like chemo care, radiation care, and mastectomy care…  there are some incredible products in the Balm Box to tackle skin issues. And if you’re searching, this is the perfect holiday gift.

The Optimal Chemo Care Box

The Best Cancer Care Box

Premium Soothing Skin and Lips

Finest Radiation Care Package

Sweetest Rest and Recovery Box

Beauty Despite Cancer by Jennifer Young

Healing care that nurtures and soothes dry, damaged skin. And this stuff works.  Severely dry, stressed skin is exactly what this lotion was made to deal with.  

Everything you need to look and feel your best despite the elephant in the room.  Specialty skin care for cancer patients that provides relief and nourishment but also gives you a luxurious, pampering experience.




Oncoderm Labs

If you have a family member dealing with cancer, this is a great gift. Searching for skin care products that relieve the serious skin concerns that come with cancer has never been easier…

Oncoderm is a medical skin care brand developed by a doctor for people with compromised immune systems.  Skin care and hair loss products that were developed to combat the serious and uncomfortable side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.  

Hand/FootRx Moisturizing Cream

FaceRx Hydrating Gel

Restorica Prescription Dry Skin Restoration

Cancer Be Glammed 

This company has amazing skin balm that heals and softens dry, damaged skin and repairs some of the the skin effects of cancer. They also have clothing, head coverings, and great tips for feeling good about yourself despite the situation.

CV Skinlabs Body Repair Lotion

CV Discover & Recover Kit

CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture for Face, Neck & Scalp

CV Skinlabs Rescue & Glow Collection

CV Mind + Body + Spirit Box

CV Skinlabs Skin Essentials Duo

Oncology/Recovery Cream

Radiation Recovery cream

 It’s like a treatment lotion, with creams that are specifically created for people with cancer to combat the skin-related side effects of chemo and radiation.  Created to hydrate and nourish dry, sensitive skin these creams are fragrance-free and allergy tested.  

RemeVerse Radiation Relief & Recovery Cream for Radiation Burns; Unscented, Paraben Free Contains Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides, Peptides, Healing Calendula to Soothe Sensitive, Irritated Skin

PhysAssist Oncology Recovery Cream. Super Moisturizing Skin Cream for Dry, Parched, Itchy, Sensitive Skin. Unscented 4 oz jar. Non Irritant, Clinically Tested, Dermatologist Tested, Allergy Tested

Rejuvaskin Skin Recovery Cream, Radiation Relief Cream, Skin Cream with Glucosamine, Calendula, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera

EltaMD Skin Recovery Lightweight Face Moisturizer for Women, Soothing Redness Relief Face Moisturizer, Hydrates And Calms Sensitive Skin 

Oncology Lip Balm USDA Organic, Hydrate Dry, Parched Lips. Moisturizing 

Bag Balm 

In our house, we use this for EVERYTHING.  The original Bag Balm (in the green tin) is an ointment, so it’s thick and greasy and does take a little bit of time to soak in… But seriously, it works.  

Not only does it soothe and moisturize but it HEALS amazingly.  

We use it on cuts, scrapes, and burns (it’s WAY better than triple antibiotic at the first signs of infection).  This stuff is made for cracked, severely chapped (like bleeding) skin dryness.  

It creates a skin barrier while also helping with chaffing, rashes, and irritated skin (including bed sores) as it doesn’t just rejuvenate dry skin, it also heals and prevents further infection.

 Bag Balm has been around for YEARS since 1899 (my grandmother used it back in the day for diaper rash) and it was developed for animals (so it’s also safe to use on your puppy too!).  Don’t be alarmed by that though because it’s an incredibly great product that works!  And it’s totally safe for people.

And Bag Balm multi-tasks.  While it’s softening the dry, cracked heels of your feet, it can also be healing and protecting (from further intensity) a rash on your leg.

Bag Balm is fantastic, a tin of it will last a long time and it’s one of the most useful products on the market.  Seriously, we use Bag Balm for everything.  It’s amazing stuff and you can’t beat the price point.

Bag Balm Ointment

Bag Balm Hand and Body Lotion 

Bag Balm Lip Balm 

Bag Balm Balm Stick

P.S. If you have a friend, neighbor, or someone you work with who has been diagnosed with cancer and you want to do something meaningful for the family but you have no idea what to do or how to proceed… The Support Squad Care Kit: 13 Genuine Ways to Help a Family with Cancer is packed full of thoughtful and practical ways that ANYONE can do.

Because when you ask a family with cancer “do you need anything?”, they’ll almost always say no.  Why?

  • They have NO clue what they need, how you can help, or what would make this any easier for them.  
  • They’re drowning in this situation trying to manage a complicated, terrifying diagnosis and it’s hard to see anything beyond that. 

These are useful ways to help that will give the family the extra support they need without having to figure out a lot of complicated details.

You Can Grab the Support Squad Care Kit: 13 Genuine Ways to Help a Family with Cancer for Free Here….

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