Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Each September brings a bittersweet enthusiasm for beautiful fall colors and warm days. September used to be my very favorite month. Losing my mom to breast cancer 14 years ago on September 29th still brings the same melancholy feeling this time of year. I continue to share her story this many years later because it speaks to self-care and the importance of early detection. If you would like to learn about my own family's battle with breast cancer click here.
Giving Back on
Saturday, October 16
On Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm West Linn Aesthetics is offering complimentary services to anyone fighting breast cancer or to breast cancer survivors. Space will be limited so please call to book a time slot for yourself or someone you know. Some restrictions apply. Please call for details.
Her Fight is Our Fight
Breast cancer symptoms vary, and some people may have no symptoms at all, especially early in the disease. That's why regular screening mammograms are so important. These scans may detect small tumors before you can feel them. Still, mammography isn't foolproof, so you should also become familiar with your breasts, so you know what's normal for you and what's not. Pay attention to any breast changes you experience, including these possible warning signs:
- A new lump in the breast or armpit
- A change in the size or shape of the breast (swelling, thickening, or shrinkage-especially in one breast)
- Skin dimpling or pitting (like an orange peel)
- Red, dry, flaking, or thickened nipple or breast skin
- Breast or nipple pain
- A nipple that pulls or turns inward
- Nipple discharge
- Swollen lymph nodes under the arm or around the collarbone
Product of the Month-20% Off
HA5 is our product of the month! It provides immediate smoothing in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and supports the skin's natural ability to retain moisture resulting in radiant, rejuvenated tone and texture.
HA5 supports the skin's ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid (HA) for overall skin health. HA5 has a proprietary mix of five HA forms that smooth the skin, thereby decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The 5 HA's work synergistically to provide immediate smoothing and continuous hydration throughout the day.
HA5 is oil free and fragrance free, and is appropriate for all skin types. HA5 is considered non-comedogenic (acne causing).
Going through Chemotherapy
Nausea is anticipated, but dry skin is just as common. "Chemotherapies tend to target cells that are replicating faster than they should be, like cancer cells," says Kwong. "But skin cells regenerate rapidly too." So it's essential to maintain a healthy, hydrated skin barrier.
Many patients avoid treating those delicate areas entirely, but "washing the area regularly with soapy water removes excess bacteria and keeps skin less prone to infection," she says. You can wash the area with your hands or a soft microfiber washcloth. Avoid ingredients like retinol, AHA, or Vitamin C.
If You're Doing Hormone Therapy Treatment
Moisturize...and moisturize some more. The shift in hormones can lead to drier skin. Another common side effect is melasma or pigmentation, which is often worsened by exposure to UV rays and blue light from tech devices. Make it a habit to wear sunscreen every single day, no matter what.