Caring for delicate breast skin

Did you know skin care for your breasts is just as important as skin care for your face? Breast tissue is different from other skin on the body. The chest area actually has some of your body’s thinnest most sensitive skin.


Good skin care can help you look and feel healthier and more attractive.


Tips for taking care of your breast skin

  • Cleanse your breasts daily whenever you cleanse your face.
  • Exfoliate the chest area once a week with a facial exfoliant. A body exfoliant is too rough for this sensitive area.
  • Moisturize your breast. Doing so twice a day is ideal. The breast skin is delicate and requires proper hydration. Look for a moisturizer with ingredients that bind water to the skin and combat aging, Try Hylunia Ultimate Anti-Oxidant Cream. This ultimate age-defying treatment contains Hyaluronic Acid, Grape Seed Extract, and Vitamins C and E. It contains potent vitamins, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that visibly renew and soften skin.
  • Apply sunscreen to the chest to avoid skin cancer, skin discoloration, and sagging. If you already have discoloration from sun exposure, consider using Hylunia Spot Fading Formula. This treatment sets skin free from unwanted sunspots, freckles, and other hyper-pigmented skin conditions.
  • Wash your bras regularly to avoid breakouts along the bust line or cup area.
  • Examine your breast once a month for the following warning signs of breast cancer. If you notice any of these, call your doctor and schedule a breast exam:
    • Lumps
    • Hard knots
    • Thickening inside the breast or underarm
    • Change in the size or shape of the breast
    • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkness
    • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
    • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
    • New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away
    • Changes in skin texture
  • Make sure you’re wearing the correct bra size. If you haven’t had a professional bra fitting in a while, consider getting one. It’s estimated 8 out of 10 women wear the wrong bra size. If breast aren’t properly supported it may lead to skin irritation and stretching and sagging of the skin. A loose bra can chafe. A tight bra can create lesions.
  • Maintaining the same weight, weight that fluctuates can keep breast skin from looking its best. The drastic weight changes may cause breast skin to sag, loose their volume, and create stretch marks.


Skin care and radiation and chemotherapy

Radiation and chemotherapy product similar skin care side effects. Radiation side effects tend to be more limited to the area treated. The side effects of chemotherapy are more likely to effect the entire body. During both treatments, breast skin can be more sensitive and should be treated with special care and attention.


According to Breastcancer.org, here are a few things you can do to prevent skin irritation before and after radiation and chemotherapy treatment.


  • Wear loose-fitting shirts, preferably ones made of cotton.
  • Use warm water rather than hot water while showering.
  • Try to not let shower water fall directly on your breast.
  • Avoid harsh soaps containing fragrance. Try fragrance-free soaps instead.
  • To help prevent redness and skin irritation, avoid skin-on-skin contact. This most often happens where your arms press against your armpit and the outer portion of your breast, along the bottom crease of your breast, and along cleavage where the breast snuggle up against each other. To avoid skin on skin contact try keeping your arms away from your body whenever possible, wear a strong bra with no underwire to keep breast lifted and separated, and if you have large breast, when not wearing a bra try placing a soft piece of fabric or cotton underneath your breast.
  • Regularly dust the breast area and inside folds with cornstarch, baby powder made from cornstarch (don’t use talc), or sifted kitchen cornstarch to absorb moisture and reduce friction. Dust on with a clean makeup brush.
  • Make sure to treat any yeast infections in the skin folds under the breast before starting radiation. With or without radiation, yeast infections are common in the warm weather and in women with large breasts.


Sun exposure during radiation and chemotherapy

During radiation and chemotherapy treatment, it’s best to keep the treated area out of the sun. If you can’t avoid the sun, keep these tips in mind:

  • Avoid chlorine. It’s extremely drying to the skin and can make your skin reaction worse.
  • If you decide to swim in a pool, apply petroleum jelly on the treated area to create a barrier from the chlorine.
  • Wear a bathing suit with a high neckline.
  • Wear a cover up over your bathing suit.
  • Wear an oversized cotton t-shirt to allow the treated area to breathe.
  • Wear a big floppy hat and sunglasses.
  • Make sure to treat any yeast infections in the skin folds under the breast before starting radiation. With or without radiation, yeast infections are common in the warm weather and in women with large breasts.

After radiation and chemotherapy is completed, the skin is more sensitive for a few months following treatment. Follow these tips for proper sun care following radiation treatment.

  • Make sure to use a sunblock with an SPF 30 or higher on the area that was treated.
  • Apply sunblock 30 minutes before sun exposure.
  • Reapply the sunblock every few hours, and more frequently while swimming.


Breast cancer is estimated to affect one in eight women in their lifetime. Remember to perform your monthly self-examination and to make your mammogram appointment. If you suspect any unusual changes, call your doctor right away. Early detection is key.