Aesthetician offers skin care for cancer patientsBy: Tricia Caspers of the Auburn Journal
The effects of radiation may feel different for every cancer patient, but when Chezza Badaracco went through cancer treatment 12 years ago, it felt like she had a terrible sunburn that burned from the inside.
“It goes deep,” she said. “Everything was dry – my eyes, my mouth.”
The oncologist didn’t have suggestions for how to treat Badaracco’s skin, though she was in pain.
Since then the Auburn resident has become an aesthetician, and recently — driven by her desire to help other cancer patients — she was certified in oncology skin care.
Some aestheticians won’t work with cancer patients, she said, because they’re afraid of causing more damage, which is a possibility.
Cancer patients should never have microdermabrasion or chemical peel, and sometimes even steam can be painful.
Other times the patients themselves are hesitant to ask for help because they don’t want anyone to know what they’re going through.
Badaracco understands what they’re going through, she said, and she takes more time with her oncology patients, allowing them to change the treatment if they’re not feeling up to what was scheduled.
“Sometimes their arms are bruised and sore from a blood draw,” she said. “I’ll work on their feet instead.”
The aesthetician uses products with emu oil or aloe vera to soothe sensitive skin.
“I feel privileged I can now provide a much needed treatment for those (who are) suffering and battling cancer,” she said.