Radiotherapy (radiation)

Radiotherapy (radiation) is a method of treating cancer with radiation. During radiotherapy, cancer cells are damaged in such a way that they cannot recover and die.

Surrounding skin cells that are also irradiated will also be damaged but they generally repair themselves better. If the skin starts repairing itself, that is a sign that it has been damaged. There will often be other symptoms as well, such as redness, itching and dry skin.

Skin problems caused by radiation

  • Around an operation scar
  • When radiotherapy has been preceded by chemotherapy
  • Cytostatic treatment combined with radiotherapy
  • Areas of the body where skin problems occur more readily, such as:
    • groin
    • armpits
    • under the breasts
    • area around the nipple
    • cleft of the buttocks

Skin problems caused by radiation

During the course of radiation sessions the skin is damaged and skin problems (radiation dermatitis) can occur at the radiation site. Initially there will be redness, later on the skin often becomes dry and starts itching and flaking, and a burning sensation develops. Ultimately, blisters and wounds may appear.

Start of skin problems

Mild skin reactions such as redness, itching and a burning sensation usually appear around two weeks after the first radiation. People with sensitive skin may experience these symptoms earlier. After that the skin reactions will gradually worsen and become more problematic.

End of skin problems

Skin reactions and problems generally disappear within four to six weeks after completion of the course of radiotherapy, even if the skin has opened. The dark-red or brown skin discolouration gradually fades, although sometimes leaving the skin a little darker.

Severity of skin problems.

To identify the severity of skin problems after radiation, a grading system has been devised. The higher the grade (0-4) the more severe the skin damage.

Grade 0:

No reaction of the skin.

Grade 1:

The skin becomes dry and red, may feel painful and starts to itch.

Grade 2:

The skin reaction worsens, and redness and pain increase. Blisters appear. The skin itches more and opens in places.

Grade 3:

More blisters and wounds appear. The wound weeps a lot.

Using ALHYDRAN with radiotherapy

The skin has to endure a lot of punishment during and after radiotherapy. During the treatment, the irradiated skin gradually becomes more damaged, causing skin reactions and ultimately unpleasant symptoms.

ALHYDRAN cares for this damaged skin. During and after the radiation period ALHYDRAN plays a useful role in treating the delicate irradiated skin. Using a hydrating cream has clinical benefits in the treatment of skin problems (radiation dermatitis).

ALHYDRAN relieves symptoms and speeds up the repair of skin damage during and after radiotherapy. ALHYDRAN is pleasant to use, easy to apply to delicate skin and relieves symptoms fast.

What ALHYDRAN does

  • Protects the skin and helps prevent skin reactions
  • Relieves itching and redness
  • Reduces sensitivity and burning in the skin
  • Improves suppleness and helps prevent dry skin
  • Speeds up repair of damaged skin

Is ALHYDRAN suitable for after-care following radiotherapy?

ALHYDRAN is a long-lasting and highly effective hydrating product made from natural ingredients with no added fragrances or metallic components such as zinc. So ALHYDRAN is ideal for after-care of skin damaged by radiotherapy.


How does ALHYDRAN benefit the skin following radiotherapy?

ALHYDRAN protects the skin and helps reduce skin problems. ALHYDRAN improves the suppleness of the skin and speeds up the repair of the irradiated skin. ALHYDRAN is zinc-free.


ALHYDRAN during radiation

ALHYDRAN protects the skin. The skin is kept supple (hydrated) and symptoms will decrease. Itching will be reduced. Because ALHYDRAN spreads easily, it is easy and painless to apply to irradiated skin. ALHYDRAN is absorbed easily into the skin so there is no need to clean the skin additionally during radiation sessions.


ALHYDRAN after the radiation period

After the radiation period it is important to revitalise the skin as quickly as possible. It can take several weeks for the skin to recover. ALHYDRAN relieves pain, itching and redness fast, making treatment much easier.

Real-life examples:

The following real-life examples are from patients with radiation treated with ALHYDRAN.


These case studies show pictures of real people, some of whom have very severe skin disorders. Some people may find looking at these pictures shocking. If you are less than 12 years old and you are looking for information for a school project, ask an adult to look at them with you or contact us for suitable information.

ALHYDRAN and professionals

ALHYDRAN is used successfully for the after-care of damaged skin in the Netherlands, Belgium and elsewhere in Europe. ALHYDRAN has been extensively clinically tested by professionals and at a number of burns centres, rehabilitation centres and hospitals throughout Europe, including the burns centres in Ghent (Belgium), Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and Bad Klosterlausnitz (Germany). read more…

Order ALHYDRAN for treating the skin

ALHYDRAN reduces unpleasant symptoms (such as itching), increases skin elasticity and speeds up the repair of the scar tissue.

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