CHEMOTHERAPY: MY ROAD WITH HERNUVIN

Soveel vroue wat chemoterapie kry vir borskanker of ander kanker, gaan nie net deur die ellende van die behandeling self nie, maar ook deur die lyding en newe-effekte wat daarmee saamgaan. Haarverlies, droë, sensitiewe vel, naels wat verkleur en oplig, horingdroë lippe, hande wat ongemaklik droog is – te veel om op te noem. Nie net kry jou voorkoms ‘n knou nie, maar ook jou selfbeeld en selfvertroue. ‘n Briljante Suid-Afrikaanse spesialis het ‘n vel- en lyf-reeks geformuleer spesiaal vir hierdie vroue. Lees hier hoe ‘n oud-tydskrifkollega dit op die proef gestel het. #hernuvin

Hernuvin review by Toni Younghusband

THE HERNUVIN RANGE

I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in February 2021 and began chemotherapy treatment on 9 April – 4 sessions with 3 weeks’ break in between.

SIDE EFFECTS

Aside from nausea and absolute exhaustion, side effects included:

• skin rashes on my cheeks

• hair loss beginning within 10 days of treatment

• chronically dry skin

• dry lips

• mouth sores

After the 4 sessions were complete, I had surgery to remove the lump and then the second round of chemo starting two weeks later comprised 12 sessions over 12 weeks (1 x weekly).

BEFORE HERNUVIN

SIDE EFFECTS

• my hair had just started to show signs of recovery but after the first session of this chemo it fell out again

• chronically dry skin on face and body

• dry lips

• thickened skin on knuckles of hands which eventually formed scabs and came off

• nails turned black and partially lifted

After 12 weeks of chemo, I had 25 sessions of radiation therapy over 25 days.

MY EXPERIENCE USING HERNUVIN

I came to Hernuvin late in the day and wish I had had it earlier to help with the chronically dry skin and to keep my scalp healthy. I started Hernuvin two days after my final radiation treatment.

By then the rash on my face and the thickened skin on my hands had disappeared but I was very eager to try the Hair Growth Serum which I applied as per instruction 2 x a day. I liked the fact that it left no sticky or oily residue and disappeared into my scalp within minutes.

Within a few days, my hair (which had started to grow back in fluffy tufts) was noticeably thicker all over my head.

I loved the gentleness of the Hernuvin Moisturiser. I usually use a heavy night cream for mature skin (L’Oreal) and was a bit concerned the Hernuvin wouldn’t be enough but in fact, my skin reacted beautifully and my complexion showed no signs of dryness. The tone evened out. A month after radiation I also used the Hernuvin Retinol and Eye Cream and noticed a dramatic improvement: my skin looked smoother, plumper and less pigmented.

I used the Hernuvin Wash in the shower which is gentle (important post-radiation as my skin was burned). I also liked that I could use it as an alternative to my shampoo.

I have also used the Hernuvin Sunblock (very effective while hiking in the Drakensberg).

AFTER HERNUVIN

Would I recommend Hernuvin to other cancer patients? Yes. I loved its gentleness, there’s no medicinal smell and there were noticeable differences in my hair growth and the suppleness and tone of the skin on my face. I just wished I had started it sooner when my skin was at its worst.

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