FAQ

  1. What Is R1 & R2™?
  2. How Does R1 Cooling Gel Work?
  3. How Does R2 Soothing Lotion Work?
  4. What Is Lactokine™ Fluid?
  5. How is the R1 & R2 System packaged?
  6. Can the R1 & R2 System Be Used on All Types of Skin?
  7. Does the R1 & R2 System Contain Any Perfume?
  8. Will the R1 & R2 System Last Throughout My Radiation Treatment?
  9. I’m Lactose Intolerant. Can I Use the R1 & R2 System?
  10. Should I Wash the R2 Soothing Lotion Off Before I Have My Radiation Treatment?
  11. I Really Like R1 & R2’s R2 Soothing Lotion and Would Like to Add It to My Daily Skincare Routine. Can I Purchase It by Itself?
  12. Do I Need a Doctor’s Prescription?
  13. How Can I Purchase R1 & R2 and/or the R2 Soothing Lotion?
  14. What Length of Time Is Recommended for Using the R1 &R2 System During Radiation Therapy?
  15. What Are Common Skin Changes During Radiation Therapy?
  16. Who makes R1 & R2?
  17. I schedule my radiation treatments around my work schedule and don’t have 20 minutes immediately following radiation therapy to apply R1 Cooling Gel. What should I do?
  18. Do I have to wait a certain amount of time to apply R2 Soothing Lotion after I have finished applying R1 Cooling Gel?
  19. Can I use R1 & R2 on an “open wound”?
What Is R1 & R2™?

R1 & R2 is a new two step treatment to protect your skin during and after radiotherapy. R1 Cooling Gel and R2 Soothing Lotion.

R1 & R2 was developed to reduce the effects of radiation dermatitis which occurs when you have radiotherapy. It also provides relief, healing and protection for your skin while improving comfort throughout radiation treatment. R1 & R2 begins working from Day 1 of radiation treatment, before any skin changes are visible.

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How Does R1 Cooling Gel Work?

R1 Cooling Gel is Step 1 of the system and provides intense hydration to your skin. It contains Lactokine™, which helps protect the skin against inflammation. As your radiation treatment progresses, R1 Cooling Gel will also provide cooling relief for skin discomfort and irritation that may occur.

Directions: Apply a generous layer to the affected or treatment area each day following your radiotherapy. It is best to apply the gel as soon as it is reasonably practical for you. Do not rub into skin. The gel is most effective when applied in a thick layer and allowed to remain in contact with the skin for a minimum of 20 minutes. Any residue may be gently removed.

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How Does R2 Soothing Lotion Work?

R2 Soothing Lotion is Step 2 of the system and protects your skin while adding needed moisture throughout the day and night. It contains Lactokine, which helps build the skin’s defense, so that skin can recover faster.

R2 Soothing Lotion also contains both UVA/UVB sun protection. If you must be in the sun, you should protect your skin from harmful rays, especially areas where radiation treatment has occurred. UVA is the portion of ultraviolet rays responsible for damaging skin cell DNA, which can lead to the development of skin cancer. R2 Soothing Lotion’s ingredients also offer UVA protection.

Directions: Apply to skin 3-4 times a day including at night-time. Apply the sachet contents evenly. Re-apply after towel drying, swimming, or sweating.

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What Is Lactokine™ Fluid?

Lactokine is a clinically tested milk-based fluid that has been used in personal care products for over 15 years. Lactokine contains a complex mixture of proteins, cytokines and other proteins that act together to condition skin.

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How is R1 & R2 packaged?

Both R1 Cooling Gel and R2 Soothing Lotion are pre-measured and packaged in convenient foil packets. R1 comes in individual 6 gram packets; R2 comes in individual 1 gram packets.

For R1 – Use the entire 6 gram unit dose packet after each treatment; Apply a thick layer to the irradiated area as soon as possible following each radiation treatment for a minimum of 20 minutes. If you have a large area of your skin that has been irradiated, you may need to use more than one sachet after each treatment of radiotherapy.

For R2 – Since R2 is used throughout the day it is packaged in smaller packets to make it more convenient to carry with you. Apply throughout the day and at bedtime.

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Can R1 & R2 Be Used on All Types of Skin?

Yes, both R1 Cooling Gel and R2 Soothing Lotion can be used on all skin types anywhere on the surface where the skin is being treated with radiation. Both products are free of fragrance, parabens, benzene, metals and antioxidants.

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Does R1 & R2 Contain Any Perfume?

No, both R1 Cooling Gel and R2 Soothing Lotion are free of fragrance, parabens, benzene, metals and antioxidants.

R1 & R2 was developed to help provide relief, healing and protection for your skin while improving comfort throughout radiation treatment. R1 & R2 begins working from Day 1 of radiation treatment before any skin changes are visible.

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Will R1 & R2 Last Throughout My Radiation Treatment?

This is dependent upon the size of the treatment area.
Both products are sold separately so that you can continue to protect, moisturise and nurture your skin post-treatment.

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I’m Lactose Intolerant. Can I Use R1 & R2?

R1 & R2 is for topical use only and should not be ingested. If you are sensitive to the topical use of milk proteins, consult your physician.

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Should I Wash the R2 Soothing Lotion Off Before I Have My Radiation Treatment?

Yes, the skin in your treatment area should be free of all product (Both R1 and R2)do not apply R2 in the four hours before your radiation treatment.

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I Really Like R1 & R2’s R2 Soothing Lotion and Would Like to Add It to My Daily Skincare Routine. Can I Purchase It by Itself?

Yes, the R2 Soothing Lotion is sold separately so you can continue to protect, moisturise and nurture your skin in the weeks after your radiation therapy is complete.

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Do I Need a Doctor’s Prescription?

Waterjel R1 and R2 full treatment packs are available in the UK on NHS prescription, please ask your doctor, GP or pharmacist.

PIP codes

R1: 356-4432
R 2: 383-4918

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How Can I Purchase R1 & R2 and/or the R2 Soothing Lotion?

Waterjel R1 and R2 are also available to purchase over-the-counter from your pharmacist.

Smaller weekly treatment packs-

PIP code

367-3613

If you are outside the UK please complete the contact us form, and we will advise you of the local stockist in your country.

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What Length of Time Is Recommended for Using R1 &R2 During Radiation Therapy?

Use both R1 Cooling Gel and R2 Soothing Lotion on your first day of radiation treatment and continue using during the entire course of treatment (about six weeks). You should continue using R2 for a further two weeks after yout radiotherapy treatment finishes. as your skin is still susceptible to damage from the radiotherapy treatment .

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What Are Common Skin Changes During Radiation Therapy?

Changes to the skin can happen on any part of the body that gets radiation, and a majority of patients will experience some of these changes during their radiation treatments.

Common skin reactions include:

Redness that may look as if you have a mild to severe sunburn or tan
Pruritus (itching) and potential skin breakdown or infection from scratching
Dry and peeling skin
Sores
Swollen skin

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Who makes R1 & R2?

R1 & R2 was developed by WATER-JEL Technologies, the leading manufacturer of burn care products of all kinds. WATER-JEL products are used by doctors, EMTs, safety professionals and military personnel around the world. Learn more at www.waterjel.net.

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I schedule my radiation treatments around my work schedule and don’t have 20 minutes immediately following radiation therapy to apply R1 Cooling Gel. What should I do?

If you can’t apply it immediately following your radiation treatment, apply R1 Cooling Gel as soon as you have a short block of time (not longer than four hours after your treatment) in which you can leave the irradiated area uncovered (minimum of 20 minutes). It will provide extra hydration and contains Lactokine™ to help strengthen skin cells. And, as you go through your treatment, it will also help soothe and relieve the discomfort from any skin changes that may occur.

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Do I have to wait a certain amount of time to apply R2 Soothing Lotion after I have finished applying R1 Cooling Gel?

After you have thickly applied R1 for a minimum of 20 minutes, wipe or rinse off any residual that has not been absorbed. Then you can immediately apply R2. What’s important is to make sure you apply R2 up to four times during the day to continue to provide moisturising and skin protecting benefits throughout the day and night.

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Can I use R1 & R2 on an “open wound”?

The R1 & R2 System is not a sterile product, therefore it is not recommended for use on skin with open wounds. Please consult your physician for the proper way to treat affected areas with open wounds.

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