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why is my skin so dry after pregnancy

A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
You probably: You probably have seborrheic dermatitis. A low dose steroid like 1% Hydrocortisone usually will work better. See dermatologist if needed.

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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sheldon Brownstein
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
Pregnancy: Pregnancy causes many physical and hormonal changes. The thyroid gland is supercharged and may become somewhat depleted causing dry skin
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
19 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Vascular changes: Your blood vessels in the skin dilates as a normal change in pregnancy. This leads to an alevated body temperature translated to your senses by warm s ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Have it evaluated: There are medical problems that can cause these issues. See a doctor and have it evaluated.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Needs moisture & oil: The big change in hormonal levels after a woman delivers may have some effect on the types and amounts of moisture and oils in the skin. Other than t ... Read More
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Dr. Jason James
21 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Dry skin is normal after pregnancy, often due to the changing hormones in your body. Drink plenty of fluids, and use a skin moisturizer that is hypo-a ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Surprising: It is surprising that tanning softens your skin instead of drying it out more. As you know the medical profession doesn't approve of the use of tannin ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marino Tavarez
Specializes in Family Medicine
You have: described possible eczema which is the itch that rashes. try liberal amounts moisturizing cream and try not to scrub dry after quick showers which are ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Hurwitz
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Hard to diagnose in a web post, but changes to your body & reproductive organs with your menstrual cycle are very common.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
We need more info.: Cold, tepid or hot water? What color is your skin changing to? What parts of the body are effected?
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Tomeo
37 years experience Dermatology
Normal changes: Pregnancy often causes darkening of the skin particularly in certain areas. The increased pigmentation can fade over time , but that can take months o ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Get checked: Might have inflammation/ allergy/infectious cause.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sheila Calderon
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Drink more water: Avoid caffeine since that can add to dehydration. Also avoid alcohol while pregnant. It is safe to use skin hydration creams as well as moisturizers ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayana Trivedi
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: When you exercise, and perspire, the skin becomes cold because of evaporation of sweat.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracey Leaver-Williams
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Get evaluated: It could be due to insufficient lubrication, infection, cervical abnormality, anatomic anomaly.... You should see a doctor as this is not normal.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Air on planes do not circulate so that air can be dry.Drink fluid and moisturize before and after flight.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Glynis Ablon
28 years experience Dermatology
Yes many: see dermatologist for answers
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sire
53 years experience Dermatology
Usually dryness: Remember that tanning is trauma to the skin and not helpful! it damages the epidermis and causes damage to the collagen in the dermis. It also dries ... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
?dry skin: Excessively dry skin may be due to exposure to excessive dry heat at home or work, excessive exposure to Sun and wind, overexposure to frequent bathi ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
38 years experience Dermatology
Background allergy?: Hot water brings more blood up to the skin which can activate an underlying allergic skin condition. Apply pure vaseline sparingly to the skin, avoid ... Read More
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
?dermatographia ?: Not sure - dermatographia usually resolves in about half an hour. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dermatographia/basics/definition ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Lip dryness & eczema: Persistent dry lip may be lip eczema, which can be treated like skin eczema, using hydrocortisone cream plus Vaseline or Aquaphor to retain moisture. ... Read More
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