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A 29-year-old member asked:

Why is my skin more oily since giving birth?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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Hormones: Changes in hormone levels can cause changes in the texture and surface of your hair, skin, and nails. Things usually return to normal within a few months.
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Androgens: Many women - especially those with naturally oily or acne-prone skin - develop oilier skin during and/or after pregnancy because of all the hormone changes that occur during pregnancy. The usual culprits are androgens - the same hormones that cause breakouts before a menstrual period. Try a good astringent and non-comedogenic cleanser; if that doesn't help, see your dermatologist.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

Why is my skin more dry since giving birth?

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Dr. Ian Taras
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Dehydration: If you are nursing (breast feeding) then you'll have increased water intake needs. During my wife's pregnancy we used to use a 5-gallon bottle of delivered water (you don't necessarily need special water, but it helps for this analogy) every 2 weeks. After she delivered and was nursing, we used 3 of those bottles every 2 weeks! dehydration can lead to dry skin. There are also hormone shifts!
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