Tips for Dealing with Postpartum Skin Problems

After you give birth to your baby, you will experience several changes in your body, such as a drop in the estrogen and progesterone levels, and loss of water and salt. You'll also experience a whole range of psychological changes in you.

Postpartum skin or simply, the changes in your skin after you give birth will also be noticeable.

Reasons for Postpartum Skin Rash

Postpartum dry skin happens because of the drop in estrogen, a female hormone.

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When you're pregnant, the level of estrogen is high, but after you deliver there is a sharp drop in the hormone, which results in dry skin and loss of elasticity or suppleness. However, a couple of months after delivery, the level of estrogen will become normal, almost at the same time that you begin to get your periods. After this, your skin will get back its luster and become supple and soft again.

  • Another reason for postpartum skin is that when you're pregnant, the high level of estrogen and progesterone causes the kidneys to retain water and salt. Because of this your skin will retain fluids easily and so it will be taut and supple. After the delivery, there is a sharp drop in the level of hormones and this leads to loss of water and salt. This causes the skin to look less plump.
  • Postpartum skin can also be a result of the way you perceive yourself after delivery. When you're pregnant the body produces a lot of progesterone, which can enhance your mood. But after the delivery, the level of progesterone drops and you might feel a little low and may not feel happy with the way you look.
  • Also, after your baby is born, you may not have enough time to look after yourself and your skin.

    This might lead to the skin becoming dry and neglected.

Tips for Skin During Postpartum

You might need to use a thick body lotion or moisturizer to keep your skin soft and supple. Apply the cream twice a day and massage it into your skin. Alternatively, you can even try olive oil or almond oil.

  • Apply the lotion or oil after a bath, when your skin is moist and the cream is absorbed into the skin easily.
  • Avoid using strong soaps as these can strip the moisture from your skin. Use mild, herbal soaps instead.
  • The humidity levels in your house should be high, so do remember to turn on the humidifier when you switch on the central heating. Alternatively, place a bowl of water in the room to keep the room humidified.
  • If you still suffer from postpartum skin rash or postpartum itchy skin, visit a dermatologist.
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