I have dry skin.
Dry skin is a common skin condition in pregnancy and characterised by a lack of the appropriate amount of water in the most superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis. Dry skin is also common after childbirth.
If you have a problem such as atopic dermatitis then your dry skin tendence may be worts in pregnancy.
What can be done?
- Use a soap that is specially made for dry sensitive skin. Avoid harsh soaps and chemical cleansers.
- Liberal use of a good quality skin moisturiser.
- Drink one to two litres of water per day.
- Occasionally a mind topical steroid cream is indicated. If so make sure that you adjust the dosage to the minimum amount required for relief of your symptoms.
Because dry skin in pregnancy and the postnatal period is related to sex hormone changes of pregnancy you can your skin will improve after you cease after pregnancy and especially you cease breast feeding.