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How to Deal With Postpartum Dry Skin

Words By Martina

Martina is a wellness and skin-health writer, blogger, teacher, mother to twins and world traveler (not necessarily in that order). She believes that life is all about balance and has a special way of taking complicated topics and making them a pleasure to read. Her words are honest, informative and warm. Learn more about your skin health from Martina.

You’ve just had a baby (congratulations by the way!) and you’re in that blissful stage where you just can’t believe you’re a mom! Your child is perfect and life couldn’t be any sweeter. Well, at least that’s what you thought until you suddenly noticed how dry your skin has become and how uncomfortable it is. What’s going on? Is something wrong? No need to panic. It has a name – postpartum dry skin.

What Is Postpartum Dry Skin?

After having a baby, there are so many things that happen to your body that you’re never warned about (ugh!) and postpartum dry skin is one of them. It’s a period of time after giving birth where your skin gets unusually dry, tight and sometimes even flaky. What’s actually happening is that the hormone levels in your body are rapidly changing and this process can use up all the oils – lipids – in your body.1 This means that your skin can get very dry and tight. It can show up as patches of dry, red skin or even flaky patches. What’s even more annoying is that it usually shows up on the face. Yay! (Of course, that’s sarcasm!)

During pregnancy and postpartum, you might also experience eczema flare-ups which also creates dry and inflamed skin.2 Ah the joys of becoming a mom! But don’t worry because these conditions are temporary while your body’s hormones are settling down after creating a new human being!

What Can I Do About It?

The good news is that postpartum dry skin is relatively easy to fix – as long as you have a good moisturizer. Because what is happening is that your skin is being depleted of its own oils and moisture1, what you need to do is rehydrate and moisturize your skin and give it what it needs. 

Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion can solve the problem for you by letting your skin hold on to its moisture and natural oils. The shielding lotion creates an invisible layer with your top skin cells that prevents your skin’s moisture and oils from escaping, meaning they’ll stay where they are needed – in your skin! Think of it as a skin hydrating booster. You also don’t want to irritate your skin any further so you’ll want to use a lotion that doesn’t have any potential nasties in it like harsh chemicals or fragrances. Again, Skin MD Natural has you covered since it’s gentle, filled with natural botanicals and great for your skin. It’s also non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores and will help you bring back your plump and youthful glow. 

Some other tips to help you battle your postpartum dry skin:

  • Use a gentle face cleanser (nothing too hard-core)
  • Apply SPF to protect your face from drying out under the sun
  • Avoid having really hot baths (aim for warm)
  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

A woman’s body goes through so much during pregnancy and after having a baby which naturally brings about some major changes. If you experience postpartum dry skin, you now know what’s going on and how to deal with it so that you can spend more time focusing on your little one. After all, they grow up so quickly and you’ll want to enjoy every minute of it.  

 

https://www.todaysparent.com/baby/postpartum-care/post-pregnancy-skin-conditions/

https://www.thomsonmedical.com/article/five-common-postpartum-skin-woes-tackle/

 

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