Dry skin during pregnancy

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Dry skin during pregnancy

Though it’s common for pregnant women to experience an increase in their skin’s oil production, some women find the opposite is true. Their skin becomes dry and almost devoid of moisture causing them to feel itchy and uncomfortable.

Treatment for dry skin during pregnancy

There’s no secret to the solution here; moisturize, moisturize and moisturize again. The best time to do this is when your skin is still warm and slightly moist from the shower. Most moisturizers work in the same way by holding the skin’s moisture within the cells and limiting water loss through evaporation.

There’s a huge range to choose from but essentially, most moisturizers will do the same job.

For women who have eczema, pregnancy can exacerbate symptoms. Red, dry, itchy and scaly skin patches may need more attention when it comes to moisturizers.

Avoid long hot showers and wearing artificial fibers next to your skin. Sitting in front of a heater and overheating in bed can also lead to a worsening of eczema symptoms. The best way to avoid eczema flare-ups is to maintain the skin’s integrity and hydration in the first place.