Skin issues and complications are some of the most common problems that plague young mothers in the immediate postpartum period. As a young mother, you are susceptible to various postpartum skin complications ranging from full body acne, stretch marks to hand blisters. You might be perplexed by the sudden or gradual disappearance of the glow on your skin immediately after birth. Expecting it and understanding the cause might save you undue anxiety and worry so here you go.
Genesis of Postpartum Skin Complications
It all has to do with hormonal variations that your body undergoes through the various stages of your pregnancy; peaking in the post-natal period. Your progesterone levels get elevated in the latter stages of pregnancy, in a bid to maintain the health of your uterine lining. This causes sebum build-up, increased oil glands secretion and clogged up pores. Depending on your skin type, expect any or a blend of a myriad of skin complications in the postpartum period. You might experience acne, mild or severe skin discoloration, skin inflammation, atopic dermatitis, hypersensitivity of skin, skin irritation and uncomfortable patches on the skin.
Postpartum Hand Blisters
Hand blisters are the most discomforting skin complication after birth. They can make your life very uncomfortable. One prevalent cause of postpartum hand blisters is dyshidrotic eczema. It is a temporary condition that triggers tiny blisters filled with fluids, in particular on the sides of the fingers.
Remedies for Eczema, Hand Blisters and Other Skin Complications
- Avoid the sun in the postpartum period
It’s recommended that you avoid getting too much sun after giving birth. The sun’s ultraviolet rays stimulate hyperpigmentation and stimulate the mass production of melanin causing complications such as melasma and hand blisters. The blisters occur as a result of hypersensitive skin breaking away when you do some everyday tasks such as handwashing clothes or doing a little gardening.
- Apply Anti-Inflammatory and Ultra-Soothing Skincare Products Frequently
During this time, you also need to apply anti-inflammatory and ultra-soothing skincare products frequently. Fragrance-free products are a good choice; they eliminate the risk of mild allergic reactions. You should also select non-comedogenic skin lotions that will not clog your skin pores. They are most hydrating and least irritating.
- Scrub, Wash Gently and Exfoliate to Rejuvenate Skin
Home treatment will also help to restore your damaged skin and forestall further damage. The best treatment for skin issues is gentle washing with soap and water and using dermatologically prescribed skin antibiotics. Exfoliation will also give your skin a fresh appearance, but stop immediately if it causes any irritation. Scrub your skin gently to rejuvenate damaged skin.
If you find irritation continues, see a doctor immediately. Use your level of discomfort as a gauge of when to see a doctor. Although skin complications after birth are sometimes normal, you don’t have to tolerate discomfort. You should see a professional dermatologist in case your hand blisters, or other postpartum skin complications don’t pass within a few weeks after birth.