Dry Skin During Pregnancy

Updated on February 12, 2010
Z.L. asks from New York, NY
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I have had extreme dry skin during this pregnancy, particularly on my scalp, and it is about to drive me crazy. The itching! Did anyone have similar problems and find something that provided relief?


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answers from Norfolk on

After you wash your hair, rinse your hair/scalp with a vinegar. Let it soak in for a few minutes then rinse with plain water. Sometimes I'll soak in a bath with a cup of epsom salts and a cup of vinegar. My skin feels very good afterward.

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answers from New York on

Hi Z.:

It's a number of things in your diet that's causing the problem and may be affecting the baby as well. Once you address the internal issue the dry skin and itching will balance out. I recommend addressing the challenge with an in-depth consultation, rather than finding a temporary aide.

Z., feel free to consult with my office. Visit my site for more information and to set up an appointment.

My best,

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answers from Santa Fe on

Get a good shampoo with Tea Tree Oil. It's natural and safe and wonderful for dry skin/scalp. It's a natural remedy for eczema too. Another thing you can do is find some Tea Tree Oil and add a few drops to your shampoo.

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answers from Minneapolis on

Changes in your skin is very common in pregnancy. Bring it up with your doctor at your next visit. I agree that tea tree shampoo will help with dry skin, and you can find it at any drug store. Melaleuca also has shampoo that contains tea tree oil. Melaleuca also makes this great lotion that will help with the dry skin called Renew, and it is safe and natural enough to use on yourself during pregnancy and on your new baby. Let me know if you are interested and I can help you get it.

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answers from Denver on

Hi Z. - You might want to talk to your OB about what to use for the scalp itching. There could be medications in OTC dandruff shampoos that arent good in pregnancy.

For itching dry skin, I really liked Gold Bond healing cream. Lubriderm for extra dry skin also worked well.

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

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answers from Albany on

I had very dry skin during my pregnancy and bought a vat of Eucerine cream and used it all over. I even used it on my face. I couldn't believe how much better I felt. I didn't have dry scalp but I bet a dermotologist could recommend something...maybe wash your hair less. Good luck!



answers from New York on

Had the same thing but found no long term solution! I used a mosture formula shampoo and conditioner and then Eucerine extreme dry skin formula lotion. I also have a 8yo and 3yo that liked doing "spa" treatments on mommy each night. If you have someone to help it makes it better! I had to apply the lotion nightly but it got me through! Good luck and congratulations! A.



answers from New York on

Drinking tons of water helped me.



answers from New York on

I had painfully itchy feet and legs...the thing that helped amazingly was Lansinoh Lanolin for nipples--it is amazing for skin. For your head though, probably not! Also, I used it on my lips which were extremely dry too... Good luck!



answers from New York on

mine drove me nuts too, though not on my scalp. so you have to find a lotion that works out with your hair too... i would get some jojoba oil and try that. i use it on my hair and its great, nice and light, if i was having scalp issues while pregnant, it would be the first thing i would try. if not, maybe go for something heavy like cocoa butter or the melaleuca lotion, which is awesome, btw, the renew, and just pull your hair back and let it get some deep conditioning while you get some relief. also, i would try to wash your hair a lot less, and use very gentle, fragrance free shampoo.



answers from New York on

It may just be hormonal and maybe what others have suggested will give you some relief, but make sure you take Omega 3 along with you prenatal vitamin if you aren't already.
all the best,



answers from Indianapolis on

I'd recommend calling your OB/GYN just to be sure there aren't any products you need to stay away from because of possible effects on your fetus.

Our Dermatologist had recommended using either Aquaphor or Vanicream for our daughter's skin while an infant because of how mild they are. Both are OTC and relatively inexpensive (less than $10 for a good quantity). Aquaphor is very greasy, so you wouldn't want to use it on your scalp.

My recommendation is still a call to the doctor's office to see if there's anything you need to avoid.
Good luck!

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