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How to Handle Skin Changes after Hysterectomy

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How to Handle Skin Changes after HysterectomyI heard that having a hysterectomy will give me skin problems. Is that true? How can I manage them?

Post-hysterectomy, many women experience significant changes in their skin. Some say their skin gets oily and breaks out like it hasn’t in years. Other women say their skin and hair become dry and unmanageable post-op. The majority of skin changes are primarily due to changes in hormone levels. So the type of hysterectomy you had and whether or not you are using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) factor into what skin changes, if any, you might experience.

Women who are many months or years post-op advise new sisters to hold off on investing in expensive skin-care products immediately, as the skin changes may continue to vary for many weeks or months after surgery. Hormone levels continue to shift for quite some time as the body heals and adjusts to the absence of menstruation and/or hormone-producing ovaries. The majority say their hormones level off and their skin changes calm down dramatically at around nine to twelve months post-op.

Some women who experience dry skin and flaky patches indicate that lotions and oils don’t make a bit of difference. Others adopt a regimen of moisturizing with over-the-counter products that they find provides some relief to their dry skin issues, such as using moisturizing soaps, rubbing baby oil on damp skin, and applying night creams. Some advise taking fish oil capsules daily as well. Nutritionists emphasize the need to maintain good hydration and a balanced diet for skin health. Many who have hysterectomies become far more sensitive to chemicals in and on food post-op, and so eating more organic foods may help as well.

Those who experience oily skin and breakouts, on the other hand, often find it necessary to visit a dermatologist for their skin issues. Skin eruptions can be of the cystic variety, which are difficult to clear up with over-the-counter remedies and can lead to skin infections. Acne that is concentrated around the chin, jawline, and neck is particularly likely to be hormone-related. A doctor might prescribe cleansers, gels, and antibiotics to combat these bothersome breakouts.

So, here’s the skinny on skin changes after a hysterectomy: You can’t predict them. You might not be able to do much about them. They might continue to change for quite some time. But they will level off someday.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

06-14-2013 - 02:47 PM


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