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Would collagen supplements help to deal with dry skin ?

Hi! I am a breastfeeding mum, my skin is very dry and the dryness gets worse when I carry on breastfeeding. I drink plenty of water already but it s not helping. So my questions are, what could I do to deal with the dry skin problem? Would collagen supplements help to deal with dry skin? Is it safe to take collagen supplements when I am breastfeeding? Many thanks in advance!
Asked On : Wed, 23 Mar 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
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Dry skin or Xeroderma is a condition mainly caused by the difference in relative humidity in winter;washing or bathing with harsh soap;deficiency of vitamins A;D;sunburn;systemic illness;and choline inhibitors and even few medicines.The common treatment for dry skin is with emollients; and moisturizers.Now a days there is a big promotion of collagen creams and supplements but as the collagen is a complex molecule the absorption through skin is not possible and even the assimilation after oral supplement is doubtful.Please use moisturizers and emollients and that should help as you are breast feeding you should not take any collagen supplements orally.
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Answered: Tue, 26 Jul 2011
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OBGYN Dr. Rakhi Tayal's  Response
Thanks for writing to us.
Collagen supplements help in joint pains mainly and are not much helpful in dry skin. Applying a good moisturizing lotion along with good intake of fluids will help in improving the dryness.
There is as such no harm in taking collagen supplements during breast feeding.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal

Answered: Tue, 26 Jul 2011
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