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Physical changes

Skin changes

Skin changes after a brain injury may include:

  • oily skin that’s related to a change in hormones
  • acne on the face, back, and chest that’s a side effect of some medicines
  • numbness (loss of sensation)

It's important to:

  • wash the skin with a mild soap and water
  • check the skin regularly for scrapes, red areas, and pressure injuries

Talk to your healthcare provider if you have questions about any skin changes you see. They may need to prescribe antibiotics or a skin lotion with medicine to manage skin changes.

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