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Changes After a Brain Injury

Skin Changes after a Brain Injury

A brain injury can cause changes to hormones (for example, cause the oil glands in the skin to overwork). Sometimes medicine he takes can cause skin changes. These may cause acne on the face, back, and chest. Washing with a mild soap and water is important. If needed, antibiotics or other medicated skin lotion may be prescribed.

Because of the loss of sensation that often happens with a brain injury, check his skin regularly for scrapes, red areas, and sores.

It’s important to check the back of the head, buttocks (bum cheeks), tailbone, knees, ankles, elbows, and anywhere there is a bone that doesn’t have a pad of muscle or fat to protect it.

Talk to your healthcare provider if you have questions about any skin changes you see.​

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