Pregnancy & Childbirth

Dealing with PUPPS Rash and other Pregnancy Rashes

Having a PUPPS rash and other pregnancy-related rashes can be physically and mentally stressful to a pregnant mom. At night, the itchiness can be intense that some moms would remain awake durint the wee hours, while others puncture their skin due to excessive scratching while asleep. With PUPPS rash, the itchiness would leave some moms crying in the night and badly wanting to deliver their babies as soon as they’re ready to be born. In addition to this, the rashes, wounds, and dark spots left by the rashes on the skin are unsightly adding to a pregnant mom’s stress.

By the way, I’m currently writing this post at 5am while scratching my pregnancy rashes away. I itch all over my body. There were a couple of nights when I had to bathe during the wee hours to alleviate the itchiness. So yes, if you’re experiencing this, I feel you, the stuggle is real.

Let’s take a look at the different pregnacy rashes that pregnant moms can have. After this, I’ll suggest some products that help me manage the rashes and make it tolerable.

Pregnancy Rashes

PUPPS Rash

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PUPPS Rash is a skin condition thay developed around a pregnant woman’s third trimester. The rashes are concentrated on a mother’s womb or stomach area. It is characterized by dark, spider-like lines that run through the mother’s bump area. PUPPS rash is said to be caused by continuous stretching of the skin on the stomach, leaving the skin dry and itchy.

Pruritus Folliculitis of Pregnancy

Pregancy rashes treatment

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As the name suggested, the rashes being caused by this condition look like little follicles (papules and pustules) on the torso or spread throughout the body.

Pregnancy Folliculitis can begin on the second trimester or third trimester. My OB-Gyne had not scrutinized my skin, but judging by the photos I checked on the internet and that it appears on all parts of my body, I suspect that this is what I have.

Prurigo of Pregnancy

According to DermNet NZmay resemble nodular prurigo.

  • The papules are often grouped.
  • They are predominately found on the extensor surfaces of the limbs and sometimes the trunk.
  • Papules are 0.5–1cm in size.
  • They may or may not be centred on a hair follicle.
  • Some lesions have a central crust.
  • Pustules may be seen, but blisters (vesicles) are not.
  • The papules are often excoriated, due to the itch.

Commercial Products You can Use

Grandpa Pine Tar Soap

Moms suffering from PUPPS rash have sworn by this product. According to Australasian Journal of Dermatology, “pine tar has been shown to be antipruritic, anti‐inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal. These properties make pine tar suitable for the topical treatment of eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis and other dry, itchy, flaky or inflamed skin conditions.”

While bathing, moms advised to let it stay on the affected skin area for about 5 minutes. As for me, I use this on my whole body since I itch on almost all areas.

Grandpa Pine Tar Soap cost around Php 270 – Php 350. It is available in Amazon and other online stores.

Aveeno Skin Relief Lotion

This prloduct line by Aveeno is especially formulated for skin rashes. It contain shea butter that helps moisturize dry skin. Since this is not always available, Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion can also be used as an alternative.

Human Nature Virgin Coconut Oil

I had an inflamed skin on my neck area, it was itchy and stinged a bit. When I rubbed the oil on it, the oil worked like magic — the itchiness and sting stopped almost immediately. This is also what I use during the night when itchiness on some parts of my body attack. According to HealthLine, “coconut oil is highly moisturizing and considered safe to apply to skin, making it beneficial for treating abnormally dry skin.

A 2013 study found that merely adding virgin coconut oil to an existing skin lotion resulted in an increase in both hydration and skin elasticity.”