PUPPP Natural Remedies

PUPPP Natural Remedies

It's no secret that our bodies change in seemingly endless ways when we're pregnant.  Our bellies start to grow (and keep growing), we develop aches and pains in places we've never had them before, and changing hormones can lead to nausea, skin changes, and other symptoms. One of those unexpected skin changes can be Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPP), a bothersome skin condition that affects some pregnant women.  Natural remedies for PUPPP can help alleviate the symptoms associated with the rash.  

What is PUPPP?

PUPPP is an itchy and frustrating rash characterized by itcy, red, raised bumps and plaques.  Typically starting in the stretch marks on the abdomen during the third trimester of pregnancy, it can spread to other parts of the body.  The exact cause of PUPPP is unknown, and it commonly resolves after birth.  While it is not harmful to the baby or mother, anyone who has had the rash knows the relentless itch and desire for relief.  

Natural Remedies for PUPPP

Treatment of PUPPP primarily focuses on relieving itching and keeping the mother comfortable.  It is important to work with your healthcare professional to discuss what is safe for you and your baby.  Common treatments can include topical steroids, antihistamines and moisturizers.  If you are looking for a more natural approach, there are a few other products we recommend.  

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Pine Tar Soap

A top recommended remedies for PUPPP symptom relief is pine tar soap.  Pine tar has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties that can aid in soothing the itching and irritation associated with the rash.  This soap also helps retain the skin's natural moisture.  

Oatmeal Baths

Oatmeal has soothing, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties that can help alleviate irritation and itching.  Collidal, or finely ground oatmeal is a very natural cleanser that helps keep skin clean without stripping away natural oils.  It is recommended that 1 cup of oatmeal is added to a warm bath for a 15-20 minute soak.  You can take an oatmeal bath up to twice daily for relief.  

Beef Tallow Balm

Another natural remedy for PUPPP is beef tallow balm.  This balm is rendered fat from beef and is rich in vitamins A, D, E and K.  Like pine tar soap, it has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties to help reduce the itch associated with PUPPP rash.   

Chickweed Slave

Chickweed slave is soothing and anti-inflammatory, and can help reduce the irritation and itching that PUPPP causes.  Derived from chickweed plants, this is another natural remedy for the rash and itch.  

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