Pregnancy PUPPP rash
People always say that every pregnancy is different from each other. Pregnancy number two has been very different from my first pregnancy. My first pregnancy I experienced server heart burn (for the first time in my life), morning sickness along with vomiting, and tiredness/fatigue. I almost never wanted to get out of the bed. Oh! and I paid for during my 26 hour labor! This pregnancy, I seem to be more energetic and I am able to carry on with my normal daily routines. Maybe it’s because I have a child to take care of during this pregnancy, so I have no choice. I do still have morning sickness, more so then than last time, but there is no vomiting. I also craved chalk… Don’t worry, I didn’t eat any. Come to find out, I was having an iron deficiency so I had to up my dark greens intake. At 30 weeks pregnant my belly started to itch, a lot. little red bumps started to appear on the front and side of my belly. I tried to hold off on the scratching because it’s been said that scratching can help cause the appearance of stretch marks. That was hard for me. I would find myself waking up from sleep already scratching at it. And of course, the more I scratched, the more the rash spread.
I mentioned the rash to my doctor at my check-up and he told me what it was. Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy rash, also known as PUPPP rash.
PUPPP rash is an itchy rash that appears on the stomach during late pregnancy. While the exact cause of PUPPP rash isn’t known, the stretching of the skin seems to be a trigger for the rash to occur. PUPPP rash occurs in about 1 in every 150 pregnancies.
I was told to keep my skin moisturized and not to scratch it, to prevent spreading. I tried so many different creams, lotions and oils but nothing seemed to work for a long period of time. I was looking to see if anyone had any other suggestions for this rash in “What to Expect while expecting” forum. I seen that a lot of women had this experience with PUPP as well. A few people suggested to used pine tar soap to clear it up. I had never heard of this soap before, but I was willing to give it a try.
What is pine tar? Pine tar is a sticky material produced by the high temperature carbonization of pine wood in anoxic conditions (dry distillation or destructive distillation). The wood is rapidly decomposed by applying heat and pressure in a closed container; the primary resulting products are charcoal and pine tar. Pine tar has a long history as a wood preservative, as a wood sealant for maritime use, in roofing construction and maintenance, in soaps and in the treatment of carbuncles and skin diseases, such as psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea.
I ordered The Grandpa Soap Co. Pine tar soap from amazon.com. It came with two bars of soap.
The smell of the soap is very strong. I did see people describe the scent of this soap as a”camp fire” smell and I wasn’t sure what that meant. That is exactly what it smells like. It has the smell of charred mesquite of some sort. Although the scent is strong, it does not linger on your skin after you bathe with it. After using the soap for two days, my skin already started to feel differently. My skin was less itchy and smoother.
It only took about a week for the rash to be completely gone! I did have a little scaring from me scratching at the rash, but that also went away with time. I don’t have any better pictures of my belly after the rash went away, but this stuff was amazing!