PUPPS Rash in Pregnancy—Natural Treatments

Pregnancy can do a number on our skin… from acne to stretch marks to linea nigra and pigmentation issues. Some women are also hit with an itchy, sometimes painful rash known as PUPPS or PUPPP.

You may wonder where in the world this rash came from, or if you’re at risk of getting PUPPS rash, and most importantly, how to get rid of it!

What is PUPPS?

PUPPS is short for pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy. It’s also known as PUPPP. In the UK, it’s known as polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, or PEP for short. It’s a rash that starts off unobtrusive enough and begin as tiny, itchy red bumps in the stretch marks on the abdomen. Its distinguishing characteristic is that it surrounds, but never affects, the navel. These little red bumps get bigger, forming large patches that spread down the legs, and up the chest. Eventually, most of the body can be covered in the itchy, eczema like rash. (Wondering about poison ivy rashes and natural treatments? Find that here.)

Symptoms of PUPPS

  • Itchy red bumps
  • Starts on the abdomen, then spreads
  • Red, eczema like patches
  • Severe itching
  • Blisters

How to diagnose PUPPS

Many women get skin discolorations or rashes of some sort during pregnancy. So how do you know if it’s actually PUPPS?

There aren’t any lab tests that will diagnose PUPPS, so it’s usually determined by a process of elimination. Your healthcare professional can conduct a biopsy to rule out more serious skin conditions. (source)

If the navel is unaffected, and other skin conditions and rashes have been ruled out, then it’s highly likely it’s PUPPS.

PUPPS Rash in Pregnancy or PUPPP—Mama Natural photo 1

Why do pregnant women get PUPPS?

While there is speculation, and some good studies out there, we don’t have conclusive answers as to why pregnant women get a PUPPS rash. Here are the main theories:

1. An organ system is overtaxed

Since the liver is the body’s main detox organ, when it becomes overwhelmed with toxins, the symptoms are exhibited through the skin through rashes and discolorations. Many of us already have livers that are compromised from the toxins found in our food, beauty products and environments. Add to that supporting another life, and your body’s organs can really take a beating. (source)

The kidneys are in charge of filtering the body’s blood, and is also thought to play a potential role in PUPPS rash. One study injected 3 moms who had PUPPS with their own blood to try and treat the PUPPS rash. Some herbalists use blood purifying herbs to help treat it. The evidence seems to suggest that cleansing the blood is helpful for PUPPS. (source)

2. Abdominal stretching that causes skin inflammation

Carrying extra weight, having multiples, or large babies puts extra stress on the skin and damages the connective tissue. It starts out as stretch marks, but the damage can cause the skin to be inflamed and develop into a PUPPS rash. (source)

3. Fetal cells migrating to the mother’s skin

There’s an old saying that you’ll carry your children in your arms for a short while, but in your heart forever. Science is finding that that statement is more than just sentimental. During pregnancy, fetal cells migrate to different parts of the mother’s body, including her heart and skin. While this can offer protective benefits from certain diseases, research suggests that your skin may see these cells as foreign invaders, triggering a systemic response and causing a PUPPS rash.

This cell migration is more likely to occur if you’re having a boy. In 60-70% of women with PUPPS, who were carrying boys, male DNA was detected in their PUPPS rash. (source)

Is PUPPP very common?

Many rashes and skin conditions during pregnancy fall under a general umbrella and aren’t given a specific diagnosis. PUPPS however is the most common specific skin condition during pregnancy. About 1 in every 130 to 1 in 300 pregnancies develop this rash.  It’s more likely to occur in a first pregnancy, but can sometimes occur in subsequent ones. (source)

Should I be worried if I have PUPPS?

Even though the rash is itchy, uncomfortable and looks unappealing, it isn’t anything to be overly worried about. PUPPS doesn’t cause life threatening harm to you or your baby. It’s a symptom of a bigger issue, though there isn’t any conclusive opinion as to what that main cause is.

A surprising side effect

Fitness expert Beth Learn of fit2B specializes in helping others strengthen and heal their core abdominal muscles, especially before, during and after birth, as carrying a baby puts stress on the abdominal muscles and skin. The resulting diastasis recti is a condition that 35-62% of women have (source). Even though the strength of your core won’t make you less likely to get a PUPPS rash, this rash may effect postpartum healing. She’s found that her clients who had PUPPS suffer from some painful and unsightly side effects.

“The discomfort of this awful condition has affected the ability of many of my clients to therapeutically splint a weak core, or do their restorative exercises. The pain and weakened tissue the rash leaves in its wake can have far-reaching consequences, and one client in particular who has successfully narrowed her diastasis and has a fully functional core, is still dealing with a lot of residual muscle and skin softness where her PUPPS was the worst, and the common theory among other fit pros and therapists I polled was that fat seems to gravitate to those weakened areas, perpetuating the look of pregnancy long after a core has healed and baby is walking. In my mind, a comfortable support garment that hugs the soft places without restricting range of motion is ideal while the tissues continue to heal and gentle exercises continue to be performed.”

Preventing PUPPS

Since no one is really sure what causes PUPPS exactly, there isn’t a guaranteed way to prevent it. You can however make some healthy choices that may decrease or prevent your chances of getting the condition.

Strengthen

Taking an internal collagen and gelatin supplement can strengthen skin and connective tissue around the abdomen. This can prevent the damage that is thought to lead to PUPPS.

Cleanse

Doing a liver cleanse before becoming pregnant will reduce the toxic load on your body that can be a contributor to PUPPS. You can also use gentle, liver and blood purifying herbs during the third trimester. This dandelion tea is a delicious and healthy way to keep your liver happy.

Protect

Using immunomodulating herbs, like astragalus and ashwaganda during the third trimester can potentially prevent your immune system from having a negative reaction to migrating fetal cells. These herbs are also adaptogens, and act as a tonic to balance the immune system. (source)

Soothe

Massaging a stretch mark body butter over the abdomen not only helps to relieve tight, itchy skin and diminish the appearance of stretch marks, but it can further strengthen the skin. Apply your body butter throughout the whole pregnancy. Gotu Kola in particular helps prevent stretch marks and connective tissue damage, and is the perfect herb to infuse in a body butter. Some people have allergic reactions to Gotu Kola, so always do a patch test first. (source)

The problem with conventional treatment

Conventional medicine is mainly focused on managing symptoms, not actually fixing the problem, and PUPPS is no different. Topical and oral steroids are usually used to relieve the itching. Antihistamines like Benadryl are also sometimes prescribed, but these aren’t effective (source). Steroids can be dangerous, and haven’t been thoroughly studied for safety during pregnancy. Topical steroid use has even been linked to low birth weight. (source)

When will my PUPPS rash go away?

The PUPPS rash usually begins in the third trimester, around the 35th week. Some women develop a PUPPS rash shortly after the delivery of the baby. If left untreated, it disappears on its own within a few weeks to months after delivery. (source) Since it goes away after birth, some doctors recommend induction as a method of treatment. However, induction carries its own risks and complications and isn’t even considered effective at stopping PUPPS. (source)

PUPPS Rash in Pregnancy or PUPPP—Mama Natural photo 1

Natural treatments for PUPPS

There are many ways to relieve the itching of PUPPS, and there are also natural treatments that can potentially prevent or make the rash go away altogether. (source) (source)

Veggie juice

Vegetable juices are a gentle way to cleanse and detox the body. Although there’s no clinical evidence proving vegetable juice will cure your PUPPS, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence. Some women swear by this method. (source)

To use: Drink pure vegetable juices throughout pregnancy, but especially during the third trimester. Follow this video post’s recommendations on the best veggies to juice (and which ones should never go through your juicer!) Fresh pressed is best. Don’t drink large amounts of beet juice though, as this is a very potent detoxer.

Collagen supplements

Gelatin is a super food for skin issues. Did you know that collagen molecules, found in gelatin, are too large to actually penetrate the skin when applied topically? Those expensive collagen creams don’t hold a candle to grass-fed collagen supplements. This helps strengthen and repair damaged connective tissue that can cause PUPPS.

To use: Add a few scoops of grass-fed collagen protein to your smoothie or juice. (where to buy)

Dandelion root & nettle

Dandelion root and nettle are both liver and blood purifiers that are traditionally used by midwives and herbalists for PUPPS. In fact, this is probably the most popular and effective remedy. Many women have resolved their PUPPS by drinking dandelion root tea and/or nettle leaf tea, as well as taking dandelion root capsules. Dandelion root supports the liver while nettles are a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory agent. Nettles are also commonly used during pregnancy to help with anemia because it builds iron levels.

To use: Make dandelion root and nettle leaf tea. Take one teabag of your dandelion root (where to buy) or 1 tsp. of loose tea (where to buy) and steep in 1 cup of  boiling hot water for at least 10 minutes up to 1 hour. Do the same with nettle leaf tea, either tea bags (where to buy) or loose tea (where to buy). You can also take dandelion root capsules (where to buy) with your midwife or doctor’s approval.

Anti-inflammatory herbs

Chamomile, calendula and Chinese skullcap can be used to reduce skin inflammation when applied topically. Since the PUPPS rash often feels hot and irritated, a salve can feel uncomfortable and irritating so isn’t the best option. Herbal extracts added to soothing aloe vera, witch hazel or lotion is the ideal way to apply these herbs to the skin.

To use: Rub a herbal infused lotion (where to buy) onto the abdomen, 3X a day.

Soaps and suds

Grandpa’s Old Pine Tar Soap is a classic remedy for PUPPS. Use up to 4 times a day on rash. Soaking in an oatmeal bath can relieve the itchiness associated with PUPPS. This helps to soothe and moisturize the skin, and can be done several times a day. You can also make a strong tea with soothing herbs like calendula, Chinese skullcap and chamomile to dump in the bath.

To use: Place 1 cup of rolled oats and 1 cup of organic chamomile loose tea (where to buy) into some cheesecloth or an old t-shirt and secure tightly with a rubber band. Drop this into a tub full of warm water and soak for at least 20 minutes. Occasionally squeeze the oats to release their milky liquid.

Adaptogens

Pregnancy can be a stressful time, and this can have a heavy impact on your immune system. Adaptogens help support and modulate the immune system. The body’s response to fetal cells migrating to the mother’s skin, can be calmed with adaptogens. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of research around using these while pregnant so best to be cautious and just use maca, which is deemed safe by most herbalists.

To use: Add 1 TB of maca root to your morning smoothie.

Relaxing your nervous system

PUPPS can start to get on your nerves with the constant itching and unsightly rash. Many women report that the itching keeps them up at night and causes restlessness. Gentle nervines like lavender and chamomile can be used in moderation to relax expectant mothers and promote sleep.

To use: Drink a cup of two of this calming tea blend.

What worked for other mamas…

Dana says: “I read that the liver being overtaxed could be one of the contributors to PUPPS and that anything to support the liver would help. So I started taking dandelion/ milk thistle/nettle capsules and also took a homeopathic remedy, sulfur tablets, and I was amazed, only about a few days, and my horrific rash began to fade and the itching completely subsided.”

KB says: “I had PUPPPs twice. Second time I thought I’d try drinking BLACK CHERRY JUICE!!! Easy and if it didn’t work there would be no side effects. Can I tell you how amazed I was because I tried all the recommended natural remedies with minimal relief! Things like dandelion tea / extract / supplement or nettle leaf tea did little for me. After drinking black cherry juice my rash went away within 2 weeks.”

Beth says: “Dandelion Root tea and Nettle tea and dandelion root capsules! Those were the things that got rid of my rash.”

How about you?

Did you get any weird skin conditions during your pregnancy? What did you use to relieve the symptoms? Let us know about it in the comments below!

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 75,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.

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  1. Hi! My midwife recommend me Dandelion Roots tea or capsules because I have Itchy in my belly. When I’ll buy,I look one warning in the bottle, said: Know to the state of California o cause birth defects or other reproductive harm..”… So, What i can do? This advice is awful..

  2. I had a horrible case of Pupps during my first pregnancy. I had weeks left until delivery and wasn’t sleeping because I was so miserable. Waiting for the delivery to offer me relief like my OB said was just not an option. After days and hours of scouring the internet for cures I found a comment on some forum made by an angel that said she thought her liver was taxed and she treated herself with dandilion root tea. I went to the health store and got dandilion root and raspberry leaves and made a tea for myself. In 24 hours I had great relief and the rash was GONE in 3 days just by drinking a big cup of that tea about three times a day. Thank you whoever you were that gave that amazing advice lol.

  3. I just came down with a crazy rash at 34 weeks pregnant. It’s not PUPPS because it covers everywhere EXCEPT my abdomen. Doctors had no idea what to call it but I decided that a rash is a rash and these tips wouldn’t hurt to try! The Benedryl and steroids they recommended did nothing so it was time to get creative. I haven’t been able to implement everything but with juicing and using lavender and frankincense essential oils diluted in almond oil 2-3x a day my skin has improved greatly! Still have the rash but every day it looks a little better. Thank goodness! Going through a mystery terrible rash for 6 weeks+ just wasn’t very appealing… if I were to self-diagnose myself I would say I have Papular Dermatitis of pregnancy. If any ladies out there have a mystery rash just give these tips a try! It never hurts to gently clean out your liver anyways! I just got my dandelion root and nettle leaf in the mail and will be adding these and Grandpas Pine Tar Soap to my regimen. Wish me luck!

    • You could try drinking some dandelion tea as well.

  4. I developed this during my first pregnancy in 2005 with a daughter. OBGYN prescribed creams and I was induced at 40 weeks to stop the itiching and the discomfort. The rash went away 2 to 3 weeks after delivery.
    My second pregnancy, another daughter was in 2010 and I noticed the first sign of pupps, a small bump. I immediately went online for a remedy due to the uncomfortable bout of PUPPS in 2005. I read about the dandelion root pills and purchased them from the local herbal store. The first sign of rash disappeared and I did not develop PUPPS the second time. I shared this information with the Nurse Practioner as she saw the first signs of the rash at my OBGYN appointment and one month later she witnessed that it was gone. No sign of PUPPS.

  5. I was recently diagnosed with PUPPP or PEP –
    The late pregnancy rash was blistered, sore and itchy !!

    After reading on this page that other expectant Mums had found “old grandpas cold tar soap” effective I ordered some.

    WOW……….. I cannot believe the difference!!!
    I’ve washed the rash x3 daily for only 2 days with the soap and it’s virtually gone.

    Highly recommend- thank you

    • So glad it worked for you!

  6. I developed this rash when I was 38 weeks pregnant and it was HORRIBLE. It didn’t go away until a few weeks after giving birth. But after the rash was gone, it left huge discolored patches. thankfully that went away after a few months. I really wish I would have known about the cleanse being that everything I was prescribed didn’t help.

  7. I got this rash in my second pregnancy (we are expecting a boy) at 29/30 weeks. And it started with slight itch and increased every day. Around 31 weeks I could not continue my daily routine because of the itch. So I searched and searched. I found liver support herbs ( I take DRM liver/gall bladder tonic) and liquid chlorophyll (100 mg in two divided doses – found at Whole foods) and pine tar soap helped me regain my sanity. I can now again dream of being pregnant till my baby is ready to pop out.

  8. I was diagnosed with PUPPPs at 16 weeks during my second pregnancy. This essential oil blend gave me my sanity back: https://www.etsy.com/listing/488048590/puppp-clear-blend?ref=shop_home_feat_2

    Other things that helped were eating a clean diet, drinking dandelion root tea and nettle leaf tea every day, and wearing soft, loose clothes. I’m happy to say that my baby is 9 months old now (and thriving!) and I can put that horrible chapter in my life behind me. Good luck to the other PUPPP mamas! There is relief out there.

  9. I just thought I’d weigh in on the PUPPS experience that I had. I started getting it in my first pregnancy around 35 weeks. I tried natural remedies (not nearly as many as what others have) and they weren’t working. I nearly cried to my doctor and she prescribed a topical ointment (steroid) which immediately started to relieve me. It made each affected area disappear in the order that I started getting them (stomach, back, arms, legs, butt, feet). It did not come back after delivery and my baby had excellent birth weight (still completely healthy). I have noticed ONE glaring thing with each story I’ve read about this issue, it’s that not one remedy will work the same for each person. So many different ways to get healed and we won’t know until we try different ones, which one will be the one for us.

  10. I had PUPPS with my twin pregnancy. At it’s worst, the rash covered my belly, back, arms and was creeping up my neck and down my legs. I can attest that the itching was intense and enough to make someone go insane. I tried many things and although I would get some relief here and there from some of the remedies, only one thing started to eliminate the rash: Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a natural anti-histamine. While I can’t explain the cause for sure, I know that I took 500mg of Vitamin C 3 times per day and the rash was eliminated by about 90% within a week. I eventually ran out of my vitamin C supplement and the rash came back within a week. I went back on Vitamin C and it went away again. I’d also recommend adding in fruit juices such as orange juice to increase your Vitamin C intake. I hope this helps the masses of women that suffer from this!

  11. Well I am not Mom, I am Dad, but I am also an RN BSN and had to watch my wife suffer with PUPPP and Cholestasis at the same time. After much research and trying, we did finally come up with a regimen that worked to the point of allowing my wife to get back to enjoying the pregnancy again with our second son. Here was our regimen: (Note: all of these products were approved by our OBGYN prior to administration)

    1) 2x Day: Bathe with Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap – Bar to Skin with heavy lather (get husband to help with feet, they need love too!!)
    – Leave Soap on skin for at least 5 min before rinsing off (no scrubbing – will inflame the rash) – may feel residue, that’s ok, its PINE TAR after all!
    – Think of this as the base that you build off of with the other products
    2) Benadryl Cream: Apply to the entire effected area after the shower in a thin layer (no need to go crazy…it’s only step 2)
    3) After Shower & Antihistamine Cream (& PRN): Apply baby powder to body to remove excess and prevent any moisture on the skin. We found that heat and sweating were our enemy so stay as cool (AC = Friend) and dry as possible even if you have to begin again and shower more with the stinky soap to get the sweat off of your skin!!!
    4) “The Fire Extinguisher”: This was the kicker that usually saved the day because my wife had “episodes” of intense itching where she was like a squirrel digging after an acorn in her skin. The scratching from these episodes was very harmful and often resulted not only in a worsened reaction on her skin, but left open the potential for other types of infections from the scratch marks. To stop this process from even happening in the first place we would use (as often as needed) GOLD BOND 4% Lidocaine Cream to the “Hot Zones” of the rash (not everywhere). The medication takes about 3 minutes or so to really kick in and it did not take much to work, but it truly put out the flames of itching and allowed her to not tear apart her skin in the process.

    And that is it. We worked together and stuck to the daily regimen, we used the Fire Extinguisher as needed, and we got back to life. This regimen is worth a shot for anyone in this same situation as it took my wife’s pregnancy from a nightmare to a manageable condition and allowed her to enjoy the end of the pregnancy. We wanted to share with you and sincerely hope it bring you relief : )
    ~The Kelly’s

  12. I took Jarrow Sam-e, 2 with every meal, and Enzymatic Therapy Simply Milk Thistle, and I got rid of PUPPP, and I would start getting it with every pregnancy, so I just started taking these supplements with each pregnancy, and I never got PUPPP again!

  13. I started having a mild case of pupps about the last 2 weeks of my pregnancy, after I delivered it got bad on my stomach then spread all over my body. I tried almost everything that people recommended to get rid of it, I did dandelion root, milk thistle, epsom salt baths with tea tree oil, aloe Vera, tea tree oil directly on my skin, pine tar soap, peppermint oil, apple cider vinegar, cortisone cream, coconut oil, probiotics, I purchased and followed the PUPPS CLEANSE and nothing worked in fact it just kept getting worse finally after 3 1/2 weeks postpartum I went to the dermatologist and he gave me a prescription for betamethasone dipropionate cream 0.05% applied 2x a day morning and night and I also used curel itch defense lotion to help soothe and its been 3 days and the rash doesn’t itch at all and is almost completely gone! Don’t waste your time and money on all these other things just get the cream and curel lotion it’s worth it!!!

  14. I get pupps with every pregnancy. Mine starts in the first trimester and is always on my legs. Best methods I’ve used to control it include putting baby oil on in the shower. When that gets fully absorbed afterwards I put Vicks on my legs. If the itching gets extremely bad cold ice packs work or frozen veggies. Don’t keep them on longer than 15 min the coldness can damage your skin by crystallization. Benadryl helps and is safe in pregnancy. Oatmeal baths help as well. Try not to scratch your rash, with my first pregnancy the itching was so bad, and nothing was working. Sometimes I would rub my legs together for relief. But unfortunately, one day, I did one rub, and the top layer of my skin came off with it. It was 3″ long and an inch wide. Baby oil was my best friend when I finally figured out what worked.

  15. I had this awful PUPPs rash for 3.5 months during my pregnancy. I tried everything and unfortunately nothing helped until I had my daughter. I had a scheduled c-section at 38 weeks.
    The rash spread all over my legs, arms, butt, and a little on my belly. I now have scars from it. Does anyone have this problem? And if so is there anything you use to help clear the scars?

  16. I developed PUPPS in my third trimester approximately four weeks before my daughter was born. Like all other women who are lucky enough to get PUPPS I was miserable! I want to share how I successfully got rid of it in four days. Grampa’s Pine Tar Soap and a product made my Arbonne: Seasource Detox Spa Renewing Body Gelee. Here’s what you do: shower twice a day morning and night. Once you do all your normal activities in the shower turn the water off and lather up shoulders to feet with the Grampa’s Pine Tar Soap. Lather so much that you can see a thick white lather all over. Leave on for a few minutes and then rinse off. After toweling off apply the Renewing Body Gelee all over. Do this morning and night and I swear this will go away within days of beginning this remedy. The Grampa’s Pine Tar Soap cost $2.99 and it is easy to find at most health stores or online at Amazon. The Arbonne Renewing Body Gelee is also easy to order. Email me at kratch@hotmail.com with the subject line PUPPS and I can get you in contact with an Arbonne consultant. Best of luck! Kellie

  17. My daughter developed pupps at 36 weeks. Nothing at all helped!! All the remedies we tried and steroids didn’t do anything! What worked was medicated selsun blue!! Stopped itching immediately!!! she is going in this week to be induced at 39 weeks. Still has rash but just started using this today and found instant relief!!

  18. I developed PUPPS during my 34th week and I am 35 weeks now. It has been a little over a week and I can honestly say that I was going crazy thinking that there was no way I would be able to deal with this rash and this unbearable itchiness until delivery. After reading all the natural remedies and things others ave tried, I decided to follow my mother’s advice. We bought a chamomile plant and boiled it. After the water looked like it had the substance, we bottled it and stored it in the refrigerator. Every day after taking a semi cold shower, I put this chamomile water on the rash and let it air dry. After doing this for three days, my rash improved tremendously, it started changing color, itching a lot less and clearing out slowly. I cannot begin to describe to you guys how relieved I feel now that I know it’s gotten so much better, I can patiently wait for my baby without crying daily and scratching my skin until it felt burned.

  19. Hey there ladies! I wanted to share something that (so far) seems to have reduced my case of PUPPS significantly! In fact I’d say it’s gone down about 90% 🙂

    I first got PUPPS when I was at 22 weeks, and am almost at 25 weeks now. I tried all the remedies for that first week or so (Grandpa’s Pine Tar soap, apple cider vinegar, oatmeal baths, tea tree oil, hydrocortisone cream etc.), and nothing made much of a difference. I was going nuts… and it was spreading all over my body.

    Then a holistic doctor I’m friends with mentioned that I should be taking probiotics regularly. I took one Christmas day, and within half an hour, I noticed I wasn’t scratching nearly as much as I had been. (And I had been itching like CRAZY all day long and all night long, as you all know) After an hour it continued to diminish until I was only itching about 10 or 15% of what I was originally!

    The relief lasted all day, until I started to get a little itchy again about 9-10 hours later (the itching was at about 40% by then). I took another probiotic and it diminished by bedtime. I asked both my doctor and local pharmacist about the safety of taking the probiotic (in this particular potency) up to two or three times daily and they both said it was totally fine. Your body eliminates any extra it doesn’t need.

    The probiotic I used was Lee Swanson “Ultimate Probiotic Formula” and it says on the front there are 66 billion organisms per cap. It’s a dark blue bottle with a goldish lid. The particular bottle I have has 30 caps in it, and it not very expensive (under $10 per). I have been using the probiotics for about a week now, and the PUPPS marks are completely gone where they had been ALL over by body (including me belly, chest, arms, legs, and yes – even face!) I have had consistent 90%+ relief and the last 3 nights I have even been able to sleep through the night without waking up and having to have an itch fest!

    I really hope this works for other people as well. It’s the only thing that has worked, and I am so so grateful.

  20. I had it with my 1st pregnancy and hoping I don’t get it again with the one I’m pregnant with right now, but I found that Grandpa’s Old Pine Tar Soap worked AMAZING. I showered in the morning, afternoon and evening with it for the 1st few days then took it down to 2X a day, then finally 1x a day right before I delivered. It was my saving grace. And the fact that it was only about $3 for per bar of soap it did not break the bank which was nice!

  21. I had the pupps rash with both of my pregnancies. It was the absolute worst part ever! I wanted to scratch my skin off! Nothing helped and I think made it worse (topical treatment).
    My Dr. said it would last throughout my pregnancy and I had at that time about 4 months left! I was miserable, couldn’t function at times, and was in a terrible mood!
    I thought about an old remedy that my grandmother had for sunburns so I thought I’d try it.
    It’s tea!!! Totally natural!!! Cured it for me both times!!! No gimmicks!!!
    Here’s what I did:
    Heat up about 5-10 cups water, and steep your tea bags(put in your tea bags strings hanging out for roughly 3 min).
    I used what I had… Hyvee/store brand peppermint tea (it doesn’t have caffeine and it smells amazing)
    When it was bath water temp I put in a hand towel wrong at a little to not make a big mess then I put on my areas of rash…. it was Amazing!!!! Best thing ever and I think the peppermint had a hot/cold effect that made it feel awesome!
    I did this for about 3 days as much as I could. I’m talking every moment I could I even slept with it.
    But…. in 3 days it was gone! No rash, no nothing! My Dr says she has never seen it clear up before in her 40 years of practice.
    I had it in both pregnancies and the 2nd one I started the remody as soon as the rash started and it stopped I believe in 2 days never to return.
    Hope this helps! I am curious too see if I’m the rare cure, so let me know!

  22. I have been following the puppp cleanse for the last week and a half and I am no longer suffering from the puppp. I am happy to no longer be suffering. I was desperate and willing to try anything. I hate I did not find this blog and comments about the cleanse sooner. Thank everyone.

    • What is the Puppp cleanse? What are the ingredients? 🙂

    • What pupp cleanse u used

  23. How much ashwaganda & astralagus can one take in the third trimester to help with pupps

  24. Did anyone who used Dandilion root find info on whether it is safe while breastfeeding? I’m getting desperate and want to try it since many have seen results but there is little info on its impact on the baby or milk supply. I developed the rash postpartum. It’s been 2 weeks. It started on boobs and belly but now spreading everywhere and I’m going insane.

    • Dandelion root tea is safe while breastfeeding.

      • I had the pupps rash with both of my pregnancies. It was the absolute worst part ever! I wanted to scratch my skin off! Nothing helped and I think made it worse (topical treatment).
        My Dr. said it would last throughout my pregnancy and I had at that time about 4 months left! I was miserable, couldn’t function at times, and was in a terrible mood!
        I thought about an old remedy that my grandmother had for sunburns so I thought I’d try it.
        It’s tea!!! Totally natural!!! Cured it for me both times!!! No gimmicks!!!
        Here’s what I did:
        Heat up about 5-10 cups water, and steep your tea bags(put in your tea bags strings hanging out for roughly 3 min).
        I used what I had… Hyvee/store brand peppermint tea (it doesn’t have caffeine and it smells amazing)
        When it was bath water temp I put in a hand towel wrong at a little to not make a big mess then I put on my areas of rash…. it was Amazing!!!! Best thing ever and I think the peppermint had a hot/cold effect that made it feel awesome!
        I did this for about 3 days as much as I could. I’m talking every moment I could I even slept with it.
        But…. in 3 days it was gone! No rash, no nothing! My Dr says she has never seen it clear up before in her 40 years of practice.
        I had it in both pregnancies and the 2nd one I started the remody as soon as the rash started and it stopped I believe in 2 days never to return.
        Hope this helps! I am curious too see if I’m the rare cure, so let me know!

  25. Ok. So I was skeptical about trying the pupps cleanse because there are mixed reviews on varies sites about the book and the cleanse. I am glad I purchased it. I took steroids, tried all kinds of creams, and even tried all sorts teas and nothing worked. The cleanse includes the same dandelion tea that I already had as well as the sarna, but once again people, this is an internal issue that topical creams will not cure. After being on the cleanse for TWO days, I begin to feel relief. After 4 days, I was all clear.

    Yes, the book cost $3.99. Yes, it is downloaded immediately as a PDF and YES, it could have been a blog, but it is not. For those of you that are willing to give the CLEANSE a try you will see that it really works and you WILL save money spending on all of the other stuff you are probably going to try or have tried.

    I wish I had found it sooner. http://www.pupppcleanse.com

    • Hey Hannah. I’ve been using this blend for a week to no avail. The rash is spreading. You say the trick is not to let the skin get dry but my skin is dry all the time. I’d have to apply the oil every half hour or less to keep it from drying out. I feel like my body is dehydrated and I can’t get on top of it. How long did it take for the oil to work for you? And how often were you using it? Any info or tips greatly appreciated as I’m going crazy. Thanks, Kate

  26. I developed an itchy rash at 28 weeks. It was small red bumps (looked like prickly heat rash) which started on the abdomen and spread to breasts, sides, lower back, buttocks and arms. What worked best for me was to first dry out the rash. I did this with lukewarm Epsom salt baths and also cold towels mixed with Epsom salt or corn starch as well lathering with Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap. The redness and rash cleared up within about 3 days, although I still felt itchy on my abdomen. Then I started moisturizing heavily with pure olive oil after cleansing with Epsom/Pine Tar soap. The rash is now gone and the itching has stopped about 95%. For me, I feel like Epsom salt relieved the itch the most while the Pine Tar helped get rid of the unsightly bumps and redness.

  27. All I can say is YESSSSSS to the pupp cleanse. Yes, Yes, Yes, and more Yeses!!! 🙂 It works people. I FEEL great! I spent tons on trying stuff that did not work. I wasted trips to the doctor. I took steroids, something I said I would never do. ALL to find out none of it worked. The pupp cleanse does work. Give it a try. I hate I did not find it sooner. It would have saved me tons of money.

    Anywho, the pupp cleanse is an ebook that can be purchased and downloaded immediately at http://www.pupppcleanse.com. It provides remedies that help you to get rid of puppp. The author suffered with it and knows what we are going through. Try it people.

  28. The pupp cleanse (www.pupppcleanse.com) really does work! I have been following the cleanse for 6 days now and am all clear. The only problem is I still have the red scar, but no itching. Will the scars go away? Help Please!!!!!

  29. Thanks for sharing Ashley. I just purchased the puppp cleanse and hope it works for me as well. I could not access the site with the http for some reason. I had to enter just http://www.pupppcleanse.com. I hope this helps others that may have the same problem.

  30. Thanks for sharing this information about the pupps rash. I purchased the puppp cleanse at http://www.pupppcleanse.com and have seen some obvious relief. I am not itching as much and am actually sleeping through the night. Hopefully I am clear in the next couple of days as the cleanse suggests. It does not mention oatmeal baths. So, I think I may try that as well.

  31. I had PUPPPs twice. Second time I thought I’d try drinking BLACK CHERRY JUICE!!! Easy and if it didn’t work there would be no side effects. Can I tell you how amazed I was because I tried all the recommended natural remedies with minimal relief! Things like dandelion tea / extract / supplement or nettle leaf tea did little for me. After drinking black cherry juice my rash went away within 2 weeks. Postpartum 3 weeks it came back. I drank some black cherry juice and the rash disappeared within 2 days! AMAZING! Good luck on finding what’s best for you.

  32. I actually developed this 4 weeks postpartum on my breasts. My doctor did not believe me until she saw me. She believed it only started on the abdomen during 3rd trimester of pregnancy. I believe I got it from my breasts stretching while nursing. It started in the stretch marks on both breasts. It was extremely inflamed and painful to nurse. It moved to my hips and then went all the way down both legs. It happened in July in Texas. The heat and nursing a newborn made this nearly unbearable. My son is 14 months now and when I think back about this I feel pretty strong. We push through some very difficult things as a new mom. For any moms going through this I used grandpas pine tar soap, oatmeal baths, aloe and tried to stay cool. I hope this helps.

    • I also developed PUPPS about 3-4 weeks postpartum. It started once my breast began to swell and then it seemed to slowly travel round my hips and lower back in all my stretch marked areas. Wow, its comforting to here a story so similar to mine. I second the Grandpa’s Pine tar soap, but make sure to moisturize after as the bar soap can be a bit drying on already sensitive skin.

  33. I used EO lavender and melaleuca on it for few days. Cleared it right up.

  34. My daughter suffered from a severe case of PUPPPs last year while pregnant and my heart broke for her. It was the most terrible time.
    Dandelion root capsules and cutting out processed foods, plus Grandpas Old Pine Tar Soap were what kept her sane. I have written a blogpost about the condition and what worked for my daughter, and the man things that didn’t. I hope it helps as we struggled to get information from the medical community and ended up self treating in desperation via articles such as this and other women’s advice.
    http://www.wagdoll.co.uk/2016/07/pregnancy-puppps-rash-essential-tips.html

  35. Possible cure to this horrific rash?….I am 38 weeks pregnant and just developed PUPPS at week 37… Absolutely the worst and most uncomfortable I’ve ever been! The itching is an absolute nightmare. Last week I pretty much used Grandpas Pine Tar soap and it helped but not long enough, I continuously applied lotion or tried taking a cool shower. On Saturday my sweet neighbor invited me over to her pool wich is a salt water pool I stayed in for about 5 hrs it was the most relief I had since developing this rash. After I got out I decided to try my Doterra essential oil kit and mix it in with Vaseline because I am fearing I may scar from the scratching and know Vaseline helps prevent scarring. So I applied (2 drops of lemon, 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of peppermint, 2 drops of frankincense) to a swap of Vaseline. I applied all over my tummy, back and arms. I have done this once a day usually when I get out of the shower at night and it has given me instant relief and lasts for hours currently I’ve not noticed much itching the entire day. I may have a few itches here and there but nothing and I mean nothing like how it was. I noticed by Monday evening my rash looked like it had faded and started to dry up… Today I went back to the pool for another 5 hrs and reapplied my regimen I have not itched in 3 days now. I think there is absolutely something to the salt water and these essential oils… So tomorrow I am going to try taking an Epsom salt bath as well. I do not know if this is curing me but I can tell you the itching is gone and swelling is down! It has made me so excited because my biggest fear was dealing with this rash once baby is here and not getting to enjoy her. I wanted to share because I know how miserable it is and maybe this can work for you as well. I’m just blown away by the results! Good luck mommas!

  36. I had a question regarding a rash on my 5 week old…. I had a bladder infection and was using theives to support my immune system (1 drop 3 times per day)… Shortly after my daughter developed a red rash on her face. Can this be due to the theives? I am breast feeding as well. Is theives safe to use while breast feeding?

  37. With my twin pregnancy, I developed PUPPS around week 34, and it lasted about 2 weeks for me. I was miserable- waking in the middle of the night itching and would take a cold shower, and used pine tar soap (which did relieve it for a while), and ice packs to be able to sleep. I tried all sorts of natural itch relief creams, even had accupuncture for it (which in my case did not improve it) Mine was all over my tummy. My midwife was not that familiar with PUPPS and neither my doula, so I spilled over online forums to find out what to do to get rid of the worst rash I have ever experienced. I read that the liver being overtaxed could be one of the contributors to PUPPS and that anything to support the liver would help. So I started taking dandelion/ milk thistle/nettle capsules and also took a homepathic-sulfur tablets I was amazed, only about a few days, and my horrific rash began to fade and the itching completely subsided. I know, I would’ve had it for weeks more had I just done the conventional hydrocordisone creams and steroid creams. An interesting tidbit I learned about PUPPS, it is more common for twin pregnancies to develop it, and it is mroe common when you are pregnant with twin boys vs girls. Glad you are doing this article about PUPPS, it was so hard to find good info about natural solutions for this condition.

  38. I got Pupps shortly AFTER I delivered, it was absolutely horrible. A rash began on my belly and then slowly covered my body from head to toe. I tried tar soap, cold showers, lotions for itch, oatmeal baths, ice packs to relieve the itch, etc. Nothing helped, and I found myself feeling like I was going to go crazy from the constant itch! Then my doula suggested cleansing the liver, so I bought some dandelion root capsules. The first day the rash stopped spreading (yes, it was still spreading!), by the 3rd day it was receding and the itch was almost gone, and by the 7th day the rash was all cleared up. I felt like I was given new life! 🙂

  39. Dandelion Root tea and Nettle tea and dandelion root capsules! Those were the things that got rid of my rash.

  40. Dandelion root pills were a huge saver!

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