Sanitary Pads are the basic requirement of every girl and adult women. In this age of gender equality I see women in every field of life and they have to spend time in outer world to meet the both ends of life. Women these days are more active and love to go to the top. However, when I think of long working hours of ladies especially in days of periods then I also see the problems associated with them. Although these pads serve a useful purpose but sanitary pads cause rashes when they are worn for long hours. They often cause skin irritation, inflammation, redness and burning especially in the sensitive areas of skin. This problem might occur due to gel, fragrances and other materials used in feminine pads.
Pad rash in other words is known Napkin dermatitis in which the skin around sensitive area of women body gets effected. Inflammation, redness and soreness on skin need to be taken seriously. We notice that it is the common skin problem of every 7 out of 10 women.
What Causes rashes During Period?
During menstruation the skin area around our vagina gets wet and its moisture level goes up. The perspiration further worsens the symptoms especially when it gets trapped. As a result our skin becomes sensitive and itching further aggravates the situation.
I tried to change my pad after every 4 to 5 hours but skin rashes were big problem for me no matter its summer or winter. So, I searched for remedies which could help me out to improve sanitary pad rash. Here I would like to share with you 10 best pad rash remedies for sensitive skin.
Why Rashes occur during period?
I would share my personal experience regarding sanitary pads. I got skin irritation, rashes especially during my college days when I used to sit for long hours on hard desk. Every time I had periods I noticed skin rashes perhaps due to the dampness. Skin rashes during menstruation are very common issue of every girl and women because we know that when we wear pads the air cannot pass through the lower area so your skin cannot breathe properly. As a result rash will form and to prevent that you have to do a couple of things which I will share with you in this article.
How to treat Rashes during Period?
If you are a positive girl then instead of getting stressed out you should look for ways to deal with skin rashes during the period. You have to adopt few things to get rid of itchy skin during your monthly cycle. If you are one of them who always look for pad Rash treatment then I would suggest that you need to use these remedies before trying anything else.
If you have got too much skin irritation including burning around inner thigh areas then ice packs work best for you. First of all take a clean cloth and wraps it over ice cubes. Then you need to rub this on your skin for few minutes. Repeat this process twice a day. You will surely reduction in burning and skin irritation.
Olive oil is known as skin healer so it plays its role to ease irritation and rashes. You have to take a cotton ball dipped in olive oil and apply it on your skin twice a day especially before going to sleep. Within a day or two you will notice that your skin starts to heal. Make sure to dry your skin before applying olive oil.
Tea tree oil:
Tea Tree oil is a rich source of antioxidants and known for its antiseptic properties. First of all take a cotton ball and soak in tea tree oil to apply on affected area of your skin.
Coconut oil works wonders and makes your skin as soft as like baby skin. Make sure to use pure coconut oil which is not in its liquid form. Coconut oil is known to possess antimicrobial properties so take a little coconut oil on your palm and gently rub over sensitive skin. It gives best results when apply at night and leave for the rest of night. If coconut oil is not available then you can make use of mustard oil as well.
As we already told earlier that during menstruation the moisture level of vaginal area goes up so you can apply powder to dry your lower area. Now you must be thinking that should I go for talcum powder or antiseptic one so you should go the second option because it will keep the germs away.
Petroleum Jelly for Pad Rash:
Petroleum jelly helps to get rid of inflamed and itchy skin. It is a commonly available cream in every home so why not make use of petroleum jelly to relive pad rashes. You can apply this around the areas of your inner thighs to avoid rubbing of pads against your skin.
Don’t Wear Tight Underwear and pants:
If you have got rashes from period pads then one thing you should do is to wear lose fitting clothes because it will keep that area airy and dry. Tight fitted clothes further irritate your skin and worsen your rashes.
Don’t wash your skin with soap:
If you have got skin rashes then don’t do this mistake of rubbing your sensitive area with soap because it will make your situation worse. Always wash your skin with warm water.
Tips to avoid Rashes during Period:
- First of all, make sure that you are not allergic to sanitary pads. If you feel that sanitary commercial pads are not for you then try to switch to cotton pads or cloth pads or organic pads.
- Change your pads after every 3 to 4 hours to avoid rashes. It is important because the constant rubbing of pad against your sensitive skin is the main culprit so you have to change dry pad after every 3 to 4 hours.
- You should wear airy clothes to let your skin breathe and avoid tights or jeans especially during these days. Wearing airy clothes is important because you have to keep that dark area cool to prevent sweat and dampness.
- If you want to get rid of itchy skin, irritation, redness and inflammation then make sure to shave your lower area few days before your period. In this way you will have fewer chances of sweating and dampness.
How long does pad rash last?
A pad rash is similar to a diaper rash and it usually lasts for 3 to 4 days. In my case, my periods only last for 2 days so the rashes go away as soon as I get rid of wearing pads. If you will not take rest and keep doing physically activity which leads to skin rubbing and chaffing then your rash will last long. I common use the “Travocort Cream” at night for rashes and expose that area to fresh air so that my skin can breathe. Doing this heals my rashes within one or days. Apply cream or ointment at night works best because there is not rubbing and your skin gets time to heal itself.