We, women, have to bear so much in our lives. Everything is complicated for us. Such is the case with our periods as well. The entire process of going through periods annoys us. We have to deal with the mood swings and pimple problems due to PMS, period cramps with heavy or low flow, and some girls also have to deal with PCOS/PCOD.
Apart from these, we girls sometimes see days when we have rashes as a result of the pads during periods. Getting period rashes is very uneasy and can get even painful. Period rashes make it hard for us to wear pads for the day, and proper care is a must in such situations, or else it may get worse. So, here you will get to know about how to deal with period rashes and how to stop them from appearing.
Firstly, it is very equally important to know why period rashes appear.
Period rashes can occur due to numerous causes. It may be due to a skin irritation towards a component in the lining of the pad, or it may be due to the dampness or dry skin along with chafing in the area on a hot and sweaty day.
How to deal with period rashes and stop them from appearing?
- Keep the area moisturized if the area stays dry
Before you put on the sanitary napkin, apply olive oil or any good moisturizer to minimize the irritation from the rash.
In doing so, it will prevent the appearance of rashes in the area in future.
- Wear the right underwear
Wearing underwear that fits you perfectly plays an important role as well. If you wear underwear that is too tight for you then, the pad will get chafed against your skin, making the situation worse. Hence, wear underwear that is comfortable for you because it will make the current situation with the rashes easier. From my experience, try wearing a bit of loose-fitting underwear if you have the rash.
- Apply powder if the area is damp
Now, this is applicable if you already have the rashes. If you notice that the area is getting damp, then apply powder to keep it dry. Practice this before putting on your underwear. This will prevent the appearance of any rash as well as make your rashes go away.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes
Forget about wearing skinny jeans and pants during your period and opt for more breathable clothes like dresses, skirts. This will make your period much more comfortable.
- Change your pads frequently
Changing your pads frequently is necessary, in terms of both hygiene and to help with the period rashes. Always keep in mind to wear a pad not more than 3 to 4 hours at max irrespective of the blood flow. Also, some girls go out and do not change their pads for the whole day which is really bad for hygiene.
- Choose your sanitary napkin brand wisely
The quality and build of every sanitary napkin brand are different. Some sanitary napkins use scents in the lining as well, which may cause skin irritation in some. The material of the pads also matters a lot. The area in our inner thighs are very soft and sensitive, so go for pads with softer material.
- Use Aloe Vera gel
Aloe Vera is beneficial for your skin and there is no doubt about it. Apply a small amount of Aloe Vera gel in the affected area before going to bed. Aloe Vera soothes the skin and helps with the recovery.
- Take proper care of the area
After you take a bath, pat the area dry and apply a lotion or powder as per your requirement and put on your underwear.
- Try alternatives
Nowadays, some women are switching to other options for periods such as menstrual cups and cloth pads. Moreover, you can also try using tampons. Point to keep in mind, tampons are to be changed every 3 to 4 hours just like pads.
If you notice that you are starting to feel discomfort, take extra care of yourself with the tips that I have mentioned. If you ignore the rashes, it will only progress further and it will take more time for recovery. So, be careful!!
Period rashes appear mostly when you start to neglect your personal hygiene especially, during your periods. Also, keep your body hydrated, avoid caffeine and alcohol consumption and eating healthy during your period is very important. Following a healthy diet while you are on your period helps with the period cramps and any related issues. Menstrual period is a part of our biology so it is up to us to a certain point on how to make the process comfortable.