5 Natural Remedies for PUPPP Rash in Pregnancy

on Mar 19, 2023| Modified on Apr 13, 2023

PUPPP, also known as pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy, is a common skin condition that affects pregnant women. It typically appears during the third trimester and causes an itchy rash on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and arms. While the exact cause of PUPPP is unknown, hormonal changes during pregnancy are believed to play a role in its development.

Fortunately, several natural remedies can provide relief from PUPPP, including oatmeal baths, aloe, coconut oil and more.

Natural Remedies for PUPPP

If you're looking for natural ways to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of PUPPP, you may want to consider the following remedies:

Oatmeal Baths 

Oatmeal is known for its soothing properties and can help to relieve itching and inflammation. To create an oatmeal bath, simply add a cup of oatmeal to your bathwater and soak for 15-20 minutes.

Aloe Vera 

Aloe vera has been used for centuries to treat a variety of skin conditions, including rashes. Apply aloe vera gel to the affected areas of your skin to help reduce itching and inflammation.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that can help to soothe dry, itchy skin. Apply coconut oil to the affected areas of your skin several times a day to help reduce itching.

Calamine Lotion 

Calamine lotion is a popular over-the-counter remedy for itchy skin. It contains a combination of zinc oxide and ferric oxide, which help to reduce itching and inflammation.

Witch Hazel 

Witch hazel is a natural astringent that can help to soothe irritated skin. Apply witch hazel to the affected areas of your skin several times daily to help reduce itching and inflammation.

If you are pregnant and experiencing PUPPP, talking to your healthcare provider is important. While these natural remedies can provide relief, they may not be appropriate for everyone. Your healthcare provider can help you determine the best course of treatment for your specific situation.

In conclusion, PUPP can be an uncomfortable and frustrating condition to deal with during pregnancy, but natural remedies can provide relief. Oatmeal baths, aloe vera, coconut oil, calamine lotion, and witch hazel are all effective options. However, talking to your healthcare provider before trying new remedies is important.

Continue reading below for remedies that have helped Earth Clinic readers with PUPPP, and let the community know what helped you!


American Pregnancy Association. (2021). Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPP). https://americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/pregnancy-complications/pruritic-urticarial-papules-and-plaques-of-pregnancy-7695/

Mayo Clinic. (2021). Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pruritic-urticarial-papules-and-plaques-of-pregnancy/symptoms-causes/syc-20376736

Dandelion Root, Witch Hazel

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Posted by Carla (Georgia) on 03/19/2023


I had a horribly itchy pregnancy rash on my stomach, arms, and face. It was almost unbearable; I had scratched myself raw. Dermatologist said it was either a pregnancy rash they could do nothing about until I delivered (at that time, I was only three months and knew I would go crazy if I had to spend six more months of that) or something very dangerous that could harm the fetus and they made an appointment for me to come back and have a biopsy in two weeks.

Not satisfied with that answer at all, I decided to research for myself. I found hundreds of women who had tried steroids, antibiotics, and skin creams to no avail. But 4 wonderful women shared that they had success with dandelion root extract internally and witch hazel topically.

I did my own research and found dandelion root was not dangerous for the baby so I took the largest dose recommended on bottle, check with your own herbalist but I think if you needed to take more than that you probably could because it's an edible root. And some people might just need more than others. I also use witch hazel on my skin. Well before the two weeks came around for my biopsy, my skin became completely clear and the edge was gone. A wonderful side effect is that witch hazel made my skin look great!

I hope this will be helpful to someone else with this. ❤️

Pine Tar Soap, Cherry Juice

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Posted by Sally (Virginia ) on 04/13/2023

I carried twins to 41 weeks. As my skin stretched I got a really itchy rash. After consult with midwife and Dr. google, I was convinced it was Puppp (no rash around naval, not itchy anywhere else, rash appeared to be where skin stretched). Lots of searching led me to try:

- Grandpa's pine tar soap
- dark cherry juice

I'd wet and suds up my belly at the sink while the shower warmed up. After rinsing, I'd apply soap again and let it sit before rinsing again while in shower. This was nice at night before bed to help reduce nighttime itch (had been so bad I was in tears a night or two).

I diluted the cherry juice in water and drank throughout day, maybe two or three glasses.

At one point I ran out of juice but continued soap, it didn't seem as effective. I felt the COMBO OF BOTH helped a lot.

The rash would clear and then start again, but the soap seemed to calm it. Sometimes ultrasound gel would irritate it. The soap was drying, so eventually I started applying a natural belly oil to moisturize.

I hope this helps someone.