Periods come and go, but they leave something really nasty behind. All veteran pad wearers would know what we are talking about. It’s the period rash. They lead to swelling, itching, redness, and a lot of frustration.
This is what Meena Isaac had to tell us: “We have to wear pads 24/7 for 4 days! There is sweat, trapped dirt, wetness, and bacteria; what else can happen? My friends tell me they get those too. It’s easy when I am home; there is nobody to watch, so I can scratch them all I want. The relief is next-level, I tell you. Men have it easy; they can scratch their balls whenever, and nobody bats an eye; we women have to be graceful and modest. When I am outside, and an itch is bothering me, I have to rush and find a place before it drives me completely nuts.”
Let’s put Meena and the rest of us out of our miseries and find ways to deal with sanitary pad rash.
WHAT IS A PERIOD RASH OR SANITARY PAD RASH?
Inflamed, red, and irritated skin? It’s probably a sanitary pad rash. What, did you think it was just you?
Women might not know that this is a real problem that so many of us face because it is never talked about! All we ever see on TV commercials is how to keep your baby’s bottoms ‘komal’ and ‘mulayam’.
The period rash is seen in the areas that are covered by a sanitary pad or around it, your genitals, inner thighs, and rash favorite- buttocks. The period rash can look like:
Angry spotted skin
Skin that is sensitive to touch and pains
You keep asking Google “how to wear pad” and “how to use pad” to avoid rashes, when all along, it’s been your pads to blame. Don’t believe us? Keep reading.
WHAT CAUSES PERIOD RASH?
Your skin in your private areas is very sensitive. Even something minor can irritate it easily.
Rash during the period is caused mainly due to the ingredients in the products you use. Your skin might have come in contact with something irritating in your sanitary pad. This is also called contact dermatitis. Vulvitis is the name for contact dermatitis of the vulva. Some of these harmful ingredients can include:
The top sheet of your sanitary pad is the one thing that is in constant contact with your skin. It has the most potential to cause vulvitis. If you have a heavy flow, your pad might not be able to soak in all the blood properly, causing it to remain in contact with the skin. Sometimes, pads are unable to soak up blood clots; they give a wet feeling later. It is important to use a sanitary pad that absorbs all the wetness.
The adhesive in the pads is used to stick the pad to the underwear. Some adhesives might contain chemicals that are harmful to your skin and might irritate it. And what’s more? Some adhesives in your pads aren’t even approved by government regulatory bodies!
To give you a better experience while using pads, companies may use artificial fragrances. These artificial fragrances might save you from the stink of your period blood, but they can be irritating to the skin. Steer clear of brands that make pads that come with artificial fragrances.
RIO has the best sanitary pads for your periods. The top layer is made of cotton to soak all the blood clots along with the blood to give you a dry feel. The adhesive is safe and makes the pad stay where it is put; it causes no rashes or irritation. It is free of sulphur, paraben, bleach, and chemical fragrance.
Choose RIO; choose better periods!
PAD RASH REMEDIES
Rashes due to pad usage can be easily treated with a few simple steps as follows:
Avoid fragrances; wear unscented pads.
Wear loose clothing, including your underwear
Switch brands to find what works best for you
Apply creams or ointments to the rash, don’t put them inside your vagina as they can be harmful
Change your pads frequently and make sure your skin doesn’t come in contact with moistness for too long.
Air out the area. If you can, go without wearing anything for a while. Fresh, natural air blowing on the skin will aid the healing process.
Maintain hygiene at all times. Yes, even while you’re suffering from a rash. Keeping the area clean will ensure the rash doesn’t spread further or cause any more damage.
You can use coconut oil on the rash as it is very soothing.
Aloe Vera can help calm the inflamed skin and help in the healing process.
How long does pad rash last?
Rashes can be treated within 3-4 days if they are taken care of properly. As soon as you notice it, start the treatment. If you ignore the rash, it can grow into something more painful and serious.
See? That’s all there is to a rash! They are so easy to avoid. If you’re still struggling, even after trying out all of those hacks, it’s time to change your pads. Switch to RIO sanitary pads. RIO has regular flow pads, but women with a heavy flow are also covered. RIO has the best sanitary pads for heavy bleeding; all the blood gets absorbed into the pad with its deep channels, and you are dry and rash-free! It is also 100% free of sulphur, paraben, and harmful chemicals.