As you progress in your pregnancy, you will start to notice your skin becoming tighter around your belly. Your belly is distending to accommodate your baby. The skin in that area will gradually become itchier as it stretches out. But, have no fear, there are solutions that you can try to ease your itchy, pregnant belly. This article will provide you with the 10 best soothing solutions for itchy skin.
10 Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has more than just cooking benefits. It is a great solution for dry, itchy skin. Your skin becomes dry from bar soaps, as they strip away acidic properties in your skin. Apple cider vinegar helps balance the acidity in your skin. It is also well-known for its antiseptic uses. It kills bacteria and fungus that comes from dead, dry skin. To use this on your belly, take a cotton ball and soak it in apple cider vinegar. Squeeze the cotton ball to ensure it doesn’t drip everywhere and wipe the dry, itchy areas with it. Repeat as needed.
9 Aloe Vera
Aloe vera comes from the aloe plant. The clear liquid that is inside of the plant is used to soothe skin irritations, such as burns, cuts, and dry, itchy skin. Aloe vera has a calming effect since it relieves inflammation and redness. It also acts as a great moisturizer for the skin. If you do not have access to an aloe plant, try a lotion that contains aloe vera. If you do have an aloe plant, take a leaf and cut it open. Scoop out the jelly-like substance from the inside and place on itchy areas. You can either rub it in or leave it on the skin, or you can leave it on for a couple of minutes and then remove.
Clay may be the most intimidating solution on this list as it is probably not the most common thing to use. There are many benefits of clay for your skin. Clay is known to appease the skin by moisturizing it and getting rid of itchiness. Bentonite clay is the most popular of its kind. It is commonly referred to as healing clay as it heals many health ailments other than skin irritations. To use clay for your itchy belly and other areas, mix the clay with some waters so that it becomes a thick paste. Spread the paste over the itchy area and place some bandaging or gauze over it to keep it in place. Let it on until it dries. Then, rinse it off.
Basil leaves are used to soothe itchy skin while making you smell fresh. Basil leaves have anti-inflammatory properties. It is as easy as going to your fridge, or to the grocery store, and grabbing some fresh basil leaves. You can either buy dried up basil leaves, or you can dry them yourself, by placing the leaves by the window in the sun. Crush up the basil leaves to make about 1 tablespoon. Mix with 16 ounces of boiling water. When the water cools down, apply it to itchy skin. You can store the rest to use when needed.
Oatmeal has the power to help heal wounds and soothe any kind of itch, including itchy, pregnant bellies. The wonderful thing about using oatmeal is you do not have to splurge on the expensive brand of oatmeal to get the benefits. Any oatmeal grain will do, so long as it is not overly processed, such as the premade batches with a lot of sugar in it. To soothe itchy skin, finely grind up a cup of oatmeal in a blender. Draw a bath with warm water. Add the oatmeal to the water and soak in the bath until the water becomes cool. Light some candles and you will feel like you are at a spa.
5 Petroleum Jelly
Water, over time, will become an irritant for your itchy skin as it dries it out. You need to ensure that you are replenishing your dry skin with treatments in this article, or protecting your itchy skin. Petroleum jelly, also known as Vaseline, is great for sealing out water so that your dry skin can heal itself. Petroleum jelly can be found at your local pharmacy. Just use a cotton ball to spread the petroleum jelly over the area before you shower.
Lemon is known as a great antiseptic, meaning it kills bacteria and controls inflammation. To use lemon to soothe your itchy skin, squeeze enough lemon juice into a bowl. Then, use a cotton ball to grab the lemon juice and spread it across the affected area.
3 Baking Soda
Baking soda is often used as a deodorizer in your fridge and car. The reason for this is because it is great at removing bacteria, such as bacteria from odors. Removing bacteria from your itchy skin will help it heal and stop itching. You can use baking soda as a paste or in a bath. If you decide to use it as a paste, just add hot water until you can apply it onto the itchy area. If you are using it in a bath, sprinkle in a cup of baking soda into warm water, soak, and relax.
2 Peppermint Leaves
Peppermint leaves have menthol in them which helps cool down inflammation, and eases the itching. To use peppermint leaves on your itchy skin, dry a tablespoon of leaves by a sunny window and then add to a cup of boiling water. Once the water cools down completely, apply the mixture to your skin.
1 Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is highly moisturizing, plus it smells wonderful. Coconut oil is known to help soothe eczema, which is an extremely itchy skin condition. Dip a cotton ball into the coconut oil and wipe the affected area. The best time to put it on is after a shower, to moisturize your skin.