So starting from about week 8 of the pregnancy until I’ve discovered my miracle cure, I had horribly flaky, dry skin that started forming stretch marks on the sides of my belly. I had itching everywhere and was starting to wonder if I had what is called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP). But I wasn’t having any eruptions or tiny bumps on my skin so I looked into different options. My OB recommended using Aquaphor Ointment but it included cheap and harmful ingredients such as petroleum jelly, which can be carcinogenic since it’s often manufactured with low quality materials, so I researched other, more safer options.
The first thing I tried was the oil-based soaps. Dr. Bronner’s soaps came highly recommended so I ditched my vitamin-infused body wash and started using this product:
and it really worked wonders! Dr. Bronner’s soaps are made out of coconut, jojoba, olive and hemp oils so instead of drying your skin to clean it, it moisturizes it. I really never thought changing soaps would make such a huge difference!
And on top of that, I started using Thorne Organics Manuka Therapy Cream day and night instead of just coconut oil that only goes to the surface of the skin. It is comprised of all organic products including the rich manuka oil that has proven therapeutic effects. And voila~ No more dry skin or flaking of any sort! It’s a beautiful thing.
The only downside to this dry skin solution is the price. These soaps and the creams can be a little pricey but it really works like magic and it’s also safe for your baby so I believe it’s definitely worth the investment!