Sanitary Pad Rashes - Common Causes we bet you didn't know!

 RED FLAG DAYS!

It’s that time of the month again!!

You’re bloated, irritated, fatigued and bleeding, and you have got cramps too! For many of us PERIODS aren't exactly the happiest time of the month. There’s a lot being thrown at your body along with well acquainted emotional fluctuations caused by hormones on the blink. And not to forget the PMS-ing phase just before the onset of your menstruation flow.

A woman’s body undergoes a great deal of discomfort during these days and the last thing we want to deal with is the unwanted PERIOD PAD RASH - those irritating and painful red rashes or blisters that can appear on your thighs and/or groin area.

WHAT CAUSES THESE NOT-AT-ALL-GOOD RASHES?

Sanitary Pads are a normal go-to during menstruation and seemingly makes your life sorted, but in some instances they give rise to more problems than they solve. Pad Rash is a common problem faced by many women after the use of sanitary napkins or commercial pads during that time of the month.

In the vast majority of cases, a rash from a pad is the outcome of contact dermatitis, which means your skin down there has come in contact with something irritating in the sanitary pad that triggered a bad reaction. Another cause can be the amalgamation of moisture and heat that contributes to bacterial buildup.

Below are the few factors that can be causing the rash –

PRESENCE OF CHEMICALS OR OTHER MATERIALS IN THE PAD

Sanitary pads usually consist of several layers of dissimilar materials that may end up irritating your sensitive skin down there. In addition to that, the presence of chemicals and scents makes it worse. The common constituents in a pad comprise of –

TOP SHEET

The sensitive skin down there may not go easy with the top sheet of your pad, the one that comes in contact most often with your skin. This layer of sheet consists of polyolefin together with zinc oxide and petrolatum, which are often used in skin moisturizers.

BACK SHEET

Often made of compounds called polyolefin and also used in clothing, straws and ropes, back sheets can sometimes be a contributor.

ADHESIVES

Adhesives are on the back of the pad and a lifesaver as it keeps the pad in place even after a lot of movement. Some are prepared with FDA-approved glues similar to those in craft glue sticks and can cause irritation if it ends up against your skin, leading to a rash.

ABSORBENT CORE

The layer between the back sheet and top sheet is the Absorbent Core. It is fabricated from absorbent foam and wood cellulose, a highly absorbent material and may contain absorbent gels as well.

FRAGRANCES

Fragrances might be added to a pad to impart a fresh smell for a feel-good experience. Unfortunately, they can also be irritating to sensitive skin and, and may cause an allergic reaction that can lead to a rash.

MOISTURE LEVEL

The relative humidity level in a woman’s private region when she is wearing a sanitary napkin is 85 per cent or higher. If your skin is exposed to a single pad for longer duration, moisture can build up easily and become a breeding ground for bacteria, which in turn can lead to a nasty rash or infection.

PAD INDUCED CHAFING

Tight fitting bottoms/underwear means that the pad is rubbing against your skin for hours on end, causing uncomfortable friction that can turn into a rash.

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