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Rash from Stretch mark cream

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#1 Lindylou

Posted 04 May 2004 - 02:12 PM

Anyone else had a rash from creams while they
were pregnant? I started using Palmers Stretch
Mark cream and came out in an itchy rash a couple
of days later. I've stopped using it but even after 3
days, I am still itchy. I am not normally sensitive to
creams or cosmetics so I am a bit baffled and

Is it safe to use creams like "Stop Itch" or
hydrocortisone creams while pregnant?? I'm
driving myself insane with the scratching and don't
know what to put on the rash to soothe it.

Thank you
Linda x

36yrs old
TTC#1 since Dec 03


#2 tanstewart

Posted 04 May 2004 - 03:10 PM

I have just bought the Palmers Cocoa butter formula (massage lotion for stretch marks) in the pump.  Has anyone else used it and not had a rash from it.  Bit scared to use it now.  
Linda and Loretta is that the same you both used and got rashes from?  If so I might just return it.  Don't want a rash!

Tan 29
DH Leigh 29
m/c 4-6wks 31/1/03
Hope Stewart



Posted 04 May 2004 - 04:28 PM

Hi there,

I don't know what you can do about the rash that you have but I was told not to use some hydrocortisone during pregnancy as they are not safe.. I would ask your Dr or a pharmacist for something to relieve the itching.

I had a bad rash whilst PG with my eldest 2 DS's. I had PUPPPS. I tried to keep myself cool as getting hot just made the itching worse..

I'm sorry that I couldn't help you more. I hope that you feel better soon...


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#4 Lindylou

Posted 05 May 2004 - 10:31 AM

Tan & Loretta, yes, it was the Palmers Stretch Mark
Cream but it doesn't say it is the butter milk one.
You probably won't get a rash from the cream, I
think I was just unlucky.

I called a pharmacist last night and asked whether
it was OK to use the hydrocortisone cream, he said
that it would be OK if you used it very sparingly. I
was driving myself insane last night and didn't
know what else to do. I've made an appointment
with the doc this afternoon to check it out as the
itch is getting worse. I hope I haven't done any

Thanks for your help,

36yrs old
TTC#1 since Dec 03


#5 red*jelly

Posted 05 May 2004 - 10:36 AM


I have used that cream all the way throuhg this pg & no rash. As you get bigger the high part of your tumm is itchy all the time, so I use  the cream sparingly there as too much moisture seems to exacberate the itch (but that is all creams I have tried). However I lather it on under and across my belly, boobs, hips & bum! Cross fingers - not a stretch mark yet. I know, I kwow still plenty of time for them to develop, but I am happy with the state of play so far.

Me 35, DP 32

MC's March 03 & June 03
EDD June 20 04 - 3rd time lucky!

#6 SunshineMum

Posted 05 May 2004 - 11:06 AM

Hi Girls,

I have used the Palmers Cocoa Butter moisturising oil
throughout this pregnancy and my last and have been lucky enough (so far) not to get any stretch marks
or rashs.. I can't recommend the oil enough!!!
You can even put it in your bath and it makes your skin very smooth...

Good Luck!!!


#7 Peaches

Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:27 PM

I used the Palmers lotion and also got a terrible rash.
I took it back to the chemist who happily exchanged it for something else.
At the time, there was nothing on the pack that said there may be side effects. I think that's why I was able to talk them into an exchange.
No hints for itching I'm afraid but it should disappear soon as long as it's not PUPPPS.
Good luck

DD Oct/01

#8 SummaLovin

Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:41 PM

The Palmers brand also comes in a fragrance free version, and I have found this to be more gentle and soothes the skin better.

Maybe switch to this one?



Come out come out wherever you are......

#9 Lindylou

Posted 06 May 2004 - 09:06 AM

Well, went to the docs last night and he agrees it
was the cream that has brought the rash on. He
said that a lot of vegetable oils and creams can
irritate a pregnancy ladies skin. So I'm going to
avoid cocoa butter in future. Its still bloody itchy but
he told me I could take a Polaramine antihistamine
tablet (NOT the rapid ones) last night so I could get
a good nights sleep.


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