Skin care ingredients to avoid during pregnancy
Put these ingredients at the top of your “do not use” list because they may be harmful to unborn children.
This skin-lightening ingredient may be present in treatments for hyperpigmentation or dark spots. Although there is very little information about using hydroquinone while pregnant, many experts advise against it because the ingredient is highly absorbed through the skin.
Retinoids, which are used to treat acne and come in oral and topical forms like isotretinoin, tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene, are completely off-limits until you give birth and wean yourself from them. Avoid over-the-counter retinol serums and other anti-aging products that contain retinol to be on the safe side.
Salicylic acid, a type of beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), is an anti-inflammatory that should not be used in high doses in oral medications or peels for your baby.
That said, salicylic acid also shows up in a wide range of over-the-counter skin care products, including cleansers, body washes, serums, lotions and acne spot treatments. OTC products with salicylic acid generally contain low doses that are considered safe for pregnant women, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). But it’s always a good idea to run a product by your doctor just to be sure.
There are some safer alternatives to using retinoid-based products while expecting if you have acne or experience sudden time travel with adolescent-like skin flashbacks. One of the most effective is glycolic acid.
Mineral-based sunscreen ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. And don’t forget to wear your wide-brimmed hat to provide some chic shade.
One of the most crucial things you can do to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer over the long term is to protect yourself from the sun. However, the key question is how to safely protect your skin while pregnant.
Before we begin our list, we must emphasize that there is a dearth of evidence-based information regarding the safety of particular products during pregnancy. Clinical trials on expectant women that could even begin to demonstrate that certain ingredients are harmful are almost always unethical.
While some lucky people enjoy nine months of flawless skin, others eventually deal with at least one unfavorable new or worsening skin condition. The most common are:
Keep in mind, most products are safe. However, there are some ingredients you should stay away from while pregnant. These are listed below, along with some substitute beauty products.
In addition to these components, it’s advised to steer clear of the following beauty procedures while pregnant:
Being pregnant doesn’t mean you should stop taking care of yourself and improving your appearance; you just might need to make some adjustments along the way. First things first, check for any potentially dangerous ingredients in your cosmetics. And, when in doubt, consult your medical provider.
You find out you are pregnant and your world changes. You start to be concerned about everything you put into your body, drinking more water and eating more nutritious foods while avoiding others (see you in nine months, wine!). But did you know that it’s also important to consider what you put on your body, such as certain cosmetics, skin care, and personal care items?
Some ingredients in your favorite skin care and beauty products may pose potential risks because they can be absorbed by your body and, consequently, by your unborn child as well. Yes, this may come as a surprise.