Safe Skincare During Pregnancy
As you prepare for your bundle of joy to arrive, you’re probably being extra conscious about the food you eat in order to create a healthy growing environment for your baby. But did you know that what you put on your skin is just as important to consider? A lot of products in your skincare lineup might not be safe for use during pregnancy, so let’s hash out what you should use and what you should set aside for the next nine months.
Skincare Ingredients to Limit or Avoid During Pregnancy
Often used for acne treatments, anti-aging products, and skin pigment disorders, retinoids contain heaps of vitamin A that speed up skin renewal and prevent the breakdown of collagen. However, they can pose potential harm to pregnant women because studies have shown that they can possibly interfere with fetal development when taken orally.
If you’ve been using a topical vitamin A, however, don’t stress—your body doesn’t absorb that much of it. Although the data backing the harm topical retinoids cause is not overwhelming, it’s still recommended that women avoid it while they’re pregnant in order to take all the precautions possible.
Beta hydroxy acid and alpha hydroxy acid are used in a wide range of skincare products to treat acne, redness, and inflammation. Studies have not undoubtedly shown that these acids are detrimental during pregnancy, but the inconclusive evidence makes most experts advise against it while you’re pregnant, especially when taken orally (this acid is an ingredient in aspirin).
If you’re going to use it, it’s best to opt for products that contain it in concentrations of no more than 2%.
Hydroquinone is a skin-lightening agent used to treat chloasma and melasma, which can be caused due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and sun exposure. Studies show that this ingredient isn’t totally harmful, however, the absorption rate into the skin (35-45%) is much higher than most products and still causes concerns among experts.
It’s best to limit your exposure to hydroquinone until further studies verify whether or not it’s safe for use during pregnancy.
Skincare You Can Use During Pregnancy
If you struggle with acne, hyperpigmentation, or other common skincare concerns, don’t fret! You don’t have to completely abandon your skincare regimen and avoid the dermatologist like the plague for the next nine months. Here are a few safe alternative ingredients that you can use to maintain a glowing complexion during pregnancy:
Vitamin C is safe for use during pregnancy and is a wonderful skin-brightening and lightening alternative to retinoids and hydroquinone. You can use vitamin C serums to brighten dark spots and inhibit melasma that sometimes shows up during pregnancy.
Treating acne during pregnancy can be extremely frustrating for some women. Breakouts tend to flare up as pregnancy hormones flood pregnant women’s bodies, but they can’t reach for the conventional acne treatments since most are unsafe for use during pregnancy.
Glycolic acid anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and exfoliating, making it a powerful alternative for other acne-fighting and anti-aging products that are off-limits during pregnancy.
We know how frustrating it can be to adopt an entirely new skincare routine. So, in order to make our skincare line accessible for people in every walk of life, all of our anti-aging skincare is completely safe for use during pregnancy. We use mild yet powerful ingredients to ensure that each product delivers maximum benefits without causing health concerns.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.