Which ingredients to avoid, plus pregnancy-safe products for your daily beauty routine?
Pregnancy can be one of the most joyous, rewarding, transformative experiences in a woman’s life – it can also be exhausting, stressful, and downright bizarre. The simple tasks we once performed with ease – like giving ourselves a pedicure – become suddenly daunting. To top things off, choosing basic beauty products can suddenly become a minefield.
That’s right: in addition to wine, prawns, unpasteurized dairy, and a few other foods, there are also topical ingredients that are suddenly on the “no” list for pregnancy.
You may be wondering: “what skincare products can I use without worrying about my baby?” Keep reading to learn more about which ingredients to avoid while pregnant, and stick around for the section on our favorite pregnancy-safe skincare!
3 Ingredients to Avoid While Pregnant
Your skin is your largest organ, and the products you use on it are, to some degree, absorbed by your body. This is especially important to remember while pregnant when a delicate life is absorbing everything right along with you. That’s why when pregnant, it’s important to only use products that are considered pregnancy-safe.
Above all else, we strongly recommend talking to your OBGYN about which topical ingredients you should be steering clear of. They’ll have more knowledge on the subject than any single article, and have a more intimate knowledge of your unique pregnancy.
So with that out of the way, let’s take a look at a few common skincare ingredients that should be avoided during pregnancy.
Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for our bodies. When used as a skincare ingredient, it has few rivals for anti-aging benefits.
When used on the skin, vitamin A becomes retinol, and retinoids are a specific kind of retinol. They’re well renowned for their ability to encourage cellular turnover while stimulating collagen production. Prescription drugs like Retin-A (tretinoin) and Accutane (isotretinoin) are known for being quite helpful to those with severe forms of acne.
However, retinoids should be completely avoided while pregnant. Studies have shown that retinoids pose a massive risk for causing congenital defects in utero, especially neurocognitive issues. That’s why women taking Accutane are advised to use at least 2 forms of contraception and to stop the medication 1-2 months before trying to conceive.
Concentrated Salicylic Acid
If you’ve ever used chemical exfoliation, you probably already know that BHAs are fantastic for refining and purifying pores. One of the most popular BHAs is salicylic acid, which is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
While lower-dose salicylic acid is considered safe, it’s advised to avoid it in higher concentrations such as peels or oral medications.
Hydroquinone is an especially common ingredient for the treatment of different types of skin pigmentation, including melasma and chloasma.
While there’s not sufficient evidence linking hydroquinone to congenital defects, it has been noted that this particular ingredient is absorbed in significantly higher concentrations than others. Therefore, it’s generally recommended to avoid it altogether while pregnant.
Pregnancy-Safe Products for Expectant Moms
Now that we’ve gone over some of the skincare ingredients to avoid while pregnant, let’s talk about the good stuff: what you can use!
These are our favorite pregnancy-safe beauty products – including Skin and Body care
For Hormonal Acne
It’s one thing to undergo painful hormonal acne, but what do you do if retinoids and BHAs have been key ingredients in your typical acne routine?
Not to worry: Pearl’s whitening night cream is one step ahead! They are very safe and can heal your acne like never before. Acne on the skin can be one serious bane. Not only do they harm your skin but also affect your self-confidence. Its powerful & complex combination of ingredients works fast on curing acne & even acne spots & scars and even removes Excess Oil from the face during pregnancy.
For Pregnancy-Safe Moisturizing
We’ve mentioned dry skin as a pregnancy symptom a few times now, but what about women who experience oily skin or acne when expecting?
For this, we recommend the use of a moisturizer. moisturizers are water-based so they stay light on the skin without adhering to the pores, while still managing to hydrate the skin.
Pearl’s Moisturizer is a perfect pregnancy-safe moisturizer because it feels like a huge, refreshing drink of water and absorbs quickly. It also helps the skin retain moisture all day!
As we said before, pregnancy can be magical – but it can also overload you with lots of “what ifs”. Finding pregnancy-safe beauty products is only a little piece of the puzzle, but can help free up time for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy those 9 (long) months!
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