Pregnancy causes a woman to be careful not only about what she puts in her body but also what she puts on her body. When you are shopping for skin care products, you want to make sure that the ingredients in your skin care products are safe not only for you, but for your baby as well.
Pregnancy and post-pregnancy can also lead to new skin problems including hormonal acne and pigmentation (the “mask of pregnancy” on your cheeks)
We have made a list of ingredients to avoid but also encourage you to speak with your midwife or doctor:
1. Aluminum Chloride: An ingredient in antiperspirants that prevents sweating. It’s a controversial ingredient whether you’re pregnant or not. Some research suggests that it may be a cause of cancer and may pass into breast milk.
Try: Violet is blue magnesium deodorant
2. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) + Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs): Acids that exfoliate and brighten the skin.
3. Azelaic acid: reduces redness and pigmentation.
4. Bakuchiol: It is considered the natural alternative to retinol.
5. Benzoyl Peroxide: Helps heal pimples
Try: Eminence Clear Skin Targeted Treatment
6. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA): Found in professional self-tanners and sprays
7. Essential oils:
Essential oils of Benzoin, Bergamot, Black Pepper, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Sweet Marjoram, Neroli, Pepper, Petitgrain, Rose Otto, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree, and Ylang Ylang are considered safe.
The essential oils of anise, arnica, basil, birch, eucalyptus, cedarwood, cinnamon, clary sage, cloves, coriander, fennel, radish, hyssop, juniper, nutmeg, pine, rosemary, thyme, and wintergreen should be avoided.
Verdict: It’s best to consult your doctor
Try: Laurel Unburden Serum
8. Formaldehyde: found in nail polish
9. Grape seed oil: Found in oil serums and moisturizers
Try: Blissoma Restore Facial Oil
10. Hyaluronic acid: retains moisture, plumps and hydrates skin
Try: Josh Rosebrook Hydration Boost Concentrate
11. Hydroquinone: An ingredient found in skin-lightening products.
Try: Eminence Bright Skin Booster Serum
12. Lactic acid: An acid found in alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliates the skin.
Try: Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant
13. Niacinamide: A form of vitamin B3 that helps heal acne and reduce redness and inflammation.
Try: Blissoma Smooth A + Correcting Serum
14. Oxybenzone: chemical filter sunscreen
Verdict: Avoid, opt for mineral sunscreen instead
Try: Coola Cucumber Matte Sunscreen
15. Parabens and Phthalates: They are found in cosmetics, shampoos and skin care products to stabilize formulations.
Try: Rahua Classic Shampoo
16. Retinoid: Derived from Vitamin A (retinoic acid, tretinoin, palmitate, retinaldehyde)
Try: Eminence Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer
17. Salicylic Acid: BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) found in acne products
Pregnancy and breast-feeding in concentrations greater than 2 percent (sometimes found in wart removal products or salon facials) because there may be a risk to the baby.
Verdict: Safe at doses less than 2%.
Try: Eminence Clear Skin Booster Serum
18. Titanium dioxide: a mineral sunscreen component
Try: Coola Rosiliance SPF30 BB Cream
19. Thioglycolic acid. It is found in hair removal creams (mercaptoacetate / mercaptan).
20. Vitamin C: treats dark spots and pigmentation, provides a retinoid-like effect and boosts collagen production.
Try: Eminence Citrus & Kale C + E Masque
21. Zinc Oxide: Mineral Sunscreen
Try: AKT Elemental Sun Balm SPF