Skin Care Tips During Pregnancy

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.

Verdict: Avoid

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.

Verdict: safe

4. Bakuchiol: It is considered the natural alternative to retinol.

Verdict: safe

5. Benzoyl Peroxide: Helps heal pimples

Verdict: Avoid

Try: Eminence Clear Skin Targeted Treatment

6. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA): Found in professional self-tanners and sprays

Verdict: Avoid

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

Verdict: Avoid

9. Grape seed oil: Found in oil serums and moisturizers

Verdict: safe

Try: Blissoma Restore Facial Oil

10. Hyaluronic acid: retains moisture, plumps and hydrates skin

Verdict: safe

Try: Josh Rosebrook Hydration Boost Concentrate

11. Hydroquinone: An ingredient found in skin-lightening products.

Verdict: Avoid

Try: Eminence Bright Skin Booster Serum

12. Lactic acid: An acid found in alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliates the skin.

Verdict: safe

Try: Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant

13. Niacinamide: A form of vitamin B3 that helps heal acne and reduce redness and inflammation.

Verdict: safe

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.

Verdict: Avoid

Try: Rahua Classic Shampoo

16. Retinoid: Derived from Vitamin A (retinoic acid, tretinoin, palmitate, retinaldehyde)

Verdict: Avoid

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

Verdict: safe

Try: Coola Rosiliance SPF30 BB Cream

19. Thioglycolic acid. It is found in hair removal creams (mercaptoacetate / mercaptan).

Verdict: Avoid

20. Vitamin C: treats dark spots and pigmentation, provides a retinoid-like effect and boosts collagen production.

Verdict: safe

Try: Eminence Citrus & Kale C + E Masque

21. Zinc Oxide: Mineral Sunscreen

Verdict: safe

Try: AKT Elemental Sun Balm SPF

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