“My skin went CRAZY while I was pregnant!”
There’s a lot of expectations that come with pregnancy: a growing belly, luscious hair, a bit of swelling, and the pregnancy glow. It’s so sought after that newly pregnant ladies might find themselves rushing to the mirror following a positive test in search of any change in their appearance.
But as we all know, expectations don’t always match reality.
Thankfully, skincare is an always improving industry and for those newly pregnant mommas, there are safe and effective options for your pregnancy-induced problem skin.
Be sure to consult your healthcare provider before using any products or ingredients while you’re pregnant.
Do Skin Care Products Really Affect Your Pregnancy?
Anything you put onto your skin works its way into your body. When your body is working day and night to grow another human, you have to be overly cautious about what you use to keep it healthy.
There isn’t an exact science to figure out how much of a topical product ends up in your bloodstream.
Doctors have determined the thinner the skin, the more a product will be absorbed.
So it stands to reason, the products you put on your face need to be completely no-risk to the health of your growing babe.
Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid When Pregnant
Not every cosmetic ingredient has been tested for use during pregnancy, but there are some that doctors agree are definite no-nos.
Retinoids: Studies show that a very small amount of retinoids applied topically actually absorb into the skin. While in most cases, retinoid use hasn’t caused problems during pregnancy, there are reports of birth defects that are related to using retinoids. Without further testing, it’s probably best to avoid them.
Salicylic acid: A favorite for acne fighters, this ingredient is mostly okay when used topically. It poses a real risk to your unborn baby when you ingest it. But even though it might be technically safe, your skin is so sensitive during pregnancy, it could cause unneeded discomfort. Don’t you already have enough of that?
Tetracycline: This is an antibiotic acne treatment that has dire consequences for unborn babies. Possible side effects include permanent tooth discoloration, bone growth problems, and malformation of the embryo.
Chemical Sunscreen: We all know that sunscreen is a daily necessity, pregnant or not. This is a product that you want to choose carefully. There is some evidence that suggests chemical sunscreen (with ingredients like, oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, or octinoxate) can cause problems to your baby during pregnancy. It’s best to stick with mineral sunscreens that use zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Synthetic Fragrance: Some skincare products try to mask the harsh, chemical smell of their ingredients with synthetic fragrances. These are often made with things like parabens, benzene derivatives and other compounds that are linked to cancer. Definitely one to avoid.
A Pregnancy-Safe Skincare Routine that Actually Works
One look at the list above might have all you baby-growing goddesses fleeing as far from acne treatments as possible. Sure, you might have painful acne but nothing is worth risking the life of your baby.
Luckily as our culture steers towards a collective appreciation for all things natural and organic, there are more healthy skincare options for all of us.
As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider before using any products or ingredients during your pregnancy.
At Averr Aglow we prioritize high-quality, natural ingredients. We don’t use any of the harsh chemicals or common irritants listed above.
When you’re pregnant you should be focusing on baby names and nursery designs, not stressing about clear skin. Let us help with your complexion so you can spend your time on the important things. Prenatal massage anyone?