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News flash! I’m pregnant! I thoroughly miss some of the acids in my skincare routine too, but hey, I’m looking out for baby so I’ve had to make some adjustments. If you’re doctor is anything like mine, you might not have been informed on what products are safe to use during this time. There are some skincare ingredients to stay away from during pregnancy but this topic is often a heated one with opinions on both sides. I’ve taken some time to break down a few popular ingredients and products that are considered iffy and ones that you can use in place of then if you’re comfortable doing so.
Disclaimer // I am not an expert. All the information
I am providing is based on some training I have had with Dermalogica, talking with experts, my personal research and my personal opinions. When in doubt contact a professional.
Skincare During Pregnancy Myths
I’ve heard a lot of myths about skincare and pregnancy. One is you have to stop all acids. That’s so mot true at all! Hyaluronic Acid for one is an amazing “acid” and has tons of benefits for all skin types. It’s super hydrating and is found in a lot of amazing products. It’s not considered an “active” acid, but still, it’s an acid. Also, AHA’s (alpha-hydroxy acids) are typically considered pregnancy safe and a great alternative to other acids one might stop using during pregnancy.
How many times have you heard that “all natural” products are the only products that should be used while pregnant?! I’ve heard it too many times to count and still hear it! This is obviously a personal choice, but most products labeled “natural” really aren’t what they seem. The phrase “natural” isn’t regulated by the FDA and brands only need 1% of ONE ingredient in a particular product to slap “natural” on the label. Thank about that. Again, it’s all preference, but please don’t fall for these marketing tricks. Non-toxic isn’t regulated either, so be aware!
You’re skin will never be the same after having a baby….who’s heard this one? I have a few times and it makes me giggle. Our skin type is genetic and yes, hormones through everything off and can for quite some time BUT they will pass. Your skin won’t be permanently damaged by having children unless you develop a serious skin condition that goes untreated. Give yourself some grace, keep up a good routine, drink tons of water and enjoy the journey!
Products to Avoid While Pregnant
Okay, so I’ve learned a lot these past few months about the skincare that shouldn’t be used with pregnant. There isn’t much research that has been done because it’s pretty much unethical to test potentially harmful ingredients on pregnant women. Also, a lot of experts have different opinions on these ingredients. I’ve come to the conclusion that retinol, BHA’s (beta-hydroxy acids) and Oxybenzone (found in some chemical SPF’s) are generally products that we are told to stay clear of while pregnant. After tons of research I’ve gathered that anything under 2% is considered safe when it comes to a retinol or BHA product.
Basically, it’s all up to you. If you’re not using prescription strength products then you should be fine but if you want peace of mind, switch to something you feel more comfortable with. This is a topic of debate for many, but in reality there’s not a ton of research stating these ingredients are extremely harmful. Personally, I’ve stopped using my retinol and BHA’s and have switched them over to AHA packed products just out of caution. Lactic Acid has been a favorite of mine and Vitamin C is a must in my everyday routine. I also still use chemical sunscreens but made sure there is no Oxybenzone in any of the products I use since it has been linked to birth defects. I use physical sunscreens too, I honestly have no preference between the two.