PREGNANCY AND SKINCARE
Pregnant and lactating mothers are known to be advised against alcohol consumption, smoking and similar. What about skincare? There are a lot of rumors concerning this topic, but no one usually really knows what's okay and what is not. Experts' opinions differ, as the evidence on hazardous ingredients and their effects on the fetus is small. In the list below, I'll also include those ingredients that get shared opinions. Better safe than sorry they say.
RETINOL AND VITAMIN A DERIVATIVES
A magical little thing that eliminates and solves a whole spectrum of problems (eliminates wrinkles, acne, etc.) and is one of the few active ingredients that everyone agrees on. During pregnancy, the use of products containing any form of retinol is strongly discouraged as it can cause severe fetal deformities at higher doses.
Hydroquinone is still considered to be the most effective ingredient in the fight against hyperpigmentation (melasma, pigmentation) as it limits the skin's production of melanin. It's also on the list of ingredients that are not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, as it has not been tested for potential side effects on the fetus and is, therefore, one of the potentially dangerous ingredients.
CHEMICAL FILTERS IN UV PROTECTION PRODUCTS
Sunscreen products contain chemical or mineral filters. The use of chemical filters is not recommended during pregnancy, especially for oxybenzone and avobenzone, which is suspected to cause hormone disruption.
It is recommended to use products containing mineral filters (titanium dioxide, zinc oxide) but not in a nano form, because of the lack of evidence of safety for the fetus. But with proper and safe sun protection, you avoid the occurrence of hyperpigmentation that is common in pregnant women.
During pregnancy, hormones can cause pimples and salicylic acid which is one of the BHA acids is the one to deal with that. It's found in almost every anti-acne product. Topical use of low dose products (up to 2%) should be safe. Especially because you apply it to a small area and with such a low dose it is almost impossible to over-absorb into the body. Experts' opinions are quite divided here: some say low-content products are completely safe, but others strongly discourage their use.
Benzoyl peroxide kills acne-causing bacteria and is also used in teeth and hair whitening. The use of low-content products (less than 5%) is supposed to be safe, but opinions are also divided here.
Sure, they are super fragrant but are they safe? No! Many products contain a small proportion of essential oils, which are problematic because they often cause severe skin irritation. For pregnant women who think natural is automatically safe- not true. The problem is with pure, undiluted oils used in skin care. Jasmin oil can trigger contractions, rosemary raises blood pressure and sage oil can cause bleeding.
A study was conducted to demonstrate the adverse impact of BPA (paraben type) on pregnancy and fetus as it is associated with miscarriage and developmental disorders in the unborn child. Some experts advise against using parabens because they are also linked to hormone disruption, while others say they are completely safe to use.
It is clear that pregnant women deserve the extra care, but it is advisable to follow some recommendations and consult your doctor about the use of the products. The choice of skincare products is bigger than ever and you will surely find products that will further emphasize your pregnant glow.
What we love and is safe to use:
- Vitamin C Serum helps fight aging and care for a uniform and radiant complexion. Try Caudalie Vine Activ or Vitamin C from Omorovicza.
- Products containing glycolic acid (AHA) have been tested and confirmed to be safe for use in pregnancy. Glycolic acid exfoliates the skin, eliminating signs of aging and sun damage. Glycolic Acid NIP + FAB wool and Paula's Choice AHA lotion are two cool choices.
- Daily use of sunscreen products will protect the skin from the harmful effects of sun rays and hyperpigmentation. You can find Uriage Bariésun at every pharmacy.