Do you know that it is just as important to be aware of what you put ON your body as much as what you put IN during pregnancy? Most pregnant women are aware that too much caffeine or certain types of fish can be a vital concern during pregnancy - but many are unaware of the application of certain ingredients can be absorbed into the skin and may affect both mom and baby.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect the skin in several ways -dry/dehydrated skin, melasma (pregnancy mask) and acne/break-out prone skin.
Retinoids most often found in anti-aging skin care products include vitamin A. Certain retinoids such as Accutane (for acne) are well known to cause birth defects. Retinol, Retinoic acid, Retin-A, Differin, Tazorac and Avage are a few other labels that are recommended best to avoid during pregnancy.
Salicylic acid and BHA's are mild ingredients used for acne, oily skin and other skin conditions and can often be found in over the counter cleansers, toners and some makeup. Studies have shown that high doses (such as chemical peels) cause birth defects and other pregnancy complications. Doctors remain cautious about recommending topical use of salicylic acid and BHA's (Beta Hydroxy Acid), however small amounts applied to the skin, in the form of a cleanser or toner once or twice a day, are considered safe.
Products SAFE to use during pregnancy are always sunscreens - especially if you have melasma or struggling with dark spots on the skin.
Always consult with your Obstetrician or Dermatologist before using these ingredients.
Happy Skin Care!