So many things change when you discover you’re pregnant, it’s hard to keep track of them all. One thing that can’t get lost in the shuffle, however, is how to safely care for yourself and your skin throughout the long nine months ahead of you. Caring for your skin might need to change a little, now that the products you use can affect your growing baby as well. Read on for more information about what skincare ingredients you should skip for now and why.
Reject Those Retinoids
A common ingredient in many anti-aging moisturizers, retinoids are a definite pregnancy no-no. Your pregnancy is not the time to worry about firming skin or boosting collagen production with this version of vitamin A. Studies have shown that high doses of vitamin A, even absorbed by the skin, can be harmful to your unborn baby. While oral retinoids are known to cause birth defects, the full spectrum of damage caused by topical retinoids is unknown. To be on the safe side, skip them until you’ve delivered your baby. Read your labels for ingredients listed as Differin (adapelene), Retin-A, Renova (tretinoin), Retinoic acid, Retinol, Retinyl linoleate, Retinyl palmitrate, and tazorac and avage (Tazarotene).
Skip on Salicylic Acid
This acne-fighting ingredient is one that can often pop up on your cleanser and toner labels. While safe for you to use normally, during pregnancy its effects are unknown. High doses of salicylic acid in oral form have been shown to cause birth defects and an array of pregnancy complications. Using it on your skin is different, obviously, but the risks of what can happen should your skin absorb enough salicylic acid aren’t worth it. Small amounts are safe, so if it’s just in your cleanser or toner, don’t panic. Just don’t add additional acne-treating products containing salicylic acid into your routine, no matter how blotchy those pregnancy hormones have made your skin! Look on your labels for salicylic acid, beta hydroxy acid, and BHA.
Pass On Parabens & Phthalates
These two chemical ingredients are not a good idea to use at any time, let alone when you’re pregnant! Parabens are a common preservative that has been linked to numerous health concerns for women but can also adversely effect the reproductive systems of baby boys. Skip it to be safe.
Phthalates, often listed as DBP or dibutyl phathalate, are typically found in nail polish or skincare products that contain “fragrance.” According to studies, this additive family also poses a risk for the developing genitals of a baby boy. It’s full effects are not known, so it’s best to opt for phathalate-free products whenever possible.
With all of these harmful ingredients cleared out of your medicine cabinet, you can rest assured you’ll have a safe and healthy skincare routine to rely on all pregnancy long!
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