Beauty and The Mommy: Safe Skin care during pregnancy *PART A*

While talking with friends I heard different opinions about beauty and cosmetics during pregnancy. Some of them say that it is ok to use everything. Others insist that pregnants must not use any kind of cosmetics.  The truth is somewhere in between.

Most pregnant women start to eat healthy and be careful of everything they put in their bodies. They know that this is important for the well-being of the growing baby; vegetables, not too much caffeine, no alcohol or smoking etc. But what about cosmetics? We put them on our bodies; does that affect the baby?

Everything we apply in our skin can pass the skin barrier and get absorbed into our bodies. You can imagine that some ingredients might be harmful for that little baby that grows in your belly. That doesn’t mean that you have to regret your cosmetics during these nine months. There are many options.

First, talk with your doctor! He is the one who knows better what is good for you and the little one that you have in your belly.
Then, try to avoid some ingredients that they are supposed to harm you and your little treasure. Be skeptic about the cosmetics that claim to be very powerful, especially the ones you use for your skincare. Read the ingredient list and try to find out if they can be harmful to a growing baby.

I thought it would be a good idea to share a few of these ingredients with you. I am not a doctor and this article is just informative. Ask your doctor before you use(or not) any of these ingredients!

Retinoids *Best To Avoid*
Many antiaging products that promise to reduce wrinkles, lines and age spots contain retinoids. Retinoids are a type of vitamin A that speeds up cell division and prevent the collagen of your skin from breaking down.
I found out that dermatologists recommend that we should stay away from retinoids during pregnancy. High doses of vitamin A during pregnancy can harm the unborn child.
If you’ve been using a skin cream that contains a retinoid, stay calm. Retinoids have not been shown to cause problems in their topicalform in pregnant women. Ask your doctor so that you are absolutely sure about it!
How do I recognize retinoids on the label?
Differin (adapelene)
Retin-A, Renova (tretinoin)
Retinoic acid
Retinyl linoleate
Retinyl palmitate
Tazorac and avage (Tazarotene)

Salicylic acid *Best To Avoid*  

This mild acid is used to treat certain skin disorders, including acne. You can find it in a number of skin products, such as cleansers and toners. Take a look at your cleansers that promise you to solve black head problems, deeply clean pores and dead skin cells. As salicylic acid is in the aspirin family, it can help you reduce redness. There are different kinds of salicylic acid, so read the label to find put if your cosmetics contain it.

High doses of the acid in its oral form have been shown in studies to cause birth defects and other pregnancy complications.
Doctors recommend pregnant women to avoid the topical use of the ingredient. But, small amounts applied to the skin, just like toners used once or twice per day, are considered safe/
The strong concern is when it comes in face and body peels that contain salicylic acid. When using that kind of cosmetics our skin absorbs the ingredient like when we take one or more aspirin while pregnant.
Always check with your doctor before having a peel treatment.
And if you have to get a peel, have it done by a dermatologist and avoid the aesthetician. A dermatologist-always approved by your gynecologist- will know how to do it safely during pregnancy.

How do I recognize Salicylic acid on the label?

Salicylic acid 
Beta hydroxy acid 
Note: Alpha hydroxy acids, sometimes listed as AHAs, glycolic acid, or lactic acid, are safe.

Acne Products *Ask your dermatologist*
During the first trimester many women have breakouts and acne problems. That’s because of the changing estrogen levels. If you have the same problem, don’t ne afraid to ask your dermatologist his opinion and how you could get rid of the breakouts. Your obstetrician can help you as well. You can ask him what to do or what products to avoid.
I suggest you to stay away from leave-on acne solutions, gels and creams that contain salicylic acid or retinoids. Do not use anything without your doctors permission!

How do I recognize these ingredients on the label?
Beta hydroxy acid
Retin-A, Renova(tretinoin)
Retinoic Acid
Retinyl linoleate
Retinyl palmitate
Salicylic acid
Tazorac and avage(Tazarotene)

[To Be Continued…]

4 thoughts on “Beauty and The Mommy: Safe Skin care during pregnancy *PART A*

  1. Very very good post!!! I've read about salcylic acid and I avoid it but my ance prone skin just suffers its dull and my pores are getting bigger pfffff…I have also stop to use my serum and I have only kept my antiageing eye cream from Korres…It's hard to keep yourself safe from all these but its better than doing nothing!!! Cannot wait for more posts!!!!

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