Being pregnant means that you have to take into consideration on everything that you do, from the food you consume down to the skincare you are using. This isn’t just limited to your time spent pregnant. It extends to after giving birth, especially if you are breastfeeding.
Start checking those ingredient labels & make sure your products are pregnancy safe!
Top 5 ingredients to avoid:
1. Retinols, Retinoids and other forms of Vitamin A.
Retinols and Vitamin A are ingredients targeted at acne or anti-aging. They come in a whole variety of names - retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, adapalene, tretinoin, tazarotene, and isotretinoin. They are available topically or orally. Double- check the ingredients list as there is a proven link between using retinols during pregnancy and a higher risk of birth defects.
This is a skin-lightening agent used to treat conditions such as chloasma and melasma.
This ingredient should be avoided until after the baby is born. There are studies showing that as much as 45% of this medication is absorbed into the blood stream after application, hence yearning high risk factor.
3. Chemical Sunscreens
You cannot skip sunscreen even when you are pregnant. But be careful of the ingredients in the sunscreen you use. Avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, oxtinoxate, menthyl anthranilate, and oxtocrylene—these ingredients in chemical sunscreens are not all classified under the FDA categories and they are also absorbed into the blood stream. The safest alternative is to use sunscreen physical blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Parabens are a form of preservatives in skincare. They have been linked to breast cancer and also the reproductive system, it is best to avoid them when you can, especially so when you are pregnant.
5. Salicylic Acid
They are commonly found in anti-acne products and exfoliating products. Similar to retinols, they are also available orally or topically. When taking oral salicylic acid, studies has shown an increased risk of intracranial bleeding in the fetus.
We hope this article can help you pregnant ladies in making the right choices when it comes to your skincare routine!