While I can’t wait to have my own kids one day, I’m not looking forward to excess androgens running through my body that may produce a fresh crop of stretch marks, acne and pigmentation. Small price to pay for the gift of life, but hey, doesn't mean I have to be excited about it.
With all these changes happening to your skin during and after pregnancy, it really isn’t a surprise that many mommies reach out to us to ask what ingredients they should avoid when they look for their next beauty product.
The frustrating part about this is that there isn’t a comprehensive list that clearly defines what ingredients to avoid. It's the safest to always, always consult with your doctor for the final say because they really do know you best!
Amid from all the controversies and mixed messages out there, I did my own deep-diving into studies, frank discussions with other estheticians and dermatologists to learn more about this topic.
Hydroquinone (a bleaching agent) and retinoids are two ingredients to avoid during pregnancy. There aren't any conclusive studies that show it harms the fetus, but it's safer to avoid because they are ingredients that absorb quickly and easily into the bloodstream.
What ingredients have a bad rap but are actually OK to use?
There have been multiple studies done on salicylic acid, glycolic acid, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide (commonly found in sun screens), and self-tanners and there aren't any that conclude that topical use of these ingredients result in harmful effects to a fetus or baby. In fact, only a minimal amount of these ingredients are able to be absorbed by skin— most of it is metabolized within the skin and excreted through urine.
That being, nothing is more precious than your little mini-me growing inside of your belly, so take the precautions you see fit throughout your pregnancy and while nursing.
I hope this article has added to your knowledge base as a super mom!
Stay Tuned for Our Mommy Series Next Week:
Stretch Marks—Can you prevent it?
Pregnancy Mask—Pigmentation during pregnancy and how to prevent and treat it