Safe, Simple, and Sane Skincare for Future Moms - 2 of 3

When Pregnant, Use Extra Safe and Clean Skincare Products

Environmental toxins in food, medicine, water, soil, alcohol, and drugs are harmful. However, research on the safety of skincare ingredients is not as thorough. Different countries have different rules for cosmetics. For example, the EU bans 2,400 chemicals in cosmetics, while the US bans only 11. In Canada, about 500 ingredients are banned. Skincare products are not tested as strictly as food.

Doctors agree that pregnant women should avoid certain ingredients in skincare products to protect their health and the health of their baby. These ingredients include retinoids, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, parabens, and phthalates. These can disrupt hormonal balance and harm fetal development.

This list includes the following:

Retinoids (Retinol, Retin-A, Tretinoin):  Vitamin A derivatives are often found in anti-aging and acne products. Taking them by mouth may increase the chance of birth defects. It's best to steer clear of strong retinoids during pregnancy.

Salicylic Acid: Salicylic acid is a type of acid often used in acne treatments and skin exfoliation products. It's usually safe to use on the skin in small amounts during pregnancy, but taking high doses by mouth can be risky for pregnant women.

Hydroquinone: a skin-lightening agent used to treat hyperpigmentation and melasma. Its safety during pregnancy is not well established.

Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives

Preservatives stop bacteria from growing. Formaldehyde can cause cancer and skin irritation. While we're not sure if it directly affects pregnancy, it's best to avoid it while pregnant.

Chemical Sunscreens:  The substances oxybenzone and octinoxate have evoked worries due to their suspected hormone-interrupting properties. For a safer alternative during pregnancy, some specialists suggest utilizing physical (mineral) sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

Parabens: common preservatives found in skincare items. There have been studies suggesting potential hazards linked with exposure to parabens, such as hormonal imbalances.

Phthalates: employed as softeners and scent components in skincare and personal care items. Phthalates has been linked to harmful reproductive and developmental consequences in animal investigations.

Artificial Fragrances: Synthetic fragrances can contain a mixture of potentially harmful chemicals, including phthalates and allergens, so opting for fragrance-free products may be preferable.

This collection is by no means exhaustive or definitive, but it can kick-start a dialogue with your healthcare practitioner or dermatologist for their suggestions. They are capable of offering customized advice keeping in view your unique needs and past medical records.