During pregnancy, there are changes in sex hormones, the immune system, and cardiovascular function, all of which affect the skin. Some common skin changes include a pregnancy “glow,” darker spots or patches typically on the face called melasma, acne, skin growths, spider veins, and stretch marks. With these changes, adding more products into the mix is tempting, but having caution with what is put on the skin is recommended.
When pregnant, it is important to avoid certain ingredients such as retinoids, hydroquinone, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Dermatologists suggest sticking to gentle and fragrance-free cosmetics and looking for clean products with a short list of ingredients. Products can be easily vetted through ingredient databases like Detox Market.
Dermatologist Shereene Idriss suggests replacing retinol with azelaic acid and bakuchiol, turning up hydration, and avoiding fragrances. Dermatologist Lindsey Zubritsky swapped out her cleanser for something with hyaluronic acid and opted for a moisturizer that would hydrate without clogging pores. For an at-home solution, you can use coconut oil.
Breastfeeding-safe products differ from pregnancy-safe products. Products that don’t pass into the breast milk or are safe to use on babies are considered ‘breastfeeding-safe.’ If you’re not breastfeeding, you can revert to your pre-pregnancy routine.
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