Pregnant women must be careful about what they apply to their skin, as some skincare product ingredients are not safe during pregnancy: prescription retinoids, over-the-counter retinols, hydroquinone, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid. Some of these ingredients should be avoided after delivery, especially if breastfeeding. Topical products like retinoids can be absorbed into the skin then excreted into breast milk or transferred to a baby’s skin upon contact.
Below are some alternative ingredients to address problems like acne, dryness and hyperpigmentations. Before using any products during pregnancy, make sure to get your doctor’s approval.
AZELAIC ACID: a topical used to treat rosacea that kills bacteria found in pores and decreases keratin production. It helps decrease redness and acne and reduces pigment production, helping to diminishd ark marks created by acne.
NIACINAMIDE: a form of vitamin B3 that possesses anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. It helps to alleviate acne and rosacea and its nonirritating nature makes it an attractive option for dry or sensitive skin.
VITAMIN C: an antioxidant replacement for retinoids that treats dark spots and general skin-tone issues. When used in conjunction with mineral sunscreen, it can boost collagen production and fight sun damage.
HYALURONIC ACID: an incredible, natural skin hydrator that moisturizes and diminishes the appearance of fine lines.