A Skin Care Routine For Pregnant Women: What To Avoid And Stuff That Works


We all know that pregnancy definitely can have an impact on a woman’s skin. When a woman gets pregnant, her hormones begin to shift in all sorts of directions. This change can be the culprit of many women’s acne and skin problems. Although the baby bump is cute, what it does to your complexion isn’t cute at all! Many individuals within the skin care industry recommend that you make changes to your skin care routines once you know that you’re pregnant.

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Simple Tips For Pregnant Women That Have Skin Issues

It’s very common for pregnant women to break out quite frequently. Changes in your skin are something that you’ve just got to prepare for and do your best to treat your body well. There are certain ingredients that you’re going to want to avoid if you are pregnant. Some of those are products are the ones which contain retinoids.

Products which contain retinoids have been deemed as dangerous due to the fact that they can cause birth defects in unborn children. Don’t even think about incorporating this into your skin regimen if you have a baby coming.

Some dermatologists may go as far to recommend that you completely avoid products that contain salicylic acid and even the infamous benzoyl peroxide. Not all doctors but some feel it is best to just avoid them completely.

Another ingredient that many women think is safe because it’s natural is soy. They automatically assume that this product is natural and therefore will not harm the baby. Yes, these are typically safe to use but a lot of times using soy-based products can make your skin worse. It’s primarily due to the estrogenic effects that soy has on a pregnant woman’s body. Unless a product contains “active soy,” then you’re going to want to avoid it.

If you are pregnant and you’re wondering what is safe to incorporate, I’m going to do you a solid here and make things easier for you. I’ll list out everything that you need to avoid like the plague! Keep your eyes open for any of the following ingredients on skin care products your using or thinking of purchasing. Take an ingredient inventory of anything you have in your arsenal now.

Beta hydroxy acid
Differin (adapalene)
Retin-A, Renova (tretinoin)
Retinoic acid
Retinol – (read more on this here)
Retinyl linoleate
Retinyl palmitate
Salicylic acid
Tazorac and Avage (Tazarotene)

You are free to use products that contain glycolic acid. Learn more about this ingredient – here. The bottom line is this, check with a dermatologist or primary care physician before using any products if you are pregnant. There’s no sense in harming a baby just so you can look good. Trust me, there are ways around it!

The Girls With Glasses put together a great video on this topic that I thought was worth sharing with you. It’s about ten minutes long and worth every minute.

A Skin Care Routine For Pregnant Women: What To Avoid And Stuff That Works
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Rhonda is a skin care enthusiast who enjoys hacking through ways to turn back the clock on aging. Without an professional training or education, she's become an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to proper skin care practices.