Speaking about the skin care during pregnancy I feel obliged to start with classic sentence “Pregnancy is a very special time in a woman’s life”.
I’m afraid by month 6 an average pregnant woman is just about ready to explode if someone says it to her again. Pregnant women have to give up certain things. Many believe this includes beauty treatments, such as manicure, hair colour, facials. In reality, though, pregnant women have very few limitations when it comes to cosmetic skin care. Spoiler alert – no, skin care during pregnancy don’t need to be “organic” to be safe!
What should you avoid during pregnancy and why?
- Systemic retinoids, particularly Roaccutane, used in acne treatment are strictly forbidden during pregnancy even if topical skin care doesn’t seem to be very effective. Dermatologists always warn women about this and advise not to plan pregnancy for the whole duration of therapy, when issuing a prescription, so this is just a reminder. Read more about Roaccutane (Isotretinoine).
- Unfortunately, skincare with retinol derivatives is also not recommended. There is no definitive proof of its ill effects yet, but the doctors suggest that there is a risk, however minor, to harm the embryo. Better be on the safe side!
- Whitening and brightening solutions with hydroquinone won’t harm the baby. However, during pregnancy your skin can become more sensitive and the risk of side effects and complications increases significantly!
- Salicylic acid is not recommended either, for the same reason. Sometimes salicylic acid is found in body care solutions, so do pay attention to those as well and if you find it among the ingredients of your body cream, better put it away for later. Aesthetics UK tell you more.
- Glycolic acid is still debated. Some dermatologists think that it shouldn’t be applied during pregnancy. However, no one says you should avoid all AHAs! Citric and lactic acids, for example, are safe.
- Essential oils is another large group of ingredients to be treated with caution. Yes, they are natural. No, that does not necessarily mean they are safe. The agents they contain have small molecular weight and high volatility, so they may affect your body as a whole. Many oils increase the skin’s sensitivity to UV, and you really don’t need that during pregnancy as the risk of pigmentation is high as it is. Better stay clear of essential oils at this time, except special solutions for skin care during pregnancy. You can use these if you tolerate the fragrance well, as they don’t contain potentially harmful oils.
- Camphor, peppermint extract and mint oil are also not recommended, especially late in pregnancy and for women with increased risk of miscarriage. Camphor and mint can increase the tonicity of pregnant uterus. These ingredients are perfectly safe outside of pregnancy, but when you’re pregnant it is better to check the labels carefully for these. Pay special attention to creams for ‘tired feet’, anti-swelling solutions, anti-cellulite skincare. Safe use of Camphor and potential side effects.
- Beauty injections will have to wait as well. Botulinum toxin, fillers, bio revitalisation are officially forbidden to administer to pregnant women in all countries of the world. Perhaps, it is a good time to try alternative methods, such as peptides for crow’s feet and intense skin hydration, which in some cases eliminates the need for more drastic measures. Can I use peptide-based anti-wrinkles skin care during pregnancy and lactation?
- Same goes for machine treatments (high-intensity or energy-assisted methods). Don’t plan laser resurfacing, RF liftings and of course cryolipolysis during pregnancy. Aesthetic surgery will have to wait as well, to no one’s surprise, I hope.
Pregnancy is a trying, but also a great time. You don’t need to panic and stop using your deodorant because it contains aluminium or your day cream because of scary parabens. There is not much point to go all organic either. Sure, some things will have to wait, but not as many as you’d think.
We’re happy to assure you that we only ever use the ingredients with proven safety and no effect on an embryo or breast milk.
Would you like to try Meder Beauty skin care? Pregnancy is a great time to try prebiotics-based cleanser Net-Apax Prebiotic Cleansing Mask, calming Soin-Apax Serum, and microbiome-friendly moisturiser for sensitive skin Salva-Derm Cream. If you’re experiencing redness or flushes, try Red-Apax Concentrate and Red-Apax Mask based on prebiotics, probiotics and organic plants extracts. Finally, our bestseller Myo-Fix Concentrate was designed for wrinkle treatment during pregnancy as an alternative to botulinum toxin injectables.