Mommy Skin Care: Skin Care Ingredients to Stay Away From While Pregnant

Mommy Skin Care: Skin Care Ingredients to Stay Away From While Pregnant

During pregnancy, most women become more aware of what they’re putting into their bodies because it can affect their precious baby’s well being. But women also have to be cautious and be aware of what they’re putting ON their bodies. A lot of topical skin care products are absorbed through the skin and may enter the bloodstream so what women are putting on their skin can just be as important.

Here is a list of some skin care ingredients to stay away from during pregnancy or when conceiving:

1) Phthalates

Phthalates are used to make plastics more durable and flexible and they aren’t very hard to find. They are found in most soft vinyl products such as vinyl flooring, children’s backpacks, food packaging products, fragrances, and personal care items. Although most studies of the harmful effects of being exposed to phthalates have been on animals and not humans, these studies show that phthalates can have an effect on birth outcomes in newborns such as gestational weight and age, fertility (lower sperm production), and abnormalities (in male genitalia).

2) Retinoids

Retinoids is a type of Vitamin A that helps speed up skin renewal. Oral retinoids (such as Acutane) can cause birth defects. However, if you have retinoid as an ingredient in any of your creams, don’t be alarmed. Topical retinoids contain a low dosage of Vitamin A and is highly unlikely to cause any birth defects.

3) Benzoyl Peroxide

There isn’t a lot of studies that show that benzoyl peroxide can be harmful while you’re pregnant but it constantly shows up on the lists of ingredients to avoid which is unfortunate since benzoyl peroxide is an active ingredient in most skin care products. When in doubt, it’s best to be safe.

4) Salicylic Acid:

Salicylic acid that is in cleansers and creams are not a cause for concern with doctors. However, taking them orally can have some negative effects when pregnant. Salicylic peels are stronger and more concentrated than just being one of the active ingredients in a skin care product. It is recommended by doctors to avoid using a salicylic peel and use a milder concentration of glycolic or lactic acid instead.

Note: Please, always ask your doctor if you are concerned with a particular ingredient on your skin care products. It is always better to stay on the safe side especially when it can affect the health of mommy and baby.

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