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When it comes to pregnancy, there's no telling what gifts those hormones will bestow upon you. From mood swings to morning sickness, they can wreak havoc on every single system. And your skin? Well, that's where things get even more interesting.
When you're pregnant, of course there's the glow everyone talks about. Unfortunately, hormone surges can also manifest as new and exciting skin issues like acne, dark spots, dry or greasy patches, dullness, redness or extra sensitivity. And while you may have a pre-pregnancy skincare routine in place, there's a good chance not everything you're currently using is one: suited to your newfound needs or two: safe for baby.
What skincare ingredients should you avoid during pregnancy?
Well, first and foremost, talk with your doctor about what's best for you. However, as a general rule you should nix the following:
- Hydroquinone—A skin lightener that's used to treat dark spots and melasma. Research is limited and it's very easily absorbed, so best to avoid for now. As a pregnancy-safe alternative look for products with niacinamide and Vitamin C to help combat that "pregnancy mask."
- Benzoyl Peroxide—Another common acne-fighter, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggests it's safe to use sparingly but consult your doctor first.
- Retinoids—Topical retinoids like Avage, Differin, Renova, Retin-A, retinols, retinyl palmitate, and Tazorac should be avoided throughout pregnancy. Despite the fact that just a small amount of the chemical is absorbed via the skin, various research has revealed a link to birth abnormalities.
- Salicylic acid—Found in many acne treatments and peels, the jury is out on this one too. Some suggest that it's ok in small doses, but check with your doctor to determine what's safe for you.
So if you're looking to revamp your skincare routine and switch to pregnancy-safe skincare that will tackle the hormonal woes, look no further than our top picks below!