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Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Skincare – What is Safe to

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Skincare
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Skincare - What is Safe to Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Skincare

During pregnancy, our body goes through a lot of changes, which will take an effect on the skin as well. Some women experience dryness, other acne, pigmentation, melasma or other changes to their skin.

Maybe you are one of the lucky ones and you didn’t notice any difference in your skin. It is still important to know which ingredients and products are safe to use and which should be avoided.

And yes, your skincare products can get into your bloodstream and potentially reach the fetus or the breastfeeding baby. The amount of ingredient absorption in your blood is minimal and for most of these ingredients, it is more about being careful that anything else. Your pregnancy and breastfeeding skincare doesn’t need to be completely different from your normal one, just be sure you check your ingredient list.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Skincare - What is Safe to Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Skincare

Ingredients you should avoid during pregnancy

This is a general guide. Please always talk to your doctor if you have any doubts whatsoever. From the formulation point of view, these are ingredients not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

  • Hydroquinone — A skin lightener that is used to treat dark spots, hyperpigmentation and melasma. There is not a lot of research data, proving that this might be harmful to the fetus or a baby, but there is also no 100% proof it is not.
  • Benzoyl Peroxide — One of the most famous and effective acne treatments, the American Institute of Dermatology (AAD) and the American School of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) agree this ingredient is safe in low concentrations and doses but you should always talk to your doctor first.
  • Retinoids— Topical retinoids like Geek&Gorgeous A-Game 5 or 10 and other Retinol products should be avoided throughout pregnancy as various research has revealed a link to birth abnormalities when using topical retinoids.
  • Salicylic acid— Often used in acne treatments and blackhead removal products, this ingredient is also not recommended during pregnancy. Some doctors say it is ok to use it in small doses and low concentrations, but as with the rest of them, always consult your doctor.

How to treat acne during pregnancy or breastfeeding

As mentioned, Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic acid and Retinol are not safe during pregnancy. Thankfully there are alternatives for these ingredients.

As a topical treatment for acne, it is safe to use Sulfur spot cream or hydrocolloid acne patches. Both are applied to a specific spot, instead of a bigger area and do not contain ingredients potentially harmful to a fetus.

Another option is Azelaic Acid, which is similar to Salicylic acid, but not as strong. Azelaic Acid is used to treat moderate acne and is also suitable for more sensitive skin.

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How to treat Hyperpigmentation and Melasma during pregnancy or breastfeeding

Retinol is a miracle worker when it comes to hyperpigmentation. But since it is not safe during pregnancy, a safe alternative is a Vitamin C serum or Azelaic Acid. These ingredients are great for lightening skin pigmentation and evening skin tone.

For exfoliation, it is safe to use Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid for more sensitive skin. Exfoliation will make sure that you are getting rid of dead skin cells and helps brighten the skin. It is also a great way to prevent acne and clogged pores.

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Extra pregnancy and bresfeeding skincare tips

To prevent dry skin and stretch marks (these are mostly based on your genetics) you can try using products with coconut oil, cocoa butter, peptides, and hyaluronic acid (HA). All are great for hydration and preventing epidural water loss.

For sun protection stick to mineral sunscreens with a broad spectrum of at least SPF 30+ and PA+++. These will protect you from both, UVB and UVA sun rays. Mineral-based sunscreens are based on zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, ingredients safe to use topically during pregnancy.

To check the product or an ingredient you can download Skin Deep® app to your smartphone. The app allows you to scan products’ bar code and check it for safety.

Pregnancy safe MORNING skincare routine

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Geek & Gorgeous – Liquid Hydration – Panthenol Toner 110 ml

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Pregnancy safe EVENING skincare routine

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IUNIK – Centella Mild Cleansing Foam 120 ml

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