Safe Beauty Products During Pregnancy
- Posted on: Oct 9 2016
Mothers-to-be often forget to take care of their beauty during pregnancy. When it comes to skin care, it is important to use safe beauty products during pregnancy. Prescription retinoids, such as Tretinoin, Retin A, Adapalene, and Tazorac, should be avoided in pregnancy. Similarly, the application of salicylic acid-containing acne products over large body areas should be avoided throughout gestation. However, other over-the-counter products, such as Novena Maternity Organic Citrus Acne Gel, are safe and can effectively control acne breakouts during pregnancy.
Cosmetic products containing collagen such as Collagen Rejuvenation serum, can also be safely used in pregnancy. Chemical-free, paraben-free body oils containing vitamin E, such as Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil help keep your skin conditioned throughout pregnancy. Although stretch marks caused by pregnancy cannot be reliably prevented by any topical product, some evidence indicates that vegetable oils, such as those included in Mustela Stretch Mark Oil, may be helpful.
Using a gentle cleanser with antioxidants such as Gentle Antioxidant Soothing Cleanser, can help clear the pores of sloughed off dead skin cells. Maintaining excellent facial hydration is extremely important, and products such as Oxygenetix and Fortified Creams can be safely used. Also, a physical zinc-containing sunscreen, such as Sheer Physical (SPF 50+) Cream that is available at GK Dermatology, can help prevent the worsening of facial pigmentation (“mask of pregnancy”) and is recommended.
There are also several other beauty products that can be safely used during pregnancy. These were reviewed by Dr. Kroumpouzos at his relevant IACD talk November 14-16, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro. Drs. Kroumpouzos and Draelos have summarized all existing data on this topic in the chapter Skin Care Products, Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals included in Text Atlas of Obstetric Dermatology.