Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful and life-changing experiences a woman can go through with their partner. It is amazing and unbelievable what women's bodies can do to adapt, change, and grow a newborn for 9 months.
Through this life-changing experience, women's skin experience dramatic changes from dryness and sensitivity to hormonal breakouts. It is sometimes very confusing to know what you can use during pregnancy and how you can continue to keep your skincare ritual.
Let me take you through the Frequently Asked Questions I get from pregnant women as a Skin Therapist!
What skincare ingredients do I need to avoid?
Avoid all harsh ingredients that can enter the bloodstream.
Avoid all Vitamin A, Retinoids, Retinol, and derivatives.
Avoid Salicylic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, and Willow bark.
What can I use on my skin if I have hormonal breakouts?
The ingredient Azelaic Acid is safe to use while pregnant to treat breakouts by killing the bacteria that infect the pores and decreasing the production of skin cells.
What can I use on my skin for anti-ageing?
You want to look into topical antioxidants and acids that will help protect against UV rays, free radicals, and environmental toxin damage. Vitamin C is an amazing antioxidant to use during pregnancy to promote the production of collagen synthesis.
Acids that are safe to use are the Citric, Glycolic, and Lactic acid.
What professional skincare treatments can I still have?
You can indulge in your relaxing, therapeutic facials with no electrical current, laser therapies, machine maladies, Vitamin A and Salicylic Acid chemical peels.
You can have the more gentle chemical peels like enzymes and lactic acid.