For women, skincare is something that matters a lot- but it can also be incredibly tricky to get right. Depending on your skin type and whatever skin concerns you may have, it may take a lot of time before you finally figure our what does and doesn't work for you. That moment is a great one to enjoy because it means that you have one less thing to worry about.
But that worry may possibly resurface if you end up pregnant. It's not just how your skin will react to the new and dramatic changes your body is now going through. Some of your favourite skincare products may not be safe to use for the time being. That's because there are certain ingredients in skincare products that you need to avoid during pregnancy. This ensures that the ingredients you use daily don't accidentally harm your baby and its development. One dermatologist, Dr. Tiina Meder, has explained what they are and why they're so detrimental to your baby's health.
Certain ingredients that target acne or fine lines and wrinkles need to be avoided at all costs. In terms of acne, the ingredient in question would be systemic retinoids, found in Roaccutane. In fact, doctors will often tell women who use it to not get pregnant until after they've completed a treatment that uses this ingredient. When it comes to fine lines and wrinkles, you need to skip on any and all face injections. That does include botulinum toxin, more commonly known as Botox.
There are other skincare treatments to avoid due to the ingredients that they contain. The ones to avoid are laser treatments and whitening/brightening solutions. In the case of the latter, it's moreso the after effects of the treatments that can cause issues, rather than the ingredients used during the process. Your skin becomes more sensitive after using a whitening/brightening solution, thus increasing your risk of negative side effects and treatment complications.
Another group of ingredients to avoid are essential oils and mint oil/extract. Essential oils are not only super potent to the body, but the use of them on skin can increase skin sensitivity to UV rays. This is an issue when you're pregnant because your risk of pigmentation is higher during that time. Throwing essential oils into the mix will only make things worse. Mint oil/extract has always been not recommend to pregnant women due to health concerns- especially those who have had a lot of miscarraiges, or are quite late into their pregnancy.
The other ingredients listed by Dr. Meder haven't been fully proven to be harmful to pregnant women or their unborn baby, but are still listed as ones that should be avoided anyways. Those ingredients are salicylic acid, retinol and glycolic acid. That's why reading the labels on all your skincare products- both old and new- is important to ensure that you don't unwittingly hurt your unborn baby.
Your best bet to determine what skincare ingredients are safe to use is by talking to a dermatologist, or another medical professional that you trust. If you can, try to do so before you get pregnant so that you're more prepared. After all, the most important thing that matters is having as healthy of a pregnancy as possible.