This article was written over 2 years ago and accuracy cannot be certain due to advancements in medicine and technology.
July 29, 2014
Pregnancy Skin Care 101Dr. Leslie Baumann
Pregnancy can be nine of the most exciting months of a woman's life. But, as anyone who is or has been pregnant knows, it can also feel like you spend the better part of those months learning what you can and cannot eat, breathe, and touch! Hopefully I can at least take some of the guesswork out of the skin care realm. Consider these do and don'ts:
- Stop using retinoids (like Retin-A, Tazorac or Differin, for example) and over-the-counter products with retinol. They are in the same family as Accutane, which you may already have been told to avoid.
- Salicylic acid is also not suitable for pregnant women, but can be safely substituted with lactic or glycolic acid, which work similarly. Remember, salicylic acid is a common ingredient in chemical peels as well as skin care products. Vivite Hydrating Cleanser is a good option.
- It can be easy to equate "natural" with "harmless," but remember that certain supplements and herbs may also be unsuitable for pregnant women. The safety of many of them has not been studied in pregnant women. If you're taking any, discuss them with your doctor.
- Sunscreens are an important item to be aware of as well. I love the Blue Lizard Suncream from Australia, which is available in many major U.S. chains. VMV Hypoallergenics also has many to choose from.
Many pregnant women experience acne or increased acne, during pregnancy, as fluctuating hormones cause oil production to increase. Do not worry if your skin still seems altered post-pregnancy -- it can take a few months for hormones to return to their pre-pregnancy normal, especially if you're breast-feeding. Ask your doctor to recommend a safe product to treat breakouts and avoid self-treating with products you're not sure about (as many acne treatments contain salicylic acid and retinol).