Many women experience changes to their skin during their pregnancy. While some may experience a pregnancy glow, the reality is that most pregnant women experience a range of skincare changes that can be very unpleasant.
Some of these changes include:
- Stretch marks
- Varicose veins
While it may be tempting to use skincare products to counteract these changes, you want to be mindful of what you use during this period as it may affect your baby. Here are some skincare ingredients you should be weary of during your pregnancy term.
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While Vitamin A is great for combating the effects of ageing and increasing cell turnover rate, studies have shown that excessive exposure to Vitamin A is linked to birth defects. Save your retinol use for after pregnancy!
Hydroquinone is a skin-lightening agent used to treat hyperpigmentation conditions such as chloasma and melasma, which are common during pregnancy. However, with a higher absorption rate compared to other topical chemicals, it is much more likely to enter your bloodstream and potentially affect your baby. To minimise dark spots, limit your sun exposure, and always wear sunscreen.
Speaking of sunscreen, you definitely should continue to apply it, even when pregnant. However, during this period, you should limit yourself to only physical sunscreens, which rely on physical blockers that isn’t absorbed by the skin. Ingredients such as oxybenzone or avobenzone can affect the hormones, and possibly interfere with your baby’s nervous system development.
Commonly found in exfoliating products and anti-acne products, high-dose salicylic acid has been shown to increase the risk of intracranial bleeding. While studies have focused on oral supplements and peels, it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your baby.
Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in many beauty and personal products. They are very harmful to the development of a baby, possibly affecting male genital development, and increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. They also affect motor skills and language development. Check your products and avoid them entirely!
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