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Safe Skin Care for Pregnancy and Beyond

Being pregnant is an amazing condition, but it comes with a lot of changes! While the hormonal fluctuations may give some lucky moms that effortless pregnancy glow, they can also deliver skin issues such as breakouts, melasma and sensitivity.

Be Prepared

Given my commitment to healthy looking skin, I started researching suitable products for pregnancy months before we were even ready to start trying. I was very aware that there are certain ingredients that are harmful to the baby, and I wanted to phase them out and find replacements as soon as possible. This would also involve trialling new products to ensure they were compatible with my skin.

What to Avoid

Using research sourced from Healthline and other reputable sources, here is my guide to the top skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding:

  • Retinoids

  • Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acids

  • Thioglycolic Acid

  • Hydroquinone & Alpha Arbutin

  • Formaldehyde

  • Chemical Sunscreens

  • Parabens & Phthalates

  • (Some) Essential Oils

It's a fairly long list, and demoralising if you have to strip out half (or most!) of your perfectly curated skincare routine. But never fear, it is possible to find a balance between maintaining your glow and keeping your baby safe!

What's Safe to Use

The following ingredients are deemed by multiple sources as safe to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding:

  • Vitamin C (great for brightening)

  • Hyaluronic Acid (absolutely for hydration!)

  • Azelaic Acid and Mandelic Acid (mild exfoliation and fights acne)

  • Niacinamide (good for pigmentation)

  • Physical Sunscreen (keeps those aging rays away)

Adjust your Skin Routine

Taking these guidelines into account, I carried out a deep-cleanse on my skincare products a few months before we started trying for a baby, just to ensure my body was free of any residual effects. Unsuitable products were put in storage or given away to friends.

This is the end result of what my regime looked like while pregnant and breastfeeding. Please note that this list includes affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases:

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Pregnancy Safe Skincare Routine

Get that Glow!

Using this regime, I managed to maintain healthy glowing skin throughout all three trimesters and into breastfeeding. I hope these tips prove similarly helpful in keeping your skin looking great and your baby safe through this exciting new phase!

Disclosure: This article is not intended to replace medical advice given to you by your physician. Your doctor knows your medical history and should make all final decisions regarding skincare products and ingredients during pregnancy.


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