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What Skin Care Products to Avoid During Pregnancy


Congratulations on expecting a newborn! Being pregnant brings a new level of joy to one’s life and a new and exciting to-do list for the mother-to-be. New foods to eat and avoid and new precautions and habits to take for your health can take some time to adjust to. Do not forget to look through your skin-care and beauty products. Many of these products can contain chemicals and ingredients that expectant mothers should avoid. Here are some suggestions of what skin care products to avoid during pregnancy. Keep in mind that your needs can vary depending on your medical history, skin sensitivity, other unique factors, and that you should always consult a dermatologist before changing your beauty and skincare regime.

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Makeup products are not typically something pregnant women think about changing or adjusting with the news of a baby on the way. However, many cosmetic products contain ingredients that can be harmful to both mother and baby. Generally speaking, products labeled as “non-comedogenic,” are safe for pregnant women. Retinol and salicylic acid can be found in many makeup products, especially those designed to treat acne or signs of aging, and should be avoided. Mineral-based products are typically safe for expecting mothers, although your physician or dermatologist may also have recommendations of products safe for your use.

Did you know that some sunscreens contain chemicals that are unhealthy for pregnant women? While you might intend to protect your skin and prevent sun damage, using sun-protecting products with specific ingredients should be avoided during pregnancy. Check the label for the following ingredients: xybenzone, octocrylene, oxtinoxate, avobenzone, homosalte and menthyl anthranilate. If your sunscreen contains any of those chemicals, it is best to avoid it while expecting. Be sure to find safe sunblock alternatives, as protection from the sun is essential for you and your baby, especially here in Arizona.

Whether you have had adult acne in the past or breakouts have just accompanied your growing baby bump, there are skin treatment products to avoid during your 9-months of pregnancy. The best way to find products appropriate for your skin and your health is to visit your dermatologist and get their expert advice. Dermatologists are trained on the healthiest options and latest skincare products and will be able to recommend products that are best for you. If you are shopping on your own, be sure to avoid all chemical peels, retinoids, salicylic acids and any products containing harsh chemical ingredients.

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Check your medicine cabinet and cosmetic products for other potential dangers. Nail polish, deodorant, self-tanners, and other hair and body products can also contain harmful chemicals. Keep an eye out for ingredients such as aluminum chloride hexahydrate, diethanolamine, formaldehyde, phthalates and parabens. These should all be avoided during pregnancy.

Dr. Mendelson is wonderful resource to consult if you are pregnant and wondering which products to use and to avoid over the coming months. Give us a call at (602) 944-4626 and we can set a time to visit with you and help you stay healthy as an expectant mother.