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Skin Care Don’t let the skin care product harm your baby during pregnancy

Reviewed by
Dr. Bhoomika Chauhan

Pregnancy is also a time when special care should be taken to keep the skin healthy and glowing. Although most products are safe some are harmful to your baby. The more powerful and targeted products get, the more we need to be careful about what we have in our skin-care regimens during pregnancy and nursing.

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These powerful substances, found in some anti aging moisturizers, are lauded for helping reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone. Retinoids are a type of vitamin A that speeds up cell division (quickening your skin's renewal) and prevent skin collagen from breaking down. There is no strong evidence to show that retinoids ingredients are harmful when used on the skin. It is advised by doctors to avoid during pregnancy and nursing.

See on label for

  • Differin (adapalene)
  • Retin-A, Renova (tretinoin)
  • Retinoic acid
  • Retinol
  • Retinyl linoleate
  • Retinyl palmitate
  • Tazorac and avage (Tazarotene)

Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid should be avoided during pregnancy. This mild acid is used to treat certain skin disorders, including acne, and you can find it in a number of skin products, such as cleansers and toners. BHA, or beta hydroxy acid, is a form of salicylic acid and is used in some topical exfoliants to reverse signs of aging.

Do not confuse yourself with Alpha hydroxy acids; sometimes listed as AHAs, glycolic acid, or lactic acid, they are safe.

See on label for

  • Salicylic acid
  • Beta hydroxy acid
  • BHA

But what to do if already used these products. Then just stop using them without being panic…

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