- pregnancy & skincare -
With so many of my friends announcing that they have a little one on the way, I started getting curious about what types of products these future mothers can and cannot use. Since I am nowhere near close to dealing with this, I figured it would be good research for some day, right? Here’s what us MAUDE girlies think are the most important information to pass on. Some of us have that pregnancy glow, some of us have a spike in hormone-induced acne. Enjoy!
Pregnancy is a time where all-natural products and organic skincare products are the most beneficial. However, even with products labeled "organic" or "all-natural" doesn't necessarily mean they are what they say, so you MUST check ingredients.
PSA: First off, talk to your OBGYN and general health care provider for ANY questions first, this includes when you’re both pregnant AND breastfeeding!
Let’s start off with the no no’s of pregnancy skincare.
Benzoyl Peroxide: I had to do some serious research on this one. Some sources say that over the counter levels of this product are okay or those of 5% or less/small amounts, while prescription medications are not and could actually be very harmful to the little babe inside. In the end, check with your doctor before use. This product is a Category X--meaning that there is no controlled data on the effects of using it, so we say better to be safe than sorry.
Retinoids: RUN AWAY. As a source of Vitamin A, the effects of using it can be harmful to your child if taken in high doses. Plus, it’s the main ingredient in Accutane, which has serious warnings on its label if you get pregnant while using it. You are required two forms of birth control and monthly pregnancy tests for females, it's THAT intense. If you’re reading this and realize that you have been taking Retinoids while pregnant, don’t panic, just stop using it for the time being. Doctors don’t know too much on the effects of this one so they are extremely cautious.
Salicylic Acid: This one is more focused on peels. Although it can be a great exfoliant for the skin, anything over 2% is considered dangerous to use while pregnant. Double check your ingredients in your products just to be safe, and if you do use it, only take it in small amounts no more than once a day. PS: this can be known as ‘willow bark’ in your list of ingredients, so be careful.
Cellulite Creams: Here at MAUDE, we would also suggest that you don’t use cellulite creams during pregnancy. They include 3 ingredients that are typically banned during the 9 month time span: retinols, DMAE, and caffeine. Since the cream is normally applied over large surface areas, the potential for it to absorb into the bloodstream is a concern as well. Instead, keep your skin moisturized and try eating healthier along with exercising. BONUS: try dry brushing and cupping for cellulite detox! More on that later.
Most nail polishes. Look for the "7-free" club: lack of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene and ethyl tosylamide. Butter London is our favorite pregnancy-safe brand.
MAYBE BABY (Editor's Note):
1. Spray Tans: We've heard both sides of this. Talk to your OBGYN and ask for his opinion. I talked to my spray tan girl and she said it's A-0KAY, 100% Safe.
The YES GIRL group
AHA/Glycolic Acid: These are the best acne-fighting pregnancy-safe ingredients you can use. Because only small amounts are absorbed into the skin, it’s safe to use when pregnant (key words here are small amounts).
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is wonderful to take, but as most things on today’s post, don’t go crazy with it. Just the right amount (the RDA says that’s 85 mg) will do the trick. Here at MAUDE, we have some amazing serums that are all pregnancy safe, and we love the Vitamin C one.
Hyaluronic Acid: This acid is naturally produced by your body, but it’s also safe to use a serum while pregnant to help hydrate your skin. Always check the ingredient list to any product, but at least if you see this acid on there, you know that it’s somewhat safe.
Niacinamide: Also known as Vitamin B, Niacinamide is safe to use during pregnancy and as a topical while breastfeeding. Studies have shown that it can also even out your skin tone. Though you can get this vitamin through a normal, healthy diet, serums can also help that pregnant glow shine even brighter.
Azelaic Acid: For many, pregnancy can create acne havoc across one’s face, but Azealic Acid comes in clutch when one feels like hormones are creating problems all over. Not only can a topical of this stuff treat acne while pregnant, but it can also improve pigmentary problems likes melasma (known as the “mask of pregnancy”) or other blemishes that appear.
And to top it all off, here are some of our recommendations for products to use when pregnant:
Mineral Makeup. When pregnant, your skin can react differently and cause unwanted breakouts & acne. Mineral makeup also has zinc & titanium, which act as a natural SPF to keep your skin safe from the sun’s rays. Bonus!
Dr. Roebuck’s Pure Body Cream: It’s a great thick and natural cream that keeps your skin hydrated all day long. Not only does it contain very few ingredients, but it also doesn’t have any parabens, sulfates or phthalates.
French Girl Sea Polish: Use this weekly to have baby soft skin, and if you want to smell absolutely delicious. It’s a great pregnancy “treat” for the days that you could really use some extra TLC.
Manuka Honey: I use this as a face mask probably 3-4 times a week, it's a holy-grail product.
Bio-Oil: It's a tried and true product so many mothers swear by to prevent stretch marks.
Neo-Cell Beauty Bursts: These safe, yummy chewable gummies keep your skin GLOWING. They're filled with collagen, vitamin c, and hyaluronic acid.
- Belli Skincare
- Mama Mio Skincare
- Bee Friendly
- Burt's Bees
- Juice Beauty (Taylor's Favorite!)
- Tata Harper (Another Fave)
- Indie Lee (ALSO a favorite :) )
Hope this helps our cute pregnant mamas out there. If you have any other questions or recommendations, please let us know. Keep being amazing! Also, here are two sites that could help you with vitamin dosage or ingredient usage while pregnant.