Skincare While Pregnant: What’s Safe for Your Face and Body

From stretch marks and itchiness to acne and rashes, your skin will go through as many changes during your pregnancy as the baby growing inside you! 

Most pregnant women understand that what they eat and drink, as well as the medicines they take during pregnancy may have a profound effect on their health and their baby. However, many don’t realize that what they put onto their skin can be just as significant.

You probably already have a daily routine that involves facial moisturizers, body lotions, shampoos, and conditioners, as well as deodorants and perfumes. Many of these products pass through your skin and are absorbed into your body, making it vital to understand which skincare products are safe to use when you are pregnant.

While many of the skincare products we use regularly are safe, you should be aware that some could be of concern to your developing baby. Even when you are nursing, you need to remain vigilant and avoid anything that could harm your little one until you have finished breastfeeding. 

Here, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions that many pregnant women have about skincare.

What Ingredients Should I Avoid?

There are several common ingredients you should exclude from your skincare routine while you’re pregnant. The following can be harmful to your developing fetus: Retin-A, salicylic acid, retinyl palmitate, hydroquinone, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, chemical peels with salicylic acid, BOTOX®, as well as laser treatments.

How Can I Treat Acne Breakouts?

During pregnancy, you need to avoid retinoids, vitamin A derivatives, and other products that can potentially harm your developing baby. Instead, look for products containing lactic acid or glycolic acid.

Can I Get a Facial While Pregnant?

A salon facial can be a fantastic treat when you’re dealing with skin issues that need some extra care. But before you make that appointment, make sure you know which treatments are pregnancy-safe!

Skin peels containing glycolic or beta-hydroxy acids (such as salicylic acid) are not safe while you are still pregnant, but are an excellent choice afterward. Instead, ask for a pregnancy-safe facial from the team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL.

Is Mineral Makeup Safe?

While most conventional makeup products, such as powders, foundations, mascaras, and eyeliners, are safe to use during pregnancy, mineral makeup is a good alternative, especially when your skin may react unexpectedly to fragrances or preservatives.

Mineral makeup also contains zinc and titanium, which together act as a natural SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

What Kind of Moisturizer Should I Use?

It’s best to use moisturizers with ingredients such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, or shea butter.

Is Spray Tan or a Self-Tanner Safe to Use When Pregnant?

The active ingredient in DIY self-tanners and professional spray tans is dihydroxyacetone (DHA), the long-term effects of which have yet to be tested. So, it’s best to avoid them—and the potential side effects to you and your developing baby.

Can I Use Sunscreen?

Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t hit the beach but remember to wear sunscreen. As an extra precaution, look for products that use titanium dioxide and zinc oxide—physical sunblocks that don’t penetrate the skin.

Can I Use Cellulite Creams While Pregnant?

Because these creams contain retinol, DMAE, and caffeine, we suggest that pregnant women stay away from them. Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is known to cause severe congenital disabilities, and as a stimulant, caffeine, should only be consumed in limited amounts during pregnancy.

When Should You Treat Pregnancy Stretch Marks?

Most doctors believe that those red, purple, blue, and brown stretch marks are largely hereditary and that most topical preparations won’t prevent them from occurring. However, if you are determined to try something, glycolic acid creams or those containing green tea are the most effective.

Is It Safe to Use Hair Removers?

Cream or gel depilatories (hair removing products) are generally considered safe. However, some women’s skin becomes extra sensitive during pregnancy, and there may be a slightly increased risk of allergy. We also offer laser hair removal services, though you’ll have to wait until your baby is here to enjoy their benefits. 

How Do I Treat Pregnancy Belly Itches?

Part of the problem causing annoying belly itches are hormones and stretching skin.

The most common belly itch is due to a hive-type reaction known as PUPPP—Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy, which commonly begins in the third trimester. First noticed near the belly button, it can quickly fan out over a wide area, including the breasts, thighs, and buttocks.

While PUPPP isn’t dangerous, it often resolves itself soon after the delivery of the baby. Before that happens, however, it can be most uncomfortable. Prescription-strength steroid creams can help as can a cloth dipped in some warm milk and applied it to the skin.

Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa Services

Should you need help in taking care of your skincare needs while pregnant, or if you want to learn more about cosmetic surgery, our medspa, or any of our other fantastic services, please contact us or call (847) 367-8815 and schedule an appointment.