Congratulations, you’re expecting! Pregnancy is such a wonderful event in your life that you’re undoubtedly busy preparing for the arrival of your precious gift. From picking out the homecoming office to building out a nursery, you’ve got a lot to worry about. So much so that you probably have or will soon forget all about your skin. However forgetting about your skin when you’re pregnant is a two-fold problem.
The Two Biggest Skin Problems When You’re Pregnant
The first problem is that many of the skincare products you apply to your skin are absorbed into your blood stream and as you know, anything that gets into your bloodstream has a good chance of reaching your unborn child. This means you are putting your child at risk of being exposed to the potentially harmful agents that may be contained within your skincare products.
As if this isn’t enough, there is a second problem with forgetting about your skin; your hormonal changes and the stresses of carrying a child are likely to bring about skin conditions such as acne, oily skin and even intense skin sensitivity. Being pregnant is awkward enough without having to deal with acne!
Staying Safe and Keeping Your Skin Beautiful
Now just because there are some problems that may arise with your skin because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean that you can’t properly treat and maintain it. Here are some tips for staying safe and looking your best:
Tip 1 – Consult your physician and dermatologist. Your physician and if you have one, your Dermatologist will know your condition and skin better than anyone. Before using any skincare products you should consult them.
Tip 2 – Avoid using products with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These common active ingredients in acne skincare treatments have been shown in studies to cause potential birth defects and complications during birth.
Tip 3 – Avoid using any of the Retinols. Often touted as the “anti-aging miracle treatment”, Retinols are a type of Vitamin A found in facial moisturizers thanks its ability to increase cell division that speeds your skin’s renewal process. Yet some studies have shown that high doses of Vitamin A during pregnancy have increased the likelihood of birth defects.
Tip 4 – Skincare products with Glycolic Acid are safe. Glycolic Acid is a commonly used ingredient in many acne and oily skin treatments and the most powerful of all exfoliating products is actually safe to use. That’s because Glycolic Acid is an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), that are naturally occurring acids that have not been found to be harmful to pregnant women.
Here’s to Beautiful, Healthy Skin During Your Pregnancy
Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your beautiful, healthy looking skin that you’ve worked hard to get. By consulting your physician, dermatologist and following the tips above you can ensure you keep it!
The Author Brief Bio:
G. John Smith is a content and copywriter for BeautyRx Skincare by Dr. Schultz, a scientifically developed and patient proven line of skincare products that treat your skin conditions in just four minutes per day. While he’s never been pregnant, he does have a lot of respect for expecting mom’s and hopes his article helps them keep their skin beautiful.