With pregnancy come different experiences for different women. While some complain of acne, hair thinning, hair loss, dull and dry skin, others experience glowing dewy skin, silky, lustrous and shiny hair. Some women complain of nausea, vomiting, early morning sicknesses and weird cravings, while others know nothing of this. Some people don’t even learn of their pregnancy until third or fourth month.
Notwithstanding, however, there are certain skin issues that are most likely to occur during pregnancy. These issues are called dermatological experiences. There are a lot of skin care products you must avoid or steer clear off while you are pregnant. This is so, because, these skin care products may have ingredients or compounds that may be harmful to your baby. When these ingredients are absorbed into your blood stream, they can pose a serious threat to the wellbeing of your baby.
It is not certain that what quantity of ingredients are absorbed that are present in topical solution because it depends on the quantity of product and the area where you apply. If you apply it to your thick skin then the absorption of ingredients will be less rather than that of thinner skin.
In this article, we are going to looks at the effects; whether positive or negative, that some of your favorite skin care products have on pregnant women; Or, how some skin care products affect pregnancy.
Skin Care Products And Pregnancy
Sunscreen and pregnancy
You probably already know the role sunscreen plays in preventing tan, dull skin and pigmentation. But it is important that you stay away from chemical sunscreen. You can opt for the natural ones. This will help you avoid skin diseases and skin issues, simultaneously, keeping your baby safe.
Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid
Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid is a combination medication in the form of cream and face wash and etc. that is used treat acne of skin. Benzoyl peroxide is rich in antibacterial and mild dry effects properties that remove the extra oil and dirt from your skin. Salicylic acid is known as peeling broker that causes sloughing of the outer layer of the skin.
When benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid is taken orally, and in large quantity during pregnancy, it could result in complications, hence posing a threat to the baby.
Parabens and pregnancy
Products that have paraben are highly discouraged for pregnant women. Parabens is the name of preservatives groups that we use in makeup hinder, creams, and shampoo products.
Using any of these products, especially during pregnancy can result to birth defects, low birth weight, complications in the growth of your baby, obesity and miscarriage. Parabens can even affect your hormones because they are easily absorbed into the body from your skin.
Essential oils and pregnancy
When you are pregnant, there are a lot of changes you have to make in your lifestyle, your sleeping and feeding habits. One of such lifestyles that need a change is, switching your beauty products.
Naturally, most people think that anything that comes ‘natural’ inadvertently translates as ‘good’ or ‘ideal’. That is why, the first instinct most pregnant women have as soon as they hear about switching beauty products is to go for natural products. There is an automatic thinking that that as long as the products are natural, they are safe for use. This is not always true. That is why you must consult your doctors before switching your beauty products.
Essential oils are the preferred for the natural benefits and of course for the aromatherapy but you need to choose the oil that is not harmful while you are pregnant. There are some oils that promote the complications during pregnancy like jasmine oil, clary sag oil, rosemary oil. The uses of these oils lead to bleeding and increased blood pressure that can cause several problems during pregnancy.
Pure essential oils are not harmful but if you have not used them before then take your doctor’s advice before using them.
Hydroquinone and pregnancy
Hydroquinone is a skin lightener that is used to lighten the dark patches of skin which is known as hyperpigmentation. It also decreases the development of melanin in your skin. Hydroquinone gives great effects for fading the acne marks, melasma, sunspot, and other issues of skin discoloration.
During pregnancy, it is quite common to go through the mask of pregnancy which means the pigmentation and melasma. The good news is that this problem does stay long and usually go away after the delivery. Many pregnant women use the products that have hydroquinone the uses of such products cause no harm during pregnancy if absorbed in moderate quantity.
Retinol and pregnancy
Retinol is used against the signs of skin aging. It has the properties that increase the skin renewal and decrease the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and fine lines. Retinol makes your skin smooth, firmer, and give even-toned skin.
You should avoid the use of retinol because the absorption through the skin may lead to birth defects. You should not use it until your baby is born.
You may face the acne due to the hormonal changes during pregnancy.