Safe Skin Care While Pregnant
Proper skin care is a must to keep skin healthy and looking its best. While there are plenty of safe skin care products that are on the market, extra precaution has to be taken when a woman is pregnant. Due to the different changes that can happen while pregnant, the mother may try to use a multitude of products to keep her skin looking its best but this can be dangerous. Many ingredients that are in skin care products not only affect the pregnant woman, but the developing fetus as well. This is due to the fact that anything that is rubbed onto the skin, is not only absorbed by the skin. Products that are rubbed onto the skin, are also absorbed into the blood stream, organs, placenta as well as fetus.
One example of a skin care ingredient that can be toxic in high doses during pregnancy is Vitamin A. This ingredient is known to cause birth defects in unborn children. Vitamin A may also be under the name retinol and/or retinoids in skin care products. Skin care products that usually contain this ingredient are sun screens, facial cleansers and antiaging products just to name a few. Salicylic acid is another ingredient, which is commonly found in acne treatment skin care products. Many pregnant women experience acne, but should not use products with this ingredient. Salicylic acid can not only cause birth defects but can also cause pregnancy complications. Soy ingredients should also be avoided, soy is known to mimic estrogen. This can make skin issues such as dark skin patches worsen, and can cause hormonal disruption in the developing fetus.
To be on the safe side, when it comes to choosing safe skin care products to use during pregnancy, a mother should consult her OB/GYN and/or midwife for recommendations. It is also of good use to consult a licensed dermatologist for skin care suggestions as well.
- Dan Canfield