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Skincare Ingredients to Avoid While Pregnant


Skincare Ingredients to Avoid While Pregnant

Skincare products can be filled with chemicals. Since your skin is your largest organ, it can seem like a no-brainer to avoid extra chemicals that may be dangerous while you’re pregnant, breast feeding or trying to get pregnant. Most skincare products have not been approved by the FDA or may have even been linked to birth defects. If you want to be more safe than sorry, try to avoid these ingredients in your skincare routine if you’re thinking about becoming pregnant, already pregnant or breast feeding. Here is a list of ingredients or products to watch out for:

  1. Retin A/Accutane, Retinoids and Vitamin A. Retin A and Accutane are prescription drugs for acne treatment and have been linked to birth defects. Vitamin A is okay in your diet, but is advised for pregnant women to avoid applying topically. Accutane is the number one skin care product to avoid because it has been linked to several serious birth defects.
  2. Hydroxy Acids. Think salicylic acid and citric acid. Lactic acid is okay because your body naturally makes this acid. The main problem with these acids is that they haven’t really been tested so no one is sure if they are truly safe or not. This is the main problem with most of these chemical ingredients, so use with caution.
  3. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This is an active ingredient in many sunless tanners and the jury is still out on whether or not sunless tanners are safe for pregnant women.
  4. Benzoyl Peroxide. It has been listed as an ingredient to avoid while pregnant.
  5. Parabens and chemical sunscreens. There has been a lot of controversy on whether or not these are safe for pregnant women and anyone really, so go with your gut and use products that feel right for you. Remember, the more natural the better if that is what you like to use.
  6. Aluminum chloride hexahydrate. This is most often found in antiperspirant and is easily absorbed into the skin.
  7. Formaldehyde. It can be found in many products, especially nail polishes and can be a toxic chemical.

Remember not all of these have been proven to be harmful, so just go with your gut and use products that feel right to you. Do you avoid any products or ingredients while pregnant? Which products did you give up?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing