Pregnancy is a critical time for you and for your baby. The fact is that there are plenty of products out there on the market today that are completely unsafe for you to use while you’re pregnant. However, there are many more products out there that haven’t specifically been studied when it comes to pregnancy, which makes this an even more confusing and frustrating situation for many women.
Why is this such a problem, particularly in regard to skin care products during pregnancy? One of the most especially frustrating types of body changes that occurs during pregnancy is changes to the skin. For a woman who is already naturally prone to having breakouts of acne, pregnancy can amplify this problem. The changing hormone levels that occur during pregnancy cause the pregnant woman’s skin to produce more oils, which leads to more acne and skin blemishes.
In fact, during pregnancy, a woman’s acne is likely to not occur only on the face, but also on other places on the body. In addition to acne, it is not uncommon for a woman to develop stretch marks during pregnancy. It is estimated that half of all pregnant women will develop stretch marks, in fact.
You need to have a grasp on what kinds of products for skin care you can safely use during pregnancy, and which ones you shouldn’t. Benzoyl Peroxide, for example, is one of the most common ingredients in acne medications. That medication has been tested as safe during pregnancy. Other products haven’t been as thoroughly tested, or have been shown to cause problems. Some of the ones that fall into this category would be ones that contain Tetracycline, Salicyclic Acid (a common ingredient in over-the-counter acne treatments), Tretinon (sold under the brand name Retin-A), and Isotrentinoin (sold under the brand name Accutane).
Natural and herbal products made for skin care are usually safe during pregnancy. However, you should of course talk with your doctor and be sure to check the list of ingredients before using a product that you’re not entirely sure about in regard to its safety.