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There’s A Bun In My Oven…What Does That Mean For My Skin?

by ELAN Nashville on Jun 15, 2014

Wondering what products are safe to use during pregnancy? Look no further.

So you’ve got a bun in the oven, eh? Well congratulations!

You’ve probably already got that natural glow about you, but we all know that isn’t enough for you to stop caring for your skin.

But it’s important to consult your doctor to find out if the products you’ve been using are safe for your baby.

We’ve compiled a list of products to avoid and those that are safe – but by no means do we consider this a comprehensive guide. We repeat, consult your physician for the whole story.

When it comes to makeup, our Elan Experts recommend that you shelf products that contain retinoids or salicylic acids until your water breaks. Otherwise, most makeups are in the clear.

Avoid Retinoids?

High doses of vitamin A during pregnancy can be harmful to an unborn child. And oral retinoids, such as isotretinoin (Accutane, an acne treatment), are known to cause birth defects.

On the other hand, Retinoids have not been shown to cause problems in their topical form in pregnant women, so a skin cream that contains a retinoid is likely to be safe.

Skip the salicylic acid
High doses of the acid in its oral form have been shown in studies to cause birth defects and various pregnancy complications.

Doctors are being cautious by recommending that pregnant women avoid the topical use of salicylic acid. Small amounts applied to the skin — such as a salicylic acid-containing toner used once or twice a day — are considered safe.

Say no to soy?
Not as dangerous as it is unflattering, the use of soy can worsen the common dark splotches on facial skin associated with pregnancy. Oil of bergamot is another cuplprit.

‘Active soy’ products are a better, safer option during pregnancy.

Slather on the Sunscreens
It’s a green light for sunscreens, so hit the beach or have a picnic while the temperature is still nice and add a well-rested look to your soon-to-be-mommy glow.

Lay on the lotion
Dealing with some chronically scaly skin? That’s just a part of being preggers. Look for a lotion with pure essential oils that tingle and cool the skin while infusing it with moisture and bring an invigorating scent to your sniffer.