Skincare Products with Following Ingredients to Be Avoided During Pregnancy

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There are a few ingredients that even conventional experts say to avoid during pregnancy though. The products containing these ingredients are not safe and healthy for the expecting mothers and hence should be completely avoided.

Ingredients to Avoid:

Retinol (Vitamin A)

This synthetic form of vitamin A is applied topically to the skin, usually to fight wrinkles and aging. According to experts like the National Institutes of Health, synthetic vitamin A supplements are known to cause birth defects. The risks mean it should also be avoided topically when pregnant.

Retinol also gets a bad rap from the EWG (Environmental Working Group) Skindeep Database, which rates it as a 9 out of 10 for toxicity. This one can be tricky since it is often found in natural skincare products.

Salicylic Acid

Hormone changes during pregnancy can cause adult acne. Salicylic acid is used to dry up acne, though personally it didn’t work for my teen breakouts. When ingested it can cause miscarriage or birth defects, so it’s recommended to avoid using it topically for acne during pregnancy.

Other Chemicals

While the two above are only something to watch out for during pregnancy, there are a number of problematic ingredients in conventional skin care products (and why I make many of my own). According to the Environmental Working Group, some of the ingredients to look out for on labels and avoid are:

“Fragrance” (often contains phatalates, hormone-disrupting plasticizers which the company is not required to disclose) DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidzaolidinyl urea, and quaternium-15 (formaldehyde releasers) Propyl-, isopropyl-, butyl-, and isobutyl-parabens (mimics estrogen in the body) Methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone and benzisothiazolinone (preservatives)












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