Being pregnant is a wonderful affair, the excitement of welcoming a new member to the family and the joyous process of growing a new life inside of you.
With the changes in hormones during pregnancy, you will notice differences in your skin, such as an increase in oil, sweat, and increased circulation. This will mean that you will experience hormonal acne, especially in the first and second trimesters of your pregnancy, when your androgen levels are higher than normal. Changing hormones will also mean dry, irritated or sensitive skin.
As part of the process, moms-to-be will have to deal with the list of noteworthy not-to-dos, which include being careful of what you put on your skin.
Some ingredients you should avoid during pregnancy and while you’re breastfeeding include:
- Retinoids – a form of topical medication used to treat acne, psoriasis, skin aging, and certain types of cancers which have been associated to possibly causing birth defects
- Tetracycline – a form of antibiotic acne treatment which can affect the baby’s development of teeth and bones
- Salicylic acid – or BHA, commonly found in topical acne treatments or brightening serums which will lead to the build up of salicylates, which can have a toxic metabolic effect
- Hydroquinone – a topical anti-pigment agent which has concerning high absorption rate of 35 to 45 %
How can you then treat breakouts and acne, you ask? Try products that contain lactic acid, glycolic acid or azelaic acid.