Motherhood is such an exciting journey! But as you embark on this adventure, it's essential to pay extra attention to the ingredients in your skincare routine. Lets dive into the beauty cabinet and highlight some ingredients that experts unanimously agree should be avoided during pregnancy.


1. Retin-A, Retinol, and Retinyl Palmitate: While vitamin A is crucial for fetal development, too much can lead to serious birth defects and liver toxicity. Skip products like Retin-A, retinol, and retinyl palmitate, found in both prescription medications and over-the-counter formulations. Also, steer clear of Tretinoin, a vitamin A derivative, due to potential harm to the baby's development.

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2. Benzoyl Peroxide: Hormonal changes during pregnancy might lead to acne, but benzoyl peroxide, commonly found in over-the-counter zit-zappers, should be avoided. Explore alternative acne solutions recommended by your skin therapist such an mandelic acid.

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3. Essential Oils: While essential oils aren't FDA-assessed, their concentrated nature can pose risks. Exercise caution with oils like tea tree and rosemary due to potential toxicity and adverse effects, including hormonal impacts that might lead to premature contractions.


4. Salicylic Acid: A common ingredient in acne treatments, salicylic acid should be approached with caution. Opt for products with safer acids like glycolic, lactic, or mandelic acids for exfoliation during pregnancy.

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5. Hydroquinone: Despite its skin-lightening properties, hydroquinone has limited data on its safety during pregnancy. Explore alternative solutions for addressing dark spots or melasma under the guidance of your skin therapist.

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6. Tazorac, Accutane: Prescription-only vitamin A-derived formulations like Tazorac and Accutane are known to cause birth defects and should be strictly avoided during pregnancy.


Remember, every pregnancy journey is unique, so it's crucial to consult with your skin therapist to create a skincare routine tailored to your needs to boost that radiant and healthy pregnancy glow!


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Stay beautiful xox