Taking care of your skin during pregnancy is important, and it’s essential to be cautious about the skincare ingredients that may affect your fetus. Apart from avoiding products that contain fragrance or sun protection ingredients, there are two types of skincare ingredients that need special attention: Vitamin A and salicylic acid.
Vitamin A is commonly found in anti-aging, wrinkle-reducing, and skin-brightening products. It can accelerate skin metabolism and increase collagen in the skin. However, some studies have shown that high doses of isotretinoin (a form of Vitamin A commonly used to treat acne) during pregnancy can lead to fetal malformations. Though there is no evidence that topical application of Vitamin A can cause the same issue, it’s better for expecting mothers to stay away from this ingredient.
Another ingredient to avoid during pregnancy is salicylic acid, which is commonly used to treat acne. Many skincare products contain it, as it can penetrate deeply into the pores to remove dead skin cells. Therefore, products that can remove dead skin, improve acne, and control oil secretion may contain salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is closely related to aspirin, and studies have shown that high doses of aspirin can cause fetal defects and various pregnancy complications. Similarly, there is no evidence that topical use of salicylic acid can lead to the same effects. Still, some doctors may recommend expecting mothers to avoid using it. However, some dermatologists recommend that pregnant women can use salicylic acid cleansing or balancing solutions in small amounts, such as once or twice a day, to improve acne problems. Still, it’s best to avoid using high concentrations or extensive use of salicylic acid, such as in chemical peels.
If you have acne issues during pregnancy, it’s essential to consult a doctor and avoid using skincare products without professional advice. Expecting mothers should pay attention to the ingredients in skincare products and avoid the above-mentioned ingredients! If you have any questions, it’s best to consult your doctor!