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12 Best Skincare Products for Pregnancy and Nursing

The skincare products that are suitable, and most importantly, safe while pregnant or breastfeeding

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1 September 2019

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12 Best Skincare Products for Pregnancy and Nursing

While preparing for the arrival of your baby is an exciting and joyous occasion...

With pregnancy comes a handful of things a mum should be careful of to ensure a safe pregnancy for both the parent and child. A professional doctor may have informed you about the things that should and shouldn't be going into the body - like giving up foods such as sushi, coffee, and wine, or avoiding certain vitamins and supplements.

A mum-to-be must also be careful about what goes on the body, for skincare products that contain ingredients such as prescription retinoids, salicylic acid, hydroquinone, over-the-counter retinol, and benzoyl peroxide that are not safe during pregnancy.

There are many ingredients in beauty and skincare products that can directly negatively affect the health of the fetus - found in anything from nail polish to antiperspirant sprays. It's a good thing to be aware of the ingredients in your everyday beauty products so you can catch common culprits like parabens, fragrance/parfum, sodium laureth sulfate, DHA, formaldehyde, and more so you can eliminate them from your list.

There are heaps of skincare products that are safe to slather on your skin during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, and we've rounded up the best that you can add to your skincare routine.

1.) Bio-Oil Skincare Oil 125ml

Bio-Oil is multipurpose, with a pregnancy-safe formula that will help pregnant mums reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars, helps with uneven skin tone, and provides great relief from itchy and dry skin. The ingredients are safe during pregnancy, containing Vitamin A, lavender, rosemary oils, Vitamin E, calendula, and chamomile extract.
AED 66

2.) The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

A lowcost, pregnancy and nursing-safe replacement for retinoid medication. Perfect for managing acne problems while you're a mum-to-be.
AED 36

3.) Neutrogena Face Cream Gel Hydro Boost 50ml

Neutrogena's gel-cream is a great moisturiser for pregnant women - it contains hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance found in our body's tissues and it's incredibly hydrating.
AED 40.92

4.) Coco Veda Facial Glycerine Soap Acne 120ml

A great non-retinol alternative for pregnant mums who want to treat acne problems. The facial soap is gentle on the skin and its ingredients mostly contain natural oils and extracts from lavenders, grapefruit, juniper, and tea tree - which are effective in fighting acne.
AED 26.25

5.) Adult Acnomel Tinted Cream 1.30 oz

Pregnant mums can combat blackheads, pimples, and other skin impurities with this cream. Amazon review: "Amazing for adult breakouts! I apply a tiny amount of this cream at the first sign of a breakout and it's usually gone by the next day. In some cases if I wake up with any spots or bumps a small amount will usually clear them up by the end of the day. It's not drying or irritating at all - and I have incredibly sensitive skin that doesn't tolerate a lot of medicated creams well."
AED 93

6.) Burt's Bees Lemon And Vitamin E Body And Bath Oil, 115ml

Burt's Bees Lemon and Vitamin E Body and Bath Oil is made with a natural blend of ingredients including lemon oil, sweet almond oil, and Vitamin E which are known for their moisturising properties. Add it to your bath water or apply to damp skin after showering to replenish tired, dry, and dull skin.
AED 67.50

7.) Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch

Hide pimples with these dermatologist-approved for use for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
AED 26.42

8.) The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% HA Spheres 2% 30ml

A fantastic and effective non-retinoid product for brightening dark spots, this product treats dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and general skin-tone issues with ingredients that are safe while pregnant or breastfeeding. Vitamin C is an active agent in boosting collagen and also works as an antioxidant to combat sun damage.
AED 48

9.) Cerave Moisturizing Cream for Normal to Dry Skin

For pregnant mums with normal or dry skin, this true cream formula is the gentle moisturiser for you. Amazon review: "My skin has always been an issue for me. It's extremely dry and extremely sensitive. Because of that it's always been hard to find a moisturizer that doesn't break me out, and doesn't feel oily. This is it! It is literally like a skin drink for my face! Keeps it moisturized without breaking me out, upsetting my skin, and it doesn't feel oily, you can't even notice it's there!"
AED 124

10.) EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47

Possibly the best sun protection for pregnant and nursing women, this mineral sunscreen can safely sit on the surface of your skin to block UV rays, preventing skin tone problems such as dark spots, discolouration, and hyperpigmentation.
AED 167

11.) The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

For extra dry skin during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, apply this vegan serum that can immediately quench thirsty skin. Made with hyaluronic acid and hydrating B5 gel.
AED 46

12.) The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% 30ml

While retinoid is praised as the wonder child for treating acne, pregnant women, unfortunately, cannot use retinoid products and must be avoided at all costs. As a substitute, use azelaic acid. The Ordinary's is a creamy, topical product used to treat rosacea, redness, acne, reduces pigment production, treats dark marks left by acne, and it also has a subtle brightening formula.
AED 94

Skincare ingredients to avoid while pregnant

When looking for beauty and skincare products, keep an eagle eye for products that may contain the following ingredients that are harmful to your baby.

  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Commonly found in acne-treatment products, these pose a possible risk to the developing fetus.

  • Fragrance
  • Skincare and beauty products with fragrances are usually made with harmful chemicals such as parabens, aldehydes, and benzene derivatives that are linked to nervous system issues. Look out for products that contain some sort of fragrance: perfume, parfum, linalool, eugenol, limonene, citronellol, cinnamal, or geraniol. Fragrance-free products will usually be labeled that they are.

  • BPA
  • BPA is a highly unstable chemical that's typically found in plastics and it's strong enough to infiltrate into what it's containing. BPA affects the body's endocrine system, which can result in infertility, heart disease, breast/prostate cancer, and diabetes. Fetusus that have been affected by BPA has a strong chance of having behavioural and development problems.

  • Hydroquinone
  • Used in skin brightening and whitening creams, serums, and other similar products, this is an ingredient to avoid. After applying it on the skin, around 45% of the ingredient can be absorbed into the skin, and healthcare professionals strongly advise mothers against using skincare with this ingredient due to the risks.

  • Formaldehyde
  • Formaldehyde is linked to nervous system issues such as respiratory irritations, chest pain, trouble breathing, and even cancer. This ingredient can be found in nail polish, hair-straightening products, and eye mascaras.

  • Parabens
  • Parabens is harmful as it can lead to the development of breast cancer and it also affects fertility. This is commonly used in foundations and hair products like styling gels.

  • Phthalates
  • Look for out ingredients ending in "phthalate". This cosmetic ingredient has been linked by healthcare professionals to lung, kidney, liver, and reproductive issues.

  • Retinoids/Retinol
  • Used in prescription medicine in treating acne, it can be listed as: retinoic acid, adapalene, tretinoin, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, tazarotene, and isotretinoin. It's been proven that retinoids pose a serious risk for the fetus, leading to a high chance of birth defects.

  • Salicylic Acid
  • Doesn't pose harm when used externally, however, if salicylic acid is taken orally by the pregnant mum, it can result in intracranial bleeding in the fetus.

  • Thioglycolic Acid
  • Found in hair-removal creams and it's sometimes listed as: mercaptoacetic acid, acetyl mercaptan, and thiovanic acid.

  • Chemical Sunscreens
  • Pregnant mums are advised to avoid sunscreens that contain any of the following: avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, oxtinoxate, menthyl anthranilate, and oxtocrylene. Healthcare professionals suggest opting for physical blockers containing titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

  • Botulinum Toxin
  • Used in injectables like Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport.

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is an ingredient typically found in shampoos and soaps. It creates the foam found in many soaps, and with prolonged exposure, it can cause nervous system issues linked to the liver and kidney.

  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Often used in the formula for mascaras, and it releases formaldehyde.

    Here's something scary: This ingredient is often found in mascaras, but according to Engelman, it releases formaldehyde. Cue the internal screams.

  • Stearic Acid
  • Stearic acid is common and safe to use, according to NOW. However, it's best to use in limited quantities as it may irritate sensitive skin, resulting in discomfort.

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