Skincare is important at any age, and there’s a myriad of
products that help with every skincare issue you can imagine from
hyperpigmentation, acne, dryness etc. But what happens when you suddenly become
pregnant?  Of course, you should start
taking your prenatal vitamins, quit smoking, switch your martini for a
mocktail, and change the products in your skincare regimen. 
When you’re a mom-to-be, breastfeeding or trying to conceive
the following ingredients in skincare products should be avoided:
Retin A/Accutane,
Retinoids, Vitamin A
– Prescription acne medicines, such as Accutane
(isotretinoin), Retin-A (tretinoin), and tetracyclines are dangerous during
pregnancy and can cause birth defects or miscarriage.  Also, many anti-aging or wrinkle creams contain
retinol’s which can also cause birth defects.
Examples: Differin
Retin-A, Renova (tretinoin)
Retinoic acid
Retinyl palmitate
Tazorac and avage (Tazarotene)

All Hydroxy Acids
– These include salicylic acid, which is best known for the treatment of
acne.  High doses of this in the oral
form can cause birth defects.  Alpha hydroxy acids, sometimes
listed as AHAs, glycolic acid, or lactic acid, are safe.  Our bodies naturally produce lactic acid.
Salicylic acid
Beta hydroxy acid

Soy – Soy has
natural estrogen effects, and when in skincare products it can make the
“pregnancy mask” (melasma or chloasma) darker. 
Example: Lethicin
vegetable protein (TVP)
Parabens – These
are usually found in moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, anti-aging products,
sunscreen, toner/astringent, and makeup. There is concern that it may disrupt
the bodies hormone system.
Examples: sodium
methylparaben, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben
When I was pregnant, and even afterward I changed up the
products I’ve used for my skin and hair to make sure they don’t include any of
the products mentioned.  My favorite,
affordable skincare line is Reviva Labs. 
These are my favorite products from their line:
As with anything, when in doubt, speak with your physician,
and avoid questionable products and ingredients during your first trimester.
Spot-test new and old products before using. Your skin and
sense of smell are more sensitive during pregnancy, so even if you’ve used a
product for years, you might have an adverse reaction.
Apply products in a well-ventilated room. Inhaled fumes are
more readily absorbed into the bloodstream than topical applications.

Just because it says “organic” or
“all-natural” doesn’t mean it’s safe to use during pregnancy. Read the label.

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Kim is a 30 something Brooklyn, NY native, currently enjoying Long Island suburban life with her husband and two daughters. She not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also shares her love for the things that she finds beautiful: her love of family, travel, cars, and makeup and skincare on Beauty and the Bump NYC. In addition to that, she is a writer for A Girl's Guide to Cars. Now, if that wasn’t enough, she also took on the role of class parent for her daughter's 3rd-grade class. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she gets it all done with style, grace, and of course, beauty.