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Be Careful of Your Skincare Routine During Your Pregnancy


If you’ve just found out you are pregnant or you are already pregnant and you are looking for a new, safe skincare regime then this article by Naturology will give you plenty of useful information to take into account.  Do take care with your current products and check them thoroughly because there are a number of harmful ingredients in some skincare which could be damaging to your precious unborn child.

Normal Skin Changes

Firstly it is completely normal for your skin to change during those nine months so you might be looking for a “fresh” start.  The huge surge of hormones can bring dramatic changes – they won’t last of course but for nine months you could see unfamiliar differences.  Many mums-to-be face pregnancy acne which is because of the fluctuating hormones.  You could also be prone to pigmentation which is a change in skin colour, broken veins or sudden extreme sensitive or itchy skin. Of course, if you see skin colour change on moles you should see a doctor because this may be something else and shouldn’t be ignored. On your body you might notice stretch marks and these can appear on legs, tummy and breasts too, while they may disappear after pregnancy many women have these marks for the rest of their lives.

Much more uncommon are rashes, blistering, severe itching or sore skin, this could be a pregnancy condition which is called “obstetric cholestasis” so if you suffer anything extreme you should seek professional medical advice.

Spotty skin usually clears up after 12 weeks so don’t panic.  The reason you are getting more spots than usual is because of your hormones producing too much sebum, this blocks pores and your skin becomes greasy – the prelude to spots!  Acne rosacea is another possible problem during pregnancy and it looks like you have redness across your cheeks, nose and chin.  Your face can appear flushed too.  If it is bothering you then do see a doctor but it will usually go after you have given birth.

Changing your Products

Your skincare products should be re-examined because as well as combatting acne and other skin conditions, the ingredients of your skincare could potentially be harmful.  It’s always a good idea to use mild, gentle skincare and to use natural skincare (such as ours at Naturology) too because then you can be confident you are only putting goodness into your skin.  Think about it this way, how you look after your body when you are pregnant should be the same as how you look after your skin.  So you no longer have a glass of wine, you definitely don’t smoke and you have limited your caffeine intake but do you know what’s in your skincare?  Remember, lotions and potions get absorbed deep into your skin and some ingredients get into the blood stream affecting hormones so take time to address what you’re using and change it if necessary.  Never forget, everything that goes into and onto your body can potentially reach your baby.

Here’s what you should banish from your skincare routine when pregnant:

Salicylic Acid (or known as BHA or Beta Hydroxy Acid)

Don’t be tempted to run to the chemist and buy a skincare product to fight your pregnancy spots containing Salicylic Acid because while it is mild, it is known to cause birth defects if taken in high doses.  Salicylic Acid is found in plenty of skincare because it is good at removing dead skin cells; it also reduces redness and inflammation.  Additionally it is often used in anti-aging exfoliating product so check your exfoliator and your skin peels.


Now these should be avoided pregnant or not pregnant!  In studies in women with breast cancer, parabens have been found in the breast tissue highlighting the possibility that parabens could be cancerous.  They also mimic oestrogen so disrupt the reproductive system.  When pregnant it is imperative to avoid anything that could cause damage especially in the reproductive areas.    Look out for ingredients with the following names (these are the common parabens):

  • Methyparaben
  • Ethylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben
  • Isopropylparaben

Essential Oils

Now most essential oils in low dosages are perfectly safe during pregnancy and have been used for hundreds of thousands of years in ancient medicine.  Using less than 0.3% for example in face washes or cleansers is perfectly acceptable but keep the concentration level low because they can become an irritant.  By all means use the following essential oils:

  • Lavender
  • Cypress
  • Sandalwood
  • Rose geranium
  • Geranium
  • Peppermint
  • Rose
  • Tea tree

But avoid the following:

  • Almond
  • Angelica
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Marjoram
  • Lemon
  • Nutmeg
  • Pine


Retinoids (otherwise known as Retin-A, Retinol, Differin, Retinyl Linoleate/Retinyl Palmitate)

These are used in anti-aging skincare products and give skin the appearance of being more youthful.  Essentially, retinoids are a derivative of Vitamin A.  They boost skin’s renewal system and stop collagen from deteriorating. If you didn’t already know it, high amounts of Vitamin A when pregnant can cause harm to an unborn baby so be cautious and don’t use any skincare with this ingredient.


The other rule to remember is if it isn’t safe when you are not pregnant then it most certainly won’t be safe when you are pregnant!  Your best advice would be to buy only all-natural skincare because it is packed full of goodness, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals all of which are good for the skin.  Most importantly they help to protect your skin from free radicals which are the nasties from pollution, smoking, petrol fumes and the sun for example. 

Natural skincare fortifies the skin with goodness from natural sources so it is deemed completely safe and good for your skin.  The truth is Naturology skincare is 98% all natural.  The other 2% comprises of completely safe and tested ingredients.  At Naturology we keep you and your unborn baby safe from anything harmful and we are completely transparent about what we put into our skincare.  Not only is it good for you to use our skincare products you will be absolutely thrilled with how radiant you look as a pregnant woman and we promise that you will continue using our products long after your baby is born….it’s that fantastic!

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  • Mark Wallace