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Top 6 Crucial Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid during Pregnancy

calendarAug 17, 2021

Skin changes during pregnancy

Pregnancy related skin changes are a common occurrence, and can usually be accounted for by the rapidly changing hormonal levels during this time.

If you are lucky enough to be blessed with 9 months of pure complexion bliss - Congratulations! Most, however, are not so lucky. The most common skin ailments during pregnancy are dry skin, darkening skin (a condition called melasma or chloasma), and acne.

For better or for worse, people with pre-existing skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea may notice a change in their symptoms as well.

Because your body is “all in” during pregnancy, annoying skin changes can impact other areas as well, such as stretch marks, spider veins, hair growth, and hair loss.

Which skin care ingredients should I avoid during pregnancy?

Our recommendations here are based on certain animal, anecdotal, or case-specific research that has demonstrated how a few common skin-care chemicals have had a significant consequence on fetal development. 

Cosmetic items must be marked "safe" based on their intended uses and labeling, but they do not require FDA approval to be sold on the market. All of this raises serious concerns regarding which cosmetics are genuinely safe to use while pregnant. Most experts would err on the side of caution on this basis.

As a general consensus it is always best to use organic skin care when considering skin care for pregnant women, as organic products are devoid of most potentially harmful products that you will find on this list.

  1. Retinoids

Vitamin A is an essential component for maintaining good skin, immunological, reproductive, and eye health. Your body transforms it to retinol when it is taken or absorbed through the skin.

Some anti-aging skin care products contain retinoids, a kind of retinol that has become a holy grail because of its ability to reverse acne and diminish fine wrinkles.

Retinoids renew skin by assisting surface-level skin cells in exfoliating more quickly and increasing collagen formation.

Prescription drugs, such as Retin-A (tretinoin) and Accutane (isotretinoin), contain far larger doses of retinoids than over-the-counter products. Although the quantity of retinoids absorbed by topical treatments is likely insignificant, greater doses have been associated to birth abnormalities. As a result, all retinoids are contraindicated during pregnancy.

Prescription retinoids, such as Accutane, have been linked to a 20 to 35 percent increased risk of serious congenital abnormalities, with up to 60% of infants demonstrating neurocognitive issues after being exposed in utero.

  1. High-dose salicylic acid

Salicylic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties comparable to aspirin, is a frequent component used to treat acne. However, a 2013 study found that high-dose salicylic acid products, like as peels and oral medicines, should be avoided during pregnancy.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), on the other hand, has declared lower-dose topical OTC salicylic acid medications to be safe.

  1. Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is a prescription medication used to lighten or diminish skin pigmentation caused by melasma and chloasma, both of which can be exacerbated by pregnancy.

Hydroquinone has no demonstrated link to severe congenital abnormalities or negative effects. However, because large amounts of hydroquinone can be absorbed by the body compared to other chemicals (25 to 35 percent, according to this article), it's better to avoid it during pregnancy.

  1. Phthalates

Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting compounds present in numerous beauty and personal items. In animal research, significant reproductive and hormone disruption has been associated to phthalate exposure.

Although there are few human studies to back this up, the FDA and professional medical organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics are increasingly looking at endocrine disruptors for their potential role in negatively influencing congenital reproductive health.

Cosmetics are the most prevalent source of phthalate exposure, and diethylphthalate (DEP) is the most common phthalate found in cosmetic items.

  1. Formaldehyde

Because formaldehyde is a recognized carcinogen and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it can increase the risk of infertility and miscarriage and is rarely used as a preservative and disinfectant in cosmetic products anymore.

However, formaldehyde-releasing compounds, which are widely found in cosmetics, have a similar potentially hazardous effect.

According to the Environmental Working Group, these include the following: bronopol, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, hydroxymethylglycinate, imidazolidinyl urea,quaternium-15, 5-bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane

  1. Chemical Sunscreens

The most commonly used ultraviolet (UV) filter in sunscreens is oxybenzone and its variants. Although it has been shown to be beneficial for skin protection, oxybenzone's possible negative health and environmental impacts are putting it in a negative light.

Because oxybenzone is a recognized endocrine disruptor, it is feared that using it during pregnancy will disrupt hormones and cause long-term harm to both mother and child.

According to a 2018 animal study, oxybenzone exposure during pregnancy at doses comparable to those used by people caused lasting abnormalities in mammary glands and lactation. Other animal studies have connected the chemical to irreversible prenatal damage, which could be linked to the development of adult-onset brain diseases like Alzheimer's disease.

What should I use for my skincare instead?

For all expecting mothers, ensuring the health of the unborn child is the Number One priority.  To be sure that you are making the right decisions with your topical skin products, your safest and best bet is to invest in 100% organic skincare for you and your little one.

If you are choosing to use organic products during your pregnancy, then be sure to choose certified organic products. As there is no legal definition of the words ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ in beauty, which means products labelled with the terms may actually contain 0% natural or organic ingredients.

Dr. Hauschka is a premium Natrue Certifed organic skin care brand in Singapore that is safe for pregnant women. You can rest assured that its ingredients are 100% natural, organic & as gentle as they are effective, and do not contain harmful chemicals typically found in drugstore OTC products.

Being pregnant is the most beautiful period in a woman’s life. Hope, joy, excitement and all the extra attention showered by loved ones makes you feel special. Paying attention to your emotional well being is worth the effort as studies have found that the happier the pregnant woman is, the more likely it is for her to deliver a healthy baby

As important as nutrition, enough rest and exercise, feeling good encompasses using natural organic skin care to avoid unnecessary flare ups that would have caused ill informed added stress. 

Dr Hauchka’s has the perfect skin solution for a pregnant mother.

Pregnancy Skin Care should start even before one gets pregnant to better  prepare for the elasticity of the skin and its accompanying hormonal changes.

During pregnancy, oestrogen increases the length of the growing phase of hair follicles often resulting in a thicker and healthier looking head of hair. However, nails may also become more brittle and soft due to increased oestrogen levels.

Conversely, as oestrogen levels fall after giving birth, women tend to shed more hair. You might see clumps of hair falling out after a shower or brushing, which is a normal occurrence.

Dr Hauschka’s gentle  hair range of Hair Tonic, Hair Oil, Shampoo and Conditioner ensures your crowning glory keeps its place well .

Hair Care during pregnancy:

  • Hair Tonic  prevents massive hair loss, dandruff and relieves itchy scalp. Tones & strengthens the scalp. It normalises oil production with its non oily texture and adds volume to the hair
  • Hair Oil intensively nourishes & soothes  red itchy irritated scalp. Dry, damaged, split and lacklustre hair transforms into volume, silky smoothness and natural shin
  • Shampoo is  suitable even for coloured hair. Cleanses your hair and scalp,giving it a fresh scent of lemon, bergamot and spearmint. Protein-rich chickpea extract nourishes the hair right to the tips and makes it easier to comb while cleansing the hair particularly gently. Valuable medicinal plant extracts revitalise the scalp and make this the optimum way to start the Dr Hauschka hair care regime.
  •  Conditioner  nourishes the hair without weighing it down, helps prevent frizz and to promote silkiness and shine. This is the perfect complementary product to follow the shampoo, for hair care results and hair that is easy to comb.
  • Silk Body Powder can be used as a dry shampoo. If prone to oily scalp, shake a little Silk Body Powder onto palm and vigorously tousle through the hair. For Pregnant or Post Delivery Mothers who choose to dry clean their hair during this vulnerable period of their lives.The powder’s formulation contains zero talc, relying instead on the effectiveness of pure powdered silk and medicinal plant extracts. Silk powder is nearly the same protein composition as the skin, making for easy compatibility. It is therefore also a wonderful skin care product for babies and infants.

            For a list of wonderful list of the uses of the silk body powder, please refer to the link.

Body Care during pregnancy:

  • Blackthorn Toning Body Oil provides warmth and protection while supporting elasticity. Helps minimize the appearance of stretch marks due to weight loss or gain.
  • Lavender Calming Body Oil helps combat stress and promote restful sleep. It prevents water retention and aids with decongestion. Can be used during labor to relieve labor pains.
  • Leg & Arm Tonic promotes circulation to rid water retention and instantly relieves muscle aches. Use with Body Oils for added moisture.

Body Care after pregnancy:

  • Eye Revive may be just what is called for when you’re spending the wee hours tending to your little one. This herbal solution soothes and renews tired, puffy eyes.
  • Rose Nurturing Bath Essence is a nourishing formula that gently cleans and nurtures delicate skin with a natural floral scent from essential oils of rose. After giving birth, mummies can also use it in a sitz bath (bath where the water level is up to the hips) to soothe aches and keep their undercarriage clean.
  • Our fresh aluminium-free deodorant is safe to use during pregnancy and especially while breastfeeding.
  • Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence soothes the minds of both mom and baby in preparation for a night’s rest. Can also be added to a bowl of water for a room diffuser and inhaled to ease nasal congestion.

Skin Care:

  • Renewing Night Conditioner helps balance and calm skin post-pregnancy, restoring harmony during periods of skin imbalance or transition due to hormonal changes.
  • Coverstick is free of salicylic acids which are unsuitable for pregnancy. Our tea tree and manuka honey coverstick zaps away any spots for an even complexion while adding coverage

When baby comes along, it’s never too early for Baby to start experiencing the goodness of Dr Hauschka too.

For Babies

Bath Time:

Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence is perfect for bath time, helping to keep skin soft and calm while promoting peace in the tub. Lavender essential oil soothes the minds of both mom and baby in preparation for a night’s rest. Can also be added to a bowl of water for a room diffuser and inhaled to ease nasal congestion.

Rose Nurturing Bath Essence is mild enough for baby’s sensitive skin. It cleans and nurtures delicate skin without drying, offering moisturizing protection with a natural floral scent from essential oils of rose.

On the Changing Table:

  • Lavender Body Oil or Rose Day Cream has natural calming properties, making it perfect for promoting restful sleep and protecting baby’s skin from dryness for even sensitive skin. It also helps prevent nappy rash and acts as a natural mosquito repellent.
  • Rose Nurturing Body Cream featuring precious rose ingredients wraps baby’s skin in protective warmth. Sensitive skin is hydrated and kept as soft as a rose petal.
  • Silk Body Powder This versatile, asbestos-free powder nurtures skin, keeping it dry and refreshed while providing a light, clean scent from botanical blends. It also helps prevent nappy rash.

For Teeth:

  • Our flouride-free toothpaste are safe even for consumption in case accidentally swallowed. Most suitable for babies

Makeup:

Our Makeup range is completely free of harsh chemicals as they are formulated purely using healing plants grown in our own organic garden. Mineral pigments we use in the makeup are all natural pigments that do not clog the pores, do not look cakey and are very blendable.

  • Dr Hauschka’s lipsticks made with rose and almond oils are a lead-free, edible formula that is safe to use throughout this crucial period
  • Foundation is free of harsh chemicals, with collagen building pomegranate and softening macadamia nut oils and coconut oils. It has a smooth, blendable medium coverage with a naturally radiant finish.

Dr. Hauschka products have a supportive effect during pregnancy and have been used safely and effectively for decades. All ingredients in Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products are subjected to comprehensive tests prior to their market launch to ensure that they are safe for use on the skin. During these tests, the ability to use the products during pregnancy and while breastfeeding is also taken into account. The proper use of the skin care products during pregnancy is generally safe providing the user is not allergic to any of the ingredients. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please consult your Doctor.

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