Here are safe skin care tips on how to keep both you and the baby protected.

14 05 23 pregnancy skincare

During pregnancy there are about five million things running through our minds, so it’s sometimes easy to forget that what we put on matters for more than just us. As our hormones and skin change to adapt to pregnancy, we may be much more prone to breaking out and this makes us reach for acne-control remedies and other skin pleasers. But common skin care ingredients can be harmful for a mom to be and her fetus; Dr. Jennifer Salsberg MD FRCSC Dermatologist from Bay Dermatology has some helpful advice.

Be on the lookout for products containing Retinoids. Typically found in anti-aging moisturizers, they are a type of Vitamin A that speeds up cell division, and high dosages may be harmful to the baby. “Factors such as the surface area that the cream is being applied to and whether or not the skin is intact or broken influence whether or not the retinoid cream is absorbed. Since it is difficult to determine whether or not the retinoid cream will be absorbed, we encourage women to avoid using retinoid creams during pregnancy,” notes Dr. Salisberg.

Salicylic acids, found in many cleansers and toners, can also be potentially harmful in high doses. The purpose of the acid is to penetrate deep through the skin’s protective oils to clear the pores. Body and face peels are also a definite no during pregnancy, however Dr. Salisberg says that “most over the counter salicylic acid acne products have a concentration of two per cent or lower, which is considered safe in pregnancy.”

Play it safe. It is always best to consult your doctor if you feel uncomfortable with any ingredients in your body care products. With a variety of organic and natural products specially made for pregnancy on the market, you’re sure to find a product that your skin and baby loves.

TIP: For even more information and new research on how to keep your skin and beauty routine safe for your baby during pregnancy visit Motherisk at motherisk.org