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There is nothing more important than protecting your unborn baby. Because of this fact, there are very few studies done on pregnant and nursing mothers.
The overriding recommendation here is for you to have a conversation with your OBGYN, and follow her/his recommendations for your and the baby’s health.
Over the course of decades of observing and medical studies, there are a few ingredients that you need to be aware of and avoid one hundred percent throughout your pregnancy.
This is not RetinA – This is the oral version of Vitamin A, otherwise known as Accutane. It is used to treat acute, severe acne. It is correlated directly with malformation of the fetus, and 2 methods of birth control are encouraged during time of use to avoid accidental pregnancy. There have been many incidents of people not being told that they need to watch out for pregnancy while using this product, therefore you need to be aware.
Vitamin A | Retinol | Tretinoin
Topical vitamin A may be considered safe during pregnancy and lactation. However, because obstetricians are so wary of Accutane, some will recommend avoiding all vitamin A products, including topical vitamin A, during pregnancy. In this case you will want to follow your doctor’s recommendations.
If you were to call in to Platinum and ask us if Retinol is safe during pregnancy, we would tell you to use our Serum 15% as an alternative during your gestation. We like to error on the side of caution here.
Hydroquinone is a prescription topical skin lightening ingredient. But, it fully penetrates the skin barrier, enters the circulation, and is systemically delivered.
It has been estimated that within three minutes of application, 35 to 45% is systemically absorbed following topical use. Consider instead a milder option such as our Fade Bright, which has Alpha Arbutin for melanin inhibition during pregnancy. Another option for skin brightening is our High Octane Vitamin C Serum.
Trichloroacetic Acid | TCA
TCA peels should be avoided during gestation, as they have the potential to penetrate deeper in the skin’s layers. Choose one of the hydroxy acid peels in its place until your pregnancy is completed – such as Mandelic or Glycolic.
TCA has also not been studied during lactation, so it is best to avoid its use at this point as well. Though some doctors, feel it is fine to get TCA peels while breast feeding since it is not absorbed into the body.
A conversation with your general practitioner will be warranted if you are deliberating over this.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Acids such as glycolic, mandelic, and lactic are known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids and salicylic is a Beta Hydroxy Acid. Systemic absorption would be minimal at best with these topical acids and they are considered safe.
Certain chemical peels may be permissible during pregnancy. These include glycolic acid, lactic acid and other alpha-hydroxy acid peels such as a mandelic peel.
A daily Salicylic acid toner is considered very safe, but we recommend avoiding a Salicylic Acid Peel of 15% or higher during pregnancy. The higher percentage of acid sitting on the skin could carry a potential danger.
Most other topical products commonly used such as: benzoyl peroxide, sunblocks, and even short-term use antibiotics do not enter the blood stream and are all considered safe.
Remember that most ingredients and products that you are using already are going to be considered safe. There are really just a few to be concerned about. If you find out that you are pregnant, and are using one of the dangerous products, just stop using it. Contact your doctor and have a conversation with them regarding how long the usage was. If it has only been a couple of weeks, most likely no harm was done.
Breastfeeding. Nursing. Lactating.
Pregnancy. Skin Care Ingredient Safety