Have you ever wondered which skin care products and treatments are safe during pregnancy and breast feeding?

One of the reasons why there is such limited data on this subject is that it is unethical to perform research on a pregnant and/or breast feeding woman due to the potential for harm on their little one.

DISCLAIMER: You should always check with your Physician and OBGYN before using products or receiving treatments while pregnant and/or breast feeding.

This creates a bit of a grey area in skin care as to which products and procedures to avoid and which are “completely safe”. In general you want to use products that are as clean as possible. This includes products that are free of preservatives, allergens, GMO’s, parabens, chemical sunscreen filters and so on. NEWS FLASH! You should always be using products that are free of these ingredients anyways… If you aren’t, then we need to talk!

There is one skin care range that does claim their products are safe during pregnancy and breast feeding. This is Skin Code Switzerland. This is a very big claim to make and one of the reasons why they deem their products to be safe is because they use osmosis as a preservation method instead of parabens in their “Exclusive” line. Keep in mind many products that are deemed “safe” may still contain very low concentations of ingredients that are suggested to avoid in the list below. To learn more on this line skin care line, and gain exclusive access to free shipping and promo codes, you can meet with Polished and Professional here.

Over the last few decades some medications and diseases have shown to produce birth defects. Some of the most famous ones include thalidomide for morning sickness and the zika virus.

These are 5 ingredients you should avoid during pregnancy and breast feeding

Watch the Polished and Professional video on youtube here for an overview on these ingredients.

Salicylic Acid – combats acne and is in many cleansing and acne products.

Benzoyl Peroxide – combats acne in prescription form and over the counter topical products.

Glycolic Acid – one of the most common chemical exfoliants that is the main component of a glycolic acid chemical peel.

Vitamin A (Retinol) – one of the most commonly used anti-aging ingredients to improve cellular turn over and fight fine lines and wrinkles.

Hydroquinone – a common ingredient used to lighten melasma and pigmentation which is common to develop during pregnancy and breast feeding. NOTE: to prevent pigmentation you should use SPF everyday but the type of sunscreen you use is important. You can watch a video by Polished and Professional on SPF here!

The biggest take away from this article is that you should ALWAYS use products that are backed by years of research. This is why Polished and Professional recommends medical grade skin care which contain higher levels of active ingredients that provide visible results rather than your pharmacy or department store products. Learn what medical grade skin care is all about here!

If you would like to learn more on this topic and learn which products and procedures can help you, please schedule your consultation with Polished and Professional here!

Thank you and I look forward to helping you enhance your inner and outer beauty – together!

Rachel Varga BScN, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Cosmetic Dermatology

Founder of Polished and Professional


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