4 Must-Have Pregnancy-Safe Skincare Products According to a Dermatologist
Pregnancy is a time of consciousness and change as you’re acutely aware not only of your growing body, but of the products you’re using. In addition to the special pregnancy-safe skincare guidelines our doctors provide, many women choose to go a step further and switch to clean, sustainable skincare formulas.This can make it tough to navigate your skincare choices, particularly when your skin is changing so quickly.
“During pregnancy your skin changes the most it’s going to change throughout your entire lifetime,” says Florida-based dermatologist and mom of two Dr. Alexis Stephens. “There are so many different issues we deal with while we’re pregnant from hyperpigmentation or worsening of sun spots, freckles, new moles to all of a sudden you’ve got stretch marks in areas you never had stretch marks before. You also have to deal with the fact that you’re aging and you can’t really use any of those anti-aging ingredients.”
Fortunately, all Biossance formulas except our Retinol Night Serum are safe for use during pregnancy. These four products are Dr. Stephens’ pregnancy-safe skincare favorites. As with any lifestyle changes while you’re expecting, be sure to ask your doctor before adding any new products to your routine.
“There is no more prone state to hyperpigmentation than pregnancy because of all the hormonal changes,” says Dr. Stephens. Our
“Vitamin C is the safest, most powerful, most potent anti-dark-mark ingredient that exists,” says Dr. Stephens. “I love this serum because it uses a 10% concentration of a very stable, clinically proven, non-irritating form of vitamin C. I also love that it has white shitake mushroom, which is another clinically proven ingredient for uneven pigmentation.”
It can be difficult to get a good night’s rest when your growing belly makes it hard to find a comfortable sleeping position. The ensuing fatigue is one reason our skin can age more quickly during pregnancy. With retinol off the table, you may wish to find a pregnancy-safe ingredient to address signs of aging.
Improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores by speeding up cell turnover with our pregnancy-safe
“Once you get lactic acid on the skin it actually mixes with the minerals and becomes a humectant, which means it draws moisture into the skin. It also increases cell turnover and brings those plump, juicy, young cells to the top layer of skin,” says Dr. Stephens.
“While lactic acid is pregnancy-safe, it’s one of those ingredients you still have to be really careful with while you’re pregnant because of the way it’s formulated,” says Dr. Stephens.”As an acid ingredient, lactic acid needs to be brought up to a certain pH so it’s safe for the skin. To do that, you have to add certain neutralizers, some of which are not safe for pregnancy. I recommend this serum because it contains neutralizers that are pregnancy-safe.”
While genetics are the main deciding factor when it comes to whether you’ll get stretch marks, keeping your growing belly moisturized can help lessen their appearance while soothing itchy, dry skin.
“I highly recommend using the
“When we’re pregnant, we’re in a progesterone-positive state which can cause our oil glands to actually produce more oil,” explains Dr. Stephens.
This increase in oil production may mean you need to switch to a more lightweight moisturizer.
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