Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid During Pregnancy

Skin Care During Pregnancy, ingredients to avoid, beauty tips, skin care tips, pregnancy

Being pregnant you probably already got that list from your doctor of things to avoid for the next 9 months.  It may not include everything, though.  There’s actually a lot of ingredients in skin care products that should be avoided, even while breast feeding.  The problem is, your hormones are going crazy and you have started getting some really bad breakouts! (Where’s that pregnancy glow everyone’s always talking about?) Before, it was easy to reach for your favorite pimple fighting spot treatment cream, but now you don’t know what’s safe to use to treat your acne.  

Instead of having to research it for yourself, I’ve compiled a list of ingredients that are a no-go during pregnancy (and for the months after if you’re breastfeeding).


Skin Care During Pregnancy, ingredients to avoid, beauty tips, skin care tips, pregnancy


Beta hydroxy acids

Salicylic acid, 3-hydroxypropionic acid, trethocanic acid and tropic acid.

Chemical sunscreens

Avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, oxinoxate, menthyl anthranilate and oxtocrylene.

Diethanolamine (DEA)

Found in hair and body care products. Diethanolamine, oleamide DEA, lauramide DEA and cocamide DEA.


Propyl, butyl, isopropyl, isobutyl and methyl parabens.


Vitamin A, retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, adapalene, tretinoin, tazarotene and isotretinoin.

In Closing

If you’re ever not sure about an ingredient, postpone using it and bring it with you to your next doctor’s appointment.  Your doctor will be able take a look at the ingredients and let you know if it’s safe.

*Skin care tip:  Facials can be a big help with your breakouts during pregnancy.  Not only do they help you relax (which is so important during pregnancy), but they can clear out clogged pores and help to soothe any irritation.  Facials help bring out a natural glow, and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.  Of course you should let your esthetician know before you begin that you are expecting.  She can then take the precautions she needs to to make sure you have a safe and relaxing experience.



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