11 Best Products for Skin Care During Pregnancy

Are you growing a new human right now? Impressive. Your body is going to undergo rapid changes as it helps nurture and grow that bun in your proverbial oven. You may notice that your skin needs a little extra TLC: your cheeks, lips and nipples may all feel dry and chapped; your eyes under the eyes may appear noticeably darker; your sweating under the breasts could end up getting completely out of control. And on top of that, you need to be aware and particular about the ingredients that you put into your body, because it also impacts your baby. “Women should avoid topical retinoids or retinol during pregnancy,” says dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, “Although there are no studies on the effects of topical retinoids during pregnancy, there is ample evidence to show that oral retinoids can cause major birth defects, and since the skin can absorb topicals and potentially get ingredients into the bloodstream, it’s best to avoid using these products throughout pregnancy.” Dermatologist Shari Marchbein adds even more to the list of chemicals to avoid. “Salicylic and glycolic acids should also be avoided unless discussed with your dermatologist or OBGYN. And while not [over the counter], cosmetic procedures such as botulinum toxin and fillers are contraindicated during pregnancy. Bleaching creams containing hydroquinone should also be avoided during this time. There’s a lot to consider, but no matter what the next 40 weeks have in store for you, these eleven products will leave your skin soft and hydrated, giving it (and you) the level of care it deserves.

Patricia J. Callender