Most new moms to be are well aware of the things that they can and cannot put into their bodies during pregnancy, but how often do you pay attention to what’s going on your body. Most of us have some sort of a skin care regimen that we do every day that hopefully includes washing your face. A facial cleanser should be a staple part of any skin routine as they are quite effective at clearing pores of dirt and bacteria as well as helping to fight off acne, which is a common -side effect- during pregnancy due to the rush of hormones. There are some ingredients in many of the facial cleansers and other skin care products on the market that could be potentially harmful to you and your baby and should be avoided. Knowing what to avoid is the first step making sure that the both of you are safe and healthy
Saying that the hormones are raging like wildfire may be a little clich, but it is true. This rush of hormones during pregnancy can account for acne breakouts that many women suffer from. Salicylic acid is a mild acid found in various cleansers to treat breakouts and inflammation. Doctors say that Salicylic acid is -acceptable- in irregular small doses as extended use during pregnancy can lead to birth defects and complications. Salicylic acid face peels should be avoid all together and if you use a face wash made with Salicylic acid use it only once or twice every day.
Some facial cleansers are made with chemicals known as retinoids. Retinal is a common ingredient in many facial cleansers in order eliminate acne. Doctors advise that taking any retinoid during pregnancy or when trying to conceive should be strictly avoided. Using any facial cleanser or acne product made with Retinol means running a very high risk of birth defects like facial abnormalities, heart conditions, and mental retardation.
The best facial cleansers are made with all natural ingredients that are not only safe for your skin but are safe for your baby as well. Look for facial cleansers made organic ingredients like Tangerine Oil and Olive Leaf Extract. Tangerine Oil is a fantastic antiseptic that not only kills bacteria and clears pores but it also stimulates cellular regeneration as well as allowing nutrients to be more easily absorbed from other skin care products. Olive Leaf Extract has been used for years as an astringent and antiseptic that kills built up bacteria as well as healing any open lesions. These ingredients are effective and safe to use for everyone.
Knowing what common facial cleanser ingredients are potentially harmful to you and your baby is important. It is just as important to avoid them at all costs. Many skin care companies market these products knowing that they can cause harm simply because they’re cheap. When looking for a quality facial cleanser it’s important to read and research every ingredient to know how safe it is for the both of you. Talk to a dermatologist and see if they can recommend any all natural facial cleansers that are good for your skin and safe for your baby.
Ashlyn Martin has been following the market trends of the skin care world for some time now. Her findings have led her to things like the best facial cleansers and acne systems to the most effective hand creams and body lotions.