When you become pregnant, your whole life changes, from your diet to your wardrobe and everything in between. The drastic changes happening inside and out of your body can have a substantial impact on your skin, making products that worked last month completely ineffective this month. And above all, you want to find skincare products that help to address your pregnancy skincare concerns.
One of the most common issues pregnant women face is sudden outbreaks of acne, which can be especially annoying when you’ve had clear skin for years. However, some chemicals in acne products, such as retinoids, can pose a risk to your developing baby, or even end up in breast milk if breastfeeding. Using a simple, gentle cleanser with few ingredients, like our Herbal Cleanser, twice a day as part of your skincare routine can help the appearance of acne.
As with any acne treatment, it's important both for the health of your skin barrier and also to ensure safety for your growing baby to not overdo cleansing with harsh ingredients like benzoyl peroxide. A blended formula that includes a low percentage may be okay, but a gentler approach with ingredients like azelaic acid might be better for your acne-prone skin when applied topically and conservatively.
Another frustrating development in skincare during pregnancy is suddenly having drier skin than normal. As your body now needs to hydrate for two, it will find water wherever it can, sometimes leaving the skin with less moisture and causing unforeseen skin irritation. You may discover that higher-grade products, such as an aromatic face cream or hydrating and nourishing moisturizer can help leave your skin feeling soft, prevent the appearance of further moisture loss, and liven the senses during the process.
For people with suddenly dry skin during pregnancy, this may also result in having more sensitive skin, and finding a truly hydrating pregnancy skincare routine is essential in keeping your skin vibrant. Our Moisture Surge Hyaluronic Acid Gel is a powerful gel that infuses your skin with rich but lightweight hydration to keep your skin feeling smooth and supple.
Keeping your skin safe from harmful UV rays is one of the most important ways to prevent long-term skin damage and cancer, which is why you should always use sunscreen when exposed for long periods of time. However, some of the chemical-based sunscreens have not been confirmed to be safe for use during pregnancy, so you may need to consider mineral sunscreens instead. Sunscreens that include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as their active ingredient, are known as mineral sunscreen formulas that are safe to use during pregnancy.
Pregnancy Skin Care Ingredients
Overall, keeping your skin moisturized and clear not only helps boost your self-esteem during pregnancy, but also for years to come. The best anti-aging strategy is to start while you’re ahead, using products packed with antioxidants like a vitamin C serum or products with vitamin K. While these can be isolated on their own, products made with green tea can also provide many beneficial results.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy Skincare
Can I Use Salicylic Acid During Pregnancy?
Many people swear by alpha and beta hydroxy acids such as salicylic acid and glycolic acid in their toners and exfoliants as potent ingredients to reduce blemishes and clear pores, but are they safe to use during pregnancy? When included as less than 2% of a specific product, such as our Clarify Cleanser, is typically okay to use but we recommend that you consult with your doctor on using a product with Salicylic Acid during pregnancy. Stronger topical or prescription medications may not be safe, so again, consult with your doctor.
What Ingredients Can Help With The Appearance of Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are caused by rapid skin stretching and can occur nearly anywhere in the body for this reason. Although there's no foolproof or one-size-fits-all proven way to prevent stretch marks, keeping your skin, especially stretching skin, highly moisturized and nourished with rich products like our Colostrum Luminous Glow Cream can help with the appearance of visible stretch marks.
Pregnancy Skincare Products By Epicuren Discovery
Hopefully now you've got a good understanding of what you should and shouldn't rely on during pregnancy to keep your skin looking and feeling great and protect your little loved one. Enjoy your pregnancy glow with Epicuren Discovery's complete collection of high-quality products made with natural essential oils and proven formulas for every skin type and season of life. Take our Skin Quiz to discover more products and remember to always consult your doctor before starting a drastically new skin care routine that may include ingredients that aren't right for you.