As if skin care isn’t usually confusing enough, once you’re pregnant it becomes even more difficult. There are hormonal fluctuations giving you acne, dry skin, and where is that pregnancy glow everyone talks about? Throw in needing to avoid certain skin care ingredients while pregnant and it gets even more difficult. Here I’m sharing dermatologist advice for pregnancy. They’re the best experts to run to if you are having any issues. Is a product safe? How to deal with all of these blemishes? Do not feel timid, a dermatologist is the best expert to have in your corner!
“They have to avoid salicylic acid and any retinoids. It’s very important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen to avoid melasma the mask of pregnancy.”
Debra Jaliman, MD is a board certified dermatologist with a private practice in New York City.
“I always recommend that our pregnant patients check with their OB with regard to any product that they use. This is because everything you apply or come into contact with may affect not only you but your baby. During pregnancy it is always wise to avoid products that contain retinoids or salicylic acids.”
Avery Kuflik, MD is a board certified dermatologist with a private practice in New Jersey.
“Pregnancy is a time when special care should be taken to keep the skin healthy. While most commonly used products are completely safe, there is handful of ingredients considered harmful to a growing baby. Some of those include Retinoids and Salicylic Acid.”
James C. Marotta, MD is a double board certified ENT and Plastic Surgeon who practices in Long Island.
“Your skin care routine is likely to change when you are pregnant. Since hormones are changing during pregnancy, you can develop skin issues that you never had before. Some women tend to break out more and get oily skin when pregnant. You should start to use a mild cleanser and keep your skin moisturized so it will not get dried out.
“You should avoid any products with salicylic acid and retinoid when you are pregnant. High forms of salicylic acid has been known to cause birth defects, in small doses it can be okay but it is probably best to just avoid it while you are pregnant. Always check with your OB/GYN before starting any new products.”
David E. Bank, MD from The Center for Dermatology in Mt. Kisco, NY
“Stick to the basics-a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen; stop all products with retinols, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or hydroquinone unless directed by a doctor.”
Rahat Azfar, MD of Vanguard Dermatology in New York City.
Don’t forget to check out the other articles in my Pregnancy and Nursing Skin Care Guide!