Skin Care Ingredients To Avoid During Pregnancy

There is a great deal of changes in a women during pregnancy and one concern women have is how things they eat and use will affect their baby. It is no different with skin care products. You should never ignore skin changes however mild they may be. The skin usually serves as an indicator of what is on inside the body. For pregnant women it is extremely important to always notice any small changes in their skin especially when using skin care products and cosmetics.  Medical experts advice that, that women should leave out the following chemicals during pregnancy and after birth, and up to five months if breastfeeding.

Chemical sunscreens-The main active ingredients in sunscreen comes in two forms, mineral and chemical.  The details of how they work is based on the suns protection factor (SPF) which  has a range of 2 to 50. If for example you use an SPF 10 product, it implies that you can stay 10 times longer out in the hot sun without your skin getting burned. But major disadvantage comes on excessive use and the resulting side effects from chemical that can lead to problems for the baby and mother. Simply use a sunscreen that is 100% natural.

Aluminum chloride hexahydrate–This chemical (also known as Xerac AC,Drysol, Hypercare) is known to affect the cells that produce sweat by inhibiting their function. It is actually an antiperspirant that is mostly used to treat over sweating (hiyperhidrosis) and many of these have lead in them.

Diethanolamine (DEA)-This chemical is usually used as emulsifiers to form bubbles in cosmetics products. It also serves as a control of Ph levels in cosmetic products. They can easily cause harm if inhaled are should be avoided.

Beta hydroxy acids-This chemical has gained significance in skin care, after it emerged as a solution for the aging skin problems. It works as an exfoliant that causes cells in the epidermis to peel off. You can find (BHA) is many chemical peel spa services and we advise to ask question when getting any kind of skin care treatments and find out what type of chemicals are in the products

Formaldehyde-The main use of this chemical is in press-wood products like plywood and fiber board. Glues and adhesives also contain this chemical. Formaldehyde is also pregnancy and skincarepregnant skin carecommonly used in disinfectants, germicides, fungicides and many industrial chemcials and should be avoided. Formaldehyde has diffrent names like diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM). A good rule of thumb is if you can’t pronounce the name, then is probably a good idea to avoid it.

Other chemicals that can harm if used contrary to their designed purpose and mode of application, Include, Hydroquinone, Parabens, Phthalates, RetinolThioglycolic acid and lastly but not least Toluene. There a no know medical test, but we simply advise to avoid many of these chemical to eliminate any chances of causing harm to the mother or baby. Just be warned that careless use of such can result in unintended effects.  Please call or visit


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