Pregnancy can be a glorious time, but it can also be a confusing time, particularly if it involves matters of beauty. Hormones throw your usual skin balance of whack, and a glow on some complexions might be a greasy slick on others. Hair is different simply. Fortunately, the FDA already does some of the work for us, as Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, a dermatologist in Manhattan, highlights. Below, a doctor-approved cheat sheet on beauty elements, products, and services to avoid.
Essential oils: Essential natural oils are not assessed by the FDA, these are significantly found in beauty products advertised as safe yet. “Generally, essential oils can be hugely harmful if not used appropriately,” Dr. Sassoon says. “Often they have 50 times the concentration used in a glass of tea and can be dangerous even in a nonpregnancy condition. Salicylic acid solution: Also in category C, this ingredient is a particularly pesky someone to sidestep.
“It’s traditionally been used for acne, but I see it in all types of exfoliating products now, cleansers particularly,” Dr. Alexiades-Armenakas says. “So much of what’s out there right now are combination peels,” adds Dr. Engelman. Tazorac, Accutane: Both are also vitamin A-derived formulations, but they’re prescription only and have a home in category X: recognized to cause birth problems. Aluminum chloride hexahydrate: If you’re pregnant, this is the time to switch to simple deodorants or natural alternatives. Found in antiperspirants, aluminum chloride hexahydrate affects the cells that produce sweat and is in the FDA pregnancy category …