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Safe skincare during pregnancy

Cape Dermatology - Skin Concerns
Cape Dermatology - During pregnancy

The so called “pregnancy glow” beyond doubt is not bestowed to everyone unfortunately. Pregnancy skin changes can be anything from excessive dryness and melasma (brown patchy discoloration, normally cheeks and forehead) to continuous hormonal acne. The bottom line is, the way pregnancy hormones affect your skin will be different for almost everyone, unless you’re among the blessed souls to have the radiant “pregnancy glow”.

There are so many adjustments that you have to make in your  life in order to be healthier and stronger for your growing baby, and your

skincare routine will be one of those adjustments. At the end of the day, your baby is in an actual fact like a little sponge for anything you put on and inside your body, which is why it’s so important to know which skincare products or treatment procedures are and aren’t safe while you’re pregnant.

During pregnancy, you must avoid retinoids, or vitamin A derivatives (Retin-A) as well as products containing salicylic acid (also known as beta-hydroxy acid), glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, hydroquinone, and chemical sunscreens. These can all cause potential harm to your developing baby.

By Maryke Myburgh