During pregnancy many women will experience dramatic changes to their skin’s complexion. Without a doubt one of the most common skin change that occurs with pregnant women is sudden breakouts. The cause of blemishes and pimples during pregnancy is directly related to the increase in hormone levels which cause your glands to produce an abundance of oil, thus often resulting in clogged pores. Luckily, these breakouts are rarely as severe as those which are encountered during adolescence and will likely soon subside after pregnancy.
Prevent Pimples During Pregnancy Safely
In order to prevent breakouts during pregnancy, it is helpful to return to a routine of washing your face often but please do not return to using the same cleansing products of your adolescence. Stay away from medicated acne creams as many contain harmful substances that may increase the risk of birth defects. It is also recommended to avoid abrasive scrubs or exfoliants since pregnant skin is far too sensitive for these treatment options. If it’s questionable, don’t use it.
Vitamin A derivatives, such as Acutane, retinoilds, retinol or salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide are often used to address acne or aging skin issues. However concerns about potential links to birth defects make these ingredients questionable for pregnant skin. Commonly used parabens like methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, benzylparaben, and ethylparaben act as preservatives but have been implicated in numerous health concerns such as cancer, allergies and estrogen imbalances. Petrolatum, or petroleum jelly, is often used as a skin softening agent but is possibly linked to breast cancer. Other chemicals that concern activist consumer groups include sodium laureth sulfate and phthalates, which are commonly found in personal care products for lathering, fragrance, and a variety of other uses.
Amalou Skin uses none of the above chemical ingredients.