It’s tough enough being pregnant and dealing with the hormonal and physical changes of pregnancy, you don’t need the added stress of sorting out your skincare. Along with the alcohol, sashimi, and that medium-rare steak, you should avoid certain ingredients like oral retinoid, topical retinol, hydroquinone, arbutin, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid (>2%), which aren’t safe during pregnancy.
Here are some pointers to help you make safe choices for you and your baby.
When looking for a face moisturiser, go for products that contain hyaluronic acid. Naturally present as a lubricant in our body’s tissues, hyaluronic acid is safe for pregnancy and will plump the skin while fighting fine lines. Use IYAC’s Hydrating Soothing Essence (HSE), a gentle concoction of Silk Crystal® and natural ingredients like tremella mushroom, ginseng, and chamomile, right before your moisturiser to power up hydration.
Combine HSE with Nano Gold Day Cream for added anti-ageing benefits. Nano Gold Day Cream is a blend of Silk Crystal®, Nano Gold, and nourishing botanical oils and is safe for all skin types and for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Pamper yourself in these tiring times with a hydrating facial. IYAC’s pregnancy-safe Oxygen facial gently removes surface dead skin cells via microdermabrasion, followed by a relaxing treatment of vitamins and antioxidants to hydrate and balance uneven skin tones.
Many of the go-to products for acne treatment contain retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acids, which should be avoided during pregnancy. We recommend trying azelaic acid which is produced naturally by yeast that lives on healthy skin. This gentle anti-oxidant is also anti-bacterial (kills acne bacteria), anti-inflammatory (calms red angry acne), and exfoliating (prevents keratin from clogging pores and lightens acne blemishes)—and that means cleaner, brighter skin.
Pregnant women may also use topical erythromycin (prescription) and over-the-counter topical sulphur, zinc, niacinamide, and botanical treatments. IYAC’s Acne Clearing Sleeping Mask is made from natural ingredients like Silk Crystal, tea tree oil, witch hazel, and elm. This formulation not only hydrates, but fights acne bacteria and soothes inflammation.
For a deeper cleanse of clogged pores, consider IYAC’s Hydrating C facial, a treatment meant to calm inflamed acne skin. This facial includes pore extractions and penetrating layers of vitamin C and botanical enzymes to heal acne, revitalising the skin.
For Pigment Discoloration
Pregnancy hormones can initiate or worsen pigment discoloration. This is especially so for melasma and the deep discoloration of Hori’s nevus. Sun protection to prevent aggravating pigment in pregnancy is very important. Use an umbrella or wear a cap. Use sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and re-apply every three or four hours during the day.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) are effective ingredients to help exfoliate and lighten dark spots. While salicylic acid (a BHA) is considered a no-no for pregnancy, some AHA like mandelic acid and lactic acid remain low-risk and are an option for those fighting problematic pigmentation. IYAC’s Almond Exfoliant contains 10% mandelic acid, an effective, yet gentle (no peeling or flaking of the skin with this) exfoliant with anti-ageing, anti-acne and anti-pigmentation properties. Regular use gives clearer and brighter skin.
Topical vitamin C is an effective and safe ingredient when it comes to preventing sun damage, treating dark spots, and evening out general skin-tone issues while pregnant or breastfeeding. Shake a little of IYAC’s Pure Vitamin C crystals into your favourite moisturiser and use it day and night for a healthy boost of antioxidant.
It is heartening to know that even when you are pregnant or breastfeeding, there are safe ingredients out there to address your skin’s needs.
When in doubt, do consult your obstetrician, or have a chat with one of IYAC’s doctors today.