13 Dangerous beauty products to avoid during pregnancy

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Stay away from these commonly used beauty products for a risk-free nine months

With pregnancy comes many changes—some we can’t control while others are choices we have to make daily. This includes the food we consume, activities we engage in as well as the beauty products we place on our bodies when we’re expecting

Here are ten things to add to your list of dangerous beauty products to avoid during pregnancy.

1. Skin lightening products

This contains hydroquinone. It’s not advisable to use this when pregnant because of its high systemic absorption rate.

Skin discolorations during pregnancy are normal and temporary so, fret not! Skin lightening creams or washes aren’t necessary.

2. Anti-aging moisturizers

Retinoids are found in anti-aging moisturizers as well as skin care products which help reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone.

Certain types of oral retinoids have been linked to birth defects. But it’s best to stay away from topical retinoids just to be super safe.

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3. Skin Toners

Glycolic acid has been found to be harmful in high doses. It’s been linked with skin damage, and inflammation as well as increasing the risk of harmful sun exposure.

4. Anti-acne products

Beta hydroxy acids or Salicylic acid are found in anti-acne products, as well as facial peels, body peels, cleansers, toners, and exfoliants.

It is responsible for reducing inflammation and ridding skin of dead cells. Oral forms of these have been associated with birth defects and pregnancy complications.

However, no more than 2% is recommended for topical application.

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5. Makeup

Not all makeup is bad—just the ones that contain parabens. It has been banned in certain countries due to some associations with hormonal disruption.

Parabens can also be found in certain types of moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, anti-aging products, sunscreens, toners, and astringents.

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6. Chemical sunscreens

Oxybenzone is found in chemical sunscreens and has been associated with hormonal imbalances and low birth weight.

They also put you at higher risk for skin rashes. A better alternative is physical-blocker sunscreen or those which contain zinc oxide and titanium oxide.

7. Anti-perspirants

Anti-perspirants contain Aluminum chloride hexahydrate may affect the sweat production cells and is in the FDA pregnancy category of ingredients to avoid.

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8. Hair Straightening treatments

Both contain Formaldehyde, which is banned in cosmetic products in several countries for its toxicity; it also increases the risk for cancer.

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9. Spray self-tanners

Spray self-tanning products contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which, when inhaled, may pose risks such as cell damage.

10. Botox

Not much is known about Botox’s effect on pregnancy. But studies are still underway. So, it’s best to avoid this invasive procedure for the duration of your pregnancy until we know, for sure, that it’s safe.

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11. Nail Polish

When combined with formaldehyde and phthalate, the Toluene in nail polish becomes a potent toxic substance which may increase the risk for developmental brain and cell damage.

 

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12. Hair spray

Hair spray, as well as air fresheners and nail polish, contain phthalates which have been linked to birth defects as well as impaired sexual development.

But, if it can’t be avoided, it’s advised to apply products with phthalates in well-ventilated areas or to make sure they are in gel (or mousse) forms.

13. Chemical Hair Removers

Common chemicals found in products to remove body hair contain high amounts of thioglycolic acid which is dangerous to come into contact with during pregnancy. Try shaving instead.

Throughout your pregnancy, it’s best to choose hypoallergenic products or those from trusted brands who prioritize product testing and adheres to safety regulations.

You don’t have to give up your entire beauty routine while you’re pregnant but you must be wary and keep yourself informed to have a truly beautiful pregnancy.

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Written by

Bianchi Mendoza