Besides abstinence of alcohol, you should be aware there are some cosmetic ingredients and treatments that cannot be used and performed during pregnancy. These can be dangerous for the baby, or simply there is no proof that they are safe. However, you should be aware that these restrictions also may apply during the period you are trying to conceive a baby.
In both cases (thinking of or trying to get a baby), these are some changes you need to make in order to keep yourself and your future baby healthy and safe.
Get a skin check.
During pregnancy, moles may change, enlarge and get darker. Your dermatologist can make full-body photos and mole maps (in cases of several moles) before the conception. This way, your doctor will have a usual appearance of your moles and will easily compare them in cases of any changes.
It is advised to do these checks before conception, as one form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, in more aggressive and deadly in pregnant patients. In the case of melanoma determined during pregnancy or during the first year of birth, women are five times more prone to death and seven times more prone to cancer spreading to other organs. Scientists suspect that high levels of estrogens, a hormone normally increased during pregnancy, are the fuel for cancer.
Moles and skin tags should be removed
Removal of moles should be performed either before pregnancy or after giving birth. This is a minor procedure, usually performed after the area is numbed by shaving off the mole. Still, bleeding and risk of infections are completely unnecessary if a woman is pregnant.
The same situation is with skin tags, usually found around eyes, on your neck or under breasts. They should be removed before pregnancy, as they may increase during pregnancy. The procedure of their removal is similar to the removal of moles.
Retinoids should be put on hold
Key ingredients in anti-aging treatment should not be used during the period you are trying to conceive or during pregnancy. All sorts or retinoids and even retinol should be excluded from use. Even small amount of topical retinoids can be absorbed into the skin and may be harmful to the fetus. Tretinoin, the retinoid acid, was linked to the birth defects in a scientific study. All of the cosmetic products labeled as anti-aging, anti-acne, and anti-pigment should also be checked for these ingredients.
Instead of these, you should use some other anti-wrinkle products, for example, daily antioxidant serum or a moisturizer with peptides.
Treatment of acne should be switched to safer and gentler versions
Salicylic and glycolic acids, main ingredients in the fight against acne, should also be put on hold. It is the same situation as with retinoids- even small amount applied to the skin can be absorbed. Today there is no enough evidence to declare these ingredients as safe for pregnant women. Dermatologists usually advise against their use during pregnancy, or even during the period trying to conceive.
Opinions about benzoyl peroxide safety are mixed. No studies have been conducted, but in this case, such a small amount is absorbed that it is not considered to be a risk. Doctors may suggest its use in low concentration (2.5 percent) and only as a cleanser, as they get rinse off and contact with skin is short.
Instead of these, you can try niacinamide, which is vitamin B3, or, after consultation with your dermatologist, antibiotic erythromycin or azelaic acid.