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Skin Care During Pregnancy

Skin Care During Pregnancy is essential, so in this post you will find some simple tips that can help you. Pregnancy is an exciting time for women, but it comes with many health-related challenges for both, the baby and the mother-to-be.

Concerns include “what to eat and what not to eat”, “what medications you can take or not”, and “what to do or not to do with the many body changes you may experience”. Pregnant women also wonder which skin care products are better during this period, here’s where we can help!

As you may know, our body absorbs some of the ingredients that we apply on the skin, so it is very important to know exactly which substances are safe to use skin care during pregnancy.

 Although it is always important to consult with your GP, most of the products formulated to respect the pregnancy can be used with any risk. However, it cannot be denied that there are prohibited ingredients and medications you should avoid during this period.

Skin Care During Pregnancy

Down below, we explain what you need to know to make a good decision:


Pregnant women commonly ask if the products with benzoyl peroxide, skin lightening ingredients, active sunscreens or salicylic acid are safe to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Unfortunately, many doctors do not have an answer, which leaves mothers-to-be frustrated and confused.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists talks about the ingredients you have better to avoid: Retinol (vitamin A), prescribed forms of retinol or retinol derivatives (retinyl retinate, retinaldehyde or hydroxypinacolone retinoate) and skin bleach (containing hydroquinone).

Moreover, Sesshin Cosmetics would not recommend the use of products containing arbutin due to its correlation with hydroquinone. A good alternative would be Benzoyl peroxide, an excellent ingredient to combat imperfections that is considered safe in low concentrations (5% or less) during pregnancy.

Salicylic acid (BHA) is a superior skin scrub, but when used in high concentrations for professional scrubs, it is considered a risk during pregnancy. However, small percentages (2% or less) are safe.


As demonstrated in several studies, Sunscreen assets are not known to be a risk during pregnancy. Despite fears improperly promoted in the media by some groups, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has not found any of the alleged fears about sunscreen ingredients backed by medical research. As a result, dermatologists strongly recommend the daily use of sunscreen.

If we talk about hydration and sun protection, the most important thing is a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 and with broad spectrum protection (which works against UVA and UVB rays).

Dr. Newburger explains that, skin care during pregnancy, elevated hormone levels trigger the multiplication of pigment cells, which can cause facial blemishes or “the mask of pregnancy.” Using sunscreen daily, rain or shine, is the best way to avoid this discoloration.


As you are aware, the first step is always cleansing. But, if you are pregnant, we recommend facial cleansers with glycerin and without residues.

Dry skin:

If your skin is ultra-dry, then it is suggested to wash with a cleanser without rinsing that is soft and moisturizing.

Sesshin Cosmetics recommends washing your face no more than twice a day to avoid over-drying.

Oily skin:

To talk about acne during pregnancy care, if your skin is oily and/ or acne-prone, you will probably experience your worst outbreaks during the first trimester of pregnancy.

As a conclusion, most dermatologists do not recommend the use of topical retinoids (such as retin-A or differin) or salicylic acid. Check product labels to see ingredients.

The information on this website is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for advice or informed medical care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you may have about your condition or that of your child.

Skin Care During Pregnancy


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