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Pregnancy care for your skin is essential, so in this post you will find some simple tips that can help you.

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it comes with many challenges related to the health of the baby and the mother-to-be.

Concerns range from what to eat, what medication you can and cannot take, and how to deal with the changes your body is undergoing.

Pregnant women also wonder which skin care products are okay and which are not, that’s where we can help you!

Because some ingredients in both prescription drugs and some pregnancy skin care products are absorbed into the body when applied, it is important to know what is safe to use during pregnancy and what to avoid.

Although it is always important to consult with your primary care physician, as a general rule, most pregnancy care products can be used. However, there are ingredients and medications that are prohibited in pregnancy.


Here’s what you need to know to make a decision about:


Pregnant women often ask whether products containing benzoyl peroxide, skin lightening ingredients, active sunscreens or salicylic acid are safe to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Unfortunately, many physicians do not have a clear answer, leaving expectant mothers frustrated and confused.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists talk about the products they are most often asked about and which we have collected in this post on pregnancy care.

It is best to avoid retinol (vitamin A), prescription forms of retinol or retinol derivatives (retinyl retinate, retinaldehyde or hydroxypinacolone retinoate) and skin whiteners (containing hydroquinone).

Sesshin Cosmetics would also not recommend the use of products containing arbutin due to its correlation with hydroquinone.

Benzoyl peroxide is an excellent ingredient for fighting blemishes and is considered safe in low concentrations (5% or less) during pregnancy.

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


Sunscreen actives, as demonstrated in several studies, are not known to be a risk during pregnancy. Despite fears incorrectly promoted in the media by some groups, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has found none of the alleged fears about sunscreen ingredients supported by medical research. As a result, dermatologists strongly recommend the daily use of sunscreen.


For cleansing, a residue-free or glycerin facial cleanser is recommended. If your skin is ultra dry, then it is suggested to wash with a no-rinse cleanser that is gentle and moisturizing.

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

When it comes to moisturizing and sun protection during pregnancy care, the most important thing is a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 and broad spectrum protection (which works against UVA and UVB rays).

Dr. Newburger explains that, 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 know, the first step is always cleaning. But, if you are pregnant, we recommend facial cleansers with glycerin and no residue.


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

In general, most dermatologists do not recommend the use of topical retinoids (such as Retin-A or Differin) or salicylic acid; check product labels for ingredients.

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

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