Skincare Products To Avoid While Pregnant

This may not be the most enjoyable part of pregnancy, but it is eye-opening. Below we list five ingredients you should avoid and pull out of your skincare routine while pregnant.

Although you may have to make a few changes to your routine there is a light at the end of the tunnel, in the form of the sweet new life you are bringing into the world.


Hydroquinone is a prescription product aimed at reducing skin pigmentation from melasma. Melasma is a skin-discoloring condition caused by pregnancy hormones. Although there is no evidence linking hydroquinone to congenital disabilities, limiting use is best. The body can absorb a significant amount. The best alternative to reducing the risk of skin pigmentation is applying and reapplying sunscreen.


Although retinoids are a holy grail for reversing acne and rejuvenating skin, they have been linked to congenital disabilities when used during pregnancy. More potent, prescriptive retinoids, such as Accutane, have also been shown to increase the risk of severe congenital disabilities by 20 to 35 percent. If you plan to become pregnant and take a prescriptive retinoid, talk to your doctor to help plan accordingly.

High-Dose Salicylic Acid

It’s important to note the “high-dose” in the title, but high-dose salicylic acid should be avoided during pregnancy. Salicylic acid is popular in skincare for its anti-inflammatory properties. Although high is warned against, lower-dose salicylic acid has been reported to be safe.

Chemical Sunscreen

Oxybenzone and its derivatives are highly common in sunscreens but should be avoided. Oxybenzone is an endocrine-disrupting chemical, and its use during pregnancy has been known to disrupt hormones and cause permanent damage to the mother and baby. Additionally, a 2018 study reported that using oxybenzone while pregnant permanently changes mammary glands and lactation. Mamas to be should opt for natural sunscreens and physical sun protection.

Botox and Fillers

Not enough is known about the safety of botox and fillers during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but it is highly suggested to avoid them. Botox is sometimes used for medical reasons, for which your doctor may determine the risk, but experts recommend avoiding botox and other fillers throughout pregnancy.

It may feel like everything is out to hurt you and your baby but know that this awareness just strengthens your relationship with yourself and your baby. And, you can always count on Dermaclara. Dermaclara was created with this in mind; our products are non-invasive, chemical-free, pregnancy-safe, and post-pregnancy-safe during breastfeeding. For those of you missing out on your retinoids or botox (no shame!), you should feel confident and safe turning to Dermaclara for the solution.

If you are looking for additional resources to bookmark for what to avoid while pregnant, we recommend the Birth Injury Center. They have a list of what to avoid while pregnant you can refer to.

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