7 Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid While Pregnant
Optimal health during pregnancy is key to safe and healthy prenatal development. For some women, the surge in hormones can lead to a “pregnancy glow.” However, now more than ever, we are exposed to more chemicals in the environment, undermining our overall health. For pregnant women, these toxins pose real health risks to the fetus. Studies have revealed that a large proportion of pregnant women in the US have toxic exposure that poses threats to the baby’s prenatal development.
Developing babies are, in fact, the most susceptible to toxins in the womb since they consume more food and water relative to their size. Because their detoxification and immune systems are not yet fully formed, their higher skin-to-body-mass ratio means they absorb toxins more easily than adults. Prenatal toxic exposure can cause irreversible congenital disabilities and health conditions.
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The impacts of harmful chemicals in skin care and your environment can include congenital disabilities in the short term or even reproductive issues, obesity, diabetes, hormonal imbalances in the long run. Prevention and education are therefore vital.
The ingredients in some skin care products get absorbed into the bloodstream and can cause harm to a developing baby. Pregnant women can take concrete actions to reduce their exposure to skin care toxins by avoiding these seven ingredients:
An increase in hormones during pregnancy means acne breakouts are common. However, expecting mothers should avoid acne treatments with retinoids, as they have been proven to increase the risk of congenital disabilities for developing babies. Women are advised not to get pregnant while using medications with retinoids.
Retinoids can be found in topical and oral prescription acne treatments such as Retin-A and Accutane. Look out for its alternative names on labels, which include isotretinoin, tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene.
For a pregnancy-safe anti-aging serum, consider the JK7® Rejuvenating Serum–Lotion. As the potent product in the JK7® skin care line, this serum rejuvenates the skin through its anti-glycation activity and reduces wrinkle depth. With its bio-available, chemical-free ingredients, this lotion allows your skin to absorb and process its healing ingredients for a radiant pregnancy glow.
2. Salicylic acid
Salicylic acid is another common ingredient in over-the-counter acne treatments. In high doses, a 2013 study found that salicylic acid is dangerous for a developing baby and should be avoided during pregnancy.
3. Benzoyl peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide is an acne-fighting ingredient in nonprescription medications. There is debate about its safety during pregnancy, however, to be cautious, we suggest avoiding this ingredient in high amounts.
For a natural acne treatment safe for pregnancy free from retinoids, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide, try washing your face twice a day with a mild, chemical-free cleanser and lukewarm water.
The JK7® Foaming Face Wash uses Vitamins C and E and signature extracts from potent anti-oxidants derived from herbs and plants to counter the activity of free radicals. This cleanser prevents dehydration and dryness, and restores the natural pH balance of all skin types.
Hydroquinone is an ingredient that is used in brightening serums for its skin-lightening properties. It is featured in products that treat dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and melasma (known as chloasma or the “mask of pregnancy” when it occurs when pregnant). Studies reveal that up to 45% of this chemical is absorbed by the skin when applied topically, posing risks to a fetus. Women who were taking it pre-pregnancy are therefore advised to avoid hydroquinone until after the baby is born.
For a natural brightening alternative, opt for an eye gel with Arnica and Eyebright Extracts, such as the JK7® Eye Gel. With Rose Oil and Vanilla Extract from French Polynesia, this eye gel soothes fine lines and reduces dark circles as it calms and moisturizes the delicate skin around the eyes.
This deeply nourishing gel is formulated without hydroquinone and is suitable for pregnant women.
Phthalates are used in many beauty products. The most common phthalate used in make-up is diethylphthalate (DEP). Animal studies have linked phthalate exposure with serious reproductive and hormonal issues. In humans, these endocrine-disrupting chemicals should be avoided during pregnancy as they can potentially affect congenital reproductive health.
Parabens are preservatives that prevent mold and bacterial growth in moisturizers, shampoos, soaps, and cosmetics. There is some debate about the safety of parabens during pregnancy, and more research is needed. Animal studies have also linked parabens during pregnancy to possible reproductive issues due to their endocrine-disrupting side effects.
The JK7® Body Care Lotion uses a paraben-free formulation. This non-oily, highly moisturizing body cream will leave your skin smooth and vibrant. Precious natural ingredients such as lemon and lime balance your skin’s oil and moisture content, leaving a lasting fresh feeling.
Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in nail polishes and nail polish removers. Hair products can also contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde releasers. The European Union has banned formaldehyde in beauty products because it is a known carcinogen and can increase the risk of infertility and miscarriage.
For a chemical-free shampoo, the JK7® Unique Hair & Body Wash gently cleanses your hair, scalp, and body. Your body will feel fresh and uplifted with a pleasant moisturizing effect. This hypo-allergenic and alkaline-free cleanser is suitable for all hair and skin types.
To be safe and protect the health of your developing baby, opt for chemical-free, naturally-based skin care during pregnancy.
At JK7®, our organic, natural, and ultra-potent luxury skin care allows you to harness the power of nature for scientifically proven results. Discover our high-performing collection and make the right decision for you and your loved ones during this beautiful journey.
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