Pregnancy and nursing safe skincare products can be extremely confusing. To start, you should know that the body does not treat ingredients the same way during pregnancy as it does when nursing. The placenta does block certain ingredients out, but in general, during pregnancy, it lets a lot more in than when your body is creating breast milk.
During pregnancy, while the baby is still developing, there are some crucial points for organ development. Therefore, ingredients are much more restrictive during pregnancy. Some ingredients have not been proven safe for use during pregnancy and some may have been linked to birth defects.
However, everyone is different, we recommend discussing this topic with your physician.
There are 2 types of products:
- Products that penetrate the skin and absorb into the bloodstream
- Products that sit on the surface of the skin
Products that penetrate the skin, can reach the placenta and therefore, reach the baby. These are the products you need to watch out for while pregnant and nursing.
ZO Skin Health’s products are considered medical-grade as they penetrate the skin.
Popular ingredients to avoid during pregnancy/nursing
Retinoids: while vitamin A works wonders on the skin, it can interfere with fetal development and lead to birth defects.
Glycolic Acid: Glycolic acids in large doses are not safe.
Salicylic Acid: High doses of Salicylic acids can cause birth defects.
Benzol Peroxide: Only 5% of this ingredient is absorbed into the skin, so it is deemed safe to use. However, multiple healthcare professionals don’t recommend it due to the lack of data.
Hydroquinone: hydroquinone can have adverse side effects on the fetus.