When I found out that I was pregnant, one of the first things I did was research skin care ingredients. I knew there were lots of rules surrounding pregnancy skin care, and I didn’t want my baby to grow three arms because I was using potentially harmful ingredients. I found that safe skin care during pregnancy is easily achieved, as long as I was willing to give up a few of my favorite skin care products for a few months.
In addition to finding acne skin care products free of the previously mentioned ingredients, trying natural alternatives may achieve the results you desire. Slice the end off a white potato and hold it against your blemish for about 10 minutes. It will reduce the redness and inflammation, plus boost healing time!
Essential oil use during pregnancy can be tricky. Some claim that you should stay away from all essential oils throughout your entire pregnancy. I (and many others) believe that this view is spread due to the fact that it simplifies the search for pregnancy-safe beauty products. The downside to discontinuing the use of all essential oils while pregnant is that there are quite a few essential oils that actually benefit the skin, mind and body during pregnancy! However, some essential oils are definitely not safe for use during pregnancy.
So, it’s up to you to decide – stay away from all essential oils for the ease and simplicity it offers, or research essential oils as needed to find out which products are safe for you and your baby. To help with your decision, I’ve created a list of essential oils that provide benefits to pregnant women, plus a list of unsafe essential oils that are commonly used in skin care products. Please note that the Unsafe for Use list is not a comprehensive list of all the essential oils that are to be avoided while pregnant; it only includes essential oils that are commonly used in skin care compositions.
- Ylang Ylang
- Bitter almond
- Clary sage