With pregnancy always come very emotional moments, but also very confusing. Doubts arise about issues that had never crossed your mind before, such as exercises to facilitate childbirth, avoid stretch marks in the gut or the state in which your body will stay after giving birth. One of the biggest doubts arises in the field beauty, with some products whose ingredients can be harmful and dangerous for the baby. Today we solve all your questions: this is what you should avoid if you are pregnant.
We already saw it with Kylie Jenner, there are ingredients that the Food and Drug Administration does not recommend using during the months of gestation. But they are already part of the work for us, qualifying these products with letters of the alphabet according to the degree of safety. All those carrying A and B are usable during pregnancy. What happens to the rest, what letters are they associated with?
Products with retinol: belong to category C and are generally safe for the fetus. This is because abusing it can cause birth defects and liver toxicity. We must look for it in beauty products for the skin, whether cosmetic or pharmaceutical.
Benzoyl peroxide: typically found in all products beauty intended to fight acne. This condition is accentuated with pregnancy due to hormonal changes, but creams containing it should be avoided at all costs.
Essential oils: They are not specifically regulated and their use in the beauty market without control has increased. But the truth is that they can be dangerous even if you are not pregnant, since the concentration levels are very high and the body cannot absorb everything. In addition, two of the most used are tea tree oil and rosemary oil. The first can lead to premature contractions and the second to raise blood pressure and cause uterine contractions. It is best to opt for a single oil, consulting the medical specialist.
Salicylic acid: Not only found in aspirins, but also in beauty products for acne, skin scrubs and cleansers. Always mixed with other things, but when you are pregnant you should look for pure products. Replace it with lactic, glycolic or mandelic acid, they are much safer.
Hydroquinone: It is a powerful skin lighter that is present in many anti-stain treatments. During pregnancy these skin conditions may appear, but this ingredient is an absolute "NO".
Tazorac and Accutane: the first is for wrinkles and the second for acne, but both are derived from vitamin A as Retinol and belong to the worst category of all: the "X", with which it is known that birth defects appear.
Aluminum: We already advanced it with Kylie Jenner's makeup. If you are pregnant you will have to watch, because many makeups have aluminum. It also occurs with deodorants, although there are natural options.
** Formaldehyde **: It is present in many lacquers and nail polishes. Although it is not classified with letters, dermatologists and obstetric gynecologists recommend avoiding it. It's easy, paint your nails with products marked as 3-Free or 5-Free. The manicures that have more formaldehyde are those of gel. But not only nails, also permanent straightening treatments have this ingredient, so you will have to wait nine more months of iron and dryer.
Hair dye: part of the hair dye chemicals are absorbed through the scalp and enter the body, which can harm the baby. This risk is minimal, but being able to avoid it is best to dye with henna or mud during this period.
Chemical sunscreens: It is the same as with hair dye, which are absorbed and can be harmful. But there are also alternatives with mineral ingredients such as zinc or titanium dioxide, both excellent sun blockers.
Diethanolamine: It is found in many products to make them more creamy and sparkling, but it irritates the skin, it can be toxic to the immune system and to the nervous.
Dihydroxyacetone: It is present especially in bronzers and in the case of pregnant women can cause overheating and the child is born with neural tube defects.
Parabens: It seems that everything around us carries parabens, but there are some that should be avoided during pregnancy. They are propyl, butyl, isopropyl, isobutyl and methyl.
Phthalates: It is found in products with synthetic fragrances and in nail polishes and can result in an asthma problem for the future baby.
Thioglycolic acid: It is found in chemical hair removers and usually appears on labels such as acetyl mercaptan, mercaptoacetate, mercaptoacetic acid or thiovanic acid. These are harmful to the skin and their effect is accentuated with pregnancy hormones.
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