What you need to know on skincare and pregnancy

Sep 11, 2018 8:00:20 AM | Written by Tracy Ahern

While it’s always important to be mindful of the ingredients that make up the skincare products we use on a daily basis, this is never truer during pregnancy and while nursing. During these special moments, the choices you make for your own body take on extra significance, as they can have flow-on effects for the wellbeing of your little one.

Products using nano-particles should be avoided due to the molecular structure and the possibility of penetrating the epidermis.

While it’s difficult to know exactly how much of a skincare product gets absorbed enough to impact a growing baby, many medical professionals advise caution for peace of mind. Here is a rundown of some of the chemical ingredients that you can find in the products from many leading skincare and cosmetics brands that it is best to avoid when you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive.


These powerful chemical compounds are often lauded for their skincare benefits in fighting acne, clearing pores, and boosting skin renewal, but have been proven to cause birth defects in newborn babies. While this has only been linked to retinoids taken orally as prescription skin medication, the clear link to health concerns is enough for many professionals to urge caution towards retinoid-based skincare products while pregnant.  It is best to ask questions about Retinoids if they are in your skincare: what they are combined with and the percentage of Retinoids in the product that you are using.

Salicylic Acid:

You can easily find Salicylic acid in acne-controlling products such as cleansers and serums, and has been previously associated with bleeding during pregnancy. While products containing low concentrations of the acid may be safe while pregnant, many doctors advise steering clear altogether.


One of the most common ingredients across major sunscreen brands, oxybenzene is a potential hormone disruptor and has been previously linked to certain birth defects. In general, doctors recommend avoiding chemical sunscreens throughout pregnancy and opting, instead, for naturally formulated ones. Au Natural Skinfood’s Mineral Powder Foundation Brush-On with Sunscreen is a natural alternative that is totally pregnancy-safe. Since skin can be more sensitive to the sun during pregnancy, it’s important to protect your skin effectively.


Rest assured all Au Natural Skinfood products do not use nano technology and are safe for nursing mothers and mothers to be. It’s important during this time in your life to know that you are doing the best for your child and with Au, you’re not only ensuring your wee one isn’t getting any nasty chemicals, but you are also making the planet a better place for there future. Have a look at the list of our ingredients here, and don't hesitate to reach us on Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions or comments.


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