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Ingredients To Stay Away From While Pregnant

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Skin care products that contain ingredients like vitamin A derivatives and hydroquinone should be totally avoided during pregnancy, according to an article from Coveteur.

 These ingredients found in skin care products should be avoided until after breastfeeding, according to an article from Coveteur.

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Vitamin A

Vitamin A derivatives, including retinol, retin-a, etc., are said to cause serious birth effects.

"These should be completely avoided during pregnancy and the initial postpartum period," says Vanessa Coppola. a board-certified nurse practitioner and the owner of Bare Aesthetic Medical Spa.

Tazorac and Accutane are synthetic forms of vitamin A and should also be avoided during pregnancy, according to the article.


Hydroquinone is readily absorbed into the bloodstream and should be avoided, according to Christine Choi Kim, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Los Angeles.

Tea Tree

Kim also recommends avoiding essential oils like tea tree oil that can be toxic.

Acne Actives

In high doses, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid have been shown to be harmful to a developing child.

Coppola says, “The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists lists that some topical forms of salicylic acid are safe, so it's best to consult with your healthcare provider first."

Chemical Sunscreens

Coppola also suggests physical sunscreen as an alternative to chemical sunscreen, as the latter contains either oxybenzone or avobenzone, ingredients that may be harmful to the central nervous system of the developing child.

It is recommended to discuss specific products with a doctor.

Coppola says, "The best option is to bring your products with you to your obstetrician, nurse practitioner or midwife, so you can review what's safe.”

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