Five Common Skincare Ingredients that May Pose a Risk to Unborn Babies
The most common months to give birth are July, August, and September. This means there is a high likelihood that either you or someone you love is or will soon become pregnant.
Pregnancy can be a joyous and very challenging time. Changing hormones and illness may present hair and skin issues that were not previously there. Deciding the best products to use can be a daunting task because we want to resolve the problem while making the best decisions for our unborn.
Luckily for us, the FDA and other experts have studied this issue. While some ingredients such as Hydroquinone, Toluene, Parabins, and Formaldehyde are associated with serious warnings for all, some ingredients are believed to affect fetus’s differently from mature skin. Here is a list of five very common skin care ingredients may put unborn babies at risk:
- Diethanolamine and Dihydroxyacetone (DEA and DHA). These are commonly used in skin and hair products but have been linked to various types of cancers. Because of these dangers, experts agree products with these ingredients should be avoided by everyone; a good alternative to these carcinogens is Sea Kelp. Sea kelp is a natural source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, as well as minerals including zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper and calcium…all the essentials needed for every situation! We love this ingredient so much that we included it in Dab for Firmness, Dab for Youthfulness, Dab to Heal, Dab to Illuminate, Dab to Maximize, Dab to Refresh, and Dab to Tone!
- Retinoids, Retinols, Retinyl Palmitate. The FDA has reviewed these ingredients and has determined that harm to the fetus cannot be ruled out. Although Vitamin A is critical for fetal development, too much vitamin A can cause birth defects and liver toxicity. Instead of gambling with Vitamin A, Soy, Sea Kelp, and Vitamin C are comparable Vitamin A’s collagen forming effects.
- Salicylic acid and other beta hydroxy acids. Beta hydroxy acids are often used to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. As with retinoids, beta hydroxy acids have not been proven to be harmful; however, the FDA has determined that harm to the fetus cannot be ruled out. Instead of risking the health of the unborn baby, choose a safer alternative such as Lactic Acid during your pregnancy.
- Chemical Sunscreens. The synthetic chemicals found in many sunscreens are easily absorbed in the skin. Experts caution that once in the blood stream, these chemicals affect the unborn fetus. Many dermatologists recommend using natural mineral alternatives like products that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
- Benzoyl Peroxide. This agent is often used in acne treating products. Many pregnant women experience hormonal breakouts while pregnant but the data has shown that the drying mechanism of Benzoyl Peroxide can actually contribute to acne breakouts in pregnant women. Willow bark and Licorice are excellent alternatives to treating acne.
While most commonly used products are completely safe, there are a handful of ingredients experts say it's best to avoid. Why take chances? Products containing natural ingredients are very effective and will not result in the harmful side effects of synthetic products. To get the best results, choose natural products that are formulated for your skin type.
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