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Pregnancy Skin Care Products: Which Ones Are the Best?

Medically reviewed by Regina Victoria Boyles, MD · Pediatrics

Written by Jan Alwyn Batara · Updated Jan 22, 2023

Pregnancy Skin Care Products: Which Ones Are the Best?

During pregnancy, it’s normal for women to experience changes in their skin, including acne, stretch marks, and darkening of the skin. However, which pregnancy skin care products should women use?

Pregnancy skin care products

Pregnant women need to be extra careful when it comes to the products that they use on their skin. One of the reasons is that during pregnancy, the skin is more sensitive as a result of the hormonal changes that the body goes through.

More importantly, some skin products can actually be harmful to the baby. This is why pregnant women need to look at the ingredients of the products that they use and choose only the ones that are safe and without any harmful chemicals.

Here are some reminders when it comes to some skincare products:

Choose a mild soap

Choosing the right soap is one of the most important things that pregnant women need to consider.

And when choosing which soap is best for you, it would be best to choose a soap that has little to no scent, and with very few chemicals in it. This is because two chemicals commonly found in antibacterial soap, triclosan, and triclocarban, can cause problems in pregnant women.

In addition, any strong scents and other chemicals could cause breakouts and other problems in a pregnant woman’s sensitive skin. The milder the soap, the better it is for sensitive skin.

Use natural moisturizers

During pregnancy, it’s normal to have some stretch marks on your skin. These can be itchy, painful and cause irritation, so the best remedy would be to use pregnancy skin care products such as moisturizers to help reduce the effect of stretch marks and make the skin more elastic.

However, since your skin is more prone to irritation, it would be best to opt for natural moisturizers. This is because some lotions and moisturizers might contain harsh chemicals that can cause your skin to break out, or even cause irritation and dryness.

Be sure to choose moisturizers with natural ingredients, such as aloe vera, shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamin-E-containing oils. These can help rejuvenate the skin, provide moisture, and helps ease the irritation caused by stretch marks.

Don’t forget mineral-based sunscreens

When it comes to pregnancy skin care products, it’s always a good idea to wear sunscreen, especially if you’re out and about. But if you’re pregnant, then you need to know which types of sunscreen you need to choose.

Avoid using sunscreens that contain harsh chemicals, as these not only cause irritation, but might also cause harm to your baby. A good and effective alternative would be to use mineral-based sunscreens.

These are sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These are safe for your skin, and also provide adequate sun protection.

Of course, if you can avoid being in direct sunlight, you should do so as much as you can. Wearing hats or shawls to cover your skin can also help prevent skin problems caused by exposure to the sun.

Be picky with acne products

A lot of pregnant women experience breakouts of acne during their pregnancy. This mainly has to do with the hormonal changes that the body goes through during pregnancy. But just like other pregnancy skin care products, you need to know which ones are safe for use on your skin.

You need to avoid products that contain retinoids, since these are known to cause birth defects. Instead, opt for azelaic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These products are safe for use on your skin, and dermatologists also use them to treat acne in pregnant women.

Key Takeaways

It’s very important for pregnant women to be careful when it comes to the products they use on their skin, as some chemicals used in cosmetics can cause harm to babies.

If you’re unsure about the safety of a product, be sure to ask your doctor about it. Their recommendations on what products are safe to use on your skin are important, and they can best give you the information that you need.

Learn more about Being Pregnant and Prenatal Care here


Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Medically reviewed by

Regina Victoria Boyles, MD


Written by Jan Alwyn Batara · Updated Jan 22, 2023

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