7 Skin Care Ingredients To Avoid During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a delicate period where you have avoid many things that can harm you or your baby. It can be tiring and exhausting because of the various dos and don't that come with pregnancy. But never mind, they are all for your own good and the baby.

Consciousness of what you take in to your body is beyond what you eat, it includes what you put on your skin. Do you know that the skin is the largest organ of the body?

The things you put on the skin gets into the blood stream and affects your wellbeing that's why it is good to look closely at your body cream, deodorant, hair products etc.

Here are skincare ingredient you should look out for and avoid in your products;

1. Retinoids
It is usually found in acne and anti-aging medicine. It is named in different forms such as retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, adapalene, tretinoin, tazarotene and isotretinoin. If you find Retinoid in any of it forms in your skincare product aviod it because there is a link to it causing birth defect.

2. Tetracycline
Medications include doxycycline and minocycline.
Tetracycline is used to treat health issues such as acne and Lyme diseaseIt is contained in medication such as doxycycline and minocycline. . Tetracyclines are antibiotics that should not be used during pregnancy because it can damage a pregnant woman's liver and discolor her growing baby's teeth.

3. Hydroquinone
Hydroquinone is often used to treat dark patches of skin, chloasma, melasma.It should not be used during pregnancy because of the chemicals. Many skin lightening cream contain hydroquinone. Avoid it because of the dangerous chemical in it.

4. Phthalates
This is a chemical added to plastic to make it stronger. It oalso found in perfume, nail polish. It is named in different forms such as BzBP, DBP, DEP, DMP, or diethyl, dibutyl, or benzylbutyl phthalate. Studies show that phthalates is linked to high blood pressure, ADHD, diabetes. Go for product that are phthalate-free.

5. Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is commonly found in beauty products such as hair straightening treatments, nail polish and eyelash glue. it is labeled in this forms such quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM), hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol). It is known to be carcinogenic and unfit to be in adult and baby product. Go for product that are phthalate-free.

6. Toluene
Many nail polishes contain toluene which has been identified as a carcinogen, together with phthalates and formaldehyde they are known as the "toxic trio". Aviod any nail polish that contain methylbenzene, toluol or antisal 1a.

7. Ammonia
Ammonia is commonly found in many hair dye product. Ammonia can cause irritation on the skin and lungs. It is better to aviod this during pregnancy.If you still want to dye your hair, look out for products that have little or no ammonia in it.