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A healthy and beautiful skin is every woman’s dream. But pregnancy brings a lot of hormonal changes causing dermatological issues with itself. Expecting women often have questions regarding their skincare products during pregnancy. To ease up things, here is a list of skincare ingredients women should avoid during pregnancy as these ingredients have a negative impact on the baby’s development.  

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1. Salicylic Acid

Usually used for acne-prone skin, salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties. One should use only skincare products with a salicylic acid concentration of <2%. Salicylic acid when absorbed crosses into the placenta in expecting women due to which it can cause antepartum bleeding or prolonged pregnancy or labor. Pregnant women can also experience nausea, dizziness, tinnitus.

2. Retinol

Retinol is a Vitamin-A derivative. It helps the skin cells to make collagen – youthful skin. 18% - 20% risk of developmental defects have been seen due to retinol. The most common abnormalities retinol causes are craniofacial, cardiac (VSD, TGV, TOF, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, CNS & thymic malformations). Systemic retinoids (those taken by mouth) can cause birth defects, even though there is a difference between ingesting a retinoid and applying it to the skin. The risks are so much that it is better to be safe and avoid both altogether. Retinol is not safe even while breastfeeding.

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Sunscreen creams that contain 6% Oxybenzone can absorb into the bloodstream and cause hormone disruptions.

4. Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone, another important ingredient in skincare products that is used as a brightening agent where it helps in the depigmentation of the skin should also be avoided during pregnancy.

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