Do not use cosmetic and medicated creams which include retinol and retinoids – vitamin a and its derivatives. The use of this cream during pregnancy is invalid because high doses of vitamin A can cause serious harm to an unborn baby. Vitamin a and retinoids are used in creams for acne and acne, as well as many anti-aging and sunscreen. Retinoids may be contained in the composition of creams. On the package they are referred to as adapalene, tretinoin, isotretinoin and tazarotene.
Remove from cosmetics any creams with synthetic perfumes, fragrances and flavors. Perfumed products contain phthalates, which have toxic effects on the body of the expectant mother and can harm the normal development of the fetus. But if during pregnancy you still want to use creams with pleasant scents, it is better to choose the cosmetic products among children's cosmetics that do not contain fragrances and synthetic fragrances.
Do not use during pregnancy creams with salicylic acid. This component is part of the healing creams from skin rashes and acne, as well as various cleansing and anti-aging. Small amounts of salicylic acid does not have the potential to adversely affect the health of the unborn child. However, the experts recommend to abandon creams with salicylic acid during pregnancy, since with constant use it can cause various complications and adversely affect fetal development.
During pregnancy not allowed to use creams for skin whitening and creams for sunless tanning. In the composition of whitening agents and creams to improve the complexion contains glutathione and hydroquinone, which have harmful effects on the formation of healthy dermis of the child. Also, these chemicals often provoke the development of allergic reactions. A part of tanning creams there is a substance easily penetrating into the blood (dihydroxyacetone, or DHA) and can negatively affect the process of formation of the fetus.
Some creams with added plant extracts, too, should not be used during pregnancy. Thus, cosmetics with an extract of papaya with regular use, adversely affect the nervous system and gastrointestinal tract, and slow heartbeat. So before you choose a cream carefully study its composition: if some component is causing you doubt, it is better to abandon the purchase.
You should not worry if during pregnancy you already use any of the above creams. When used in small amounts, they usually is not able to cause harm. Enough stop using these creams and choose a safe alternative to natural remedies based on herbal components.