Skincare Tips While Pregnant

Posted by Azadeh Shirazi MD on

One of our most commonly asked questions is: “Can I use this while pregnant?” Pregnant and nursing women want to know what skincare products are safe to use and which are not.

First and foremost, we encourage you to check with your OB/GYN or general physician for their recommendations on ingredients to use and to avoid, and please take note that the content of this page is for educational and informational purposes and does not constitute formal medical advice.

Here are some general guidelines as they pertain to AziMD Skincare products.

For pregnant or nursing women, ingredients to avoid would be:

  • High Dose Salicylic acid
  • Phthalates
  • Formaldehyde
  • Retinol
  • Hydroquinone

Salicylic acid, retinols, retin-A, and hydroquinone work at a deep level of the skin so they could possibly enter the bloodstream. There is not enough clinical evidence to show that these effects do NOT harm an unborn child, (as it is unethical to perform experiments on pregnant women) it is better to hold off on these ingredients to ensure that no side effects will occur.

AziMD Products to avoid while pregnant or nursing that include these ingredients include:

  • Clarify Pads
  • DermaBright Pads with Hydroquinone (DermaBright with 0% Hydroquinone are safe for pregnancy)
  • Lift and Renew
  • EyeGlow PM
  • Glysal Body Spray

Always check with your OB/GYN if you have any questions.

If you are pregnant or nursing, these AziMD Skincare products are great options to use:

  • The Sensitive Skin kit is a fantastic option for an effective yet pregnancy safe skincare regimen
  • For discoloration during pregnancy, DermaBright Pads with 0% Hydroquinone are acceptable
  • IllumiC Classic is also a great option to help combat melasma and dark spots
  • Restore, HydrateRX, and Intense Recovery Complex are all pregnancy safe moisturizers
  • Detox Masque can be used as a spot treatment for breakouts

For an additional resource, check out More Than A Pretty Face Podcast: Baby Boom below!

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Dr. Azadeh Shirazi, MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist.

Specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Shirazi received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University Of Kentucky College of Medicine. After doing a Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, she completed her residency training in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in addition to completing her training in dermatology and cosmetic surgery at the University of California San Diego.

She has received multiple research scholarships from iconic institutions including Harvard University and the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has several peer-reviewed publications to her name.