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Changing Beauty Routines During Pregnancy

Published November 4, 2014 4:34 PM by Mina Grasso

Patients become accustomed to their beauty routines, however, during pregnancy, they must be cautioned to avoid certain procedures and products. Some have been proven to be harmful during pregnancy and others lack adequate evidence of safety during pregnancy.

Laser treatments such as laser hair removal, photorejuvenation, laser collagen rejuvenation, radiofrequency, treatment for brown spots or broken capillaries and acne laser treatments should be avoided during pregnancy. Since there are inadequate studies showing safety of laser treatments during pregnancy, many practices just make it a policy not to perform these procedures to avoid medical legal issues. Alternative treatments for skin rejuvenation could include pampering facials, microdermabrasion or micro-needling with or without PRP (platelet rich plasma). Platelet rich plasma utilizes the patient's own plasma (rich in growth factors) to stimulate stem cells in the skin into a repair reponse - rejuvenating the skin.

Facial injectables such as botulinum toxins, BotoxTM and DysportTM, and tissue fillers such as RestylaneTM, JuvedermTM, RadiesseTM, SculptraTM and Artefill should be avoided during pregnancy. The safety of use during pregnancy, again, has not been adequately studied. It is usually recommend patients wait until after breast-feeding to resume treatments with facial injectables.

Certain topical ingredients are suggested to be avoided, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, some routinely avoid during the entire course of pregnancy: retinoids, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, hydroquinone and kojic acid.  These ingredients can usually be found in creams for acne, hyperpigmentation or wrinkle creams. Pregnant patients can safely use the following ingredients topically: Lactic acid, topical vitamin C or E and topical hyaluronic acid.

Although patients during pregnancy are somewhat limited in their options for skin treatment, their naturally enhanced skin and hair provide the noticeable glow of childbearing.

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