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Skincare During Pregnancy

There are so many pregnancy do's and don'ts (especially when it comes to skincare), it can be hard to keep track of. We want to help keep it simple! Here's a guide to which skincare products are safe to use while pregnant or nursing.

Skincare during pregnancy blog post image of Jordan while pregnant with daughter.

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Best Practices During Pregnancy

This guide is not created to replace medical advice by your OB, but rather a helpful tool when deciding which skincare products are right for you during this time of pregnancy/nursing! Here we go, mama! 


Skincare during pregnancy - Maternity photo of Jordan with young daughter.


Pregnancy induced acne is a common complaint especially during the first trimester due to hormonal changes, even if you have never struggled with acne in the past.

Ingredients that can help with pregnancy induced acne:

      • Salicylic acid (<2%)
      • Glycolic acid (usually less than 10% is advised)
      • Lactic Acid
      • Azelaic Acid
      • Dapsone

Safe products for acne during pregnancy: (be sure to introduce products one at a time so your skin can adjust!)

      • CLENZIderm Foaming Cleanser: An acne cleanser with less than 2% salicylic acid 
      • Brightening Facial Wash: A cleanser with pregnancy safe amount of glycolic and salicylic acid (best for normal to oily skin)
      • Papaya Enzyme Cleanser: Papaya extract cleanser with <0.5% salicylic acid for gentle exfoliation (best for dry/sensitive skin)
      • Toning Pads: A combo of glycolic acid and less than 2% salicylic acid (best for more normal to dry skin)
      • Toning Pads II: A combo of glycolic acid and less than 2% salicylic acid (best for normal to oily skin)


Image of Toning Pads and Toning Pads II side by side.



Using products that increase cellular turnover will help fight premature aging as well as fine lines/wrinkles. Unfortunately, retinoids are a no-no during pregnancy, but Overachiever is a great retinoid alternative during this time.

      • Overachiever: Formulated with bakuchiol to target fine lines and wrinkles.




Melasma is also referred to as the “mask of pregnancy” that can be very challenging to get rid of. The best thing to do is prevent, prevent, prevent — do this by religiously using a Vitamin C serum & a daily SPF. Block out those harmful rays any way you can by wearing hats, reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours, avoiding excess soy in your diet and temperatures of excessive heat (hot showers, hot yoga, facial steamers, etc).

Tools to prevent melasma:

      • Daily sunscreen and reapplication
      • Daily antioxidants (hello, Liquid Gold! and Overachiever)
      • Sun protection + heat avoidance

Safe products for treating melasma during pregnancy:

      • Sunscreen: We recommend a tinted SPF for melasma because the iron oxides that provide the tint provide an added layer of protection.
      • Brightening Serum: Dark spot correcting ingredients including Kojic Acid, Arbutin, Licorice Root and Bearberry along with skin protective antioxidants.
      • Liquid Gold: Read more about Vitamin C serums here!
      • Overachiever: Encourages cellular turnover.
      • Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask: Minimizes the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation and sun damage. If you have sensitive skin or rosacea we do not recommend this mask. Make sure to read full usage instructions prior to first use.



Another common complaint in pregnancy is dry skin. Hormone shifts and fluid shifts can go from you to baby, causing the skin to lose moisture and elasticity.

Ingredients that can help with pregnancy induced dry skin:

      • Hyaluronic Acid
      • Hydrating moisturizers
      • Essential Lipids and antioxidants

Safe products to use for dry skin during pregnancy:

      • Hydrating Serum: Hyaluronic acid serum
      • Overachiever: A retinoid alternative that also provides intense hydration and a heavy dose of antioxidants
      • Hydrating Lotion: An amazing AM/PM hydrating moisturizer that doesn’t feel too heavy, won’t make you break out, and does so much for your skin!


Skincare during pregnancy - maternity photo of Jordan.


Example Daily Skincare Routine in Pregnancy


Cleanse > Tone > Serums > Sunscreen

    1. Papaya Enzyme Cleanser
    2. Toning Pads 
    3. Liquid Gold
    4. Brightening Serum (melasma/hyperpigmentation)
    5. Overachiever (retinoid alternative)
    6. Tinted Protection SPF 50+: This is our favorite daily sunscreen
    7. Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50: Great for reapplication because it comes in powder form


Double cleanse with micellar water or cleansing oil (or just your favorite cleanser!)

Cleanse > Tone > Serums > Moisturizer

    1. Papaya Enzyme Cleanser
    2. Toning Pads (oily/acne-prone)
    3. Liquid Gold
    4. Brightening Serum (melasma/hyperpigmentation)
    5. Overachiever (retinoid alternative)
    6. Hydrating Lotion: Daily moisturizer 




    • We recommend adding one product at a time for at least 2 weeks to make sure that product doesn't irritate your skin.
    • At minimum, use a daily Vitamin C serum and sunscreen daily to protect your skin!
    • Your skin likes consistency — stick with a skincare routine as much as you’re able to.



*All ingredient percentages are considered pregnancy/nursing safe by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, however, we always recommend consulting with your OB prior to usage.
    1. Anais Brasileiros De Dermatologia, September-October 2014, pages 771–782
    2. Dermatology and Therapy, 2017, pages 305-318

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