Pregnancy is a transformative time in a woman's life, marked by numerous changes in her body and daily routine. Among the many adjustments that need to be made, skincare is often a concern. One particular skincare ingredient that raises questions during pregnancy is retinol. Today, we’re going to chat about retinoids, why they are not recommended during pregnancy, and explore our pregnancy safe retinol alternative that can help you maintain healthy skin without any potential harm to your growing baby. Let’s get started.
What Are Retinoids?
Retinoids are a class of compounds derived from vitamin A. They have long been revered in the skincare industry for their ability to address a range of skin concerns, including acne, fine lines, and uneven skin tone. Retinol, in particular, is a popular over-the-counter product, while stronger prescription versions, like tretinoin, are retinoids often recommended by dermatologists for more serious skin issues.
Learn More: Retinol vs Retinoids: What’s The Difference?
Why Can’t You Use Retinol During Pregnancy?
Oral vitamin A in excessive amounts has been associated with birth defects, and while topical retinoids are not as potent as oral forms, there is still a theoretical risk.
Although there have been no conclusive studies in humans regarding the safety of topical retinoids during pregnancy, many healthcare professionals advise against their use to err on the side of caution.
Is There a Pregnancy-Safe Retinol Alternative?
Pregnancy doesn't mean you have to give up your skincare routine entirely. There are pregnancy-safe alternatives to traditional retinol that can help you achieve a radiant complexion without any worry about potential harm to your baby. Here at Rejuvaskin, our goal is to craft gentle, skin-healthy products that you can rely on, even when you’re pregnant!
Tri-RetinX: A Safe, Natural Retinol Alternative That’s Safe During Pregnancy
One remarkable alternative to traditional retinol is our Tri-RetinX blend, which we’ve included in both of our Retinoid Alternative products. This innovative blend combines three potent ingredients that mimic the effects of retinol without the associated risks. Tri-RetinX is not only effective but also natural, making it an ideal choice for pregnant women.
Pregnancy-Safe Retinoid Alternatives in Our Tri-RetinX Blend:
- Bakuchiol: “This skincare ingredient is extracted from the seeds of the babchi plant (Psoralea corylifolia).” Using bakuchiol during pregnancy is safe and can help you get the skincare results you’re looking for without the risk associated with high vitamin A levels.
- Sea Fennel: This one is a coastal plant extract known for its long history in traditional medicine. It has many benefits, one of which is improving skin health.
- HPR: Hydroxypinacolone retinoate is a molecule similar to traditional retinoids in all ways except how it interacts with the skin. You can read more about HPR on our blog dedicated to it: What Is HPR? The Science Behind This Non-Irritating Retinoid
So, if you’re looking for a gentle alternative to your everyday retinoid product, or you’ve recently discovered that you’re pregnant, first of all, congratulations! We recommend you continue with the awesome benefits of retinol products, just in a safer application. Check out our Healthy Glow Trio today and pick up our gentle, Tri-RetinX retinoid lineup.