Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid During Pregnancy if you use Asian Beauty Products

In this article, we will explain which are the skin care ingredients to avoid during pregnancy if you use Asian Beauty Products; they can easily be found in Asian products so it’s better to check the labels and avoid the ones containing the following ingredients so to avoid problems.

Pregnancy comes with a whole list of dos and dont’s. Your doctor outlines a whole list of food items and medicines that you need to avoid, but rarely skin care ingredients are put to discussion. Furthermore, the hormones and changes in the body during the gestation period can wreak havoc on your skin. So naturally, you would want to care for your skin without any health risk for you and your baby.

So if you are an Asian Beauty addict and you are looking for skin care ingredients that you shouldn’t use when you’re pregnant, avoid the following (preferably until you stop breastfeeding).

Retinoids (Vitamin A)

Found in Retinoids are found in products that have anti-aging or acne soothing properties. It can also be listed as Retinoic Acid, Retinaldehyde, Tretinoin, Isotretinoin, Retinyl Palmitate, Adalapene, Retinyl Linoleate, and Tazarotene. Retinoids can cause birth defects and adversely affect the development of the babies. Usually, when retinoids are prescribed to a woman, it is followed by a pregnancy prevention programme. Under normal circumstances, women should conceive at least a month after stopping any retinoid usage. If you are pregnant, you should immediately cede retinol in any form.


Found in Tetracycline is a broad spectrum antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections, rosacea, and acne. It can also be listed as Doxycycline, Polycyclic Naphthacene Carboxamide, Oxytetracycline, and Minocycline. Tetracycline should be avoided until breastfeeding because scientists have found a link between Tetracycline and Teratogenicity and embryotoxicity. On continual usage until the final trimester of pregnancy, it can lead to discoloring of the baby’s teeth and enamel hypoplasia. Tetracycline can be introduced into the baby’s system through breastfeeding, which may further lead to affected bone growth and dental staining.


Found in hair sprays, perfumes, nail polish, and certain skincare products having the synthetic fragrance. It can also be listed as Dibutyl, Diethylhexyl, Diethyl, Benzyl butyl phthalates, DMP, DBP, BzBP, DEP Phthalates can affect the reproductive health in males and decrease the sperm count, affecting fertility. During pregnancy, it can cause birth defects and can adversely affect birth weight or gestational age. Male babies are at a risk of genital deformation. Researchers speculate that exposure to phthalates can also cause asthma.


Parabens are synthetic preservatives used in personal care products (such as moisturizers, deodorants, body creams, sunscreens, and shampoos), and cosmetic items. Parabens can also be listed as PHB (p-hydroxybenzoate esters) Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Benzylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparabens. Parabens are oestrogenic in nature, which means that they have the capacity of replicating the effects of estrogen in the human body. While it can affect male fertility, it can also increase the risk of breast cancer in mothers. Parabens can be absorbed through the skin and can also travel to the baby via the placenta. Long-term exposure to parabens can disrupt the baby’s growth.


Found in skin lightening and whitening products. Other Names These ingredients can also be listed as Idrochinone, quinol, hydroquinone tretinoin, benzene-1,4-diol, GSSG, Glutation, Gamma-Glutamylcysteinylglycine. Pregnancy often results in the darkening of the skin and it may be tempting to use a skin lightening cream. However, hydroquinone is known to have an exceptionally high systemic absorption rate and can be damaging to your unborn child. The overall effects are still debated but considering the high absorption rate (35-45%), it is wise to avoid it until its safety is scientifically proven.


Found in shampoos, body soap, nail polish, color cosmetics and other personal care products. They are also found in some baby products. Formaldehyde can also be listed as Imidazolidinyl Urea, Bromopol, quaternium-15, polyoxymethlene urea, DMDM hydantoin. Formaldehyde is a well-known carcinogen. Formaldehyde exposure can affect pregnancy as it can decrease the birth weight of the newborn. It suppresses the development of allergic lung inflammation, making hyper-responsiveness of the trachea or other respiratory issues like asthma a possibility.

This is not a comprehensive list, but a list of the most important ingredients to avoid when pregnant; as a final note, we recommend you make sure to always consult with your doctor for the final say so you’ll be sound and safe during all your pregnancy!

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