What Skincare Products and Treatments are Safe During Pregnancy?

Many skin care products are not tested on pregnant women to determine whether ingredients transfer through the placenta, which puts many products in the “unknown” category when it comes to safety.  However, thanks to ingredient recommendations by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, here’s a list of what is safe for both you and baby as explained by Licensed Esthetician.





  • Vitamin A
  • Salicylic & Glycolic Acids
  • Laser & Light Therapy

Stop the use of products with Vitamin A (for example, Retin-A, retinol/retinoids) and high levels of salicylic acid and glycolic, which are typically recommended for exfoliating the skin to minimize acne, acne scars, larger pores or just to brighten the skin. You also want to stay away from any laser or broadband light (BBL) treatments.



  • Revision Papaya Enzyme Cleanser
  • SkinMedica Lytera 2.0
  • Customized in-office facial treatments

The Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel for Pregnancy smells amazing and can be used daily to safely smooth skin and lift away impurities. For discoloration, SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 Pigment Corrector is formulated with pregnancy safe ingredients to help minimize stubborn pigmentation, brighten the skin, and help prevent new dark spots from forming.  The Dermal Infusion SilkPeel® exfoliation treatment simultaneously cleanses, exfoliates, and infuses the skin with hydration and antioxidant rich serums. And lastly, Dermaplaning is a great add-on to any facial to minimize unwanted facial hair and dry, damaged skin.

elemis papaya enzyme peel pregnancy

SilkPeel® Dermalinfusion treatment





Discontinue anything containing growth factors like TNS Essential Serum or TNS Recovery Complex.  Also, stay away from injectables including dermal fillers, Botox and other neurotoxins like Xeomin or Dysport.



  • Revision DEJ Face Cream
  • Revision Vitamin C 30%
  • Revision Revox 7

DEJ Face Cream has several peptides to stimulate healthy skin cells to form, smooth out fine lines, brighten skin, hydrate, and minimize sun damage. Vitamin C 30% protects our skin from the formation of free radical and sun damage and helps brighten skin.  And as an alternative to injectables, Revision’s Revox 7 is a topical peptide serum which helps strengthen skin and minimizes the appearance of fine lines with visible results in just a few minutes.


Before & After of Revox7 (elapsed time 7 minutes)




  • Chemical sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens are ones that absorb UV rays, versus physical sunscreens that reflect them by use of ingredients like oxybenzone.



  • Physical sunscreens

SkinMedica’s Essential Defense Mineral Shield SPF 32 is light weight, chemical-free, and provides the highest level of UVA and UVB protection and comes in a tinted formulation.  Also, Revision Intellishade SPF 45 protects and corrects while adding moisture and tint of color to your skin. It’s also a great substitute for heavy foundations or powders.



The best course of action for any mom-to-be is to meet with a Skin Health Professional during a consultation.  A team member will help you determine which products and treatments not only are safe for this stage of your life but what will effectively treat your areas of concern.  To schedule your consultation, click here or call (704) 372-6846.