Pregnancy and Your Skin

That famous ‘glow’!

For some lucky women, their skin has never looked so good as when they’re pregnant with extra hormones and blood flow giving them radiance and luminosity.  For others, however, things are not so rosy: pregnant skin can mean breakouts, broken capillaries and dryness. Many women suffer with melasma or ‘pregnancy mask’, a hormone-induced condition that can surface during pregnancy and results in dark, often-symmetrical pigmentation on the forehead, cheeks or upper lip.

Pregnancy is a time of change and adjustment and it’s not just the sashimi and goat chevre that are forbidden: many skin treatments and products are similarly off-limits. Adding to the skin woes can be the sudden need to stop anti-wrinkle treatments, laser facials or cosmeceutical skincare, right when you feel like you need it!

The best advice during pregnancy is to be cautious and just do your best to protect your skin. Many concerns, such as pigmentation, stretch marks or broken capillaries are largely unavoidable and cannot be treated while you are pregnant or sometimes even breastfeeding. When it is safe, we can help you create a plan to target and treat these concerns.

Treatments and Products Safety in Pregnancy

STOP: No go!!

  • Vitamin A (retinol)
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Anti-wrinkle injections
  • Filler
  • Laser
  • IPL
  • Radio Frequency
  • Skin Needling
  • Coolsculpting

In pregnancy, it is always best to err on the side of caution: some of these ingredients and treatments simply don’t have the research to determine if they are safe, so we advise you to steer clear.  Further, during pregnancy, your immunity can be compromised as your body is busy building a little person. This means anything that breaks the skin or causes a wound (ablative laser, injections or needling) is not a good idea. Although rare, an ensuing infection from the wound might necessitate antibiotics which are also best avoided in pregnancy.

Proceed with Caution

    • AHAs including glycolic acid
    • Skin peels
    • Intense microdermabrasion


Many women experience increased sensitivity in pregnancy whether by way of drier skin, dermatitis or acne. The skin can also react in unpredictable ways at this time. Therefore, while AHAs, peels and stronger microdermabrasion may be okay during pregnancy, it is best to approach with caution

Great for Pregnancy

  •  Sunscreen (SPF 50)
  • Vitamin C serum
  • Vitamin B serum
  • Antioxidant rich formulas
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Manual or granular exfoliators
  • Gentle microdermabrasion

Protection and hydration are just your best friends when pregnant. Vitamin C and other antioxidants, along with SPF, can protect your skin from the sun and environmental damage and try, as much as possible, to minimise pigmentation or melasma during this time. Similarly, your whole system is easily dehydrated during pregnancy so ingredients such hyaluronic acid and vitamin b can help to smooth and balance. Finally, gentle manual exfoliators and in-clinic microdermabrasion can be a godsend whether you skin is feeling dry or congested (or both). These are particularly helpful if your skin was used to the resurfacing, but now prohibited, power of retinol pre-pregnancy.

This is purely information and does not take the place of medical advise. If you have questions regarding your health during pregnancy please speak to your medical team.

At Platinum, we can help you with an in-clinic and home routine for during and after your pregnancy to protect, maintain and transform your skin, safely.  Book with one of our dermal clinicians to develop your personal skin plan.

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