Cosmetics & Hair Care
Don't worry, you don't have to go without makeup! However, doctors agree that you should avoid products containing retinoids or salicylic acids.
Using a small of amount of a salicylic cream for acne or using a toner once or twice a day is safe. Many foundations and creams that cover a larger area and are not washed off can be more readily absorbed and are best to avoid.
Glycols and phlates (two chemicals found in shampoos and many cosmetics) are causing concern among researchers, and it is recommended that you check your product labels and steer clear of these two ingredients. When possible, use sparingly or not at all.
Also, avoid hair dyes, dandruff shampoos with coal tar, and retinol. When in doubt use simple, natural products and check with your doctor.
During pregnancy your skin may be sensitive, and products you have used before pregnancy may now cause irritation. Discontinue use of anything that causes irritation or rash and consult with your obstetrician or dermatologist. Always ask your doctor or midwife if you are unsure about a specific product.