From breakouts to dryness and increased sensitivity, pregnancy changes your skin. Our lineup of esmi pregnancy safe skin care can help you manage skin concerns while you’re expecting and breastfeeding.
Not all products are safe for use during pregnancy. It’s crucial that you check the ingredients in your current skin care routine and stop using any that contain unsafe ingredients. See the FAQs at the end of this page for a list of skincare products to avoid during pregnancy.
HOW YOUR SKIN CHANGES DURING PREGNANCY
Common skincare concerns you might experience during pregnancy include:
- Hormonal acne: Breakouts around the chin and jaw are common.
- Melasma also known as ‘mask of pregnancy’: Hyperpigmentation that can appear on your forehead, nose, and cheeks.
- Dehydration and dryness: Dryness can make fine lines and wrinkles more pronounced.
- Increased sensitivity: Redness, flushing, and irritation
ACNE DURING PREGNANCY
Hormonal changes can trigger an increase in sebum causing many women to experience pregnancy acne in their first and second trimesters. More sebum means pores are likely to become blocked, leading to breakouts and inflammation.
Acne treatment ingredients to avoid during pregnancy
These ingredients aren’t safe for use while you're expecting or breastfeeding.
- Salicylic acid
- Retinol (Vitamin A)
- Some oral acne medications are also unsafe. Always consult with your healthcare professional
Safe ingredients to use during pregnancy for acne
Pregnancy skin care for acne contains safe ingredients to help manage breakouts including:
- AHAs - Glycolic acid and lactic acid
- Fruit enzymes
- Bentonite clay
- Activated charcoal
esmi pregnancy skin care products to help manage acne
You may find your skin has become ultra sensitive and reactive almost overnight. Increased sensitivity is due to a shift in hormones and your skin may react to products and ingredients you previously had no problem with.
We recommend these skin care products for pregnancy related sensitivity.
Fragrances can also trigger reactivity so it’s best to steer clear of heavily fragranced products - even those fragrances with essential oils.
While essential oils are natural they can be strong on skin and cause adverse reactions, especially if your skin is more sensitive than usual. Some essential oils may not be safe for use during pregnancy so always consult with your healthcare professional.
Dry patches of tight-feeling, flaky skin are often associated with pregnancy, even if you don’t usually experience dryness. The skin barrier is more permeable during pregnancy meaning moisture evaporates quickly.
We recommend pregnancy safe skin care to keep hydration levels topped up and moisture locked into the skin. Pregnancy-safe ingredients to aid skin hydration include: