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Your Guide to a Pregnancy-Safe Skincare Routine

A pregnant woman standing in a bathroom, washing her face with a foaming cleanser

It's no secret that pregnant women have a lot of changes going on inside their bodies. But what about changes on the outside? One of the most common concerns for women is skincare. What ingredients can you still use? What should you avoid? And, most importantly, how can you keep your skin healthy and glowing during pregnancy? Here is your guide to a pregnancy-safe skincare routine. 

Skin changes during pregnancy

OK, let's start with changes. Pregnancy is, as we all know it, a very turbulent period in every woman's life. Not only your insides are re-arranging themselves, but also your skin goes through a lot of changes. A study has shown that 90% of pregnant women go through some skin changes, including worsening preexisting conditions. It is not uncommon for pregnant women to experience breakouts, dryness, itchiness, and even dark patches on their skin.

Stretch marks

Stretch marks are also a very common skin change that can occur during pregnancy. While you can't completely prevent stretch marks, there are some things you can do to help minimize their appearance. First of all, you should keep your skin well-moisturized. Look for a good quality stretch mark cream or oil, and apply it to your skin 2-3 times per day. If you start to see stretch marks forming, don't worry! Just continue with your skincare routine and they will eventually fade. [caption id="attachment_12009" align="aligncenter" width="800"] While you can't completely prevent stretch marks, there are some things you can do to help minimize their appearance.[/caption]

Breakouts during pregnancy

Unfortunately, pregnancy-related breakouts are a thing. Increased levels of hormones can cause the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. But don't worry, there are a few things you can do to help manage those breakouts:

  • Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Avoid cleansers with harsh chemicals or exfoliating beads, as these can irritate your skin. 
  • We recommend LUNA™ Micro-Foam Cleanser 2.0, that, transforming from a silky cream into delicate micro-bubbles, gently washes away deep-seated impurities from the face and neck. While this cleanser works beautifully on its own, it is formulated to work perfectly with LUNA™ 4 facial cleansing brush. Its gentle, ultra-hygienic silicone bristles feel heavenly on your face and still remove 99% of dirt, oil, and makeup residue accumulated during the day. 
  • Use a light, oil-free moisturizer to help control shine. If you're using an acne treatment product, make sure it is pregnancy-safe before continuing to use it.
  • Exfoliate once a week with a gentle exfoliating cleanser or scrub. This will help to remove dead skin cells and keep pores clear.

Dark patches during pregnancy

Another common skin change during pregnancy is the development of dark patches on the face, neck, chest, and hands. These dark patches, called melasma or "the mask of pregnancy" are caused by increased levels of hormones. While they are harmless, they can be a bit frustrating. There are a few things you can do to help manage dark patches:

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, even on cloudy days
  • Apply a light layer of foundation or concealer to help even out skin tone
  • Avoiding the sun can also help to prevent dark patches from getting worse

Itchiness during pregnancy

Itchy skin is another common complaint during pregnancy. The skin stretches as the belly grows, which can cause itchiness. Additionally, pregnancy hormones can cause dryness, which can lead to itchiness. There are a few things you can do to help relieve itchy skin:

  • Apply a moisturizer to the affected area several times a day. Gentle massage with natural oils (such as sweet almond or jojoba) can not only relieve itchy skin but also prevent stretch marks.
  • Take a cool bath or shower to help soothe the itch.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing made of natural fibers like cotton.
  • Use a mild, unscented laundry detergent.

Dry skin during pregnancy

This is yet another common skin change during pregnancy. Hormonal changes can cause the skin to become sensitive. Additionally, the increased blood volume can cause dehydration, which can also lead to dry skin. There are a few things you can do to help manage dryness:

  • Use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser
  • Apply a moisturizer immediately after bathing
  • Use a humidifier in your home to add moisture to the air

Pregnancy-safe skincare ingredients

Now that we've discussed some common skin changes during pregnancy, let's discuss what ingredients are safe to use during pregnancy. You can use some of them in your homemade concoctions or find skincare and beauty products that already contain them.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a great option for pregnant women who are dealing with dry skin. It is a natural emollient that can help to soothe and moisturize the skin. [caption id="attachment_11095" align="aligncenter" width="801"] Coconut Oil Face Mask used with UFO device is completely safe for pregnant women.[/caption]

Shea butter

Shea butter is another good option for those looking for a natural way to moisturize their skin. It is a rich, thick butter that can help to nourish and protect the skin, but also can help you when it comes to skin stretching.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a good option for women who are dealing with breakouts or other skin irritations. It is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help to soothe and calm the skin. Since skin can be more sensitive during pregnancy, it’s always a good idea to perform a patch test first.

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil is known for its moisturizing properties due to its similarity to the skin’s natural oils (sebum)—the oil our skin makes to stay hydrated and supple. It also has a high vitamin E content and thus works to smooth and soften dry skin and improve skin elasticity (which also helps to prevent stretch marks).

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a good option for pregnant women dealing with dark patches of hyperpigmentation (often known as melasma or the “mask of pregnancy”). It is a natural skin brightener, and can help reduce the appearance of dark spots by inhibiting melanin production. Additionally, vitamin C plays an important role in collagen synthesis, which is essential for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness. but vitamin C can also be very helpful when it comes to maintaining collagen. As an antioxidant, it can help to protect the skin from free radical damage.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E applied topically is a good option for skin lacking moisture. It is a natural antioxidant that can help protect the skin and keep it hydrated. While topical use of Vitamin E during pregnancy is generally considered safe, oral intake may have adverse effects (if in doubt, it’s best to consult your GP).

Vitamin K

Due to its ability to improve blood circulation, Vitamin K is often used in skincare products designed to target issues like dark circles under the eyes or bruising. While it is generally considered safe to use topically during pregnancy, it’s a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns.

Hyaluronic acid

Is hyaluronic acid safe for pregnancy? Yes, hyaluronic acid is safe during pregnancy and can be used liberally. It is a natural substance that has the ability to hold nearly 1,000 times its weight in water and thus helps to moisturize and plump the skin. A good choice for dry or sensitive skin, it can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which are common during pregnancy. To boost your skin with a youth-preserving formula, we recommend SUPERCHARGED™ Serum 2.0 that uses 5 Hyaluronic Acids, Squalane, Vitamin E, Ceramides, Amino Acids, and Panthenol to firm and replenish your skin. It is clinically proven to boost skin moisture by a whopping 46% in 2 hours.

Benzoyl peroxide

This acne treatment is an antiseptic used to reduce the number of bacteria on the surface of your skin. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s ok to use benzoyl peroxide - according to the NHS, the small amount that could pass to your baby while pregnant should not cause any problems, and it is very unlikely to pass to the breast milk. Just take care that your baby doesn’t come in contact with the areas you’ve put it on and wash your hands after application.

Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is a powerful anti-acne ingredient that can help to exfoliate the skin and unclog pores. It penetrates the skin and dissolves dead skin cells that can clog your pores and cause breakouts. If you are pregnant, we recommend you talk to your doctor before using salicylic acid - the risk for pregnancy is low when used in restricted local areas for a limited duration. However, broad use should be avoided during pregnancy.

Zinc oxide

Zinc oxide is a good option for pregnant women who are looking for a natural sunblock. It is a physical sunscreen that works by reflecting light away from the skin, which can help to protect you from harmful UV rays and sun damage (don't forget that sun protection is always one of the most important things in the skincare routine, but especially during this sensitive and special period). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_70KCof0S3c  

Glycolic acid

Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that can help to exfoliate the skin. It can be a good option for pregnant women who are dealing with acne, acne scars, dark patches on the face, and dull skin. Glycolic acid is considered safe during pregnancy due to its minimal absorption

What skincare ingredients are not safe during pregnancy?

Pregnancy skincare needs to be gentle and effective. That's why you need to avoid some ingredients that could be harmful to you and your baby. And to keep that pregnancy glow, of course.


Retinoids are a group of compounds derived from vitamin A that can be found in many skincare and beauty products. They offer various benefits for the skin - such as unclogging pores, reducing inflammation, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and regulating cell growth on the skin's surface. Types of retinoids are, for example, retinol and tretinoin. Topical use of all retinoids should be strictly avoided during pregnancy. You should also avoid using retinol and other retinoids while breastfeeding.


Hydroquinone is a skin-lightening ingredient found in many skincare and beauty products. It is very effective at treating hyperpigmentation, but it can also be harmful to a developing baby. Therefore, its use during pregnancy should be limited so that it does not absorb into the systemic circulation.


Formaldehyde is a preservative that can be found in many skincare and beauty products. It is used to prolong the shelf life of products, but it can also be harmful to you because it can increase the risk of miscarriage. Formaldehyde is also classified as a carcinogen, so it would be best to avoid it whether pregnant or not.


Phthalates are a type of chemical that is commonly used to make plastic more flexible and harder to break, but they can also work as a solvent or a binding agent. They can be found in many skincare and beauty products, from nail polish to hair spray and fragrances. Exposure to phthalates may increase the risk of miscarriage and risk factors for gestational diabetes. [caption id="attachment_12007" align="aligncenter" width="802"] When you're pregnant, you need to be extra careful with the beauty treatments you choose.[/caption]

What beauty treatments are safe during pregnancy?


Are facial treatments safe during pregnancy? Yes, if you stick to simple massages, oils, and topicals that don't pose a threat to the baby. Avoid invasive treatments that can cause infections, such as chemical peels, Botox, fillers, retinoids, and skin-brightening agents.

At-home facials with UFO

Namely, you can experience out-of-this-world facial treatments that are completely safe and suitable for all skin types from the comfort of your home.  UFO™ 3 deep facial hydration device treats your skin with the benefits of 5 anti-aging facials with its warming Thermo-therapy, cooling Cryo-therapy, LED lights, and gentle T-Sonic™ massage. This technology works to push the active ingredients from your face mask deep into the skin, where they work best.  Furthermore, depending on your skin's specific needs, you can choose from a range of different UFO™ Activated masks and customize your own treatment routine to perfectly cater to your skincare desires. From moisturizing and nourishing masks to purifying masks and those that treat oxidative damage, there is a mask for each skin need. The Farm to Face collection uses high-quality natural ingredients and feels especially luxurious to the skin.

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Massages are generally considered safe after the first trimester and are a great way to improve relaxation and sleep. However, make sure to visit a massage therapist specializing in pregnancy massages. The pressure should be light, and to ensure your comfort, the therapist should offer prenatal massage pillows or padded bolsters.


Due to hormonal changes, pregnant women could experience excess hair growth (nothing to worry about, and not happening to you only). If you’re used to waxing, you can also continue with the treatment during your pregnancy (just try to avoid the first trimester). You might find that you’re more sensitive to pain than usual - that’s because hormonal changes increase blood flow to the skin during pregnancy. Some waxes may contain harsh chemicals, so make sure to check the type of wax before the treatment.

Manicure and pedicure

Moms-to-be deserve to treat themselves! Manicures and pedicures are considered safe during pregnancy - just make sure to go to a reliable nail salon with high hygienic and safety standards.

Microcurrent treatment during pregnancy

Even though microcurrent treatment is generally a safe and one of the most beneficial treatments to tone the muscles in your face and reduce the look of wrinkles, it would be best to avoid it during this period of your life. Even FOREO's BEAR™ 2, the safest microcurrent device on the market. Namely, BEAR™ 2 is different from other at-home microcurrent devices because it features a smart Anti-Shock™ System to eliminate any chance of the microcurrent shocking your skin, making it the safest microcurrent device in the world. It measures how moist or dry your skin is at a rate of 200x per second to determine your skin's resistance to current. Then, it very slightly adjusts the microcurrent within your chosen intensity level to best suit each square millimeter of your skin. Secondly, BEAR™ 2 offers a wider range of microcurrent intensities than any other at-home device, allowing you to experience a more personalized and effective treatment. Still, you have to be patient with these treatments and enjoy their benefits after you give birth. [caption id="attachment_15252" align="alignnone" width="1200"]Beautiful blonde woman using FOREO BEAR2 Wait for the treatment with BEAR 2 until after you give birth.[/caption]

Some general tips for taking care of your skin during pregnancy

While pregnant, a woman's body experiences many changes, including various skin conditions. That's why the skincare products that you are going to use during pregnancy should be hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and fragrance-free. Also, pick a product that hydrates the skin. In conclusion, pregnancy is a wonderful time, but it's also a time when you need to be extra careful with your skincare and beauty routines. Don't forget about taking care of your inside beauty. Find what makes you happy and relaxed and stick to it. A happy mom means a happy baby!  

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Hana Lohni 18/04/2022

What a great article! I was browsing, because we are planning pregnancy and I'm a bit of a skincare junkie, so I wanted to make sure what is safe. Thank you so much!

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erika 19/04/2022

In reply to by Hana Lohni


Dear Hana, thank you for sharing! We are glad you found the article helpful! Stay tuned for more interesting posts coming soon <3

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Ray Watson 28/04/2022

I have been using dermalmd stretch mark removal serum since 2 weeks and my skin feels so soft . Have seen results as ny stretch marks started fading away surely be consistent with the serum to show its magic ! Loving its texture .

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Kata 03/05/2022

Thanks for the super-helpful article. It’s generally challenging to find good pieces providing a detailed overview, let alone brands offering info on their safe products. I just wanted to check it I can keep using the following devices: Iris, Luna and Spada? Thank you!

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jelena 04/05/2022

In reply to by Kata


Yes, sure. You can use those devices. Do you have any big skin changes during pregnancy? :)

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Kata 05/05/2022

In reply to by jelena


Hi Jelena, thank you for the answer! Oh yes, quite a few changes... The key ones are increased dryness, sensitivity and more breakouts.


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