The Ordinary Skincare And Beauty Products Pregnant Women Must Avoid

A complete list of The Ordinary products that aren’t pregnancy safe and their alternatives
Pregnancy safe Skincare routine
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Pregnancy is a difficult journey in itself. On top of that is the stress of dealing with hormonal acne and other skin issues pregnant women often face.

Trying to keep that pregnancy glow on your face while avoiding harsh ingredients in Skincare products that can be harmful to the baby is challenging.

This is why it’s essential to know what products are safe to use during pregnancy so that you can include these in your Skincare routine without worry.

What is The Ordinary?

The ordinary Skincare
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The Ordinary is an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare.

The brand focuses on advanced functional beauty products that have helped people achieve their dream skin.

The brand offers affordable Skincare products that focus primarily on the quality of ingredients that will deliver the best results. 

According to the company, 

The Ordinary exists to communicate with integrity and bring to market effective, more familiar technologies at honourable prices. The Ordinary takes pride in honesty, fights innovation stagnancy in the industry and indirectly celebrates the depth of innovation our brand.

This is what customers think of the brand.

I love them. But you have to do a bit of homework first, because they are active ingredients and they’re strong. 

The Ordinary products that are not pregnancy safe 

If you’re a Skincare fanatic, you’ll be familiar with the brand and have probably tried some of their products.

However, you might not be sure which products are safe to use during pregnancy and which aren’t.

Here’s a list of products and ingredients that should ideally be avoided during pregnancy. 

  • AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution: Prescription salicylic acid products, especially oral medications, aren't safe and Over-the-counter (OTC) salicylic acid products may not be safe for use during pregnancy. 

  • Salicylic Acid 2% Masque: Salicylic Acid

  • Salicylic Acid 2% Solution: Salicylic Acid

  • Marine Hyaluronics : Salicylic Acid, Salicylate
  • Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution: It is recommended that you avoid glycolic acid during your pregnancy, as it could cause severe deterioration in skin tone and quality.

  • Mandelic Acid 10% + HA: Mandelic Acid

  • Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density: Gluconolactone

  • Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA: It is best to avoid using skin brighteners like Arbutin that contain hydroquinone during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

  • Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% : Arbutin

  • Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion: Maternal use of synthetic vitamin A (retinoids) such as isotretinoin (Accutane) during pregnancy can result in multiple effects on the developing embryo and fetus including miscarriage, premature delivery, and a variety of birth defects.
  • Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane: Retinoid
  • Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane: Retinoid
  • Retinol 0.2% in Squalane: Retinoid
  • Retinol 0.5% in Squalane: Retinoid
  • Retinol 1% in Squalane: Retinoid

Pregnancy safe Skincare alternatives

A lot of pregnant women experience skin issues like dullness, dark spots, acne, and wrinkles.

You can look out for products with the following ingredients that will help you battle these Skin issues while having a safe pregnancy. 

1. Vitamin C 

Vitamin C promotes collagen production, which has the potential to thicken the dermis, diminish fine lines, and is essential for firm, youthful skin.

It is the perfect ingredient to include in your new Skincare routine as it is pregnancy and nursing safe. Skincare products formulated with vitamin C can help you battle the hyperpigmentation that often comes along with pregnancy.

2. Titanium Dioxide

As the primary active ingredient in many mineral sunscreens, it works by sitting on the surface and deflecting damaging UV rays and is completely safe to use during pregnancy. 

Sunscreen is the most important step of any skincare routine and can prevent wrinkles and fine lines.

3. Zinc Oxide

Zinc Oxide is another active ingredient in many mineral sunscreens which can be used during pregnancy because they but simply sit on the surface of the skin instead of being absorbed into it.  

Chemical sunscreens can potentially be harmful to use during pregnancy which is why it’s best to use mineral sunscreens that have ingredients like zinc oxide. 

4. Azelaic Acid

Azelaic acid can help with acne and discoloration experienced during pregnancy. Moreover, some find it effective for controlling symptoms of rosacea as well. 

Azelaic acid is a topical acne treatment that is not likely to enter milk or cause problems in a breastfed baby so you can use this ingredient in your Skincare routine during pregnancy and nursing.

5. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is the best ingredient to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding because of its skin-plumping properties that will help you overcome dry skin and dullness.

Moreover,  this ingredient’s capacity to retain large amounts of water helps the skin to stay moisturized throughout the day and to prevent the development of wrinkles.

6. Vitamin E 

Vitamin E is a great antioxidant that is safe to use during pregnancy. It can really help with anti-aging and wrinkles. 

You can even massage vitamin E oil on your face to treat the pregnancy mask, which is a skin discoloration that often occurs during pregnancy. 

The Ordinary products that are pregnancy safe 

The Ordinary products
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Now that you know which products to avoid during pregnancy and alternative ingredients to include in your skincare routine, let’s take a look at all the wonderful products from The ordinary that are completely safe for pregnant women. 

  • 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil

  • 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder 

  • 100% Niacinamide Powder 

  • 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Borage Seed Oil

  • 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil

  • 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

  • 100% Organic Virgin Chia Seed Oil

  • 100% Organic Virgin Sea-Buckthorn Fruit Oil

  • 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane

  • 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

  • Amino Acids + B5

  • Argireline Solution 10%

  • Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

  • Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F

  • Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% 

  • “Buffet”

  • “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%

  • Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG 

  • Ethylated Ascorbic Acid 15% Solution

  • EUK 134 0.1% 

  • Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

  • Lactic Acid 5% + HA 

  • Lactic Acid 10% + HA 

  • Matrixyl 10% + HA 

  • Mineral UV Filters SPF 15 with Antioxidants

  • Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 

  • Pycnogenol 5%

  • Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

  • Squalane Cleanser (at Sephora

  • Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

  • Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone

Other than skincare products, some beauty products from the brand The Ordinary are also safe to use during pregnancy and nursing: 

  • Concealer
  • Coverage Foundation
  • Serum Foundation
  • High-Adherence Silicone Primer
  • High-Spreadability Fluid Primer 

Now that you know what The Ordinary is all about and how to go about choosing pregnancy-safe products from the brand, relax and indulge yourself in a pamper session.

Avoid harsh ingredients in skincare and don’t forget to enjoy your pregnancy while these skincare products take care of that pregnancy glow.

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