We Are Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Safe!

We Are Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Safe! - Three Ships

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One of our most frequently asked questions is: Are Three Ships Beauty products pregnancy and breastfeeding safe? Simply put - yes we are!* The only product we would recommend you refrain from using is our Refresh Cleanser as it contains higher volumes of salicylic acid.

*Disclaimer: Always consult your physician first. Three Ships avoids essential oils and ingredients that are known to not be safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women. These claims have not been validated through third party testing. Claims have not been validated by the FDA.

New Baby, New Skin

As your body undergoes changes before and after birth, so does your body’s largest organ - your skin. Aside from the renowned “pregnancy glow” and unavoidable stretch marks, the skin visibly displays other responses to hormonal changes. 

One includes acne, formed by sebaceous oil (oil glands) and sweat. Acne is also common in the postpartum stage due to hormonal swings, stress, and sleep deprivation. Another would be increased redness and blotchiness to the skin, given the shifts in blood circulation. 

So, although such symptoms are inevitable, the child-bearer must be mindful of the baby’s health while treating their skin.

How Skin Care Affects Babies

Babies are often born with flawless, clear skin, but it is up to their carrier to ensure their health. Dr. Camille Introcaso from the Schweiger Dermatology Group, states that topical products (such as skincare and medications), to a degree, are absorbed into our bloodstream. Like foods and drinks, what you put on your skin can affect the developing baby. 

Please note: Below we list our researched recommendations on what to avoid and what ingredients are safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding; however, we always recommend first consulting with your doctor to find out what is best for yours and your baby's health.

What to Avoid

According to Dr. Jenny Liu, Dermatologist and creator of Derm.Talk, mothers and carriers must avoid the following ingredients in their skincare products:

  • Retinoids (over-the-counter Vitamin A can be used safely under guidance of doctor)
  • Hydroquinone (commonly found in discolouration products)
  • Oxybenzone (can be found in sunscreen)

What’s Safe

  • Salicylic acid (limited use, we do not recommend our Refresh Cleanser)
  • Benzoyl peroxide (commonly found in acne treatments)
  • Azelaic acid (various)
  • Alpha hydroxy acids/AHAs (various)
  • Peptides (various)
  • Tranexamic acid (various)
  • Sunscreen/SPF (use products containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, or stick to physical sunscreen if you want to be very careful)


Photo Credit: Lucas Mendes Photography

Three Ships Got You (and Your Baby) Covered

It’s vital for child-bearers to treat skin concerns in a healthy and safe way. Here’s our recommendations to mediate pregnancy and postpartum skin concerns!

For Dryness: 

Hydrate 49% Almond Oil Serum - Three Ships Beauty

Photo Credit: @thatisangela using our Hydrate 49% Almond Oil Serum 

For Oiliness: 

For Acne and Blemishes:

Clarify Tea Tree + MCT Cleansing Oil - Three Ships Beauty

Photo Credit: @thatisangela using our Clarify Tea Tree + MCT Cleansing Oil

For Blotchy Pigmentation: 

Want more pregnancy and postpartum beauty recommendations? Check out our #HerHustle Interview with By/ Rosie Jane Founder, Rosie Jane. Above all, we wish you a healthy, safe, and beautiful pregnancy and postpartum period!

Hydrate 49% Almond Oil Serum

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Clarify Tea Tree + MCT Cleansing Oil

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