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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
- 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)
- 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)
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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!
- Cleanses skin without stripping its natural oils: Purify Aloe + Amino Acid Cleanser
- Retains moisture and nourishes skin: Hydrate 49% Almond Oil Serum
- Reduces excess oil: Glow 49% Jojoba Oil Serum
- Unclogs pores and smooths the skin: Soothe Rosehip Vitamin C Clay Mask
For Acne and Blemishes:
- Removes makeup, dirt, and oil: Clarify Tea Tree + MCT Cleansing Oil
- Keeps the skin hydrated and bright: Dew Drops Mushroom Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C Serum
For Blotchy Pigmentation:
- Use SPF 50+, physical sunscreen preferred
- Evens tone and smooths skin: Calm Lavender Hydrosol Toner
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!