Depending on body chemistry, some women develop acne or melasma due to the shift in hormones during pregnancy. Being pregnant (or breastfeeding) limits the use of specific products because they could possibly enter the bloodstream and affect the baby. Some say it’s ok to use AHA’s/BHA’s or benzoyl peroxide during pregnancy, others say it’s not safe, so it depends on your doctor. I prefer to air on the side of caution and leave those products out of any home care regimen or treatment. This makes it tough sometimes, because when it comes to acne or hyerpigmentation, it’s harder to make dramatic changes without these medicated products.
I’ve been doing some research on “baby safe” products you can try out. Enzyme exfoliants are gentle enough and only work on the surface of the skin. They won’t get absorbed into the bloodstream. Popular fruit enzymes such as bromelain from pineapple, and papain from papaya, work by simply eating away at dead cells. Exfoliation is key in improving acne, removing hyperpigmentation, and stimulating metabolism for new healthy cells to grown in.
Here’s a few products I found that that seem like great, non-toxic enzyme masks you could incorporate into your routine once a week:
How to use? —> Cleanse, apply enzyme exfoliant and let sit for 10-20 mins, wash off and apply moisturizer.