Mothers and mum-to-be; please take note. Do not simply and ignorantly, buy and use skin whitening creams or products without checking the label about its substances or ingredients. It is more serious than you think, when these skin care products can cause side effects and affect your pregnancy.
Being pregnant is the most precious nine months that a woman can experience. Each pregnancy is unique in its own way and there will be changes in her physical and emotional conditions. They will have their own share of difficulty and joy. There are also physical changes to their body that can cause discomforts and inconveniences. Therefore, their body will also need to change and adjust accordingly, during pregnancy trimesters.
During pregnancy, the skin will also react and respond differently when it comes to using skin care or cosmetic products; especially skin bleaching creams or skin whitening treatments. There are some chemical substances in these products and treatments which may lead to serious side effects and allergies, that may be dangerous to the fetus. Among all skin whitening products, some chemical substances do exist in most OTC (over-the-counter) range of products. Skin bleaching creams, gel, ointments and skin whitening pills are just some of these products, which are not advisable to use during those pregnancy trimesters.
There are some controversies regarding hydroquinone which is a popular substance for skin whitening. It was banned in the past, but may be listed as safe, due to favorable data released in recent years. But there are reports which mentioned serious fetus malformation and further skin darkening to pregnant mothers after using hydroquinone. These are real reports of hydroquinone affecting pregnancy.
It’s better to discuss with your gynecologist and dermatologist to seek other treatment options for skin whitening during your pregnancy. It is safer to avoid using hydroquinone altogether as there are two chemical compounds which have the similar benefits of hydroquinone, minus the side effects on pregnant women. Hauronoside and Arbutin are the two alternative replacements for hydroquinone.
During your pregnancy trimesters, your body’s functions are more susceptible and sensitive to chemical substances and its reactions. What might work and produces great results in a normal situation might have adverse or reverse results when you are pregnant due to hormonal and enzyme imbalances. Your skin might respond differently to skin bleaching creams and increase the risk of either, damaging your skin cells permanently or it may deform your fetus. It may be a wise decision to refrain from trying or experimenting with these skin care products during your pregnancy.