𝗡𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗜'𝗺 𝗻𝗼 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗻𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗜 𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗺𝘆 𝗺𝗲𝗴𝗮 𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻?
With regards to the big guns (retinol, salicylic acid, adapalene and other retinol-like chemicals) some say yes, some say no and some say if you’re questioning it maybe delay use until after you’ve wrapped up breast/chestfeeding, if you’re treating a relatively benign condition. If you have cystic acne or psoriasis that without treatment affects your quality of life, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of treatment with an experienced dermatologist.
Luckily *most* topical formulations of popular skincare chemicals have low (some even negligible) representation in parent’s milk. The question is, how well do infant’s manage and metabolize these low levels!
Very little, research has been done on blood levels of these chemicals in nursing infants. Infants may metabolize even low levels of some substances differently or less effectively than us adults.
With these relatively low risk chemicals above, be sure to prevent the areas where the product has been applied from coming into contact with baby. Babies love being close to your face, kissing and licking you (lol). Ensure these chemicals are not used anywhere near the nipple or breast/chest as the recommendations do not speak to if baby ingests them by mouth—this would be a danger.
One major exception here is hydroquinone, a skin bleaching agent. Some over the counter products (often sold illegally) and online offers of hydroquinone have dangerously high amounts of the chemical. Hydroquinone can have carcinogenic affects and it is hard to justify using them while nursing.
I am a skincare lover and was also pretty anxious about what I put in and on my body as a first time parent who went through IVF and was worried about the pregnancy from the get-go… the last slide shows some of my favs!
You’ll notice I’m a bit of a splurger :/ I figure, when you can’t go out and drink you save a LOT of money (especially in TO). I took my 14$/cocktail money and applied it to my face! 🧖♀️
*this post also applies to those nursing baby if they weren’t pregnant*