Is A Face Cream Containing SPF 30 PA +++ Safe For Pregnant Women?
I use Wardah cosmetic products, but I don’t know for sure whether the cream can be used by pregnant women or not. The product contains an SPF 30 PA +++. Is it safe for pregnant women? R nWaiting for the answer, thank you. 😊
Good morning, Mrs. Enok, thank you for the question.
Regarding facial cosmetic products that will be used during pregnancy, it requires more attention so as not to contain ingredients that are harmful to the mother and the fetus. Because the cosmetic products used can be absorbed by the mother's body. D Some guidelines for selecting cosmetic products that can be done during pregnancy:
- Anti-acne products: it is advisable to be aware of products containing tretinoin and isotretinoin, as well as products containing tetracyclines (a type of antibiotic) because they can cause abnormalities in babies. Products containing salicylic acid that are used for the skin exfoliation process should also be avoided, but at small doses the toner is still considered safe.
- Anti-aging products, you should avoid products containing retinoids because they pose a risk to the fetus and the womb
- Steamed dye products, you should avoid those containing phthalates because of the risk of causing congenital laxity.
- Sunscreen, this product should avoid those containing oxybenzone, there are studies that have examined the relationship between its use and the possibility of low birth weight, although they have not really proven that this sunscreen is the cause. Sunscreen products that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are still safe to use during pregnancy.
- Hair dyes, generally hair dye products contain ammonia, which can cause nausea, so it should be avoided in the first trimester of pregnancy.
SPF itself stands for Sun Protector Factor which is a product to protect the skin from sunburn. The SPF number printed on the product determines how long you can stay in the sun without getting burned while using the product. The higher the SPF number does not mean the stronger the protection provided by the product, but a high SPF level can block more UVB for long-term protection against skin damage. The use of sunscreen and sunblock is safe for pregnant women as long as it does not contain the following ingredients: oxybenzone, homosalate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor, octocrylene and para-aminobenzoic acid.
It is better if you can consult with a dermatologist and your gynecologist for safe skin care during your pregnancy. If there is an allergic reaction, skin redness, or other symptoms after using cosmetic products, immediately consult a doctor.
Hope this information is useful, thank you.