Best Pregnancy & Postnatal Skin Care Products

So you’re pregnant! Congrats. You’ve got a growing bump, and your skin is flushing with a pregnancy glow. You might be feeling hesitant about continuing your usual skincare routine, as you're not sure what products and ingredients are safe for you and your baby.

Here are some of the things you should look out for during and after your pregnancy. Read more…

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Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Topical Treatment

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Topical Treatment 🏆 2024

4.7  (47) Summary
Sim1here
Sim1hereNSW61 posts
 
LansinohA MUST have for any new or expecting mother's. Or anyone who is going to attempt to breastfeed. It soothes cracked and sore nipples quite effectively. Its a clear gel and has a texture like paw paw. If it wasn't for finding this product I would have given up on breastfeeding.  Show details
Bio-Oil

Bio-Oil

3.6  (287) Summary
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Jenna N.
Jenna N.SA
 
Works very well!!I have only been using bio oil for a number of days now and I'm noticing an improvement already. I had keyhole surgery to remove my appendix and the scar under my belly button from my surgery is thinck and indented into my skin and bio oil has differently helped already with the appeared of that scar Show details
Jess
Jess8 posts
 
Smells amazingStarted using before stretchmarks could start showing and still have no stretchmarks at 22 weeks with everyday use. Has a great smell and doesn't leave oily residue on skin. Is very compatible with other products and great value. Show details
ari101
ari101WA17 posts
 
Libby C.
Libby C.QLD4 posts
 
Kmomma24
Kmomma24
 
Does not work at allI bought this product to try, and hope it would firm up my legs. Almost 2 months later this product has not worked whatsoever. Here I go again on my search for a product that will work. If the was 0 stars I'd select that 1. Very displeased with this.

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Barbiedoll
BarbiedollSA14 posts
 
Not 1 stretch markI really loved this tummy cream. I liked the thickness when applying but the way it lightly melted into my skin. The citrus smell was very uplifting which gave me a burst of freshness and energy. A little goes a long way, it lasted my whole pregnancy and I still use it now to centre myself during mummy pamper time  Show details
mkmidgley
mkmidgley4 posts
 
ExcellentIt's great how it is free of chemicals and a little goes along way. There isn't much of a fragrance though which I miss but seeings it works the best I overlook that.
It worked well on my daughters cradle cap. I would put this on at bathtime then wash it off with there body wash.
Has know real frangrance
notruly
notrulyAustralia51 posts
 
Bake. Eat. Repeat.
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Stratamark

Stratamark

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Pri
Pri
 
Waste Of Your MoneyAfter doing some research on this cream and travelling for an hour to purchase this cream, it did not work and it was a huge waste of my time.

I used this cream, day and night during my second and third trimester of my pregnancy and it did not work so just save your time and money!!!

Don't believe the hype!!!

Zenmed Stretta

Zenmed Stretta

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night_borne_angel
night_borne_angel33 posts
 
Medela Purelan

Medela Purelan

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Products with safe ingredients

serum, flowers and other natural skincare products arranged neatly

It’s crucial to choose products with safe ingredients because chemicals from skin products can be absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream. Always check the contents of the products you’re using, as toxic chemicals can potentially cause harm to your unborn baby.

Safe and unsafe ingredients

Here’s a rough guide to some skincare ingredients you can use or that you should avoid. This isn’t a comprehensive list, so for further information or advice specific to your condition, consult a medical professional.

SafeUnsafe
Vitamin CRetinoids (Vitamin A)
Vitamin ESalicylic acids
Vitamin B3Oxybenzone
Zinc oxideEssential oils
Green teaHydroquinone
PeptidesFormaldehyde

How to check if your skincare products are safe

Check online: read reviews, blogs, websites, advice from other people who have been pregnant or by medical professionals providing information on the subject.

Read the label on the product: once you have an idea of the type of ingredients you should be avoiding, you can check the label on products while shopping.

App or website: there are various apps and websites dedicated to compiling data on whether ingredients are safe or not to use. It’s best to find an app or website that is Australia-specific, so you don’t receive incorrect information.

Consult with a dermatologist: a dermatologist can recommend specific products that will be safe to use throughout the stages of pregnancy. They also may be able to confirm whether the products you’re currently using are safe to continue using or not.

Skin issues during and after pregnancy:

During your pregnancy, you might notice your skin begin to change and feel more sensitive than before. There are a few common issues that may arise during pregnancy that will cause unease or discomfort. Here are some problems that you might experience (or are already experiencing) - and how to deal with them.

Pregnancy rash

PUPPP rash (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) develops around the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. This rash develops into itchy red patches that emerge around stretch marks and usually spread to the arms, legs, and buttocks.

How can I get rid of a pregnancy rash? Topical corticosteroids, oral antihistamines, and oral prednisone are a few of the ways to eliminate the discomfort and pain caused by PUPPP rashes.

Pregnancy acne

An increase in the hormone androgen causes oil glands to secrete more oil, resulting in inflammation and breakouts. Acne is most common during the first and second trimesters of pregnancy.

Does pregnancy acne go away? Pregnancy acne should start to disappear once your baby is born. If this isn't the case, it's best to consult with a doctor or dermatologist.

Stretch marks

Stretch marks are the result of skin splitting from your stomach stretching. Stretch marks are a natural part of pregnancy - as the child within you grows, it’s only natural that your skin would grow to accommodate this.

During pregnancy: There is nothing that will really prevent getting stretch marks, but you can try and apply some stretch mark serums or creams during pregnancy as a preventative measure. Treating stretch marks as soon as they appear my help to get rid of them, whereas leaving them until they’ve been there for a while may mean they become harder to remove.

After pregnancy: Generally, stretch marks will fade on their own or with the aid of an oil or cream. If you’ve found that your stretch marks haven’t disappeared and they’re bothering you, you can also consult with a dermatologist about undergoing a treatment such as laser therapy.

Ways to treat stretch marks:

  • Bio-oil: This is an oil that has been marketed as an effective method of removing stretch marks. However, keep in mind that our reviewers have given this product mixed reviews. Some reviewers swear by this product and claim that it cleared their stretch marks, but others are disappointed by not seeing the results they were hoping for. Bio-Oil can be found at most supermarkets and chemists and is relatively inexpensive - think of it as taking a $20 gamble as to whether this oil will work.

  • Lotions/creams: Lotions and creams that you can massage into stretch marks. Lotions and creams, such as Palmer’s massage cream or Palmer’s massage lotion, are a good place to start if you're searching for a cream/lotion to try out.

Pregnancy skincare routine

woman in robe applying cream to her face

Whether or not you're experiencing skin issues, you might be hoping to give your skin a little extra TLC or pampering during your pregnancy. However, consider holding off from reaching towards an arsenal of beauty products.

Generally, dermatologists recommend limiting the products that you apply to your face during pregnancy.

Rather than following a complicated 8-step beauty routine recommended by influencers. Instead, try something more laid back and natural.

  • To protect your skin from the sun and keep it moisturised, Use a light moisturiser with SPF 30 or SPF 50, but choose ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These ingredients are considered safe because they’re hypoallergenic - this means they sit on the skin instead of being absorbed (unlike traditional sunscreen ingredients).

  • Vitamin C helps to even out your skin tone and prevent signs of ageing, such as wrinkles. Vitamin C is available in a variety of creams and serums from beauty stores, chemists, or supermarkets.

  • Cetaphil is a versatile skincare brand that is cheap, popular and recommended by dermatologists. According to the Cetaphil website, all Cetaphil products should be safe to use during pregnancy, except for its daily facial moisturisers with SPF. Cetaphil Daily SPF moisturisers contain drug products, such as oxybenzone, which is considered unsafe for women to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

Conclusion

You’ve survived this time, so go ahead and buy yourself a new cream or book yourself in for that fancy facial to treat yourself - you deserve it.

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