Can You Use Niacinamide While Pregnant?

Can You Use Niacinamide While Pregnant?

When it comes to pregnancy, there are a few skincare ingredients that should be avoided completely, these are usually obvious ones such as retinol, and salicylic acid. When it comes to other ingredients, such as niacinamide however it can feel a little more confusing. Generally speaking, niacinamide is known for its ability to be applied to the skin with the peace of mind you will have little to know side effects. The question is however, does this clever powerhouse remains safe to use when pregnant?

Before we get stuck in to finding out more, let’s have a brief recap on what niacinamide can do for the skin.

What is niacinamide?

  • Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 and can be taken as a supplement or found in a variety of skincare formulations
  • Helps with the growth of ceramide barrier which is found on the outer surface of the skin.
  • Works as a humectant ensuring it can lock moisture into the outer surface of the skin keeping it hydrated.
  • Minimises the appearance of pores helping you achieve a smoother, even skin texture.
  • Helps to regulate sebum (the natural oil found in the skin) it does this by working with the sebaceous glands and how much oil they produce, whilst preventing the oil from being overproduced.
  • Can combat hyperpigmentation by increasing the collagen production of the skin and helping to improve dark spots and uneven skin tone.

If you wanted to know more about niacinamide and how it works on the skin, check out our dedicated blog post.

Hopefully after that little refresher, you’ll now remember how beneficial niacinamide is for a daily skincare routine. We’ll now dive in to finding out more about whether you can use niacinamide while pregnant.

Can you use niacinamide while pregnant?

Yes, you can use niacinamide while pregnant as it is thought to be safe to apply topically to the skin. If you have niacinamide already established in your skincare routine, you can continue to use with the peace of mind it won’t cause any problems. If you haven’t used niacinamide before however, then I would suggest consulting with a dermatologist or doctor beforehand to ensure you and your skin will be happy with you introducing this powerhouse to your routine. This can also be good advice for anyone who is wanting to introduce any new ingredient or formula into their skincare routine before.

One important point to remember is the fact that vitamin C and niacinamide should not be used together as they both work in similar ways on the skin. If you mix these two ingredients together, you will find they begin to counteract each other and prevent the skin from reaping the rewards all together.

What skin care products are safe to use during pregnancy?

This will be different for everyone expecting as the variety of hormones and how they act with everyone’s skin. Some new mums-to-be may find there previously dry skin type flares up with an array of blemishes and breakouts. While others with an oilier skin type could find themselves suffering with dryness. Therefore, it is important to work with how your skin is feeling after a few months of pregnancy and try your best to avoid any formulas containing highly potent ingredients. Here are some examples of the skin ingredients you can use whilst pregnant that will work effectively at keeping your complexion looking, and feeling its best.

  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Niacinamide
  • Azelaic Acid
  • Rosehip
  • Shea Butter for body moisturisers
  • Vitamin E
  • Antioxidants 

As I have already mentioned, always check with a doctor, dermatologist, midwife, or medical professional before applying any skincare products when pregnant. 

What skin care products should I avoid during pregnancy?

The main skin care products you must avoid using during pregnancy are as follows.

  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Retinol
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Essential Oils
  • Chemical Sunscreens
  • Dihydroxyacetone

There are also many more, so check with your GP if you have any concerns. The ingredients mentioned above, such as benzoyl peroxide, retinol, and salicylic acid, are normally found formulated into products that are used for combating blemishes, acne, and premature signs of ageing. Suffering from acne during pregnancy is a common problem, but there are some great alternatives you can use to tackle any concerns with ingredients such as azelaic acid, and bakuchiol, also known as the natural alternative to retinol which is just as effective.

What moisturiser is safe during pregnancy?

Yes, it is, depending, of course on its formulation and active level of ingredients. Applying a moisturiser will not only keep the skin barrier hydrated and balanced, but it is also able to provide a physical barrier over the outer layers of the skin surface, protecting the active ingredients found in other products. This will help your skincare routine to continue to provide the desired results and keep your complexion looking healthy and happy.

Is hyaluronic acid pregnancy-safe?

Absolutely, in fact, your skin will adore hyaluronic acid more than ever whilst pregnant. This is because it can work on any skin type, from oily to sensitivity prone. The humectant traits of HA will keep the skin barrier plumped and hydrated by locking in moisture surrounding the skin. You will also find you are able to maintain the overall look of your complexion thanks to the antioxidants found in hyaluronic acid ensuring you are able to combat signs of hyperpigmentation and discolouration, such as melasma.

Is vitamin C serum safe during pregnancy?

Yes, vitamin C serums are a safe and effective product to use when pregnant. Not only do they keep your skin glowing, and healthy, they are able to ward off any damage caused to the skin from over exposure to free radicals, such as UV rays, pollution, central heating, and other environmental aggressors that can lead to long lasting skin damage. 

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