22 Pregnancy-Safe Beauty Products to Heal Hormonal Skin

Brit + Co posted "22 Pregnancy-Safe Beauty Products to Heal Hormonal SkinThis product spotlight features Visha Skincare founder, Dr. Patel's Mommy Brightener with Illuminotex, specially formulated to safely reduce hyperpigmentation and fine lines for mothers-to-be.

Beyond swollen ankles and crazy cravings, pregnancy hormones can do a number on even the most luminous of complexions, resulting in breakouts, dullness, darkened hyper-pigmentation, and melasma. But when it comes to correcting skincare products, the pickings can be slim.

“Because there are no formal studies using a wide variety of products in pregnant women, it’s better to be safe than sorry,” says dermatologist Michelle Hure of OC Skin Lab. The exceptions? “Hydroquinone and retinoids, which are systemically absorbed and can increase the risk of birth defects, most skincare products only act locally,” she explains. Translation: Bid adieu to some of beauty’s most potent skin-correcting ingredients, like wrinkle-fighting retinol and medications like Tretinoin by re-vamping your pregnancy beauty routine. For moms who like to err on the side of caution, Hure notes that blemish-fighting salicylic acid has the potential to be absorbed systemically, while soy products, which can worsen melasma, are best avoided.

We scouted the industry’s best — and safest — problem-solving beauty products for both mommas-to-be and new moms. Remember to always consult with your OB before use.


Pipette Overnight Brightening Mask

Wake up to brighter skin with this gentle overnight exfoliating mask that works to reduce discoloration and dullness.

Visha Skincare Mommy Brightener With Illuminotex

This brightening serum was made especially for mothers by an M.D. and mother herself. It reduces dark spots thanks to its unique blend of melanin-inhibitors, and smoothes fine lines to boot. ($65)

Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic To Go

The line’s cult-favorite glow tonic comes in these conveniently pre-soaked pads. Since they exfoliate using glycolic acid — not salicylic acid — this vegan drugstore buy is pregnancy-friendly. ($18)

Fitglow Beauty Eye C Firm

Green beauty’s darling skincare line launched this luminizing vitamin C-powered eye cream. It repairs, brightens, and smooths while promoting skin elasticity FTW. ($79)

Amala Brightening Corrective Concentrate

Ladies looking for serious results can expect even-toned complexions in as little as eight weeks. Amala’s plant-powered concentrate reverses melanin synthesis and speeds up cellular turnover for supple, hydrated skin. ($188)

Omorovicza Refining Facial Polish

Nature’s best buffing ingredients — including lava powder, marine micro-algae, and Moor mud — make the magic happen in this mask. Exfoliation is key for reducing unwanted discoloration, and this polish will get the job done. ($100)

Violette Boum-Boum Milk 3-in-1 Cream Spray

Save time and effort with this 3-in-1 spray that acts as your toner, serum, and moisturizer. The probiotic-based solution helps soothe, hydrate, and reduce red skin -- you can even dab some in your hair for a bit of shine! ($64)

Basq NYC Anti-Blemish Daily Cleanser

Even the clearest of complexions doesn’t stand a chance against the hormonal acne roller coaster that is pregnancy. Oak root extract, tea tree oil, green tea, and chamomile help to nip emerging blemishes in the bud. ($29)


Versin Creme Serum + Azelaic Acid

Calm breakouts and reduce dark spots with this multi-tasking serum for a healthier-looking dewy complexion. ($80)

Veracity Inflammation Response

This potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich gel calms and soothes signs of hormonal imbalances, such as oily skin and blemishes, featuring natural ingredients like willow bark and pomegranate extract. ($55)

Juice Beauty Green Apple Pregnancy Peel

Turn to this exfoliating treatment to reduce pore size and quell acne as an expectant momma. ($45)

Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch

If you’ve got a spot, pop on one of these invisible hydrocolloid patches. Six hours later, remove the little anti-inflammatory corrector. ($13)

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil

If you’re stressing about fine lines and wrinkles thanks to uncomfortable nights tossing and turning (or getting zero shut eye altogether), here’s your answer. Pai’s cult-favorite facial oil is green beauty world’s best alternative to retinol. ($29)


Frida Mom Leg And Foot Swell Spray

Rest better by soothing achy muscles and swollen feet with this hydrating + cooling spray, designed with a 360 spray to reach toes even when you can't. ($13)

Lather Australian Plum Night Creme

Plum is the newest skin superfood to pop up in a range of products thanks to its mega-nourishing effects. Adding the luxurious oil into your routine will score you noticeably firmer skin. ($46)

Skyn Iceland Facelift in a Bag

After falling in love with Skyn’s nourishing hydro-gel eye patches, trust us — you’ll want to experience the benefits on your entire face. Each patch is infused with all-natural ingredients to firm and treat, including Icelandic glacier water. ($26)


Frida Mom Bump + Body In-Shower Lotion 

Skip the whole post-shower rub down with this in-shower moisturizing belly conditioner to give dry, stretched skin a refreshed glow. ($13)

Hatch Mama Belly Oil

Itchy belly? Dry, stinging skin? Fear of stretch marks? This belly oil is both your prevention and your solution. Gloss your bumps generously! ($64)

Mustela Bust Firming Serum

If your breasts are simply out of control due to raging hormones and, well, lactation, this bust-firming serum is the extra-potent cousin to your average boob cream. ($37)

Frida Mom Stretch Prep Balm

Give your boobs, belly and perineum skin (between your thighs) a boost of hydration with natural oils to soften stretch marks and tearing. ($13)

Mama Mio Lucky Legs Cooling Gel

Occasionally, pregnancy swelling can create a “calf-straight-into-ankle” situation. This leg cream de-puffs, de-swells, and cools your exhausted and hard-working gams like pure pregnancy magic. ($28)

Frida Mom No Friction Stick

Protect skin from chafing and rubbing with this mess-free stick for on-the-go relief.

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