Pregnant, what cosmetic treatments are prohibited?

Pregnant, what cosmetic treatments are prohibited?

What are the aesthetic treatments that can be practiced and those that should be avoided during pregnancy? Lighting with dermatologist Nina Roos.

During pregnancy, nothing prevents coquetry. However, some cosmetic treatments remain too invasive or use products that are too toxic and should be avoided. No cosmetic or aesthetic treatment is strictly speaking teratogenic, but when pregnant, caution is essential and for 9 months, it is better to abstain than to take the slightest risk. Here are all the acts of beauty that should be avoided, or outright banned.

Brazilian smoothing

“Generally, all products for dyeing or chemical hair straightening are to be avoided during pregnancy”recommends dermatologist Nina Roos, also author of “My teen’s skin” (Ed. Solar). The reason: These are products potentially harmful to the fetus with particular risks of malformation. “We don’t have very precise data, it’s more of a precautionary principle”, she acknowledges. The alternative ? the tannin smoothing using a vegetable protein acid. Not harmful, it can be applied to the hair of pregnant women. In effect, “what is more annoying is the contact of the product with the skin, the scalp”, says Dr. Roos. And this is also valid for dyeing and sweeping at the hairdresser where the product necessarily comes into contact with the scalp. If necessary, while waiting to give birth, we can however fall back on the natural colors.

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Microneedling is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure. “If you don’t apply products that contain retinol, pricking the skin itself is not dangerous for the fetus, reassures Dr. Roos. p. “Under the effect of pain or stress, one can have contractions, but if the technique, carried out using a needle, is practiced without particular discomfort, there is no particular risk either. at that level”, she adds. And then, it’s a one-time treatment. There is nevertheless a contraindication to perform microneedling on a pregnant woman: “this can create inflammation on certain skins, especially dark or dark skin, and especially in summer”, she says. As a result, this inflammation risks causing a depigmentation due to pregnancy hormones and the sun. And give rise to the famous pregnancy mask. Also, if you have redness that appears after the session, she advises not to expose yourself to the sun. Generally, UV rays are avoided during the week following the session.

Botox and hyaluronic acid injections

What about botox and of thehyaluronic acid in pregnant women ? “In principle, it is contraindicated during pregnancybecause we do not know the possible consequences that these injections can cause to the fetus”, explains the dermatologist. The teratogenic risk (production of fetal malformations) could not be assessed.

Candy Lips

As to candy lipsmethod of lip micropigmentation to enjoy a permanent mouth makeup, we also abstain, as a precaution. The reason ? “The consequences of the processes of pigments or introduction into the skin have not been scientifically evaluated in pregnant women”details Nina Roos.

Microshading and microblading

Whether you are tempted by the microshading where the microblading for redraw or/and flesh out the line of your eyebrows, you will unfortunately also have to abstain until the end of the pregnancy. This process of semi-permanent makeup in the form of tattoo is indeed not recommended. “Any form of tattoo, including tattoo artist or permanent makeup, is best avoided during pregnancy”, suggests dr. Roos. “Globally, the skin of pregnant women heals less well, it is more fragile. Additionally, it may cause a risk of depigmentation“.

Attention !

In terms of eyebrows, no institute or serious and informed professional will perform any service on a pregnant woman.. During pregnancy, the pigment does not take, and those who already had a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo before being pregnant have even noticed that it fades during pregnancy. It will then be necessary to wait for the delivery for the retouching. Because if the professional does not receive you, it is for your safety first, but also for his career: a job that will give the impression of being badly done, not very homogeneous and bland, will damage the good reputation of his competences !

The application of semi-permanent varnish on the nails

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Same precautionary principle for laying semi-permanent nail polish feet or hands. First, because on the day of delivery, you should not have your nails painted. The reason ? “in case of possible surgery, you need to put oxygen sensors on the nails and the varnish can make the process less effective. Seeing the nails also allows you to monitor their coloring”, explains Nina Roos. In addition, the semi-permanent contains a chemical process and it is unknown what consequences this could have. Obviously, weighs the dermatologist, “there are a lot of women who have put on nail polish, tattoos, color and Botox injections before they even know they were pregnant and everything is fine”. But, in principle, once you know you are pregnant, she advises avoiding any chemical product or skin care product likely to impact the body, whether on the hair, skin or nails. .

Obviously, there are plenty of women who put on nail polish, tattoos, color and Botox injections before they even knew they were pregnant and all was well. But, in principle, once you know you’re pregnant, it’s better to stop.

Laser or pulsed light hair removal

On the permanent hair removal side, good news for pregnant women: laser or pulsed light sessions are safe during pregnancy. “Recent literature data is very clear on this subject, there is no risk for the fetus to do so during pregnancy”explains the dermatologist.


Fancy a little peeling before childbirth? Peelings with fruit acids in an institute or at home are not contraindicatedbesides the daily care with fruit acids either, because they are lighter”, assures Nina Roos. On the other hand, it advises against practicing TCA peels (or trichloroacetic acid) during pregnancy. These peels have more abrasive actions, “There is a risk of generating irritation and therefore depigmentation”concludes Dr. Roos.

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