If you suffer from hormone-induced breakouts and discoloration during pregnancy, before now there weren’t many options to consider. Most doctors will tell you to avoid over the counter products (“OTC”)until after you are pregnant, just to be on the safe side.* This is because many OTC products can and do fall into FDA category C.
Here is a quick course in FDA categories in case you did not know. The FDA classifies drugs for safety during pregnancy into 5 groups:
• Category A: Studies in women show no risk to the fetus
• Category B: Animal studies show no risk to the fetus; no human studies
• Category C: Animal studies show risk to fetus, i.e. defects; no human studies, use only if benefit to mother justifies risk to fetus
• Category D: Some evidence of human birth defect; use only if necessary for health of mother
• Category X: Strong evidence of human birth defects; do not use.
Source: Briggs, Gerald G.; Freeman, Roger K.; Yaffe , Sumner J. ; A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk; Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation, seventh edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005
The most notorious skin care product to fall into Category X was Accutane, which is actually a vitamin A derivative.
(See: http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_diseases/accutane.html, http://www.cosmeticscop.com/BULLETIN/092711-full.htm?utm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Read+More+%C2%BB&utm_content=Pregnancy+%26+Skin+Care%3A+What%27s+Safe+%26+What%27s+Not&utm_campaign=09.27.11+Beauty+Exclusives).
WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU.
If you are pregnant and suffer from:
Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid (another vitamin A derivative) fall into Category C because these ingredients can be absorbed through the skin. So many doctors will recommend their avoidance during pregnancy and nursing.
· AHA peels.
· prescription topical antibiotic, such as erythromycin or clindamycin, both of which are considered safe for use during pregnancy.
· prescription Azelaic acid, another prescription option considered safe for use during pregnancy*
Hydroquinone falls into Category C as well.
· Broad-spectrum sunscreen. We recommend a sunscreen with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide which are physical blockers and possibly a safer choice. Use SPF 30 or higher.
· Use a daily exfoliant or consider a series of AHA peels from your dermatologist.
· Consider prescription azelaic acid which can be effective for treating hyperpigmentation*
Retinoids (Retin-A) and OTC products with retinol fall into Category C.
· products with vitamin C
· microdermabrasion* with your dermatologist
OR MAY WE SUGGEST THAT YOU CONSIDER TRYING THE AMALOU SKIN REGIMINE.
Amalou Skin is an easy four-step skin care regimen that includes REVEAL Exfoliating Face Wash, PRIME Detoxifying Tonic, GLOW Balancing Moisturizer, and RESTORE Night Treatment. Each product does its part to cleanse, balance, moisturize and help prevent breakouts and skin discoloration in hormone addled skin.
Our ingredients were chosen carefully, in consultation with cosmetic chemists, dermatologists and OBGYNs, to provide an even complexion without the worry that comes with many of the chemicals commonly used in skin care products today.
Instead, Amalou Skin formulations use the benefits of other, safer effective ingredients like Azelaic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, GreenTea, Witch Hazel, Chamomile, Thyme, Grape Seed Extract and Peptides.
To address BREAKOUTS and DISCOLORATION , our products use the following ingredients for the following reasons:
Azelaic Acid is an antibacterial agent which is also known to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and melasma. It can help reduce swelling and inflammation by exorcising toxins in the skin. However it does not reduce oil production, so it won’t dry skin or cause sensitivity to the sun.
Jojoba Beads which are a natural alternative to polyethylene beads. Put into our REVEAL Exfoliating Face Wash, they act as a mechanical exfoliat helping to wipe away layers of dead skin and keep pores clear and healthy while also helping to reduce the appearance of pore size.
Chamomile is a natural antiseptic with calming properties. It helps reduce the appearance of redness in the skin. It also helps to rid pores of impurities and to reduce inflammation.
Witch Hazel is a natural and gentle astringent with cleansing properties. Witch hazel can help tighten the appearance of pores.
To address SIGNS OF AGEING, our products use:
Thyme is a natural antiseptic with ant-inflammatory properties and is known to have anti-aging properties.
Green Tea Extract is an anti-oxidant and is also linked to cell rejuvenation. Promoting elasticity and warding off free radicals—Green Tea also has been shown to have anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, promoting healthy looking skin.
Grape Seed Extract is an antioxidant which can help protect cells from free radical damage and slow down the appearance of the ageing process. It may be considered more potent than Vitamin C.
Peptides: Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 used in conjunction with Palmitoyl-Oligopeptide are peptides that can help boost the growth of connective tissues in the skin and naturally increase the production of collagen in the skin. Increased production of collagen can help skin renew and repair itself.
We wanted Amalou Skin to work together to address blemishes, discoloration and signs of ageing. Because we wanted our products to multi-task, just like you do.
So give us a try. What do you have to lose except some blemishes and worrylines?