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Retinol & Pregnancy

Mar 14,2023 | Gynaecologist

It is well documented that Vitamin A derivatives are very effective in treating signs of ageing in our skin, and most cosmetic skincare products these days will have Retinol as part of it's ingredient formulation. (Cosmetic and skincare products with Retinol can easily be purchased online or over the counter).

However, dermatologists might also prescribe stronger vitamin derivatives such as tretinoin, adapalene, isotretinoin and tazorac.  While it comes with substantial benefits, there's also the down side of side effects, and therefore must be prescribed and monitored under expert supervision. 

Do note that (Retinol; Tretinoin; Adapalene; Isotretinoin; Tazorac) is not suitable for women who are currently pregnant or while during the period of breast feeding.  So, do remember to inform your doctor if you intend to start or continue breast feeding.

So, the question will be there a safer alternative?

Bakuchiol comes highly recommended as an alternative (during pregnancy and breast feeding) and it is derived from the psoralea corylifolia plant, a powerful antioxidant. Bakuchiol’s effects might mimic that of retinol but it cannot be compared to tretinoin, adapalene, isotretinoin or tazorac.

It works similarly to Retinol and the good news is that it has no adverse side effects on skin.  And because it’s entirely unrelated to Vitamin A, it’s absolutely safe for pregnant women and those who like to continue breastfeeding.  Making it a natural replacement for retinol. 

Bakuchiol can also be used by those who have severe skin conditions like eczema, as well as by women who are planning to conceive.