As we mentioned earlier, there are some common chemical exfoliants that are not safe for pregnancy, including retinoids. Remember: Retinoids are commonly used to treat acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and blemishes. Some gentler retinoids are offered OTC (over-the-counter), others are for prescription only (such as generic Retin-A cream brands like Tretinoin or Tazorac). Like other chemical exfoliants, these products exfoliate the skin by increasing cell turnover. Although the primary concern for pregnancy ingesting Oral retinoids, doctors and derms advise to stop using temporarily – as a precaution.
Adele considers azelaic acid to be an underrated peak, as it can help ease skin concerns similar to other chemical exfoliants. In particular, azelaic acid has the potential to treat acne, post-breakout inflammation and rosacea, And According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is safe to use during pregnancy.
Not to mention, studies have shown that azelaic acid treats acne comparable to certain retinoids. In a study of comedonal acne, 20% azelaic acid cream was equally effective in reducing the number of comedones and in the overall reaction as 0.05% tretinoin cream. What’s more, azelaic acid cream was better tolerated and had fewer local side effects than topical retinoids (imagine irritation, dryness, and redness). Clinical studies have shown that azelaic acid is also effective in treating rosacea.
Suffice it to say, we agree that this chemical exfoliant has been underestimated in skin care, especially for those who are pregnant. If you are looking for an OTC product, we recommend Naturium Azelaic Acid Emulsion or The Ordinary Azelaic Acid 10% Suspension Cream. If you want to treat acne, you may want to go to a dermatologist first, as you may need a prescription-grade product with a higher concentration to see results.