Can I use Retinol During Pregnancy? Dr Hall Explains

Dr Christine Hall

Written by Dr Christine Hall, the award winning doctor, pharmacist and skincare expert.

"One of the commonest questions that people ask when they are planning to try for a family or learn that they are pregnant is ‘what can I use on my skin?’. For some this is a real worry as they have spent years perfecting a routine that suits them and the ingredient that many often rely on to keep their skin under control is retinol..."


Retinol during pregnancy

Why Can’t You Use Retinol During Pregnancy?

Traditional retinols are the most evidence based anti-aging skin care products that we have in our armoury– the vitamin A derivatives are renowned for targeting blemishes and the signs of aging but it is well known that traditional retinols are not safe for use during pregnancy, and this is because it is a key component in the developing foetus. Too little or too much Vitamin A and the results and this delicate process can be disrupted.

It is therefore always a good idea to check what you are using and any products containing retinoids including retinyl acetate, retinyl linoleate, retinyl palmitate and retinyl propionate should all be discontinued if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is even more important to stop using any supplements containing vitamin A as these are even more likely to interfere with this delicate process.

Retinol during pregnancy

Switch To A Plant Alternative to Retinol During Pregnancy

Luckily, plant-based alternatives to retinol are available and Ren’s Bio Retinoid™ Youth Serum is not only suitable for use in pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is also suitable for those with sensitive skin. Following only four weeks of use, 92% of those who used Bio Retinoid™ Youth Serum saw an improvement in lines and wrinkles.

The active ingredient is called ‘Bidens Pilosa’; it mimics retinol by activating the same skin receptors that retinol would have, but as the chemical structure is different, the sensitivity that is commonly experienced when using retiniods is minimised.

It is formulated alongside ceramides which help hydrate, soothe and strengthen the skin barrier and niacinamide (Vitamin B3) which works to help reduce the effects of oxidative stress giving a more visible even tone and plumped glowing skin.