Most professional cosmetologists will say that combining yellow peeling and pregnancy is undesirable. But at specialized aesthetic forums there is often information that expecting a baby or planning for conception is not a contraindication to retinoic exfoliation, and such a “neighborhood” is possible. Especially in the early stages of pregnancy or on the eve of its onset. We will understand why retinol is not safe for the fetus, for how long before pregnancy, you need to stop visiting the beauty parlor, why a woman in position is at risk of complications and when it is possible to resume skin rejuvenation with retinoic peeling.
The benefits of retinoic skin peeling
Retinoic peeling is appreciated by cosmetologists and lovers to take care of themselves for their versatility and a short recovery period after the procedures. A couple of sessions of “yellow” exfoliation relieves simultaneously of several diverse appearance flaws: from acne to hyperpigmentation. The safety and softness of retinoic cleansing in case of mild aesthetic problems make it possible to perform a beauty procedure even in summer.
“Yellow” peeling is called because of the color of the main active ingredient – retinol. The chemical group of retinoids includes natural vitamin A and its artificially created structural analogues. Retinoids in complex peels carefully interact with the skin, destroying and exfoliating dense keratosis, but without affecting living tissue. Therefore, retinoic peeling refers to the type of borderline, or surface-median procedures.
Unlike other median peels, retinol-based exfoliation is characterized by a slight damage to the integrity of the skin, which means a minimal risk of complications and quick rehabilitation. Retinol, integrating into the intercellular structures, helps to tighten the skeleton of the skin and its deep renewal. Therefore, a week after the “yellow” session, many women notice that the depth of wrinkles has become less, the skin is lighter, and the inflammation has decreased or disappeared completely.
The firming, antiseptic and whitening effect of the yellow film of retinoic peeling has a prolonged effect and lasts from about 3 to 4 months. Then the course of procedures can be repeated and replenish the supply of vitamins and antioxidants in the cells of the epidermis.
Most often, retinol-based peeling is recommended for:
- dull complexion and hyperkeratosis – a dense “crust” of keratinized cells on the surface of the skin;
- Black dots (comedones) on the face;
- miliumah – “white” eels;
- shallow facial and first age wrinkles;
- signs of photoaging of the skin;
- dry skin (decreased skin production of its own hyaluronic acid);
- loss of elasticity (lack of collagen filaments in the skin);
- the appearance of light brown age spots.
Women can use the miraculous opportunities of retinoic peeling from 35 years. But express rejuvenation with retinol is not available to everyone. One of the first contraindications in the list of prohibitions for yellow exfoliation is pregnancy and conception planning. Disagreements over how natural or synthesized retinol obtained by the skin from peeling formulations affect the normal formation of the fetus are still relevant. In order to understand the possible cause of anxiety and determine when it is better to become pregnant after yellow peeling, you need to remember the chemical properties of retinoids and their role in the body.
The effect of yellow peeling on the embryo
Expectant mothers often wonder why retinoic peeling cannot be performed, being in position and how dangerous is the procedure for the health and normal development of the baby.
In cosmetology, it is widely believed that retinoids have a teratogenic effect, i.e. negatively affect the formation of the fetus and lead to malformations. Therefore, beauty industry professionals are trying to find out whether a woman is planning a pregnancy, whether she is expecting a baby and whether she is in the lactation period on the eve of the yellow peeling procedure. In each of the three cases, retinoic exfoliation is undesirable, and a master with many years of experience will refuse to perform it.
There are no scientifically confirmed facts that retinol, which was ingested by a future mother from peeling agents, causes mutations and there is no violation of embryo development today. It is only known that retinoic acid molecules are able to penetrate cell membranes and interact with the proteins of cell nuclei, affecting the transfer of genetic chains from the mother to the child’s body. However, on the one hand, such a process is possible only at later stages of pregnancy, and on the other hand, the concentration of retinoic acid in the peeling preparation may not be enough to change the genetic code.
It is also known that studies on the effect of retinoids on the embryo were conducted only on pregnant laboratory mice. And the facts confirming the teratogenic effect of vitamin A or its synthetic analogues were also not revealed. Pregnant women have never taken part in experiments on embryonic disorders under the influence of retinoic acid. Therefore, pregnancy and the period of breastfeeding appear in the list of contraindications for retinoic peeling as reinsurance and lack of feedback.
In medicine, there is no reliable data on the negative effect of retinoic acid in peeling products on the formation of the fetus. Therefore, retinoic peeling during pregnancy or when planning it remains in the area of responsibility of every woman.
Retinol when planning pregnancy
The combination of yellow peeling and pregnancy planning is also undesirable. A course of 4-6 retinol-based peeling procedures creates a vitamin resource in the skin, which lasts about 3 months. All this time, the dermis will be saturated with retinoic acid molecules, which will contribute to visual rejuvenation. Therefore, the aesthetic effect of yellow peels lasts longer than from other median or superficial procedures.
In response to the question, how much time should pass after a yellow peeling so that the pregnancy proceeds without fears and complications, cosmetologists recommend a period of at least 3 months before the expected date of conception. Therefore, if you are thinking about replenishing the family in the near future, refrain from retinoic exfoliation and replace the procedure, for example, with glycolic, milk or multifruit peeling.
There are situations when a woman made a yellow peeling, not knowing that she was pregnant. An unplanned or abrupt pregnancy that coincides with a course of retinoic exfoliation should not be cause for concern. After all, doctors do not confirm the relationship between the effect of retinol on the skin and the development of abnormalities in the fetus. Therefore, yellow peeling made on the eve or in the early stages of pregnancy can have only aesthetic benefits.
For information on how long it is not recommended to become pregnant after retinoic peeling procedures, it is better to find out from your cosmetologist or gynecologist.
Yellow exfoliation and pregnancy
During pregnancy, yellow peeling is undesirable for several reasons.
Risks for fetal development
Despite the lack of evidence on the tetragenic nature of retinol and its synthesized analogues, as well as on the systemic effect of the drug and its accumulation in blood plasma, women in a better position to refuse yellow exfoliation sessions. Especially in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. In the early stages, the contact of the mother’s body and the embryo has not yet been formed, because a common vascular network is just beginning to form. In any case, it is necessary to warn the beautician in advance that you are expecting a baby.
The body of a pregnant woman may respond with an allergic reaction to the components of retinoic exfoliation. Therefore, if you nevertheless decided in favor of such exfoliation, being in position, ask the beautician to conduct an allergo-text before the peeling session. To do this, a drop of the product is applied to the thin skin of the wrist, the inner fold of the elbow or behind the ear. An atypical reaction will occur within 10-15 minutes. If itching or redness does not occur, the peeling preparation will not cause allergies.
Possibility of side effects
During pregnancy, the peeling procedure may go wrong. Firstly, because the body of the expectant mother is sensitive to external influences and unfamiliar odors. Secondly, because pregnancy is the time of hormonal changes in the female body. A change in hormone levels can trigger unexpected pigmentation, acne or redness after the peeling procedure.
The decision to perform or not yellow peeling on the eve of pregnancy or during it, each woman makes her own. Of course, most cosmetologists will not undertake the retinoic procedure, knowing that the client is in position. But some young ladies in the weather for beauty prefer to remain silent about this. Given the doubts of experts about the “harmlessness” of retinol and its safety for the normal formation of the fetus, it is better to warn the master about the planned conception or pregnancy that has occurred before the exfoliation session.