Is a HydraFacial Safe During Pregnancy?
So much is off limits during pregnancy, and I think more often than not people are told not to do anything while pregnant. Just leave it for when you're not pregnant or breastfeeding, blah blah blah. You can still live a little, even during this more sensitive time of your life, and truthfully self care services should be in overdrive during pregnancy. I treat myself (a lot more when not pregnant) but you should be basking in the manis, pedis, facials, massages, baths, etc. You have to nurture your body. After all, it is growing a human and what better reason to pamper and spoil yourself is there really?
*As always, I am not not a doctor, dermatologist or anyone certified or qualified to tell you what changes to make for you or your baby's health, so consult with your doctor and do your own research.
The short answer: yes it is safe to get a Hydrafacial while pregnant.
First and foremost, what is a Hydrafacial?
HydraFacial is a non-invasive skincare treatment that cleanses, extracts impurities, and hydrates your skin. It removes the excess sebum, impurities, and dead skin cells to make your skin look smoother and brighter. This facial treatment combines cleansing, extraction, and antioxidant properties which are vital for skin health. (Ellemes Med Spa.)
This facial is typically comprised of three steps, just like most facials: cleansing, purifying, nourishing. It can be customized for all skin types and all people, so in that same regard it can be customized for those who are pregnant.
Why get this (or any facial) while pregnant?
I'm sure you'll get questions regarding why you're going to a med spa, or getting any services while pregnant (especially from those a little older and more old school.) Insert my massive eye roll and while I just want to tell those people to mind their business, and Google for themselves instead we'll be nice and explain to them why a Hydrafacial may just be the saving grace. During pregnancy, your body tends to produce extra sebum making your skin greasier than ever. In addition, you're not able to use your typical exfoliating methods (Dr Dennis Gross Peel Pads for me for example) and you're not removing that sebum and oil or the dead skin on the top layer of skin. This will cause breakouts quite quickly. Not to mention, your skin could also develop other problems like bumpiness, redness, pigmentation, eczema, and more. It is a time where hormones are changing, and if you've had perfect skin for years, this could be the time things really take a turn so a Hydrafacial is the perfect way to bring your skin back to balance. The Hydrafacial machine has a suction that can easily remove blackheads, dirt, grime and other impurities from your skin (requiring less extractions the painful old school way) and then it also pumps the hydration back into your skin in the final phase of using the device. It's an incredible machine and writing about it now reminds me that I need to schedule my next one, because it's been a few months since I've gotten one.
3 Things to Keep in Mind
1. You'll want to avoid harsh exfoliating products (they're too abrasive) and reserved for times when you're not pregnant. For example, avoid any chemical peel products or chemical peels is key.
2. Vitamin A (retinoid, retinol, retinal, etc) is not recommended for pregnant women, simply because there's not enough research behind if it's safe or not.
3. Some med spas and offices may give you the choice to not do extractions given the sensitivity of your skin. Up to you of course, but I did them during each Hydrafacial since I wanted to clear my skin out.
*When you specify that you are pregnant, the aesthetician will ask questions to curate the experience for you. Don't be nervous!