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Edna Skopljak is a medical doctor and an editor at BJBMS medical journal. She graduated from the University of Sarajevo School of Science and Technology.
Everyone loves a good spa day or self-care moment every so often.
This is especially true of expectant mothers who are dealing with many changes to their bodies as they accommodate a growing baby.
However, some kinds of treatments should be avoided. With a recent surge in popularity, one of the biggest questions involves HydraFacials, designed to give your skin longevity and youth.
But can you get a HydraFacial while pregnant?
HydraFacial during pregnancy
Yes, you can get a HydraFacial while pregnant, although you will most likely need some modifications done to the HydraFacial you are given. Make sure that you talk to your facialist before your appointment to know they need to make accommodations ahead of time. Some clinics will not allow you to have a HydraFacial if you are pregnant, as they do not adapt versions, which is why you need to tell the clinic you are pregnant before your appointment.
The health of mother and baby is often also taken into consideration by clinics before a HydraFacial
What does a HydraFacial do?
A HydraFacial is a three-step process that is one of the latest skincare trends to achieve long-term skin health.
The first step involves cleansing and peeling the skin, the second extracting and hydrating, and the third is where the skin is infused with serums designed to help protect the skin.
Where the HydraFacial typically needs to be modified for pregnant patients is typically in the chemical peels and acid solutions used, as these can do more damage to your skin which is naturally much more sensitive during pregnancy.
Can you get a HydraFacial while breastfeeding?
If you are breastfeeding and intend on getting a HydraFacial, you should take the same precautions as pregnant women and discuss with the clinic about your options before booking an appointment. Some clinics may refuse to give you a HydraFacial while you are breastfeeding.
What facial treatments can I get while pregnant?
Most facial treatments are safe for a woman to get while pregnant. These include deep cleansing facials (which are especially good at removing oil), hydrating facials (which restore moisture and elasticity to the skin), and oxygen facials (which help with blood circulation).
Any treatment involving a chemical peel (like a standard HydraFacial does), microdermabrasion, or retinoids should be avoided during pregnancy. Microdermabrasion can be as damaging to a pregnant woman’s skin as chemical peels can, while retinoids can harm a developing baby’s heart and nervous system, among other areas.
Ultimately, while you can get a HydraFacial while pregnant, you cannot get one at every clinic. Some clinics will turn you away if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as chemical peels can cause harm to the extra-sensitive skin that you have during these times. While microdermabrasion and retinoid treatments should also be avoided, there are many different types of facials that you can still have while pregnant without putting yourself or your baby at risk.