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Retinol & is it safe during pregnancy

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Let’s talk about safe acne treatment during and after pregnancy. While your doc may have warned you against consuming caffeine, certain fish types and alcohol, what you put on your skin is important too.

Many skincare products contain retinol/retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), and it’s important to watch how much of that you put on your skin. You know what’s best for you and your body.We strive to be transparent and list all of our ingredients on our labels as well as our website. As you probably know, there's a lot of "bad science" out there that can scare pregnant mothers. Because of this, we've done lots of homework.

Here’s the lowdown:

The FDA approves retinol (retinyl palmitate) during pregnancy with daily limits of 1.5 mg. When you apply it as a spot treatment, The Spoiled Mama products below do not exceed the FDA’s recommendation (see below for link).

You and baby’s safety are our top concern (that’s why our founder started The Spoiled Mama in the first place!), but you should also discuss which treatment will work best for you with your doctor or OBGYN.

Try A Safe Acne Treatment During & After Pregnancy

We understand not every Mama feels comfortable using retinol during pregnancy, which is why we formulated these products to work just as well after, and be safe enough to use while breastfeeding.

We consulted our OB and skincare specialists and they referenced this booklet from the FDA Office of Women’s Health. According to Dr. Margaret Miller, "the OWH Science Program Director, “research showed no evidence that the product retinyl palmitate was absorbed when applied to the skin. Therefore, the product was not a threat...” (page 11)

Get Your Glow On

rehab serum for pregnancy acne
Made with a low-dose retinol* complex and 72% organic content, Rehab is a safe acne treatment for new & preggo Mamas - it tones using natural components like witch hazel and green tea, and makes the skin glow as it pumps in moisture with hyaluronic acid.


"Kick Acne Butt" Kit

Pregnancy safe hormonal acne treatment

Want that mysterious "glow" everyone talks about? If you answered YAASSS, then this pregnancy-safe acne treatment is just for you.

  • Aloe vera & witch hazel soothe problematic skin
  • Tones & removes dirt and oil that leads to acne and clogged pores
  • Helps to fade dark spots called melasma (mask of pregnancy)


If you have any further concerns, please feel free to take or email our ingredient list to your OB to discuss further about retinyl palmitate and if it is safe for you during pregnancy . I appreciate your continued patience and look forward to Spoiling you again soon!spoiled mama shipping and pregnancy skincare made in USA

*The FDA approves retinyl palmitate / retinol (vitamin A) during pregnancy with daily limits of 1.5 mg. This serum contains 0.5% retinol and does not exceed the FDA’s recommendation when applied as a spot treatment. Please discuss with your doctor or OBGYN about which treatment will work best for you.

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