A mother’s skin blocks many skin care ingredients from entering her body, but small amounts of some ingredients are still absorbed into the bloodstream. Once there, they can cross the placenta and reach the growing foetus. That’s because the “placental barrier” is actually more of a widely spaced filter. It blocks things the size of bacteria, but allows most chemicals to pass easy through.
While many topical ingredients are thought to be safe during pregnancy, a large number are linked to harmful effects in clinical studies with repeated or high exposures. Some examples include Vitamin A, salicyclic acid, benzoyl peroxide, certain sunscreens, and even aloe vera.
The SilDerm™ Stretch Mark range has set a higher standard for prenatal safety in the cosmetic industry. We search through millions of published medical research articles to see if an ingredient has ever been linked to birth defects. If it has, we replace it with a safer ingredient instead.