5 No-Go ingredients to avoid during pregnancy

When expecting a baby, it's crucial to pay attention to the ingredients in your skincare routine. While some ingredients may be considered safe for most people, they can potentially have adverse effects on both the mother and the growing fetus during pregnancy. When being pregnant, the body goes through hormonal changes that can affect the skin in various ways and make it more sensitive.  

Here are some commonly used ingredients that you should avoid during pregnancy and that you will not find in any of the products we sell at DAGG:

  • Retinoids (found in anti-aging creams and acne treatments) are known to tackle fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. However, since they are derived from vitamin A, they have been linked to birth defects and developmental issues. Fortunately, there are clean and safe alternatives that can be used during pregnancy. Hyaluronic acid, for example, is a hydration hero that can plump up your skin and give it a youthful look. Another fantastic option is niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3 that brightens, evens out skin tone, and has anti-inflammatory properties. You can find these ingredients at DAGG in our serum and daily cream from HONEY.

  • Salicylic acid is a common ingredient in acne treatments and exfoliating products. It works by unclogging pores and can help to give you a clearer, smoother complexion. However, it is not recommended to use during pregnancy as it may cause birth defects. As an alternative, you can use tea tree oil, which has antibacterial properties that can help reduce inflammation and kill acne-causing bacteria. Our cleanser from Lesse contains tea tree oil and is safe for use during pregnancy.


Phthalates are often found in personal care and beauty products, including skincare. These chemicals enhance texture and flexibility. However, exposure to high levels of phthalates can be a concern for expectant and breastfeeding mothers as it may lead to health issues such as hormonal imbalances, birth defects, and developmental problems.
Plant-based oils like coconut, jojoba, and avocado are safe alternatives during pregnancy and breastfeeding, while botanical extracts such as chamomile, lavender, and aloe vera provide nourishing benefits for the skin.

Our skincare brands feature these safe and natural ingredients.

Propylene glycol is a synthetic organic compound used in many skincare products to help retain moisture, provide a smooth texture, and enhance the absorption of other ingredients. While considered safe in small amounts, high exposure may cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. There are also concerns about its potential health risks during pregnancy.

Safe alternatives to propylene glycol include natural humectants like vegetable glycerin, honey, and aloe vera, which hydrate and moisturize without causing adverse effects. Natural emollients like shea butter, cocoa butter, and jojoba oil nourish and protect the skin while improving its texture and appearance. You can find these alternatives on Dagg in our brands XXX