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You’re living your best beauty life, slathering your retinol to keep your skin plump, your benzoyl peroxide as breakouts pop up, your essential oil-spiked serums, and your fave SPF. Then, you pee on the stick, see two lines, and everything changes—including your skin-care regimen.

While there are established rules to follow during pregnancy for what you can and can’t use for your skin, we talk less about how to incorporate the active skin-care ingredients that you stop using back into your routine after the baby is here and you stop breastfeeding (if that’s something you decide to do). Add on top of that many in-office skin-care treatments like Botox, lasers, and facials that you nixed during pregnancy. Plus, the fact that your whole body has undergone, ya know, a life-changing event, and it can feel like you need a roadmap to get your skin-care regimen to the place it was pre-baby.

Given this, we talked to two top derms to help define the rules for postpartum skin care so you can know what to expect.

1. Know the facts about pregnancy skin care

“Excluding a few, like retinoids and hydroquinone, for example, most actives are actually quite safe in pregnancy,” says Rachel Westbay, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist at Marmur Medical in New York City. “I often tell my patients who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy that the list of ingredients you can safely use is actually much longer than the list of those you need to avoid.”

For starters, retinol, chemical sunscreens, and hydroquinone are off the table, and according to most professionals, Botox and lasers are, too. Aside from those, Dr. Westbay says everything else is a matter of the concentration of the ingredient in question in the product:






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