Why we don't use Vitamin A in our skincare products

As mothers, we’re always striving to protect and nourish our children - and this starts in the womb. The long list of foods we’re told to avoid during pregnancy is common knowledge, but what about the products and ingredients that you should be avoiding to protect your baby? 

The importance of a pregnancy-safe skincare routine

You may not even realise that when you’re applying your new fancy moisturiser, every single ingredient in that product is absorbed into your bloodstream which is then passed through the placenta and onto your baby. So, it makes sense that you’d only want to expose your baby to the safest ingredients possible.

At Bohemian Skin, we developed our entire skincare range with the goal of being 100% pregnancy safe, and because of this, we err on the side of precaution with the ingredients that we use throughout our range.

Why You Should Avoid Vitamin A During Pregnancy

As Australia’s top pregnancy skincare brand we say no to so many ingredients because of the detrimental effects they can have to a developing fetus. Vitamin A is one of the more widely known ingredients to steer clear of during pregnancy and its multiple different names can make it easy to miss when searching through an ingredients list. 

When applied topically, Vitamin A can cause fetal anomalies* and here at Bohemian Skin, we do not include any ingredients that could harm you or your unborn baby.

Our advice is to check your ingredients list prior to starting your fertility journey to ensure your skincare does not contain any form of Vitamin A. We also do not recommend using any form of Vitamin A while breastfeeding.

Below is a comprehensive list of how Vitamin A can appear on ingredient labels in skincare.  

Adapalene, antixerophthalmic vitamin, axerophtholum, beta-carotene, biosterol, dehydroretinol, isotretinoin, retinal, Retin-A, retinaldehyde, retinol, retinol acetate, retinoic acid, retinol palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate, tazaroten,tretinoin, 3-Dehydroretinol. 

You can be confident that Bohemian Skin products are all 100% natural, vegan and safe to use before, during and after pregnancy.


*Source: Selcen D, Seidman S, Nigro MA. Otocerebral anomalies associated with topical tretinoin use. Brain Dev. 2000 Jun;22(4):218-20. doi: 10.1016/s0387-7604(00)00104-2. PMID: 10838106.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10838106/
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