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Can You Have a Facial When Pregnant?

Becoming a mum is a big deal, and at Lisa Franklin Dermatology Specialists, we know that your skin is just as important as your growing bump. Expectant mums often navigate the ever-changing world of pregnancy skin conditions and wonder if they can have a facial. This blog will look at chemical peels, oxygen facials, laser hair removal, and other skincare treatments.

At Lisa Franklin Dermatology Specialists, we know how important the “pregnancy glow” is and the challenges that come with it. From stretch marks and skin irritation to wanting a spa day, pregnant women want to know what skincare routines and treatments are safe and will give them radiance.

We will examine the effects of different skincare products and treatments on the skin during pregnancy. We recommend that expectant mothers consult with their healthcare provider and trust in the expertise of Lisa Franklin Dermatology Specialists to develop a safe and nourishing skincare routine for both mum and baby.

Safety Concerns During Pregnancy

It’s important to consider the timing of body treatments, with many experts recommending waiting until after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and not beyond 32 weeks.

  1. Chemical Peels:
  • Be cautious, as there could be adverse effects on the baby even with a gentle skin peel.
  • Consult with your healthcare provider before having a chemical peel during pregnancy.
  1. Oxygen Facials:
  • Generally safe, but use with caution, especially in the first trimester.
  • Consult with your healthcare provider for advice.
  1. Laser Hair Removal:
  • Safety concerns in sensitive areas.
  • Consider alternatives and consult with your healthcare provider.
  1. Hydrating Facials:
  • Relaxation is wanted, but skin irritation and blood flow should be considered.
  • Consultation with a skincare specialist is recommended.
  • Lymphatic drainage can be added to hydrating facials to reduce water retention and support skin regeneration.
  1. Steam Facials:
  • Be cautious, as there is a risk to blood flow and skin sensitivity.
  • Personalised advice from your healthcare provider is required.
  1. Skincare Ingredients (e.g., Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid):
  • Check ingredients in products carefully.
  • Consult your healthcare provider to see if specific acids are safe during pregnancy.
  1. Deep Cleansing Facials:
  • Harsh treatments and oily skin or acne should be considered.
  • Seek professional advice from a skincare specialist.
  1. Common Aesthetic Procedures (e.g., LED Facials, Microdermabrasion):
  • Check with your healthcare provider to see if the procedure is safe.
  • Consider alternatives with lower risk.

Facial Treatments to Avoid During Pregnancy

  1. Chemical Peels:
  • Strong chemical peels with ingredients like TCA or phenol may be too harsh during pregnancy.
  • Risks include skin irritation and effects on the baby.
  1. Microdermabrasion with Crystals:
  • Traditional microdermabrasion with abrasive crystals may be too harsh and cause skin irritation.
  • Consider alternatives or consult with a skincare specialist for modified treatment.
  1. Deep Cleansing Facials:
  • Facials with harsh exfoliation or extractions can cause increased skin sensitivity during pregnancy.
  • Go for gentler facials that focus on hydration and soothing.
  1. Hot Stone Facials:
  • Hot stone treatments involve high temperatures that may not suit pregnant ladies.
  • Increased body heat can be risky, especially in the first trimester.
  • Consider alternatives like a hot towel hand cleanse (also for the face), which provides relaxation without the risk of high temperatures.
  1. High-Frequency Facials:
  • High-frequency devices emit electrical currents and may not be recommended while pregnant.
  • Consult with a skincare specialist to see alternatives.
  1. Chemical-Based Acne Treatments:
  • Products with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and retinoids should be cautiously used.
  • High doses of these ingredients can affect the baby’s development.
  1. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy:
  • IPL treatments for skin conditions or hair removal involve light and heat, which can affect the baby.
  • Consider alternative treatments that are deemed safe during pregnancy.
  1. Tanning Beds and Sunless Tanning Products:
  • UV rays in tanning beds and certain chemicals in sunless tanning products can be risky.
  • Prioritise sun protection with pregnant-safe skincare products.

Common Ingredients in Facials and Their Safety for Pregnant Women

Retinoids (Retin-A, Retinol)High doses can cause birth defects.Avoid products with retinoids, both prescription and over-the-counter.
Salicylic AcidCan be absorbed into the bloodstream.Low concentrations (2% or less) are generally considered safe; consult with a healthcare provider.
Benzoyl PeroxideLimited research on safety during pregnancy.Low concentrations are typically considered safe for short-term use; consult with a healthcare provider.
HydroquinoneSafety during pregnancy is unknown.Best to avoid during pregnancy due to potential risks.
Glycolic AcidMay be absorbed into the bloodstream.Low concentrations in facial products are generally considered safe; consult with a healthcare provider.
Lactic AcidA milder alpha hydroxy acid.Low concentrations in facial products are generally considered safe; consult with a healthcare provider.
Vitamin A (Topical)Excessive intake can harm the baby.Avoid high concentrations with retinoids; choose products without retinoids.
Essential OilsSome may be too concentrated and cause skin irritation.Use caution with potent essential oils; opt for products with diluted concentrations.
PeptidesGenerally safe for topical use.Often included in anti-ageing skincare products and considered safe.
Hyaluronic AcidNaturally occurring and generally safe.Commonly found in hydrating facial products and considered safe.
Vitamin CGenerally considered safe for topical use.Commonly found in facial serums and considered safe white being pregnant.

Benefits of Facials during Pregnancy

  • Improved Blood Flow: Facial treatments improve blood circulation to reduce puffiness and give you a healthy glow.
  • Addressing Skin Changes: Facials can be customised to address specific skin changes during pregnancy, such as sensitivity or oiliness.
  • Pregnancy Glow: Spa facials enhance your natural “pregnancy glow” and leave your skin fresh and radiant.
  • Minimising Skin Irritation: Gentle facials minimise skin irritation, making them comfortable for expecting mothers with extra sensitive skin.
  • Stretch Mark Prevention: While not guaranteed, some facials may help prevent or minimise stretch marks, a common issue while pregnant.
  • Dead Skin Cell Removal: Facials remove dead skin cells for a smoother complexion and help other products penetrate better.
  • Relaxing Steam Facials: Steam facials are relaxing and deep cleansing, promoting overall well-being and skin detoxification.
  • A pregnancy massage can complement facial treatments by relieving tension and overall well-being.
  • Facials with regeneration techniques can help address skin changes while pregnant more effectively.

Can You Have a Basic Facial while Pregnant?

Yes! At Lisa Franklin, we understand the skin needs of expectant mothers, and we have a specialised treatment called the Nurture Pregnancy Facial. This beautiful treatment is part of our Repair Recover Renew series and is designed for mums-to-be. Here’s what you can expect from this treatment:

Nurture Pregnancy Facial Details:

  • Treatment Time: 60 minutes
  • Treatment Price: £148

What to Expect

Your Skin Specialist will start the session by discussing your skin goals and immediate concerns. The session begins with a foot soak to relax you for the facial treatment.

The Nurture Facial is a full treatment that includes steaming, manual extraction, microdermabrasion, exfoliation and Rose Quartz lymphatic massage. We use our award-winning products, including Phyto Gel Wash, Anti-Pollution Cleanser, Refining Exfoliator, Pollution Defence Cream, Luminescent Base, Clinic Privé Peel and a Clinic Privé Serum tailored to your skin condition.

We take every precaution to ensure the facial is safe and tailored to your specific needs based on your trimester stage.

Alternative Options For Pregnant Ladies

Nurture Pregnancy Facials are not just facials; they are an alternative for those who want to relax and address skin concerns while pregnant. They are an alternative to regular facials and address early skin ageing. They are a non-invasive option for those considering anti-ageing injections and dermal fillers. If you’ve had injections before, this facial is a great add-on to have a longer time between top-ups.

Targeted Skin Concerns:

  • Fine Lines & Wrinkles
  • Redness & Rosacea
  • Acne & Breakouts
  • Dull & Lackluster Skin
  • Firmness & Elasticity


Beyond addressing specific skin concerns, the Nurture Facial focuses on relaxation. The treatment will leave you feeling refreshed and energised, and you will have a gorgeous pregnant glow.

This Facial at Lisa Franklin is a safe and indulgent option for expectant mothers. It is a bespoke treatment that combines skincare and relaxation. Enjoy the benefits of a basic facial tailored to your needs during this special time.

Home Remedies for Pampering Your Skin during Pregnancy

Pampering your skin while pregnant can be a lovely and safe experience with simple home remedies tailored to your needs as an expectant mother. Go for gentle facial treatments like hydrating facials or steam facials at home. Create a spa day by adding relaxation techniques and using products with natural ingredients.

Avoid harsh treatments like chemical peels or those with glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and retinoids. Instead, opt for homemade honey or aloe vera masks for added hydration and skin soothing. For a stretch mark, apply natural oils like coconut oil to keep the skin supple.

Use pregnant-safe ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or lactic acid to exfoliate dead skin cells and get a healthy glow gently. For a calming experience, take a warm bath with Epsom salts; don’t use hot tubs. Be extra sensitive to your skin changes, consult with your healthcare provider, and self-care with these home remedies. Create a nurturing routine throughout your pregnancy.

Importance of Self-care during Pregnancy

Practising self-care allows pregnant ladies to address their changing skin needs without compromising their safety or the baby’s health. A full-body massage can be a great self-care practice to help with relaxation and relief from pregnancy discomforts. Going for gentle and pregnancy-safe alternatives like hydrating facials, pregnancy massages, and products free from harsh ingredients will give you a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Self-care also means avoiding certain treatments like chemical peels, laser hair removal and hot tubs that can be risky while pregnant. Spa treatments designed for pregnant ladies can be a serene and blissful experience for body and mind. By being extra sensitive to their skin changes, consulting with their healthcare provider and self-care with spa days or natural products, expecting mothers can have a positive mindset and get that much-coveted pregnant glow. Taking care of yourself is a holistic approach that protects against potential risks and makes the journey to motherhood more enjoyable.

Pregnancy Facials FAQ’s

What’s a mummy pregnancy facial?

Mummy facials are the same as a pregnancy facials, with a different name. The terms are often used interchangeably.

How can you find the best pregnancy facial in London?

To find the best pregnancy facials in London or near you, search online for “best pregnancy facial in London” or “pregnancy facial near me” and check reviews on Google, Yelp, and TripAdvisor. Look at social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook using hashtags like #pregnancyfacial or #mummyfacial for recommendations. Visit the websites of top-rated spas and salons to read about their services and ensure they use pregnant-safe products. You can also ask friends, family, and healthcare providers for recommendations and check forums like Mumsnet for personal experiences. Make sure to verify the estheticians’ certifications and training in prenatal skincare before booking a treatment.