Is Rosehip Oil Safe During Pregnancy?

Is Rosehip Oil Safe During Pregnancy?

Article By Edna Skopljak – Medical Doctor (MD)

When it comes to skincare during pregnancy, moms can get pretty worried and lost in their skin changes. And, between their skin – and their growing baby, they are looking for safe and effective topical formulations – good for both – their skin cells and health of their babies.

While it is absolutely required of you to adjust your skincare routine during pregnancy, to avoid using unsafe ingredients that may harm your unborn baby, there are also many products you can use without the risk for the baby. Remember that everything you put onto your skin is partially absorbed into your body!

Once you start looking for pregnancy and breastfeeding-safe products, you will definitely encounter rose hip oil – whether you are looking for a safe and effective solution for those annoying stretch marks, or just want to safely hydrate your skin.

Rose hip oil is one of the perfectly natural skincare products which is considered safe to use during pregnancy (yes, even though it contains vitamin A).

Note, however, that this safety profile applies only to topical application. Using rose hip supplements, drinking rose hip tea, or eating rose hips could be unsafe, and there is no enough scientific evidence.

However, before starting any new skincare products, ingredients, or supplements – you should always consult your doctor first!

This article is not a substitute for medical advice or consultation.

What Is Rosehip Oil?

Rose hip oil is a natural oil derived from the seeds of wild rose bushes – and particularly the Rosa canina species – let’s be nerdy.

This oil is known for its benefits for your skin. That is why it is widely used in the beauty and cosmetics industry.

It is rich in essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6, as well as vitamins and antioxidants1. It contains vitamin C, and vitamin A, and vitamin E, which are all known for their magical skin-nourishing properties.

Rose hip oil is great nourishing oil for skin hydration, skin regeneration, scar reduction (yes, it can reduce the appearance of your pregnancy stretch marks, dear new mom), acne, skin brightening, anti-aging. Furthermore, it also has anti-inflammatory effects.

After reading this, you would probably think that anyone can benefit from applying rosehip oil. Keep reading to find out if that’s true.

Rosehip oil

Who Should Use Rosehip Oil?

  • Dry skin

Due to its potent moisturizing properties, and the presence of essential fatty acids, rose hip oil is an excellent choice for those of you with dry skin, alleviating dryness and flakiness.

  • Signs of aging

As rose hip oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, it can help you combat the signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.

  • Uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation

The vitamin C in rosehip oil can help brighten your skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation, resulting in a more even skin tone. The bonus benefit is – a wonderful pregnancy glow!

  • Sensitive skin

Rose hip oil has anti-inflammatory properties making it suitable for sensitive skin, too. It may help you soothe redness and irritation without causing further sensitivity. Furthermore, it may help you deal with itchy skin. That is why it’s a great addition to the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions.

  • Acne

Rose hip oil is non-comedogenic in nature – and, therefore, it is less likely to clog your pores and cause acne breakouts. Also, it can help with acne scars, as it is great for scar healing – and generally, skin health.

  • Scarring and stretch marks

Rose hip oil is known for its potential to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Furthermore, it may decrease redness associated with scars, thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects.

  • Dull skin

With daily applications, rose hip oil can give your skin a rejuvenated and refreshed appearance, combatting dullness and fatigue – again – for your beautiful, pregnancy glow.

Who Cannot Use Rosehip Oil?

  • Allergies

Generally, rose hip oil is considered safe and beneficial for many. However, some may get reactions to it. So, those of you with known allergies to rosehip or similar plants should avoid using this oil, as it can lead to skin irritation, redness, or allergic reactions.

  • Vitamin C sensitivity

Rose hip oil is high in vitamin C, so it may not be the luckiest options for individuals with known sensitivities or allergies to this vitamin.

  • Broken or damaged skin

You should avoid applying rose hip oil to open wounds, cuts, or severely damaged skin. The oil may not be well-tolerated on these areas and can cause discomfort. You don’t want that.

Is Rosehip Oil Safe For Pregnant Women

Is Rosehip Oil Safe For Pregnant Women?

Rose hip oil is considered safe for pregnant women when applied topically. In fact, according to research results of one study performed in pregnant woman, it has been shown that the topical treatment with the cream containing rose hip oil, vitamin E, Centella asiatica, and few other natural ingredients, was not only effective, but it was also completely safe. The safety profile was without risk for birth defects2.

Rose hip oil is actually recommended during pregnancy because it can provide various skincare benefits without known adverse effects.

However, as mom, I understand the concern related to vitamin A. You probably know that retinol and retinoids are not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

However, there is the difference between retinoids and carotenoids found in rose hip oil. Vitamin A in retinol is a preformed vitamin A, while in rose hip oil, it is in form of provitamin – mainly beta-carotene.

Provitamin A is not associated with the same risks as retinol, making rosehip oil a safe alternative for pregnant women seeking the benefits of vitamin A without the concerns associated with retinol.

However, you should keep in mind that this health safety profile is only related to topical application. Drinking rosehip tea, taking its supplements, or eating rosehip – is generally not recommended during pregnancy. There are no studies to prove its safety, so it’s better not to risk.

Rosehip Oil Benefits For Skin During Pregnancy

  • No more dry skin

Rose hip oil is rich in essential fatty acids that help maintain skin hydration. This is essential during pregnancy when hormonal changes can lead to dry skin issues. Well-hydrated skin is more resilient and less prone to itching and discomfort – no more dry and itchy skin!

  • Improved skin elasticity

The vitamins and antioxidants in rosehip oil, including vitamin E and C, can promote skin elasticity. This is particularly beneficial in preventing stretch marks and maintaining the skin’s suppleness as the body undergoes changes during the pregnancy.

  • Scar reduction

Rose hip oil is known for its potential to reduce the appearance of scars, including those caused by pregnancy or stretch marks. It aids in scar healing and can minimize redness and texture irregularities.

  • Hyperpigmentation and melasma

Melasma, or “the mask of pregnancy”, is a common skin concern for expectant mothers, as well as the dark spots. Rosehip oil’s vitamin C content can help brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of melasma and other forms of hyperpigmentation, providing a more even skin tone. Rose plant, thank you for this!

  • Reducing inflammation

Its anti-inflammatory properties can be beneficial for pregnant women with sensitive or irritated skin. Rose hip oil naturally helps soothe the redness and reduces inflammation, which may be exacerbated by hormonal changes during (early) pregnancy, especially if you have some underlying skin condition.

  • Nourishing

The nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants in rose hip oil nourish your skin and provide protection against free radicals and environmental damage, which is important during pregnancy to maintain overall skin health.

Is Rosehip Oil Good For Pregnancy Stretch Marks?

Studies have shown that the topical use of rosehip oil can help you deal with stretch marks. In fact, combination cream containing hydroxyprolisilane C, rosehip oil, Centella asiatica triterpenes and vitamin E has been reported to help in preventing the development and reducing the intensity of striae, without the risk on growing baby3.

Is Rosehip Oil Good For Pregnancy Stretch Marks

How To Use Rose Hip Seed Oil During Pregnancy In A Safe Way

First of all, before incorporating rosehip oil into your skincare routine, perform a patch test on a small area of your skin to see if there will be any adverse reaction. This step is especially important during pregnancy when your skin can be more reactive.

Furthermore, you should consult your healthcare provider before starting any new ingredient during pregnancy – including plant extracts.

For stretch marks, it would be the best to use lotions with rose hip oil as an ingredient. Apply a small amount to your belly and gently massage it into the skin. This can help keep the skin well-moisturized and improve skin elasticity to minimize the appearance of stretch marks.

On the other side, for melasma, or hyperpigmentation on the face, it would be the best to use a few drops of rose hip oil directly on your face.

Besides that, rosehip oil can be used as a general moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated during pregnancy. Apply a few drops to clean, dry skin on your face and body. It’s a safe and effective way to prevent skin dryness and – to maintain your skin health during pregnancy.

You can also try diluting it with a carrier oil, like jojoba or almond oil, to make it easier to spread. Just be careful and choose a carrier oil which is safe to use during pregnancy.

Final Verdict: Can You Use Rosehip Oil When Pregnant?

Yes, you can use rosehip oil when pregnant. You can incorporate this magical oil in your skincare routine – it’s actually beneficial for pregnant women.

Adjusting your skincare routine during pregnancy is very important, because lots of products contain ingredients that are unsafe. Make sure to read this article with a list of unsafe ingredients for pregnant women – it will help you avoid chemicals that could be risky for you or the fetus!

What Skin Oils Are Safe During Pregnancy?

Besides rose hip oil, you should know other oils – safe to use during pregnancy. These include:

  • Jojoba oil

It is a gentle and non-comedogenic oil that is well-tolerated by most skin types. It’s suitable for maintaining skin hydration and soothing irritation.

  • Sweet almond oil

This oil is hydrating and can help prevent stretch marks by maintaining skin elasticity. It’s also beneficial for dry or sensitive skin.

  • Coconut oil

Coconut oil is known for its moisturizing properties. It can help alleviate dryness and itching during pregnancy and is commonly used for belly massages to prevent stretch marks.

  • Argan oil

This oil is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, making it effective for improving skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of stretch marks.

  • Grapeseed oil

It’s lightweight and non-comedogenic. It can be used to maintain skin moisture and prevent stretch marks, particularly on the belly.

  • Olive oil

Of course – olive oil! It is rich in antioxidants and can help maintain skin health. It’s beneficial for overall skin hydration and can be used in body massages.

  • Calendula oil

Calendula oil is known for its soothing properties. It can be used to alleviate skin irritation, such as itching or redness.

Article By Edna Skopljak

Edna Skopljak is Medical Doctor (MD) who works in University Medical Centre in Ljubljana. She’s a She also worked as an editor at BJBMS medical journal for several years. She wrote content for several health-related websites and the BJBMS blog. She’s a mom of a 15-month-old.

The purpose of this article is informative. It’s not a substitute for professional medical advice or medical care. Remember: safety first! Consult your doctor/pediatrician in case of any doubts. The author of this article does not accept any responsibility for any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, from any information or advice contained here.


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