Pregnancy skin care has long been a controversial topic, with people questioning whether it is necessary for women to use it, especially during the first trimester.
However, a new study suggests that women who use pregnancy skin creams and moisturizers at least once a week have lower risks of skin cancer and other conditions than women who do not.
Researchers from the University of Michigan and the University at Buffalo, both in the U.S., analyzed the health status of 4,000 women between the ages of 25 and 54, and found that those who reported using a pregnancy skin cream had a lower risk of developing melanoma, skin cancer, and other skin conditions than those who did not.
The researchers analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which collects data on more than 13 million women.
In the study, researchers analyzed the prevalence of melanoma (skin cancer), melanoma and other malignant skin diseases (skin conditions such as squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinomas, or squamous intraepithelial neoplasia), and found a statistically significant association between use of pregnancy skin products and melanoma risk.
The study also found that there was a statistically significantly lower risk for squamous and basal cell cancers in women who reported that they used pregnancy skin or pregnancy moisturizers.
The team also found no significant differences in melanoma or skin conditions, but some women who did use pregnancy products may have a higher risk for melanoma.
Pregnancy products such as creams, lotions, and body lotions may contain ingredients that can cause side effects, but the team cautions that the results should not be interpreted as suggesting that pregnancy skin treatments are safe.
The authors write that the findings should be interpreted with caution, because it’s not possible to know for sure whether or not pregnancy skin-care products are safe for women.
For women who don’t take their pregnancy care seriously, however, this study could have an impact.
“This is an important piece of research that may change the way we think about how pregnant women should use pregnancy care products, and whether they need to continue using them,” said lead author Jessica Davenport, a doctoral student in the Department of Medicine at Michigan.
“The results should be helpful for all pregnant women and families, especially those who may not feel comfortable using pregnancy care.”
The study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also found a significant difference in the risk of skin cancers among women who used pregnancy products compared to women who didn’t.
However; the study did not investigate the health consequences of using pregnancy products, or the potential benefits and risks of using them.
The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and the Office of Naval Research.
It was published online in the journal, Journal of Clinical Oncology.