The INSIDER Summary:
- Kylie Jenner is reportedly five months pregnant.
- Some fans are now questioning whether it’s safe for pregnant women to use Kylie Cosmetics products.
- Dr. Jacques Moritz, a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, offered his opinion to Billboard, claiming that some of Jenner’s products should be “avoided.”
- Noting the products’ ingredients, he said they contain aluminum and could pose a health risk.
- Another OB/GYN, Dr. Jen Gunter, told INSIDER that it “isn’t clear if aluminum in cosmetic products is even absorbed from the skin.”
- Both doctors advised against cosmetic procedures for
those who are pregnant as an extra precaution.
The 20-year-old Kylie Cosmetics founder hasn’t publicly confirmed the reports, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating about her becoming a mom. One question fans are asking is whether Kylie would be able to use her own cosmetics products if she is pregnant.
A few physicians have weighed in on the matter.
Dr. Moritz — who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell in New York City — looked at photos of a Kylie Cosmetics eyeshadow palette, highlighter, and lip kit, told the site that he would advise pregnant people to “avoid” wearing the makeup.
“Both the Bronze Eyeshadow Palette and the Ultra Glow Loose Powder Highlighter (from her “Vacation” collection) have aluminum, which I’d avoid,” Dr. Moritz said. “The powder also includes Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate, which is a category C and should be avoided.”
Aluminum chloride hexahydrate is a topical drug used to control sweating, according to WebMD. While the American Pregnancy Association states that controlled studies involving category A medications “show no risk” or “evidence of harm” to an unborn or nursing baby, category C medications present a gray area of uncertainty.
But not all doctors agree on the potential risks of makeup products that contain aluminum for pregnant women.
“I am not aware of any data that suggests the amount of aluminum in cosmetics poses a reproductive health hazard,” Dr. Jen Gunter, an OB/GYN based in the San Francisco Bay Area, told INSIDER. “After all, many deodorants have aluminum and we don’t recommend women stop using them. It isn’t clear if aluminum in cosmetic products is even absorbed from the skin.”
In recent years, widespread concern has spread about a potential link between aluminum-based compounds and the development of breast cancer. However, according to the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, there is currently no scientific evidence to support this claim.
Dr. Gunter also mentioned that aluminum is commonly found in soil. Therefore, “trace amounts” are ingested with our food. “For example if a baby were exclusively breast fed for the first six months of life, it would ingest about 10 milligrams of aluminum and 40 milligrams if formula fed,” she said.
While Dr. Gunter said that trace amounts of aluminum appear harmless, ingesting large amounts of aluminum over time can be dangerous. “There have been cases of fetal maldevelopment with prolonged, excessive use of aluminum based antacids,” Dr. Gunter said. However, she said she suspects that “there is far less aluminum in Jenner’s cosmetics than Maalox and she is not eating her cosmetics.”
For pregnant women, the main concern when it comes to makeup should be avoiding products laced with lead, Dr. Gunter said. “The only cosmetics issue that [American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists] has addressed that I can find are imported cosmetics that could have kohl or surma and be a source of lead exposure,” she wrote.
Both doctors said, however, that cosmetic procedures like lip injections during pregnancy should be avoided.
“Any injections in pregnancy can go bad due to the body’s decreased immune system,” Dr. Moritz told Billboard.
“In general, we advise against cosmetic procedures in pregnancy due to lack of testing…especially one that is for cosmetics and thus offers no health benefit,” said Dr. Gunter. “As always, pregnant people should check with their OB/GYN or midwife about the products they use.”
If you want more information about “safe” cosmetics, the Environmental Working Group has put together a database of over 70,000 products you can check before using.
For the latest on Kylie Jenner’s alleged pregnancy, check out our story for a full breakdown of how the reports have developed since the news first broke.