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Skin Care Products That Are Safe to Use While Pregnant

My husband and I just found out that we are pregnant. Its still very early and we havent had our first doctor's appointment yet. What Im wondering is if the facial products Im currently using are okay to continue to use. Im currently using ProActive with Benzoyl Peroxide. I have been trying to switch to Arbonne products because they are botanical and I hear are very good for the skin, but I need something that works well with my Rosacea and occasional acne. The Arbonne line I want to use has Salicylic Acid 1%. The other line I want to use has anti-aging elements. I hear Salicylic Acid and Retinol based elements (anti-aging) should be avoided while pregnant, but then I also hear its ok to use if just the topical is used. I plan on asking my doctor but thought I would check and see if anyone else has used these products during pregnancy.

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Try asking a dermatologist. There are now topical solutions that you can add pigment to, so you can treat the skin issue and have make up in one application. Also, I have tried the mineral powders. I have very sensitive skin and have had problems with talc powders, oil based and water based products. The mineral powders do not make my skin breakout.

I used a salicylic acid product (neutrogena deep clean cleanser, and neutrogena's 'spot' acne products, also with the acid, when necessary) through both of my pregnancies. Absolutely no issues.

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Congratulations on your pregnancy!! My doctor told me I could continue to use ProActiv while I was pregnant (both times). She also said NOT to use Salicylic Acid. As you mentioned, be sure to ask your doctor. Hope this helps & good luck!

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I am pretty sure that hydrocortisone cream is safe, but definitely check with your dr. Some herbs/botanticals are not safe for pregnancy, so be careful with those too.

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I would call your Dr's office. Most will answer those questions over the phone even if you haven't had your first visit. I called them all the time from skin care products to foods/meds and even activities. They were very nice and helpful. That way you will be on the same page for whatever YOUR personal DR recommends! Good luck and Congrats!!!

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I have four children and used products with BHA(salicylic acid) in them while I was pregnant, I did ask my doctor I showed her the product I was using and she said there was no problem using them. I also have rosacea so I used a prescription cream for that as well, I use the products from this website www.cosmeticop.com I do not represent the company in any way I just love their products and there is some great advice about skincare on their website. Hope this helps.

This is years ago and we weren't using Retinol bases back then, but I continued to use the products I had always used during my pregnancies and I had two healthy children.
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Salicylic acid is fine to use as long as it is only topical. I used it when I was pregnant and everything was fine. Retinol is ok as well as long as it is topical. You will be fine as long as it is used for the purpose of your skin only.
D.

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Try asking a dermatologist. There are now topical solutions that you can add pigment to, so you can treat the skin issue and have make up in one application. Also, I have tried the mineral powders. I have very sensitive skin and have had problems with talc powders, oil based and water based products. The mineral powders do not make my skin breakout.

Just sort of as a "buyer beware," Salicylic Acid is basically aspirin. You know how they say that aspirin is dangerous for babies??

Honestly when I was pregnant, I used a cleanser that contained a small amount of Salicylic Acid since I rinsed it off. I would steer clear of anything that will be on your skin for a period of time as the skin will absorb it.

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I use the Arbonne RE9 anti-aging system and did so while I was pregnant as well. To my knowledge they are extremely safe and effective.

I have mild rosacea and have really good luck with Aveeno Ultra-calming lotion. You might want to check with your doctor, but I used it during entire pregnancy and did not have any problems. It does not say that it has Salicylic Acid in it and is supposed to be "natural". I started using it because I hated using the medicated lotion the doctor had given me. It works wonderfully!

I hope this helps!

My sister in law sells arbonne and I know what 2 lines you are referring to. Have you thought about just using the Intelligence line? That is what I use and it is safe to use during pregnancy. Then after your pregnancy you can switch to what you prefer. I LOVE the intelligence line and it works great. I was a little skeptical at first (i have always used the Clinique stuff) but my sil gave me a tester for the Intelligence and now it is my favorite.

Call your doc, but there is almost nothing you can't use topically.

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Congrats on your pregnancy.....Don't sweat the small stuff. I used all of those products during both of my pregnancies...Please just enjoy the 9 months ahead of you and know that it will be ok! Good Luck!

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My doctor told me to use ProActive while I was pregnant because I had such bad acne. He said it was perfectly safe.

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I use Proactive also and used it during my entire pregnancy and while nursing. My son is almost 2 and happy and healthy!

Anything with Retinol should be avoided while being pregnant. As far as the other is concerned I believe that is safe to use.

Beauticontrol also has product that is botanically based. We have a new sensitive line that combates Rosacea but also offers anti-aging benefits.

We also have a cronic acne line such as Pro-Active called All-Clear.....are skincare goes by the age of your skin, it is wonderful and I know you would love it!

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I use ProActiv and did while I was pregnant with my daughter. I also have Rosacea and last summer switched to Arbonne products and had one of the worst outbreaks ever. It took months to clear it up. Now I'm back to using ProActiv and have had no problems.

I continued to use my regular skincare while pregnant and had two perfectly healthy boys. I have recently switched to BeautiControl and they have an amazing sensitive skin line. They also have an All Clear Acne line that is the strongest that can be sold over the counter. I talked to a lady who used it through her entire pregnancy and her doc said it was fine. For you I would probably mix the lines a bit to combat your acne and not irritate your rosecea. Let me know if you would like more info. It sounds like you've gotten a lot of great advice. You can also check out my website www.beautipage.com/spa_mouahidy. You can find information on both products there. Just a heads up, expect the unexpected with your skin. Your body is going through a lot of changes so do what you can to take care of it but don't look for miracle treatments right now--the most important thing is your baby.

K., I used Proactiv the whole time I was pregnant. I did speak to my doctor first and he said it was fine. I wouldn't worry about using it. My son is now 7 months old and couldn't possibly be healthier!!

I use products from a company that is all 100% chemical and toxin free. So, these products are safe for pregnant women to use. This company has products to help your acne and rosacea. They also have over 300 other products that are all chemical free. If you are interested in learning more, then you can email me at ____@____.com, ask your doctor. I asked my doctor, it seemed like, a million little questions about all kinds of things from putting topical steroids on my son's eczema to using energy drinks. So, don't feel like you are being a pest to your doctor. It is his/her duty/job to put your mind at ease so you can have a healthy pregnancy.

Congratulations on your pregnancy!!

Congratulations K.!

I think it is so great that you are careful to consider everthing that you are putting on your skin during pregnancy. (and afterwards!) I'm a consultant for Arbonne. Ask your Dr. about the salicylic acid from the Clear Advantage line, and the supplement that comes with it. I would also recommend the Arbonne Intelligence line. It is just a basic skin care line without the anti-aging ingredients. The Thermal Fusion Mask is probably too much for your roseca, though. Ask your consultant for a sample to patch test it.

Lucky baby to have such a great start with a great mom who researches!

Blessings!

T.

Hi K.,

I also use ProActive (luv the stuff). And I cleared it with my doctor during my first pregnancy. It's completely safe to use.

I used a salicylic acid product (neutrogena deep clean cleanser, and neutrogena's 'spot' acne products, also with the acid, when necessary) through both of my pregnancies. Absolutely no issues.

I used Mary Kay products through my pregnancy, my face looked great and all was well with my baby. Regardless of what you hear from us, do check in with your OB. My OB/GYN told me that the amount of product that you put on your face is so small , that the risk is nearly non existant. I trusted his advise and didn't worry. I assume you are only concerned about your face and not your body. Best of Luck and congratulations.

My doctor told me do not use anything with salicylic acid or retinol. I am unsure about the benzoyl. I switched to St.Ives Apricot Scub and my skin has been amazing. Good Luck and Congratulations!!!

I have used arbonne for over 17 yrs and with all 3 of my pregs used the Not So Basic or Anti Aging lines.. I don't have acne but I do have another skin issues.. excema. I had my OBGYN look at arbonne and he approved it was fine. So I used the NutriMinC with 2 pregs and Intelligence with 1 of them. I love the NutriMinC. Also I didn't use prenatals. I used arbonnes vitamins. That was the old womens formula.. I am not sure about the new Hybrids my dr oked the old formula and the Get Well Soons. I was always pregs over winter and got sick. The Get Well Soon's got me better and I was told safe from him. Every dr is different though. My dr loves more natural remedies.
K.

Talk to your dermatologist about products that you can safely use. I have acne, rosacea and atopic dermatitis. I used clindamacin (sp) lotion on my face during pregnancy and breastfeeding with no issues. I know there are a few that are unsafe, and many that I was on before I had to stop for now. Good luck in finding something that works - sometimes it can be frustrating because you just can't use certain things, but it is only for a time.

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