Post # 1
I just found out that the face wash I have been using should not be used when pregnant. I am only 6 weeks along this past Sunday. The website says it could cause adverse affects on the fetus. I use both Oxy Maximum Strength and Panoxyl which are both sold OTC but do have the maximum amounts of Benzol Peroxide.
Now I am really freaking out….I had no idea you weren’t supposed to use those types of face washes! I didn’t even think about it! I feel terrible 🙁 and I’m scared.
Post # 3
The March of Dimes actually lists benzoyl peroxide as being fine for pregnancy (“Topical preparations of the antibiotics erythromycin or clindamycin are safe choices during pregnancy, as is benzoyl peroxide, an antibacterial agent that also dries the skin”). (http://www.marchofdimes.com/pregnancy/alcohol_accutane.html)
Post # 4
Wow i wasnt aware of this… I’m gonna check the face washes I’ve been using, i think mine have salicyc acid [sp?] I hope thats not a high risk product during pregnancy. Its crazy how we are supposed to keep up with all these things!
Post # 5
Okay I just read that it depends how much but that salicylic acid can be harmful too if used topically for long periods like for facial peels etc. sheesh I dont know what to believe anymore
Post # 6
Ok, take a deep breath. Just call your doctor. Probably not a big deal, but you’ll feel better if you talk to a professional.
Post # 7
I was advised not to use benzoyl or salicylic acid (but I also had a prescription Retin-A that was discarded immediately after finding out I was pregnant).
I’m using The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil Wash.
Post # 8
@bells: My face wash wash was from Bath and Body works that had the salicylic acid in it. My doctor told me as long as I’m not keeping it on my face for an extended period of time I’m ok.
Like anything else – if you’re concerned just give your dr a quick call, they’ll be able to let you know if it’s ok. If your doctor is like mine, they don’t mind all the questions 🙂
Post # 9
Wow! I didn’t know this. I’m glad switched to natural facial products and makeup a few months ago.
Post # 10
I switched to CeraVe a few months ago and I will swear by it. Super light and sensitive (even though my skin has turned oily since BCP) and my skin has totally improved. It’s at drug stores, but slightly more expensive (like $14 for a big bottle).
Post # 11
@Tisty1982: My doctor said the same about my facial wash. She said because it’s a wash and basically is applied and rinsed off almost immediately, it would be fine. Lotions and serums are a different story.
Post # 12
@rachiecakes: I switched to this recently and am really liking it. I used Murad before getting pregnant, but it was not cutting it for the pregnancy acne that came about. This stuff has been doing a much better job!
Post # 13
This does not warrant a freakout. Breathe, relax, or it’s going to be a very long 9 months.
I switched to Burt’s Bees when I was pregnant, it works well and doesn’t have the harsh stuff.
Post # 14
@Tisty1982: Yeah the thing is my facial moisturizer also has salicylic acid and I dont even rinse that off, it stays on my face all day. Anyway I have other facial products for sensitive skin that dont have salicylic acid in them so I’m switching over to those
Post # 15
I think the general concensus is that anything sold OTC has safe levels of SA or Bridal Party, but some Rx face washes *may* contain *potentially* harmful amounts of chemicals. Just ask your doctor.
Post # 16
Ya – It is going to be a long 9 months if I freak out about everything. It is just hard to find out after the fact that you were doing something that could have the potential to harm your baby.
I am going to try some of the face washes mentioned in this thread. Right now I am using some old Cetaphil stuff I had at home, but I can’t stand it. I haven’t called my Dr. but I go tomorrow for my 6 week ultrasound and appointment so if I want to I can talk to him about it then.