(Closed) Face Washes – freaking out!

posted 10 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Wow! I didn’t know this. I’m glad switched to natural facial products and makeup a few months ago. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
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Busy Beekeeper

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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.

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