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I have been using AVEENO clear complexion for my acne. But now I find out that saliclyic acid is a no no while pregnant so now I'm very worried. I had no idea, and I have been using it throughout my first trimester. Has anyone used products with this ingredient while pregnant?
I'm no help, I'm sorry. My skin dries out when I'm pregnant and salicylic acid just makes that much worse. I just use water as well. If I'm feeling really grimy sometimes I'll put a little bit of my bar soap on a rag and use that.
i was so worried about that too with my son...but you know...there's not much chance of a facial cleanser actually reaching the baby..so sometimes i think all the warnings are bit much...there really isn't any evidence that acne cleaners will have any effect on your baby...just don't use Accutane which is a drug. If you're really concered, ask your doctor...or switch to a product that contains benzoyl peroxide...if you're able to use it. I didn't worry so much about what i use on my face this time around. I am using a mail order product that contains salicylic acid...i just avoided any leave on overnight treatments that contain it...but i still used a leave on treatment that containes benzoyl peroxide. I can't use plain soap...it's too drying. I get bad acne in my first trimesters, so i needed to use something just for my own self esteem...i felt terrible about my skin...and needed to clear it up. Rest assured, my son was born perfectly healthy and i suspect my daughter will be too, lord willing. Really salicylic acid is bad if taken internally...the few moments it's on your skin isn't going to let it penetrate to your blood stream. The studies they do on mice they use WAY more of this stuff then any normal person would use...and i'm sorry, but mice and humans aren't the same. They aren't allowed to test on pregnant humans...so it's all based on animal studies...and it's usually that they have used enormous amounts...most likely injecting them with it.
true you should avoid retinol...but it was explained to me that because you don't leave cleanser on the skin and it's washed off right away, that there is little chance of it penetrating into the skin. There have been no studies done on humans and animal testing was only done with oral salicylic acid at much higher doses then any human would take.
A statement on the MayoClinic "Salicylic acid —Salicylic acid may be absorbed through the mother's skin. Studies with topical salicylic acid have not been done in humans. However, studies in animals have shown that salicylic acid causes birth defects when given orally in doses about 6 times the highest dose recommended for topical use in humans."
With that said...most people agree that the amount in a facial cleanser is so small that there is probably little risk to the fetus. But this is only true of topical salicylic acid. Like I said...ask your doctor for his advice...if your OB isn't sure, then maybe ask your family doc or dermatologist if you have one.
The FDA classifies salicylic acid as category C...which means there isn't enough evidence either way for them to give it a A or B class rating (which A and B are considered safe, C basically comes down to using your best judgement)