Pregnant and Facials What’s Safe and just what to prevent


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Facials are safe for expecting mothers, but not all services that are offered by an aesthetician may be safe. Skin is extra sensitive during pregnancy, so you may need to. Deep cleansing facial.

This facial is especially beneficial if you are suffering from acne. A deep cleansing facial involves gentle massage, extraction, and exfoliation, all of which are safe during pregnancy. Hydrating facials.

This will help if your skin is dry as a hydrating facial will moisturise your skin. Skin-smoothers like Botox are borderline miracle-workers, but they may not be safe for use by pregnant women. Unfortunately, there have been no conclusive studies on the matter, so for now, doctors recommend avoiding Botox while pregnant.

The same goes for popular filler injections like Voluma and Vollure. There are some facial treatments and topical facial products that I’d suggest you avoid while you’re pregnant, to be on the safe side. Chemical peels and topical retinoids might be better left for after your baby arrives, for example. Other safety tips for facial. Use only very mild bleaching agents or hair-removal creams.

Most pregnant women love the feeling of being pampered in a beauty salon and the attention and good vibes showered on them. With a little care and caution, facials during pregnnacy can be quite safe and enjoyable. Share your experiences with salon facials. Safe Skincare Products for Your Face How can I treat acne breakouts? During pregnancy, you must avoid retinoids, or vitamin A derivatives, such as Retin-A or Renova, as well as salicylates.

Verdict: Avoid Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) These popular skin brightening and exfoliating ingredients are a bit of a question mark because they may disrupt the skin barrier, which could open the skin up to penetration of other substances. Lotions containing AHAs and BHAs are best avoided during pregnancy. If you’re dealing with pregnancy-induced acne, a dermatologist can likely give you a safe topical antibiotic. But if you prefer to avoid yet another doctor appointment, you can use a facial wash that contains no more than 2 percent salicylic acid (look for the percentage on the product label). This small amount is considered safe.

Dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu breaks down what skin products are safe to use when you’re pregnant and which ones aren’t. Skin care is probably more important now than ever. Stretch marks, pregnancy acne, melasma and itchy skin may have you searching for.

It’s generally safe to get a facial while pregnant—as long as you avoid harsh treatments like microdermabrasion and certain kinds of chemical peels, which can do more harm than good.

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Most facials are absolutely safe during pregnancy, though some abrasive treatments (like microdermabrasion or glycolic peels) may do more harm than good, as they might be especially irritating to skin made supersensitive by pregnancy hormones.

“What to Expect When You're Expecting 4th Edition” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What to Expect When You’re Expecting 4th Edition
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

Some doctors advise that up to 2 percent salicylic acid is safe to treat acne during pregnancy, but azelaic acid or topical antibiotics such as erythromycin and clindamycin are considered better options.247

“Brain Health From Birth: Nurturing Brain Development During Pregnancy and the First Year” by Rebecca Fett
from Brain Health From Birth: Nurturing Brain Development During Pregnancy and the First Year
by Rebecca Fett
Franklin Fox Publishing LLC, 2019

Advice can be given about avoiding specific medications in the first trimester (e.g., isotretinoin), and general advice can be given concerning diet, exercise, and occupational exposures.

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from Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies E-Book
by Steven G. Gabbe, Jennifer R. Niebyl, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2016

• Azelaic acid (Finacea gel) is safe during pregnancy.

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from Dermatology DDX Deck E-Book
by James G. H. Dinulos, M. Shane Chapman, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

Lactic acid in particular has been shown to be safe for gestational acne as it has limited dermal penetration.

“Comprehensive Dermatologic Drug Therapy E-Book” by Stephen E. Wolverton, Jashin J. Wu
from Comprehensive Dermatologic Drug Therapy E-Book
by Stephen E. Wolverton, Jashin J. Wu
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

As discussed previously, you need to avoid products that contain large amounts of salicylic acid because they can cause complications for you and your baby.

“Expecting 411 (4th edition): The Insider's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth” by Ari Brown, Michele Hakakha
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by Ari Brown, Michele Hakakha
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Avoid hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms throughout pregnancy (increases risk for neural tube defects in first trimester; hypotension may cause fainting).

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Azelaic acid (Finacea cream) with or without tretinoin is safe during pregnancy.

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by Thomas P. Habif, James L. Campbell, et. al.
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Talk to your health­care provider about any oral or topical acne medications that have been prescribed to you to find out whether they are safe for use during pregnancy.

“The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything In Between” by Ann Douglas
from The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything In Between
by Ann Douglas
Wiley, 2011

Li DK, Janevic T, Odouli R, Liu L. Hot tub use during pregnancy and the risk of miscarriage.

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  • Thank you for the video, it is very useful. However, where did you find the information that salicylic acid should not be used? There are no studies proving that and in medical literature, it actually is allowed.

  • A typical over the counter 2% salicylic solution has not been shown to affect the fetus. Aspirin and salicylic acid are made of the same chemical compound. Aspirin is not to be taken during pregnancy because it’s a blood thinner. Unless you have an underlying clotting issue that your OBGYN knows about, you should avoid all anticoagulants during pregnancy as it increases the risks of hemorrhage and other pregnancy complications. Salicylic acid in OTC products at 2% concentration is not only a much lower dose than oral aspirin, but it’s also applied topically. It’s not well absorbed by the skin barrier (if at all), unlike retinol and retinoids, which should be avoided. Almost nothing is tested on pregnant women because it would be unethical, so many women stay clear of most products and a lot of foods to be on the safe side, which is obviously a safe thing to do. But if you’re suffering from breakouts and can’t use any benzoyl peroxide during pregnancy, salicylic acid isn’t an unsafe option for a healthy pregnant woman. But it is a decision you have to make on your own. Most OBGYNs are totally fine with it as there is no evidence that shows it’s harmful.

  • My doctor said I can use anything except retinol. Even salicylic acid and glycolic acid is okay (if not overly used). It’s also fine to colour hair (just be in well ventilated room), and don’t eat raw fish, meat and cantaloupes.

  • Dr Sam, is it safe to use retinoids while breastfeeding? I’m breakong out and I’d like to try retinoids but, of course, I don’t want to harm my baby.

  • pacifica (makeup at whole foods, some skincare at target, makeup online ulta only), 100% pure (online), honest beauty from jessica alba sold at ulta, and now researchine w3ll people seem to be the safest. being a skin care specialist I am heavily researching and you can go crazy. I found the website truth in aging to have the best all around ingredients and safety info. all the other sites seem to conflict.

  • I have 2 boys and had lovely skin with both. I’m pregnant with #3 (don’t know gender yet) and my skin is HORRIBLE. Utterly awful. ��

  • Hi, Dr. Bunting. In this video you said that benzoyl peroxide should be avoided during pregnancy but in your later video with Gothamista, you said that benzoyl peroxide is okay to use? Can you please clarify. Thanks!

  • I’m no doctor in any way but a masseuse came to my school in like 6th grade and said that getting a massage releases toxins from your muscles (if I remember correctly ��) but maybe that’s why massage is on the list

  • do you have a video discussing the skin care routine and products you used while breastfeeding? I am currently breastfeeding and need help!

  • Heyy Nora thank you for posting this video! Great to watch first-hand experience of a preggo lady having a facial treatment. Interesting to hear the Esthetician mentioning microdermabrasion is allowed during pregnancy, I’d wait for that 😉 We just revamped our blog about pregnancy facial by including FAQs in it, thought you might want to check it out

  • Oh man I need all of these ��. Gonna try at least a few to start. I’m 30 weeks and have used a stretch mark cream every day and it didn’t work. I’m sure it’s genetics though.

  • Massages put you at risk for miscarriage. Pedicures are dangerous because massaging the Achilles heels is a pressure point that can activate labor.

  • Thanks for this! I’ve just had my son and am breastfeeding now. Do I still have to keep the ingredients you mentioned in the video out of my routine until I don’t breastfeed anymore?

  • OMG Congrats Hazel! You have a beautiful family! <3 Take care, we'll be waiting you ^_^ Now that I see all this video, my whole admiration and love for the pregnant women, you go girls!:D

  • things like apple cider vinegar mixed with distilled water and tea tree oil mixed with grapeseed oil are safer than witch hazel and benzoyl preoxide

  • Massage can be very dangerous especially the aggressive one. I live in Thailand and we recently had big news of a pregnant woman went to the Thai massage shop while she was pregnant and she ended up with miscarriage and very serious health problem.

    It was a VERY big news because lots of professional Thai masseuses told that they would never give the message to pregnant women and this very sad story just happened because that masseuse didn’t know that.

  • Can you please make a video about stretch marks during pregnancy ����? And how to avoid them or at least minimize them. And what are the best products for the belly while pregnant. I mean there are tons of products like bio-oil that has retinyl palmitate I think, or palmers cocoa butter, also they have fragrance; however that’s what most of pregnant women use. Idk but for me fragrance products are a total no no they irritate my skin so bad.

  • Hi Susan, and thank you for the precious advices! Could you please give us an example.., or more �� of a safe brand where we can find products for daily skincare which are not harmful for the baby while pregnancy? Thank you very much! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Hello mam, my wife is pregnant for past four months, everything is going well, but I have a question.she is been using tretinoin on her face at night time for past few months which I wasn’t aware of.but recently she stopped using it.I am a bit concerned about the fact that she used tretinoin during her 1st trimester.but she didn’t use isotretinoin or anything else,not orally for sure.your comment on this will be highly appreciated.

  • Canadian massage therapist here! Great video, but would like to clear up the part about prenatal massage. Absolutely let your massage therapist know if you could be pregnant, but it is safe to get a massage at any point in your pregnancy, so long as the practitioner has prenatal massage training and all medical conditions are disclosed. There are modifications your practitioner will make to keep you and your your little one safe. As for later on in your pregnancy, there are ways that massage therapists can position you as well as special props/bolsters/tables so that you are comfortable and safe. Please check in with your massage therapist beforehand, as training standards vary between regions and countries; I can only speak on what is typical in my area. I have safely treated people 7-41 weeks into their pregnancy, and they have found it helpful for managing symptoms. If you’re unsure, it is a great thing to bring up to your doctor/OB:)

  • Congrats.
    Am also pregnant I found out this April last week on Thursday. It my first child. Am excited. Am experiencing changes am feeling so sick vomiting and diarrhea bloating. My boyfriend freaking out tell me to be careful. I told him I’ll be fine. And he said can I drink beer. I told him I can’t. He only 23 am Turing 27 on 30th of April. So she still young but he learning it hard to explain to him what am feeling. He always get up set. I told him just relax and sit down. So my mum try to explain to him. It taken him awhile to understand. Ah men! ��

  • I used hyperpigmentation skincare products while pregnant including niacinamide, vitamin C, kojic acid, Mandelic Acid, physical sunscreen. My hyperpigmentation didn’t budge. 3 weeks post partum and it’s all clearing up!