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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.

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from What to Expect When You’re Expecting 4th Edition
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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

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

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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.

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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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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
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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!

  • Congratulations! I’m a beauty therapist, the reason why they suggest you stay away from spray tanning/self tanners is because when you’re pregnant your hormone levels change and your skin can react differently to the tanning solution. So when you weren’t pregnant the Tan made you a nice brown colour, but you’re now pregnant and you’ve reacted to the tan you’re now a green tinge. Massage aromatherapy oils actually go into your blood stream which will also go into your baby’s blood stream and will effect them negatively, regular Swedish massage is because of acupressure points and also the movements can be dangerous for an unborn child within the first trimester always go to a therapist who is trained in pregnancy massage! Xx

  • Too much vitamin A during pregnancy can case birth defects, that is the reason pregnant women should avoid liver products in their diet. Since retinol is vitamin A, it can potentially be harmful.

  • Pregnancy with baby 2
    Haven’t check the gender again �� terrible skin once again
    First baby was a girl �� I’m wondering now if it’s true about the estrogen girl gender and terrible skin
    ☺☺☺ I’ll pop down and let you know if in my experience the saying is true or not.
    Remind me to let you know if I have a girl or boy by November 2020❤

    Love your advice

  • Hi! This video is really helpful. Can you please make one that is all about eczema (skin asthma) and how to deal with it? Thank you! ��

  • Thank you for this video! I’m an esthetician and soooo many others in this profession just don’t know how to handle pregnant women. However, it’s also really important for pregnant women to know these things, because if they’re coming to me with melasma/acne/whatevs and I’m telling them that I’m not gonna treat them with ingredient xyz because they’re pregnant and I’m only gonna this once they have their baby, they might just run to the next esthetician who doesn’t know about ingredients to avoid and they might just harm their babies…
    That being said, what’s your stance on AHAs? You mentioned that you’re still using Glycolic Acid. Do you have any research on this? Have you used it your first time round and it was fine? Would love to know, so I can have a further look into that!

  • My gynecologist told me nothing applied topically on the skin will realisticly have any effect on what goes on with the baby. But because pregnancy is generally considered as such a delicate state people tend to recommend against anything that they arent 100% sure of. He said the choice was upto me, if i had any doubts he recommended to just stop using it. He said worrying about it is probably worse. Sooo… ok:p

  • I’m in week 6 of your guide to treating hormonal acne and my skin is broken out, dull, has dry patches and looks much worse than when I started. Using Triacneal, Effaclar Duo + Effaclar H cleanser and moisturiseras I am eczema-prone and can’t use Benzoyl Peroxide any longer. Is this normal & is it worth carrying on? I am about ready to ditch this as I only began it to treat monthly breakouts, my skin was otherwise fine.

  • There haven’t been studies on retinols in pregnancy bc it was found on birth for newborns born to mothers that used isotretinoin during pregnancy basically the newborns didn’t develop limbs or had very underdeveloped limbs. Doing a study on that population would be a big ethical no-no.

    Also you’re totally right about being careful when you start thinking of trying babies are the most susceptible to potential toxins in the first 4-6 weeks, during which it’s possible for women to not even know they’re pregnant yet.

  • What I want to know is what skin care you use during pregnancy? Im on my 1st tri and its sad to say goodbye to my retinol the moment I knew I was pregnant

  • Thanks a lot Dr for this video. I am a follower from india and would like to know if Dr jart ceramidin light cream is safe to use during pregnancy. Please help

  • Oh this is so cute becoz me too I’m 8 month pregnant but a little bit fat �� �� I’m 61 kg now But I love it. So thank you for the video �� �� it was helpful ♥

  • I suffered this acne adult ever since I am 40+ years old. It got seriously awful!! I`ve never acquired acne in my life!! I applied acne guide “fito shocking plan” (Google it) and within 2 weeks i had already started to discover a difference! I`m trying this treatment for 2 months now and have become self-confident once again.

  • I’m currently breastfeeding and plan on continuing to do so for an extended period of time. Is it safe to use something like the La Roche-Posay Redermic C night treatment? Or is that considered a retinoid treatment to avoid? If so, could you suggest a safe alternative? Preferably a LRP alternative (or budget buy/mid-range price). Thank you!

  • Hi Dra, i have a shea butter that has vitamin a on it. Its carrot based,beta carotene. Is it safe to use or is it as bad as retinoid?

  • Yes, thank you. Esp. speaking as an individual who has suffered losses, you want to be extra careful about what you consume and lather onto your body. Fortunately for some women, they will never experience a traumatic loss. For those who have, it helps the psyche to take those extra measures.

  • Thank you, Dr Bunting. This is a very helpful video. I’m prone to pigmentation anyway (freckles, post-acne marks etc), which seems to be a family trait. So melasma is definitely a top concern for me. It’s great to know what products I may be able to use. I look forward to every update from you. Can’t wait for the next installment.

  • Omg I didn’t know any of this things
    I just order a couple of mask with glycolic acid and retinol serum
    know I won’t use them thanks for your video it was extremely helpful ❤️❤️

  • I really love your vids Dr Sam, I hope I will be able to afford a consultation soon (or do you do pro bono appointments?).
    a) could you maybe suggest cheaper versions of product too e.g. for the obagi
    b) is rosehip oil an alternative to retinols?

  • I would think wifi, 4g, 5g and all the other kinds of radiation we’re exposed to would be concerning with regards to pregnancy. not to mention all the stuff that is done to our food with gmo, pesticides etc and all the crap in our water. god…i’m never having kids. this world is messed up ��

  • I was the one who during both pregnancies had perfect skin and thick hair. However, after the birth I had excessive hair fall. I thought I would go bold. Yes! Sunscreen is very verrrry important during pregnancy. And very correct info about retinol.

    P.S. Congrats Hazel!!! ��

  • I’m so glad someone made a video about what skin care products are safe for pregnant women. These tips really help and answers a lot of questions I’ve been wondering about. Thank you!

  • Hi guys can you suggest morning and night time skin care routine and the products for anti ageing and acne problem and even brighten skin all together this 3 problem how can I slove at a time.please do read my comment and if you make a video on this that will be so much helpful for lot of us. Always being a fan of Korean skincare products and wishtrend. Thankuou. Much love

  • Hi and thank you very much for the priceless advices! I have made some research on the “by Wishtrend” and found this mild cleanser gel. Could you please tell me if is 100% safe in pregnancy. Thank you very much! ❤️

  • Good Luck, Have a safe delivery and Congratulations Hazel!!! I love the video and now I know what I need to purchase on Wishtrend… ������

  • OMG. Congratulations Hazel <3 I love you, Eunice and all of you guy so much. Thanks for this video, actually I really need these information like that. See youuu Hazel

  • Thank you so so much for sharing this!! I wish I had been told all of this when I was pregnant. I never thought about it and honestly I’m frustrated that my doctors never brought it up either. All they talked about was the food I was eating so I assumed everything else was fine. My daughter is 7 months now and is perfectly fine but next go around I will be much more careful! I am breastfeeding so I am already being careful with my skincare ingredients now but this video is so helpful! Thanks Susan! And congratulations again!

  • Congratulations for your baby!! ❤️❤️ Thank you very much for this video which is very helpful! This is very important… ❤️❤️❤️

  • Congratulation ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������

  • Will try to conceive in a few months so this is a perfect video! Any chance of making a video about what to do/avoid while trying to get pregnant?

  • This might be a dumb question but how do u know if the sunscreen is physical, mineral or chemical? �� also, if a person wants to use both oil and lotion on the body, which one should be applied first oil or lotion?

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  • Dear Susan, what about AHA toners and would you recomend the cerave vitamin c Serum? THANKS SO much which you the Best for the deliver and birth of the little queen!

  • Thanks for the video. Great information. Question: How long did you lay on your back while doing the facial? I read that laying on your back while pregnant is not safe. That’s really one of my main concerns to get a facial.

  • Came across your video about baby products you didn’t end up needing, then got sucked in to your channel. Love the content. Can you make a video about recommended products for different skin types in pregnancy? I am 16 weeks pregnant with a boy and am having breakouts and dry skin all at once. I wish that myth about having a boy was true… unfortunately, I am having the exact opposite experience. Wishing you a happy pregnancy!

  • susan!!! i have been loving your vids for the longest. this week i just found out i’m pregnant, my first. this was sooo helpful!! esp bcuz a couple weeks ago i bought BHA’s and stuff. but i knew off the bat to stop using my retin-a

  • I dry brushed every day, followed by mama Mio oil, another oil from a spa in Japan, topped off with Shea and cocoa butter and I developed stretch marks at the 28 week mark. I was so pissed off

  • Firstly, I love your videos so helpful! Secondly, I’m wondering if you have any thoughts on the use of liquorice root in facial cleansers during pregnancy? I’ve read on a couple of websites that this ingredient should be avoided, but I’m wondering if it is only in a wash-off cleanser if it is really problematic. Thanks!

  • I had my pregnancy massage when I was 8weeks pregnant and you have to let them know that you are pregnant and from now on I do the pregnancy massage every month. I highly recommend����

  • Hi new here:) I am using clarins tonic oil and stretch mark creams for my stretch mark. so far thank god no stretch mark from my 1st and 2nd (3rd trimester too ��). i do experienced dry skin and hyperpigmentation too..