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Salicylic Acid and pregnancy...

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I know that you're not supposed to use benzoyl peroxide during pregnancy for acne.. so i've been using acne face washes with Salicylic acid in them instead. BUT i was just reading something online that says not to use Salicylic acid either. WHAT THE HECK? I'm not too concerned about the facewash, since it washes off and isn't really absorbed into the skin, but i am concerned because i've been using toner pads for my ENTIRE PREGNANCY to dry-up the really bad acne on my chin. My question is, should i not be using either product? I'm a bit worried :( Any help would be awesome.

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I have never heard about it causing any problems while pregnant! I use it myself, but just the face wash. If you want to use a toner that is safe, you should try witch hazel. You'll probably need to go to a healthfood store to find it. It is an all natural product made from the plant witch hazel. It is great as a toner, plus it is great for cuts and scrapes. Just make sure you buy one that doesn't contain alcohol, or you'll make you skin worse. You could also try a tee tree oil based cleanser. Also all natural product, but a miracle worker for acne! A good natural food store will have something for you for sure. I don't honestly think that the salicylic acid would do any harm, unless you're eatting it (I live in Canada, and warning lables are crazy here, and there is no warning on my toner pads!), but if you want to be extra careful, you can try those!
I don't think there is any actual evidence that topical use of salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide has any impact on the fetus.  Neither of those chemicals enter the blood stream in significant quantity after topical use. 
There are some options for treating acne during pregnancy that don't use chemicals at all.  It's hard to know how many medications will affect the fetus, and it's always comfortable to play it safe.  One of the main acne treatment options is light therapy.  There is a fairly comprehensive overview about the different light and laser based treatments you can use for treating acne at luck!

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