What Does Your Baby Like?

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Hey ladies! I’m sure a lot of you already know by now, but just in case you didn’t, I am 28 weeks pregnant with my first baby boy! While this season of life is super exciting for my husband and me, it also raises some questions about what skincare products and ingredients are safe for my skin while pregnant. I have a history of acne prone skin so I find myself frequently asking myself these questions; “Can I use this?’, “Is the percentage of this okay?” “Will these ingredients be detrimental to my babies health?”

Even as a professional Esthetician, I still need to check products to make sure they are safe for me and for the baby, there is A LOT of skincare products and ingredients out there so it’s impossible for anyone to know everything about safe products. I know a few pregnant ladies that are curious about this same topic so I thought I’d share some helpful info that I’ve figured out. Here are some products and skin care treatments that you want to avoid while pregnant.


It is recommended that products such as Avage, Differin, Renova, Retin-A, retinol, vitamin A and Tazorac be avoided. Studies have suggested a possible link to birth defects no matter what the percentage is. This is both orally and topical.

Salicylic Acid
Studies show that while local and limited use of topical acne-fighting products containing up to 2 percent of salicylic acid is at low risk for your baby. I’ve found some mixed studies and opinions about salicylic acid in pregnancy.  Salicylic acid is typically used to treat inflamed acne. A lot of studies say very low percentages are okay, but for me personally, I just decided to not take any chances and just avoid using it because there are other options to treat acne that are proven 100% to be safe.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Again Studies and research have shown that using benzoyl peroxide to treat pregnancy acne is on the fence. According to Face Reality Specialist, acne med (an acne product containing benzoyl peroxide) is safe to use in the lower percentages of 2.5% or 5%. I have this product at home and I still continue to use it just as a spot treatment to dry up any inflamed acne that pops up here and there.

Mandelic Acid

Here is some good news! Mandelic acid is usually used to treat inflamed acne and help with hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). This news makes me excited because I normally use a mandelic acid serum to help with some acne scars and sunspots. For those few women who are experiencing pregnancy mask( dark splotchy spots that appear on the face during pregnancy then after birth go away) mandelic acid is a good option to help with the temporary darkening of the skin. I am currently using an 8% mandelic serum every day to help with my scaring and breakouts.

Facial Treatments

Some facial treatments to avoid during pregnancy would be chemical peels of any percentage and any acid and high frequency or galvanic current. SAFE treatments during pregnancy at Citrus would be a custom facial, Rezenerate facial, CBD facial and  LED facial. I’ve had to adjust my skincare routine and treatments because I normally get a chemical peel twice a month and used strictly acne products. Since being pregnant, I’ve switched over to facials, oxygen treatments with extractions and only certain acne products and my skin is doing really well!  I’ve had a few breakouts here and there but overall, my skin has been doing great!

Thank you for taking the time to read this! I hope you found it useful and informative. If you think of any other skin care pregnancy questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 717-534-1100 and ask to speak to Lauren.


Sources  Used:

Face Reality Professional Acne Clinic

Skin Script  Professional Skin Care

Mayo Clinic



Author: Donna

A registered nurse and licensed esthetician, I love helping people every day feel better about their skin and help heal sick skin. I have a team of three talented estheticians and a business that is growing and evolving to meet your needs. I enjoy running and time with my family while I am not busy at Citrus Skin Studio.

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