Dermatologists and Their Best Advice for Skincare While Pregnant

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Dermatologists and Their Best Advice for Skincare While Pregnant

"They have to avoid salicylic acid and any retinoids.
It's very important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen to avoid melasma the mask of pregnancy."
Debra Jaliman, MD is a board certified dermatologist with a private practice in New York City.


"I always recommend that our pregnant patients check with their OB with regard to any product that they use. This is because everything you apply or come into contact with may affect not only you but your baby. During pregnancy it is always wise to avoid products that contain retinoids or salicylic acids."
Avery Kuflik, MD is a board certified dermatologist with a private practice in New Jersey.


"Pregnancy is a time when special care should be taken to keep the skin healthy. While most commonly used products are completely safe, there is handful of ingredients considered harmful to a growing baby. Some of those include Retinoids and Salicylic Acid."
James C. Marotta, MD is a double board certified ENT and Plastic Surgeon who practices in Long Island.


"Your skin care routine is likely to change when you are pregnant. Since hormones are changing during pregnancy, you can develop skin issues that you never had before. Some women tend to break out more and get oily skin when pregnant. You should start to use a mild cleanser and keep your skin moisturized so it will not get dried out.


"You should avoid any products with salicylic acid and retinoid when you are pregnant. High forms of salicylic acid has been known to cause birth defects, in small doses it can be okay but it is probably best to just avoid it while you are pregnant. Always check with your OB/GYN before starting any new products."
David E. Bank, MD from The Center for Dermatology in Mt. Kisco, NY


"Stick to the basics-a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen; stop all products with retinols, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or hydroquinone unless directed by a doctor."
Rahat Azfar, MD of Vanguard Dermatology in New York City.


Check out more information on skincare in pregnancy:
Skin care ingredients that should be avoided during pregnancy
Skin care routine adjustments for pregnancy
My criteria for pregnancy safe skincare

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2 comments

Anonymous said...

Is there a difference between salicylic acids and salicylates? I guess my question is whether salicylates are safe?

Christine Mikesell said...

Salicylates aren't considered safe and Salicylic Acid is one of them.

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