Salicylic Acid - Safe or Not?

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Salicylic Acid - Safe or Not?
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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 3:21am

Are small amounts of salicylic acid safe during pregnancy? I was in dire need of an additional cleanser for my face because my skin is incredibly oily (face and back...ick.) I was given Oxy pads and when I saw that sa was the active ingredient (2%) I recalled something about it being unsafe. In my quick consultation with Dr. Google everything said not to use it but most was in reference to oral forms and larger doses. Anyone have insight? I'm going to ask one of the nurses/docs tomorrow but curious if anyone knows anything or is currently using a product with sa in it.

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Sat, 09-17-2011 - 8:06pm
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Sat, 09-17-2011 - 6:15pm
Awe, you poor thing! I would have been like "while you're looking, how bout you rub one of these oxy pads on that. thanks" LOL ;) Nothing hotter than an open hospital gown and some back acne. ;)

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Sat, 09-17-2011 - 1:54pm
So last night when I was having my vitals taken the nurse caught a glimpse of my back from the hospital gown opening and she thought I had a rash...had to tell her it was just bad acne. :-( Gross.
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Sat, 09-17-2011 - 8:12am
So glad you got your answer Kim and thanks for updating us! :) I think the concern in that sort of things lies in that if it's in high concentration or used in large amounts of the body, whether it will be absorbed in the blood stream or not. I, too, use Neutrogena cleanser, moisturizers, etc because I have sensitive skin and I have never had any issue in any of my pregnancies. I also used the OXY pads in my 2nd pregnancy. So glad you got your answer though. I know it's a relief! Now go wash your face! ;)

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Fri, 09-16-2011 - 9:56pm
Just wanted to update you all since I chatted with my dr. He said that the oral, more concentrated doses are what's dangerous and the sa in OTC face washes should be of no concern. I've been using the Neutrogena cream cleanser this entire pregnancy so I'll plan on continuing to use it.
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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 6:02pm
I was using nutrogena pink grapefruit but stopped after I heard about the sa. It's not so well known that it's dangerous in pregnancy, I had to go out of my way to find info... Not from my doctor just from the net. I think the pads should be ok but who really knows? If your skin is really bothering you and you need relief, and it's been dispensed by the hospital, I think the benefits may outweigh the possible risks! B
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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 2:04pm

Just wanted to let you know I searched for stuff but most have it in it so good luck!

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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 11:27am
I just realized that the face wash I've been using forever (Neutrogena) has 2% sa in it as well. Hmm...
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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 11:23am
No, it is not safe. I was told to use the normal Oxy cream if I needed it. But stay away from salicylic acid!!
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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 10:18am
I've heard this too, but I'm not sure why they say this. IDK, I used it on my face when I was pg with DS and he's fine.
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