Can I have a facial peel?

If you’re anything like me, your skin might suddenly become oilier, spottier and more congested than it was at the height of puberty, thanks to those pesky pregnancy hormones buzzing around your system. I’ve always loved a peel during the more toxin-heavy months in the past, for lifting congestion and generally brightening my skin. So I asked American skincare expert, Wendy Lewis, can I have a peel during pregnancy?

“Most peels are on hold during pregnancy and breastfeeding if they contain beta hydroxy acid or salicylic acid (these are related to aspirin and can get into your bloodstream), or retinoic acid – as in Retin-A and other variations. In fact, anything containing Retinol should also be avoided, along with retinyl linoleate or retinyl palmitate; differin; tazarotene; adapelene; isotretinoin and Accutane, which cannot be used even when you are trying to get pregnant.

In general, if it contains a variation on Vitamin A, stay away. And when in doubt, ask your [midwife], doctor and your dermatologist about what is in the peel you are considering.”

What’s the alternative?

“Using Clarisonic to keep pores clean and skin breakouts under control may be the safest way to go.”

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