If you're like me -- trying not to go crazy over trying to conceive (TTC) -- you've probably Googled almost every topic you could think of about pregnancy or TTC. I've already blogged about a few of them here... Ovulation Predictor Kits... HSG test... the use of lubricants.
Today, my cause for worry (and currently number one on my Google search history) is salicylic acid. Unfortunately for me, one of the side of effects of TTC is acne. I get at least one every month. To keep it (or them) from swelling, I use a couple of over-the-counter treatments -- most of them contain the dreaded salicylic acid.
Warnings on the packages of acne creams or lotions would often say: "Keep out of reach of children." Nothing there about being unsafe for unborn children... or soon-to-be conceived children. But having no other pastime other than getting paranoid, I tend to question everything I do while on this pregnancy project.
So here's what I found on the Web:
Pregnant women should stay away from salicylic acid. It turns out that the strong chemical could be harmful to the fetus. Other products that contain benzoyl peroxide should also be avoided. Between salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, however, "experts" seem to favor the latter, but only in very small amounts.
If salicylic acid is to be avoided when pregnant, what about when trying to get pregnant? Sadly, not much on that topic has been written. Either that or I need to polish my internet search techniques. I could only assume that it's probably safe based on the theory, "no news is good news."
That's a relief. I could stand being fat and ugly (translation: with bun in the oven, plus skin breakouts) if I know for sure that I'm with child. Until then, I'm hanging on to these bottles and tubes of salicylic-acid-infused beauty treatments. After all, hubby also needs to be "inspired" by my looks to perfect the baby dance. Wink, wink.
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