Is Salicylic Acid Safe While Pregnant?

Hormonal breakouts are a common complaint among pregnant and breastfeeding women. The question of how to deal with these unwanted breakouts becomes a popular topic when pregnant or breastfeeding. You want to treat your skin, but also need to be careful of what ingredients your baby is exposed to. Salicylic acid is a popular and effective ingredient in acne treatment products, but it is related to aspirin that we are told to avoid while pregnant. So are products with salicylic acid safe while pregnant or breastfeeding?

There is conflicting information online. If you Google “Is salicylic acid safe while pregnant” you will see half the results say yes and half say no. So is it safe?


YES! That is a yes based on science and not speculation! Here is why you can go ahead and use salicylic acid to treat your hormonal acne: Salicylic acid is converted to aspirin via an enzyme in the human digestive tract. You would have to ingest salicylic acid or willow bark to accidentally expose your baby to aspirin. The skin and blood stream do not contain this enzyme and so if you apply a salicylic acid containing product topically it cannot be converted to aspirin. For these reasons, salicylic acid IS SAFE to use while pregnant or nursing (HOORAY!).


Here is a list of products that we recommend to treat hormonal breakouts that are natural and perfectly safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding.


Reveal | Clay Facial Mask for Acne Treatment is excellent for treating hormonal acne when used weekly. It is also a great excuse to practice self-care.


Anti-Blemish | Cystic Acne & Pimple Spot Treatment can be used whenever blemish forms or you can feel it forming. It is excellent for quickly getting rid of pimples or preventing them from breaking the surface in the first place.


Clear | Facial Cleanser for Acne Treatment is a natural and gentle cleanser that is gentle and non-drying while removing excess oil, dirt, and makeup. It is an excellent product to use daily to prevent hormonal breakouts.

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