Not All Skincare Products Are Created Equally

Most doctors agree: It's best to avoid creams containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid, hydroxy acids and retinoids (Retin-A, Differin and retinol) during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Jennifer Bowers Bahney

What's the problem? These chemical exfoliates may be absorbed through your skin, then make their way to your rapidly developing baby.

Although none of these products has been conclusively linked to birth defects, it's smart to play it safe. After the first trimester, ask your caregiver if it would be okay to resume using your favorite products.

In the meantime, safely remove dead skin cells with a gentle scrub. Try Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, about $7 at drugstores. Or, make your own by mixing 1/2 teaspoon of granulated sugar and a splash of lemon juice in a Tablespoon of olive oil. Apply the mixture with your fingertips in a circular motion. Leave on face for a few minutes, then wipe off and rinse thoroughly.

If you have extra-oily or acne-prone skin, use a cotton ball to dab a gentle astringent like witch hazel on problem areas twice a

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