The Safety Of Using Cosmetics Containing AHA And BHA For Pregnant Women?

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Doctor, I want to ask, is it safe for a pregnant woman to use cosmetics that contain AHA, BHA, and PHA?

1 Answer:

Hi Ikma,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Hormonal changes coupled with a fairly drastic weight gain during pregnancy can affect appearance, including in terms of skin beauty. For this reason, proper care is needed to maintain healthy skin so that its appearance is more preserved.


When pregnant, using cosmetics is actually not an absolutely prohibited thing. However, you need to pay attention to what are the ingredients in the cosmetics, so as not to cause health problems for both you and the fetus in your womb.


Hydroxy acid, including AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), BHA (beta hydroxy acid), and PHA (polyhydroxy acid) is one of the components in cosmetics that is often used. This material is useful for dealing with various skin problems, including inflammation, for example due to acne, irritation, allergies, or other infections. This material is often found in facial cleansing products, toners, and so on.


Among the various types of hydroxy acids, salicylic acid (salicylic acid) is the only type that has been studied for safety for use in pregnant women. And, based on these studies, salicylic acid taken orally (oral medication) in high doses is known to cause fetal defects and various other pregnancy complications. Considering that it is likely that some drugs can be absorbed by the body when applied to the skin, the use of salicylic acid during pregnancy is not recommended. Likewise, various other types of hydroxy acids.


Apart from hydroxy acid, several types of other components that are often contained in cosmetics and other skin care products, such as retinoids, mercury, hydroquinone, rhodamine, oxybenzone, and so on, should also be avoided when pregnant, as well as breastfeeding.


Therefore, it is safer, before choosing to use cosmetic products and other skin care while breastfeeding, you should first consult with an obstetrician and / or a skin specialist.

Caring for facial skin during pregnancy

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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