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Is It Safe to Get a Chemical Peel During Pregnancy?

My skin has been out of control lately! Can I get a chemical peel?
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March 15, 2017
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Nope. We know your skin can do some pretty wacky stuff during pregnancy, but hold off on a chemical peel until after baby arrives and you’re done breastfeeding. The chemicals used in the process haven’t been proven safe for baby.

The only exception is lactic acid, which is considered okay to use during pregnancy because it’s found naturally in your body. It also can be gentler to your sensitive skin. If your doctor approves it, you can have a lactic acid peel. You may also be able to use some at-home products to liven up your complexion, as long as you get the go-ahead from your OB to use those, too.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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