Just found out BHA is dangerous to pregnant women. Ive been using 2% bha gel on my face before conception. Now im 5 months pregnant. How much does this effect my baby? Im really worried.


Amanda - posted on 11/04/2011




•Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid (BHA) are in Category C, so risk cannot be ruled out. Because these ingredients can be absorbed through the skin, their use during pregnancy and while nursing is likely best avoided.

•C = Risk Cannot Be Ruled Out. Human or animal studies are unavailable. There is a chance of harm to the baby if Category C drugs are used during pregnancy, but in certain cases the potential benefits may outweigh the risk. The anti-aging prescription drug tretinoin (Renova, Retin-A) falls into this category, as do anti-acne drugs benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Level of risk should be discussed with your physician.

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