OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson outlines beauty products to avoid when pregnant.
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Beauty Products to Avoid During Pregnancy Dr. Travis Stork: This show is all about ways to stop sabotaging your body and that’s just especially important during pregnancy. So how can women who are pregnant be sabotaging their health without even knowing it? Dr. Lisa Masterson: Well, most women know what not to put in to their bodies. You know they are not to eat the raw fish or consume any alcohol but a lot of women don’t know what to put on their body because they’ll things you know like pigmentation on their skin during pregnancy. They’ll get acne. All these things are caused by the hormones and I’ve got all of those things. And there are some things that women can use and something that they can't. Really they should consult their doctor. But the things we absolutely know you can’t use are soy based products because they act like estrogen in the body. Again, even though you’re putting them on your skin they are absorbed into the body so they can also affect the baby. So soy can sometimes estrogenize male you know fetus, so it’s really important not to do too much soy. And again, we don’t want to do any Botox or fillers or anything like that because that can be deleterious to the fetus and also no retin-a. These are all things that we know can have bad side effects on the baby. So make sure you don’t have any products like that. But there are some things that you can use. The last thing is not up here. They wanted to know it’s herb because a lot of women will think that herbs are safe because they are”natural”, but it doesn’t necessary mean they are safe and a lot of studies aren’t done on the fetuses, so there might be herbal lotions as well. So you want to stay away from all those things and when in doubt just ask your doctor because there are some things that you can use. Dr. Travis Stork: This one has salicylic acid for instance. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Salicylic acid and glycolic acid can actually in the over the counter amounts be used pretty safely. There aren’t any studies have show that they are teratogenic meaning causing birth defects. So we feel that these in the over the counter string not the peel strings or the prescription strings are pretty safe. So the oral salicylic acid which is aspirin but you definitely don’t want to do with the end of pregnancy because it can cause bleeding. It causes bleeding in the fetus as well. So that’s where the confusion about salicylic acid whether it’s topical versus whether it’s oral.