Magazine article Working Mother

Beautiful for You, Safe for Your Baby

Magazine article Working Mother

Beautiful for You, Safe for Your Baby

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You want to look your best for holiday parties and get-togethers. But when you're pregnant or nursing, you need to make sure the products and treatments you use to get gorgeous are not potentially harmful to your baby. The good news is that options like laser treatments, glycolic chemical peels and microdermabrasion are fine during pregnancy and breastfeeding, says Leslie Baumann, MD, a professor of dermatology at the University of Miami. But steer clear of these troublesome beauty products:

Those containing hydroquinone, a lightening agent that the FDA is considering banning because it's a suspected carcinogen.

Retinol and retinoids, which are in the same family as Accutane, a big no-no while pregnant or breastfeeding, as it's been linked to birth defects; and salicylic acid, in the same family as aspirin, which could harm a fetus. …

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