Ask the Experts
OTC Acne Meds
Q: I've been using an over-the-counter acne cream that contains salicylic acid, hydroquinone and glycolic acid. Can I continue to use it once I become pregnant?
A: I don't recommend using this product during pregnancy. Not enough studies have been done on salicylic acid (commonly known as aspirin) or hydroquinone to determine whether their topical use during pregnancy can harm a fetus. (Aspirin should never be taken orally during pregnancy because of potential risks to the fetus.) While not associated with risks to the fetus, the third ingredient, glycolic acid, can make your skin excessively dry, particularly during pregnancy. If acne continues to be a concern, speak with your doctor about a safe alternative to the cream you are using.