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TGIF y’all!!!! In today’s post I am going to share some very safe alternatives to Retinol and Salicylic Acid to use as an exfoliant during pregnancy! This is by no means an exhaustive list but these are my favorites!
Mandelic acid is derived from bitter almonds. It is also an Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Its molecules are very large which makes it take longer to penetrate the skin, causing less irritation. This is my absolute favorite acid for pregnancy related acne. It also helps to control pigmentation and lessen fine lines and wrinkles. I use pads soaked in a Mandelic Acid solution that we carry at the spa in our medical line. You can also find it in Rhonda Allison’s Mandelic Argenine Serum. (Y’all know how much I love Rhonda Allison- in case you miss it here’s my interview with her!)
Glycolic Acid, also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acid or AHA, is derived from cane sugar. Like mandelic acid, it exfoliates the skin and decreases wrinkles and pigmentation. You can try Silk Therapeutics’ Silk Renewing Peel which is a Glycolic Acid exfoliant 1-2 times per week. I also like Glytone’s Rejuvenating Cream 10. I use a 10% Glycolic from our signature medical grade line at Synergy Spa.
Azaelic Acid comes from wheat, rye and barley. It is a topical antiseptic and I often use this on my patients’ skin after extractions. It is excellent for controlling acne. Its prescription form is called Finacea. The wonderful PA that I work with swears by this product so I’m having my Rx filled tomorrow- I will let you know what I think!
Lactic Acid is derived from milk (more specifically, milk that has spoiled). This is another powerhouse Alpha Hydroxy Acid that helps to combat wrinkles as well as reduce acne breakouts. A great one to try is Dermalogica’s Skin Resurfacing Cleanser.
Thanks for stopping by! XO, Ashli