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Googled something & now panicking like mad

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harleysmammy · 22/01/2017 23:53

Hi, i know this is probably so stupid BUT i just read something on a pregnancy app that said not to use salicylic acid. I googled it and it said topical wont hurt and its only a concern if its taken orally but people were saying they were told by doctors not to use products with it in. I started having really bad breakouts when i first got pregnant and they left red marks which i was trying to get rid off. I've only been using blemish serum and spot creams with the acid in it for a month, maybe just over a month if that? The one product i actually only bought yesterday and used last night but the serum i have used almost every night for that length of time. The one clearly states it has salicylic acid in it but the other one i didnt know had it until i looked at the ingredients. I feel like such an idiot i didnt know not to use it and that i didnt look at the ingredients beforehand. I read it can cause birth defects and bleeding, one of my biggest fears is bleeding excessively during labour (massive phobia of blood) so now im panicking like mad. Ive put both products in a drawer and i'll be checking everything i use from now on, i just wanna know if my baby will be okay and if its likely to cause bleeding problems in labour? If im not worried about one thing, its another. Cant believe how worried i am over something i didnt even know about half an hour ago:(

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AssassinatedBeauty · 23/01/2017 00:02

Your face creams will not have harmed your baby. They are absolutely fine to keep using if you want to. You'd have to eat them in large quantities to get anywhere near an amount that could cause an issue. If they were dangerous they would be labelled as such and their sale restricted.

Have you spoken to your midwife about your phobia?

triangle3 · 23/01/2017 00:06

It's absolutely fine to use your face creams don't worry! As the PP said you would not be using them in the amounts that would cause any harm. They are perfectly safe.

Fernanie · 23/01/2017 00:12

Those will absolutely not have harmed your baby. Some women are even prescribed low-dose oral aspirin (i.e. salycilic acid) in the first 2 trimesters of pregnancy. Not that you should take it orally without medical supervision of course, but the amount in a topical cream will be far, far lower than the dose that those women are prescribed. Most creams / serums are only about 2% salycilic acid, and less than 20% of that tiny amount will have gotten into your bloodstream. You're talking nanograms. Try not to worry :)
Agree that you should talk to your midwife about your fear of bleeding. She'll be able to advise you about things you can do to minimise this, e.g. an active third stage.

harleysmammy · 23/01/2017 00:18

Thanks everyone, ive calmed down a bit now haha. My midwife knows im scared of blood because ive had to have my dad hold my arms to stop me shaking whenever ive had a blood test and im always in floods of tears but ive never actually told her or any other medical person im genuinely petrified of blood because i feel like its such a stupid thing to be scared off. I'll let her know at my next appointment:) x

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