• <h4 class="dechead">On One Hand: The Risk Might Not Be Great

    Two ingredients in many eye creams that cause concern for pregnant women are salicylic acid and retinoids. Some doctors, including Dr. Rachel Herschenfeld at and Dr. Audrey Kunin at, indicate that the risk of birth defects from use of topical eye creams containing these ingredients are minimal.

    On the Other: Avoidance is Recommended

    However, these same doctors, as well as Dr. Peter Pack, recommend that pregnant women discontinue the use of any eye creams that contain retinoids or salicylic acid. The decision to err on the side of safety is one that is widely supported across the medical, and skin care, fields.

    Bottom Line

    Popular eye creams typically contain retinoids or salicylic acid, which are beneficial for moisturizing skin and eliminating wrinkles. But, the potentially damaging effects to an unborn baby has resulted in a universal agreement that any eye creams containing these ingredients must be avoided during pregnancy.


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