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Like Retin-A but can't use during pregnancy....substitution?
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Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:32 pm      Reply with quote
Hey there,
Just got back from a 2 week holiday and i have so many questions so here's another post Smile

I'm not actually pregnant yet, but seeing as we're trying, my doctor has told me to lay off the Retin-A. I have used the prescription gel on and off over the years, and really like the effect on my skin, so needless to say, i'm sad to have to give it up!

Can anyone suggest a substitute that will provide similar effects on my skin but isn't dangerous for pregnancy? Thanks!

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Sun Jun 03, 2007 7:17 am      Reply with quote
All I can think of would be an AHA product. They exfoliate but not to the extent of Retin-A.
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Sun Jun 03, 2007 9:38 am      Reply with quote
As far as I know Mandelic acid is safe and so are copper peptides Very Happy
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Sun Jun 03, 2007 9:42 am      Reply with quote
thank you! I keep getting steered in the direction of copper peptides, so i think i'll give it a try...i'm just afraid of the "uglies" everyone talks about!

thanks everyone.

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Sun Jun 03, 2007 7:08 pm      Reply with quote
steffers - I have only been using the CP for 2 months. I overdid it with the super cop cream (which is one of their strongest products) around my eyes and I got the so called "uglies". For me, it was an increase in the wrinkles and puffiness just under the eyes. Nothing that I would have given a second thought about if I had not been scrutinizing my face so closely! I stopped the CP's and used just emu oil for about 4 days and everything cleared up. There are many people who never get the "uglies" and when they do, it is usually around the eye area. Just thought I would share that with you to give you some thoughts about the uglies. Everyone's skin is different, which is why the skin bio site tells you to take it very slow and especially in the eye area, to use the more gentle products and build up. I am a prime exampe of not listening to that advice and going too fast, too soon! Laughing
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Sun Jun 03, 2007 10:45 pm      Reply with quote
You may find that pregnancy improves your skin so you won't "miss" Retin-A so much. It did for me, reduced oil production a lot and also break-outs. Another suggestion is to use antioxidant serum or rosehip oil from one of the organic lines. I read somewhere that rosehip oil has some effects like retinoids.
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:56 pm      Reply with quote
I think BHA could be a substitute.
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:22 pm      Reply with quote
AHAs, including Mama Lotion for exfoliation. Vit. C serum is also safe.
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:25 pm      Reply with quote
Taking prenatal vitamins will keep your skin, hair and nails healthy. Also remember to use sunscreen as always to prevent getting the pregnancy mask.
Have a happy pregnancy.
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Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:14 am      Reply with quote
lovelyjane wrote:
I think BHA could be a substitute.


BHA is a NO-NO during pregnancy, only AHA!

http://www.babycenter.com/0_safe-skin-care-during-pregnancy_1490031.bc#articlesection2
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Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:21 am      Reply with quote
You can use any cream that has actives claiming to increase collagen production.

I think one of the best ingredients you can use is a Vitamin C serum. Also you can look into creams with Q10, or peptides (e.g. with Matryxil).

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Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:41 am      Reply with quote
Peptides are fantastic and will do what Retin-A does for your skin although you have to be patient. Don't worry about the uglies... as long as you build up resistance progressively, it should be fine! The CP serum is a good place to start. It can be diluted if you're new to peptides..
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