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Skin Care

11/19/2010

Question:

hi...i;m trying to get pregnant soon..just worried if i can use any cream for fading my leg scars(dark spots all over :() any natural or harmless cream... thankx

Answer:

Darkened skin color often occurs at sites of healing injuries. This is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This usually fades with time. Over-the-counter (OTC) topical treatments can contain a combination of exfoliators (salicylic acid, glycolic acid) to get rid of old skin cells and vitamins to help skin regenerate. Vitamin A (retinol), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), and vitamin E are common ingredients. These are all safe to use topically during pregnancy. Read the labels. One ingredient that should be avoided is hydroquinone, a bleaching agent.

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Response by:

Debra K Gardner, PhamD Debra K Gardner, PhamD
Former Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy College Business Office
Internal Resource Pool-Allied at OSU Medical Center
Wexner Medical Center
The Ohio State University