Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash – the 411

Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash - the 411

I was researching products that are safe to use during pregnancy and came across an all natural face wash that contains tea tree oil at Whole Foods. Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash is sooooo soothing !

Mothers to be should stay away from well-known acne fighters like benzoyl peroxide, retinol, and salicylic acid- those are not safe even if derived from a natural source. The tea tree oil in the face wash will help clear acne and will wash away bacteria, leaving your face soft and clean !

5 thoughts on “Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash – the 411

  1. Um, oh dear, my dermatologist gave me an Rx for a benzoyl peroxide body wash and told me it was completely safe during pregnancy… I need to call and double check now!


    • Don’t panic, but good idea to check. Benzoyl peroxide is frequently recommended as “safe” during pregnancy though I wouldn’t use in first trimester when risks are highest. Salicylic acid is known to cause birth defects in lab animals (mice? rats? can’t remember, some kind of cruel animal testing in any event). Willow bark extract is a “natural” form of salicylic acid so important to not use products with willow bark while pregnant either, FYI. One kind of Burt’s Bees has willow bark in it – might be a spot treatment, if I recall correctly.


  2. Thanks so much! I bought this today and am 13 weeks! I was worried because I didn’t know a lot of the ingredients!! Appreciate the reassurance.


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