To my knowledge, there's no evidence that the use of topically applied bleach or depilatories increases the risk of birth defects, though this issue hasn't been well studied.

Most likely, very little of the chemical would seep into your bloodstream and get to your baby.

If you choose to bleach or chemically remove facial or body hair, you can minimize your potential risk by rinsing your skin with cold water beforehand (to keep your pores small), working in a well-ventilated area, and limiting the amount of time the products stay on your skin.

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