Prevent HTML stripping in extended profile fields?

Hi,

I'm trying to get buddypress extended profile field to hold on to some basic html tags (specifically the coment tags).

I only really need it for one field, I just didn't know if there was a way to escape the characters to they will be saved in the DB and passed back to the display. It's a widget that doesn't use short codes yet and instead has the comment tags to render...

Thanks!