Treating pimples during pregnancy is possible, however it is extremely important that you do your research, and consult a doctor, before taking medication whether it is taken orally or applied to the skin. Some medications have been know to cause birth defects in the fetus, while others can be extremely dangerous if you are breast-feeding your child.
Acne medication usually comes in two different forms. The 1st is “topical”, which means you apply it to a specific part of the body. The 2nd form is usually “oral”, which as you probably guessed it, you ingest it via the mouth. The actual medication can include things like retinoids, antimicrobials, and/or antibiotics. If you are currently pregnant or are planning on having a baby but you are also affected by acne, make sure you consult a doctor before taking medication.
Pimples During Pregnancy? Medications To Avoid
Below is a list of medications/ingredients that you should avoid during the pregnancy and breast-feeding stages:
- Isotretinoin or Accutane. (Common in many acne medications and could lead to birth defects if taken during pregnancy).
- Other Vitamin A derivatives (many skin care products contain this)
- Antibiotics from the group of tetracycline such as tetracycline, doxycycline etc. (These have been known to damage the fetus or breast-feeding child.
- Hormone therapies that you might be using to control your acne. (Hormones like Estrogen and other anti-androgen hormones can damage the fetus and also get passed to the breast-feeding child.)
So is there anything safe that you can use to control your acne during pregnancy? Some over-the-counter acne products are ok to take during your pregnancy, but again, consult your doctor beforehand. Benzoyl Peroxide has been deemed to be safe for pregnant women (again, consult your doctor prior to taking it) but products that contain salicylic acids and alpha-hydroxy acids should be avoided because they are absorbed into the bloodstream and often the effects on your future baby aren’t know. Best not to take any chances.
Disclaimer – Please keep in mind that we are not dermatologists here at Acne Help Today. Pimples during pregnancy is matter best spoken with your doctor. This was posted for informational purposes only. Please consult your doctor and/or dermatologist regarding you health/acne issues.