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A high percentage of women (around 50%) may get acne on their pregnancy time, in few cases the acne would be severe.

Pregnant women in their pregnancy encounter some increasing in their hormone levels in the 3 first months, and that’s the main reason why they get acne during Pregnancy on that period. The high levels of hormones will grow the production of natural oils by the skin, in that case it’s very difficult to know who will get acne on their pregnancy period, but if you have already had acne or some acne flares in the beginning of your menstrual cycle. In case you do not develop acne during the first 3 months, it’s unlikely to happen during the next 2 trimesters.

It’s going to be very tricky to manage acne during your pregnancy, that’s because a lot of treatments are risky for your baby and may lead to birth defects. And my advice to you is:

do not use any medication that have the slightest possibility to harm your baby

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And now is the time to tell you some good information about acne during pregnancy that can keep your fetus and yourself safe in that period:

Treatments During Pregnancy

Pregnancy acne is a normal, cosmetic situation. It usually eases when hormone levels come back to its natural state. So the safest step you should do is avoiding any medications or chemical spot treatments. As a substitute you can use some home remedies (0% drugs). You should always talk to your doctors about the best and safest for you, before starting any acne treatments when you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Unsafe Treatments for Acne While You Are Pregnant


is an oral effective medication that has revolutionized the way acne is treated. However, it’s very dangerous during pregnancy, that’s because the drug will harm the fetus and cause some serious birth defects.

Not only the patient who takes isotretinoin must enroll in in a program that’s part of a

risk-management program in which they try to prevent pregnancy and birth defects, also the doctors who prescribe it, the pharmacies who allocate it, and the wholesalers who distribute it.

Due to the high percentage of risk, women of childbearing age (20-35 years old) who take the drug must be on two types of birth control starting at least 30 days before the therapy begins. They also have to stay on two forms of birth control for at least another 30 days after the therapy time ends.

Plus, patients must have pregnancy tests before, during and after the treatment.

Here’s another different acne treatments that can cause birth defects:


Topical retinoin(tazarotene, adapalene, tretinoin … )

These drugs are similar to isotretinoin and you should avoid them during pregnancy. Some research shows that the skin absorbs just a low amount of these products. However, they could pose a huge risk of birth defects. Those products should always carry some warning that states that there’s a risk can affect the fetus or the baby if he’s been breastfed. There’s also

hormone therapy (this includes spironolactone, anti-andragens flutimide and

estrogen) and oral tetracycyclines (it includes antibiotics like tetracycline, doxycycline and minocycline) which can obstruct bone development and discolor permanent teeth.

For similar reasons, a few specialists likewise prescribe against utilizing topical medicines

containing salicylic acid. This is a fixing found in numerous over-the-counter items.

Safe acne treatments:

  • Other Topical Acne Treatments and Pregnancy

A lot of products consisting of either erythromycin or azelaic acid are being recommended by experts, plus other over-the-counter items that contains either glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide. The body absorb into it only 5% of the active medicine applied on the skin. So the experts think that medications like that would not pose a big risk on birth defects.

But you should always remember that a big percentage of topical medication have not been studied enough in pregnancy time. So once more, make certain to counsel your specialist before you begin any skin break out treatment.

  • Drug-free remedies for Acne During Pregnancy

Acne During Pregnancy is a normal condition that usually cured naturally after childbirth. So, the perfect way to deal with it is good skin care. These are some drug-free methods to deal with pregnancy acne:

1/ shampoo daily if you can, but avoid oily hair pomade or mousse near your hairline.

2/ Use a cotton pad, washcloth (need to be changed every time you wash) , or sonic cleaning system

3/ Use a oil-free, non-abrasive and alcohol-free cleanser when you wash your face.

4/  Wash no more than 2 times a day (you can wash after a heavy sweating)

5/ You can change your pillow cases every frequently

6/ Always keep your hands off your face (there’s bacteria all over your fingers)

7/ After washing, use lukewarm water to rinse your skin. Then gently dry your face and apply a moisturizer to it

8/ Don’t over cleanse your skin, it can make the skin’s oil glands overstimulated

9/ Instead of holding the phone against your face, use earphones Mostly, evade the need to squeeze or crunch your pimple. This usually causes permanent scars. And

if you have clogged pores, go visit your specialist .



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