Acne Treatments While Pregnant

Donna asks…

Will accutane get rid of my extremely severe painful acne for good?

I am 23 years old and started getting acne around 21 years old but it wasn’t as bad. It started getting worse as the months went by. It got soooo bad to the point were last October (my wedding day:( I had to keep a Kleenex with me because the pustulates would burst in the middle of the ceremony(pretty much all the time at any time by that point) I attempted suicide due to this complex and problem bc of the severe depression that accompanied it.

I believe the medication risperadal which messed my body up big time (gained weight, stopped menstral cycle completely, water retention, the beginning of acne).

I tried every topical medication u can think of from proactive, clearsil, neutragina (basically ALL drugstore treatments), dieting, exersizing, herbs teas, natural remedies (honey, apple cider vinagar, oatmeal stuff) nada. I did my research and realised it’s a hormonal problem so I went to obgyn and got birth control (ortho tricyclin lo) and it completely took all the acne away which was awesome and although it was a higher dose of hormones then the regular ortho tricyclin it did make me bitchy and sometimes crazy but that was the price I had to pay (more so my family) to not have that disgusting face.

I got off of all medications including birth control to go all natural and detox my bOdy so I can try to get pregnant (my husband and I FINALLY got out of our rough patch financially and emotionally, we have a beautiful home, stable careers, and our daughter is BEGGING for siblings she’s almost 5) so I want to get healthy to conceive.

However, now that I’m off the bc, the acne is coming back in full force. I read that accutane kills the acne and regulates or something the sebaceous glands from over producing oil.

My question is, if I go on te accutane therapy and finish it, will the acne go away and will the problem stop for good? And will I later be able to become pregnant? Anyone have experience with this??? Your feedback would be appreciated. Thank you all

admin answers:

Accutane is serious business. If your acne can be cleared with Ortho Tri-cyclen Lo, you most likely don’t need something as extreme as Accutane. It tends to have pretty adverse effects for people who don’t have bad enough acne to take it. Another internal prescription might work.
Accutane is actually supposed to be a last resort for people who have tried every other prescription first without success. I would run away from any dermatologist who wanted to prescribe Accutane without trying several other internal prescriptions first.

Accutane usually cures patients for good after the first treatment. But if you have very severe or genetic acne, it can come back after awhile & you will have to do another treatment. It’s not uncommon for Accutane patients to go through 2 or 3 treatments. But for those who need it, it can be a miracle cure.
It does not “regulate” sebum production. It almost completely stops it. It basically depletes your entire body of any moisture at all. It dries you out like the Sahara – your skin, your hair/scalp, your eyes, your bones, your muscles, joints, cartilege, organs, absolutely everything. It also turns your face red & thins your skin out like tissue paper so you have to completely avoid sun exposure. It also drastically slows your body’s healing abilities so even a scratch can take months to go away.
Like I said, it’s serious business. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

You must use 2 effective forms of birth control while taking it also because it causes severe birth defects. Usually they will put you back on the pill (probably Ortho Tri-cyclen since that works for you) and the other form is up to you. You must also register in the iPledge system where you will confirm your 2 types of birth control and fill out a questionnaire each month before your Accutane prescription can be refilled.

You must also get monthly pregnancy tests at the dermatologist’s office, and monthly blood tests at a clinic so they can monitor your vital organs & make sure they’re still working properly.

Also, Accutane is insanely expensive if you don’t have health insurance.

You will be able to get pregnant about a month or so after your treatment stops. You must take birth control for 1 month after stopping Accutane, and have another pregnancy test. After that, you’re free to do whatever you want, but I would recommend waiting several months before you try to get pregnant. It can take up to 12 months for Accutane to completely filter out of your system.

Sharon asks…

Does anyone know any good over the counter acne products?

My mom is putting off the dermatoligest for some time now and i RELE want to go. she says tat she’ll take me some time after school starts. So in the meantime, does any1 know of any effective acne products that aren’t perscirbed?

admin answers:

It depends on how bad your acne is.

If you have mild acne- Clearisil. [Did I spell that right?] Lol. It doesn’t work great for moderate acne but for mild ance it is very good. My friend tried that and LOVED IT!!!!!!

For mild-moderate acne buy the mary-kay acne products. They work really well- my sister uses them and has very nice skin. I would recomend them!!!!

For moderate acne I would highly recommend the clean & clear acne kit or w/e it’s called. It is stronger than Clearisil- so will fight breakouts better. It comes with 3 treatments that work together fabulously to prevent and treat your acne. The smallest tube is the best- it practically clears up acne overnight!

IF YOUR ACNE IS WORSE THAN MODERATE TELL YOUR MOM IT WOULD DEFINITLY BE FOR THE BEST IF SHE LET YOU SEE THE DERMETOLIGIST- IT REALLY ISN’T THAT EXPENSIVE IF YOU HAVE INSURANCE….

For moderate-severe acne- I am sorry but you might have to see a dermetologist. I’d see if he or she could subscribe DIFFERIN. I have only heard positive reviews of it.

If your acne is severe: Ask your dermetologist about Isotretioin[Accutane]. It supposivily works great. But, it has SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many serious side effects. For example- stroke, depression, etc. It will give you a serious breakout the first two weeks- but only because it is getting out everything under your skin. One session can last about 6 months. You can NOT get pregnant while on this pill for it causes seious birth defects. This is only for very severe acne[and partcially rosacea] so if your acne is only moderate don’t do it. You lips will be chapped and your nose will be so dry it will bleed. It is also quite expensive.

Whatever you do- DO NOT use zeno. It is extremly expensive for a device that only cures acne slightly and does not prevent it AT ALL.

And say NO to proactiv. IT DOES NOT WORK FOR EVERYBODY! On the commercials they try to make it seem like a miracle- well NEWSFLASH its not. I def. Wouldn’t recommend it.

Well I hope I helped you and good luck! =]

Thomas asks…

How can i make my acne go away fast?

I have bad acne and proative dose not work. nothing is. what do i do?

admin answers:

Hi Avery.

TREATMENT OF ACNE (Self-Care at Home)

1• Wash once or twice daily with soap and water to remove excess oil from the skin. An acne cleanser purchased over-the-counter in any drug store can also be helpful. Avoid scrubbing too abrasively because this can actually irritate the skin and cause acne to worsen.

2• Over-the-counter acne medications can be used either at bedtime or during the day. Always follow the directions on any acne product.

3• Many cover-up products are available without a prescription to improve the appearance of blemishes while they have a chance to heal. Most work well and should not worsen acne.

4• Some cosmetics and other skin care products, however, can cause acne to worsen. Look for make-up, cosmetics, and skin care products labeled with the word noncomedogenic. This means that it does not cause or worsen acne.

TREATMENT OF ACNE (Medical Treatment)

Many treatment options are available to treat all forms of acne. Medications are the main treatment for acne and usually work well. Several preparations are available over-the-counter, while others require a prescription from a doctor.

1• Over-the-counter medications: Nonprescription or over-the-counter medications for acne are plentiful and can be effective for milder forms of acne. They come in the form of soaps, washes, and cleansers.

…1.a. Many contain benzoyl peroxide, which does two things. First, benzoyl peroxide kills the acne-causing bacteria, which are thought to play a role in acne. Second, benzoyl peroxide can cause drying and flaking off of skin, which can help prevent the pores from becoming plugged. Plugged pores can develop into acne blemishes.

…1.b. Scrubbing excessively with any over-the-counter preparation can actually cause acne to worsen by additionally irritating the hair follicles.

2• Prescription medications: Doctors can prescribe medications when acne becomes moderate to severe or is not controlled by over-the-counter medications. Prescription drugs can be used effectively alone or in combination with other prescription and nonprescription medications.

…2.a. Antibiotics: Antibiotics can be effective in treating most inflammatory acne (papules and pustules). They work by killing the bacteria and also by decreasing the redness and swelling seen in the inflammatory forms of acne.

……2.a.i. Antibiotics may be applied to the skin in the form of gels and lotions, or by way of pills. We now know that using a combination of 2 medications together may be very effective in treating acne. Using a topical antibiotic with topical benzoyl peroxide, for example, may prevent bacterial resistance to the antibiotic. Giving an antibiotic by mouth is often needed for acne that is more extensive, red, and tender.

……2.a.ii. Antibiotics taken by mouth can be associated with more side effects than if applied to the skin and may interact with other medicines such as birth control pills. Sensitivity to the sun can result in a “bad sunburn” in some people who take the antibiotic tetracycline by mouth.

…2.b. Retinoids: Medicines made from vitamin A (retinoids) are useful in treating several types of acne lesions. Topical retinoids are effective in treating the noninflammatory types of acne (blackheads and whiteheads).

……2.b.i. Topical retinoids (applied directly to the skin) help to open clogged pores by creating a mild peeling effect. Drying of the skin can be a frequent side effect. Oral retinoids are reserved for treating the more extensive nodular type of acne or severe inflammatory acne, which has not responded to other treatments. Oral retinoids not only have a peeling effect but also decrease the production of oil.

……2.b.ii. They can also be associated with a number of serious side effects including birth defects in babies of women who become pregnant while taking the medicine. They can also cause elevated blood fats (triglycerides) and damage to the liver. Your doctor may recommend certain blood tests to check for these problems (and to make sure you are not pregnant) if you are given oral retinoids. Depression and suicidal thoughts have been reported while taking oral retinoids.

……2.b.iii. A combination preparation, known as Epiduo gel, containing both the retinoid adapalene and benzoyl peroxide, was approved by the U.S. FDA in December 2008. The once-daily prescription treatment was approved for use in patients 12 years of age and older.

…2.c. Other medications: A doctor may recommend other types of drugs or therapy to improve acne. For women, medications such as birth control pills or certain “water pills” may be helpful. These drugs counteract the acne-causing effect of male hormones. Newer treatments for acne include the use of light or zinc. Your doctor can advise you whether these types of acne therapy might be good for you.

Take Care. Regards.

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