Acne Treatments While Pregnant

James asks…

Safe acne treatment while pregnant?

I’ve always had skin problems, but i was finally managing with a daily skin routine full acne products. Well now that im pregnant my skin is 10 times worse and I know you cant use anything containing acids and benzoyl peroxide, does anyone have any suggestions that’re safe and effective? thank you!

admin answers:

Im 33 weeks pregnant and have been told by a health professional to buy some tee tree oil from a health shop and dilute a few drops in water and then rub over my face appantly this works wonders for acne and is safe to use whilst pregnant

David asks…

How long do tazorac and solodyn take to work for acne?

I”m a 14 year old girl with pretty bad acne, I would say. I went to a dermatoligist two weeks ago. He prescribed me tazorac and solodyn, along with a gentle cleanser to wash. I have been using all of those things faithfully for 12 days and have seen no results…….how long will it take?
The dermo acted liked tazorac would take a while but the solodyn would kick in pretty quickly, that is why he was giving me both.

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admin answers:

One of the most common ways of treating acne is the use of retinoids. Retinoids are substances derived from Vitamin A, which attempt to cure acne by normalizing the lifecycle of follicle cells. There are two types of such substances, based on application: external (topical) and oral. The best known external retinoids are Retin-A, Differin and Tazorac, while the oral retinoids list is headed by the popular Accutane.

However, about one quarter of the patients who used Accutane or other drugs based on isotretinoin may relapse and require additional treatment.

But the biggest drawback of retinoids is the long list of side effects, which sometimes makes retinoids look like a disease rather than a cure.

The most common side effects are dry skin and nosebleeds. Many patients have also reported liver problems, while a few complained of depression. However, the scientific community is still split on the issue of depression. More seriously, isotretinoin is known to cause birth defects, which is why female patients have to use two separate forms of birth control or vow abstinence during the treatment. Pregnant women are not allowed to use anything but the mildest treatments.

The bottom line is that retinoids are a good idea if one can cope with the side effects. This begs the question: why not use something just as effective, but without the side effects. Acne treatment systems, such as ClearPores: http://www.clearpores.com/clicks/clickthrough.html?a=150901 are also popular because of their success in dealing with the condition, but lack the extreme side that makes retinoids a pain to use. The choice between these treatments is yours.

Steven asks…

Is there a way to tell if a retinol cream had expired?

I have this retinol cream that’s been in my drawer for God knows how long. There’s no expiration date on it so I can’t tell if it’s been expired. It’s never been opened and the seal is still intact. Can it still be used?

admin answers:

One of the most common ways of treating acne is the use of retinoids. Retinoids are substances derived from Vitamin A, which attempt to cure acne by normalizing the lifecycle of follicle cells. There are two types of such substances, based on application: external (topical) and oral. The best known external retinoids are Retin-A, Differin and Tazorac, while the oral retinoids list is headed by the popular Accutane.

However, about one quarter of the patients who used Accutane or other drugs based on isotretinoin may relapse and require additional treatment.

But the biggest drawback of retinoids is the long list of side effects, which sometimes makes retinoids look like a disease rather than a cure.

The most common side effects are dry skin and nosebleeds. Many patients have also reported liver problems, while a few complained of depression. However, the scientific community is still split on the issue of depression. More seriously, isotretinoin is known to cause birth defects, which is why female patients have to use two separate forms of birth control or vow abstinence during the treatment. Pregnant women are not allowed to use anything but the mildest treatments.

The bottom line is that retinoids are a good idea if one can cope with the side effects. This begs the question: why not use something just as effective, but without the side effects. Acne treatment systems, such as ClearPores:

http://www.clearpores.com/clicks/clickthrough.html?a=150901

are also popular because of their success in dealing with the condition, but lack the extreme side that makes retinoids a pain to use. The choice between these treatments is yours.

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