Acne Treatments While Pregnant

Jenny asks…

Why do you get acne when pregnant?

I’ve never had an acne problem and now that I am almost 7 weeks pregnant I have been noticing every day I break out more! Why does this happen? Does it have to do with the sex of the baby? What can I do to prevent it? Please help, thank you

admin answers:

I’m pregnant and had the worst acne for my most of the beginning of my pregnancy. I’m 19 weeks and have been breaking out pretty much since just finding out… There ARE old wives tales that say if you’re breaking out, then you’re having a girl because she steals your beauty. I don’t know how much truth there is to that because I heard another old wives tale that says you’ll break out when you’re pregnant with a boy because of the increase of testosterone. So who knows if the baby’s gender affects it.

It’s because your hormones are all over the place and hormones affect people in different ways- for some, the increase of hormones causes acne. You aren’t supposed to use strong acne treatments while you’re pregnant, but make sure you wash your face every day, take off all your makeup at night, and don’t pick at your face. If you have a scab, leave it alone. I think drinking water really does help- plus it’s good for your baby- so I try to drink mainly water.

The first trimester is probably when it will be the worst, so just hang in there. I stopped getting fewer breakouts around 12 weeks or so, and every week will fly by so you’ll be there very soon. Congratulations on your pregnancy.

Betty asks…

Will a dermatologist prescribe me Accutane if I just have MILD acne?

I just have a little bit of whiteheads on my forehead, blackheads on my nose and usually have 1 pimple somewhere. I wash my face twice a day and have tried other cleansers and acne systems but I heard accutane works well, however since my acne isn’t that bad can I still get a prescription?

admin answers:

It is not likely. Usually Accutane is used for resistant cystic acne that has not responded to other prescription drugs including antibiotics. I took Accutane for six months, and I am very happy with my results, but it has major side effects. I would try a topical retinoid (prescribed by a doctor).

Fun Facts About Accutane:

It is very very expensive. If you do not have insurance you can expect to spent about $400 a month on just the pills (this is for the generic). Plus the monthly lab work and doctor visits.

It is very time intensive. To be on Accutane you must register with a national database and answer monthly questions online before the pharmacy will dispense your prescription. You also need to have monthly lab work drawn (liver function tests, cholesterol, triglycerides, pregnancy test if female), and see the doctor every month while on treatment (6-12 months depending on severity of acne and your response to the drug).

There are some side effects everyone gets. These include dry skin, eyes, lips, and nose. This can lead to night vision problems, dry cracked bleeding lips, and bloody noses. My skin was so dry and painful that I was putting Aquaphor (a mixture of petroleum and mineral oil) on it. My eyes were often red and dry, and my lips cracked and bleed daily. Muscle aches are also common

There are extreme side effects. These include liver damage, depression, and even suicide. While not common, they are still something to think about.

If you are female, this process is more of a pain in the butt. You will need to be on two forms of birth control because this drug causes major birth defects and miscarriage. All babies conceived on Accutane were effected. Some doctors will allow you to use “abstinence” as a form of birth control, most will not. Most people who become pregnant on Accutane are those that say they will be abstinent. I have never felt more like I was worth no more than my uterus than on this drug. There are little pictures of pregnant women with “no” signs over them on the opening to every single pill.

All of this is why this drug is not used for mild acne. Try something else first, and use this as the last line of defense.

Robert asks…

Does Accutane work, and are there severe side affects?

My doctor is recommending accutane to get rid of my acne. Does it actually work? Are there severe side affects? I’m using this as a last resort, by the way.

admin answers:


I used Accutane five years ago. It also was a LAST resort drug, I was 32 when it was prescribed. As a female I needed to take a blood test to determine I was not pregnant, take birth control
to ensure I did NOT GET PREGNANT. As deformity of the fetus was horrible. I had to take blood panels to determine that my liver was not being damaged I had to stay out of the sun or I would crisp up. I never had any suicidal idealization although that is a real and present danger For 8 months I took This. Then I was done. My horrible acne that I suffered fwith for over 15 years was gone. Make no mistake , this is a wholly sh!t drug.This is not something to take without researching and if you have a history of depression or mental illness stay away from it.. The following is a rip off from a web site that closed down before I grabbed the link.. But I got the data, So I’m a gonna toss it in. Mostly, cause I forgot about the night vision thing! And that part of it. Make sue to Hit the Mayo Clinic Link ok?
Hope this is helpful.

Most important fact about this drug:
Because Accutane can cause severe birth defects, including mental retardation and physical malformations, a woman must not become pregnant while taking it. If you are a woman of childbearing age, your doctor will ask you to sign a detailed consent form before you start taking Accutane. If you accidentally become pregnant while taking the medication, you should immediately consult your doctor.

More common accutane side effects may include:
Conjunctivitis (“pinkeye”), dry or fragile skin, dry or cracked lips, dry mouth, dry nose, itching, joint pains, nosebleed

Less common accutane side effects may include:
Bowel inflammation and pain, chest pain, decreased night vision, decreased tolerance to contact lenses, delay in wound healing, depression, fatigue, headache, nausea, peeling palms or soles, rash, skin infections, stomach and intestinal discomfort, sunburn-sensitive skin, thinning hair, urinary discomfort, vision problems, vomiting

Special warnings about this medication:
When you first start taking Accutane, it is possible that your acne will get worse before it starts to get better.

If you are a woman of childbearing age and you are considering taking Accutane, you will be given both spoken and written warnings about the importance of avoiding pregnancy during the treatment. You will be asked to sign a consent form noting that:

- Accutane is a powerful, “last resort” medication for severe acne;
- You must not take Accutane if you are pregnant or may become pregnant during treatment;
- If you get pregnant while taking Accutane, your baby will be at high risk for birth defects;
- If you take Accutane, you must use effective birth control from 1 month before the start of treatment through 1 month after the end of treatment;
- You must test negative for pregnancy within 2 weeks before starting Accutane, and you must start Accutane on the second or third day of your menstrual period;
- You may participate in a program that includes an initial free pregnancy test and birth control counseling session;
- If you become pregnant, you must immediately stop taking Accutane and see your doctor;
- You have read and understood the Accutane patient brochure and asked your doctor any questions you had;
- You are not currently pregnant and do not plan to become pregnant for at least 30 days after you finish taking Accutane; |
- You have been invited to participate in a survey of women being treated with Accutane.

Some people taking Accutane, including some who simultaneously took tetracycline, have experienced headache, nausea, and visual disturbances caused by increased pressure within the skull. See a doctor immediately if you have these symptoms; if the doctor finds swelling of the optic nerve at the back of your eye, you must stop taking Accutane at once and see a neurologist for further care.

Be careful driving at night. Some people have experienced a sudden decrease in night vision.

Some people taking Accutane have had problems regulating their blood sugar level.

You may not be able to tolerate your contact lenses during and after your therapy with Accutane.

You should stop taking Accutane immediately if you have abdominal pain, bleeding from the rectum, or severe diarrhea. You may have an inflammatory disease of the bowel.

Good Luck


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