Acne Treatments While Pregnant

Daniel asks…

what exactly does a dermatologist do?and do they really help?

mmm ive had acne for a while now i will be seeing a dermatologist this week….mm do they really help at all??does the stuff they reccomend really work?

admin answers:

We look at you, your skin, and formulate both the diagnosis and a treatment regimen that will fit your age, gender, type of acne, location of acne, other potential drawbacks to the treatment (other medicines, conditions that you might have, desire to get pregnant, sunlight exposure, etc). I know on the surface, it might appear to most that it’s an easy task, but there is a lot more to it than your other answerers make out. (But then, an expert always makes the job appear easy, doesn’t he?). In addition, the dermatologist might locate some other skin condition, while looking at you, that you had overlooked as being “nothing”)

Sharon asks…

How do you get rid of acne?

I have acne and I want to get rid of it before prom

admin answers:

Hi Babygirl.

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.

Laura asks…

when my pregnancy acne goes away, what do i put on it to make my skin tone even again?

I had my baby a month ago and the acne i got from being pregnant isnt gone yet, but i wanted to know when it does go away, what can i put on it to make my skin tone even again, and is there anything i can be putting on there now to help it?

admin answers:

I also had the same problem my son is now eight months and I use to get dark spots on the side of my face/cheeks left from acne. You need a really good skin care product that will keep your face oil and shine free for up to 12 hours to prevent less breakouts. This skin care system ha been proven also to minimize your pores. The larger the pores are the more you produce oil from pores and the more you will have breakouts.Prevention is the key to clear skin. This is what I use so I get less breakouts. Http://…
If you have bad pimples then you should be using an acne treatment. Acne treatment is formulated with the right kind of combination to kill the bacteria that is deep down in the pores while regular skin care products only cleanse the surface of face. Http://…
Age and food doesn’t cause you to have breakouts. Having bacteria in the pores due to poor cleansing is the main cause. When your pores are clogged with bacteria you need to get acne treatment. How long did you use the proactive? For some people who have lots of bacteria in the pores it may take a while for the formula to get all the dirt and bacteria out. Acne lives without oxygen when you use an acne treatment that’s been formulated to treat acne deep down with oxygen it kills it. Acne dies when exposed to oxygen. You also have to be consistent you can’t miss a day or two you need to be consistent and persistent with the cleaning and give it time for the acne treatment to work deep down. YOu should also be using a microdermabrasion system or an exfoliator that won’t clog your pores. This takes away dead skin cells. Dead skin cells also cause you to breakout because of bacteria that got into the pores. This makes pores smaller which means the smaller the pores the less oil is produced when there are lots of oil produced this collects dirt and clogs your pores. So the tighter your skin is the less breakouts you will have. Http://…
I use this lotion which is also the best thing ever invented. Smells so nice and makes your skin feels like satin or velvety. Anyway this helps minimize pores as well. Feel softer smoother skin instantly with Artistry Skin Refinishing Lotion. And improve your skin texture by 52% in 12 weeks. Scientifically proven for their smoothing benefits. In just 12 weeks, skin texture can show a 52% improvement, the appearance of fine lines can be reduced by 48%, and skin can look and feel firmer by 41%. The tighter or firmer your skin are which means smaller pores so less beakouts.

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