Acne Treatments While Pregnant

Laura asks…

What exactly does Birth Control do to your body?

My boyfriend of 5 months and I have been talking about having sex. It’s not going to happen for a while, but I want to be prepared. When we do, I’ll be on birth control, and he’ll be using a condom. But what exactly does it do to your body? I know it makes it think you’re pregnant, but other than that? I’ve heard around that it can cause weight fluctuations, breast growth, acne, vaginal dryness, and stops the cycle of how pretty you look based on when you can conceive. I’m almost 16, and not a virgin; what should I expect?

admin answers:

Although there is no cure, acne treatments are available to help control breakout activity. Acne treatments are divided into three categories: topical, systemic, and procedural. The course of treatment is determined by the type and severity of acne.

Knowing your grade of acne will help you choose the most effective treatment plan. Grade I and Grade II (mild to moderate acne) can often be treated with over-the-counter products. A dermatologist must treat Grade III and Grade IV (moderately severe to severe, or cystic acne).

Linda asks…

Can I dye my hair, gauge my ears and get piercings while on Accutane?

I’m on the medicine Claravis (Accutane) for acne and I wanted to know if it was safe to dye my hair. And if it was okay to get piercings and to stretch my ear lobes. Will doing any of these things be harmful?

admin answers:

It would be safer to ask the doctor who is prescribing your accutane. The regular warnings are not to take extra vitamin A, not to donate blood, avoid over exposure to sunlight and definitely not get pregnant.

I found this…
“Do not use wax hair removers or have dermabrasion or laser skin treatments while you are taking Accutane and for at least 6 months after you stop taking it. Scarring may result.”
…which is a bit more drastic than piercings, but better safe than sorry.
The same applies to hair dye as your skin is extra sensitive.

Paul asks…

Is there a pill out there that can cure your acne?

My husband said when he was a tennager, he had really bad acne like me and his doctor gave him these really huge pills to take and his acne went away within a few months. Has anyone else taken this pill or know how much it cost?

admin answers:

Yes, depending on how severe the acne is. I took Accutane. Within 2 months it was gone. I did not finish the entire 6 to 8 month treatment as we wanted to have a baby. I quit taking it because of the risks of birth defects should I had become pregnant, but it worked wonderfully!!

As far as cost, my insurance covered it. See your dermatologist, as your blood work has to be monitored while taking this medication.

CAUTION: this medication is a last resort…it causes severe malformations in an unborn fetus if you become pregnant while taking it. Mostly to the central nervous system of the baby, should you even carry to term.

BTW, topical medications did not work for me. Tetracycline did nothing. Again, Accutane is for severe cases as a last resort when nothing else works. I have not heard or read anything with regard to suicide or lingering effects. I became pregnant 8 months after stopping Accutane, I have a very healthy 7 year old little boy. Ohhh, and back then the Accutane pills were huge, bigger than a pre-natal vitamin.

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