Treatments For Acne During Pregnancy

Mary asks…

Over the counter acne cream or treatment safe to use during pregnancy?

I am about 6 weeks pregnant. My pregnancy guide book said that acne medications with Benzoyl Peroxide and some acids are not usually reccommended because the effects are not known. Does anyone know of anything that is safe to use? Sorry this is my first pregnancy so I’m trying to be extra careful but my face is really breaking out. Thanks.

admin answers:

Ask your doctor! Salicylic Acid (or so I was told by my OB) is safe.

John asks…

How do I get rid of acne? Got acne for the 1st time during pregnancy. Acne located on forehead, chin, cheeks?

I always had beautiful skin my entire life then once I got pregnant, my face, chest, and back were affected by acne. I tried proactiv and other products; however, my skin only dried out. In dier need of a solution. What do I do?

admin answers:

Beware of using any products for acne unless they have been prescribed or recommended by your doctor. People make all kinds of suggestions about the best thing to do to cure acne. Some cures I’ve heard include putting oatmeal, honey, lemon juice, tea tree oil, cucumber, vinegar, milk of magnesia or toothpaste on your face. Practically every cosmetics company and company that makes personal care products makes something that is a “sure cure” for acne. If we think about this, and use some common sense, we have to come to the conclusion that there is no quick or easy cure for acne, because if there was it would be well known and doctors would be telling everyone about it.

Numerous companies make a lot of money persuading people to buy products that at worst will make the acne worse, and at best may help some people a little. Often fewer products are better. People often make their acne much worse by using too many products. There really is no quick fix for acne. Don’t spend a lot of money on products just because their ads say that they will cure acne. Your doctor is the best person to ask for help, and he or she may recommend some prescription medication or non-prescription treatment that may be suitable for you..

There are some very simple and basic things you can do that cost nothing. Keep your face or any other area affected by acne very clean. Any mild antibacterial soap will help with that. Rinse the area well to remove all soap residue. Drink plenty of water – it really does help to clear up acne. Eat a nutritious diet and get enough sleep. A healthy life style will make a difference. Try to reduce the stress in your life – stress contributes to acne, so also probably the more you worry about the acne and focus on it, the worse it will be.

Probably the most useful and effective things you can do are to apply hot compresses to pustules and cysts and never to pick or squeeze pimples. Playing with or popping pimples, no matter how careful and clean you are, nearly always makes bumps stay redder and bumpier longer.

Here are a few informative links with additional ideas about preventing and treating acne.


Charles asks…

Have you experienced a problem with acne during your pregnancy?

I have never had so many pimples. I am undergoing fertility treatment to get pregnant. I am on the 2ww wait right now.

I used gonal f pen, ovidrel and now using progesterone cream everyday. I was thinking that maybe the drugs is causing my acne or maybe its a symptom of pregnancy.

What is the best product to use?

admin answers:

I am waiting to get a blood test on Saturday to see if I conceived this cycle or not (I am 3 days late). I never gets pimples not even before or during my period but from about 5 dpo or so to now my skin is breaking out badly. My family has commented on it because usually I get told what clear skin I have. I have never had to wear foundation or coverup before. So I am hoping this is a sign of pregnancy. Best of luck to you too!!!!

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