Treatments For Acne During Pregnancy

Susan asks…

How long does it take for accutane to start showing results?

I am taking accutane and i am on my 18th day and i was wondering how long it will take to start seeing results because i havent seen any yet. Also i was wondering if accutane will help get rid of the red marks on my face left from previous pimples that i popped. I just really want this acne to go away :(

admin answers:

Accutane is a really serious drug and I hope that you have tried several other remedies and seen a good reputable, board certified dermatologist who has warned you of the many risks associated with accutane.

I took two rounds of accutane… I had SEVERE polycystic acne all over my body. Even in strange places… Scalp, knees, lower arms etc… Not just the typical face, chest or back… Mine actually bothered me so much that I could not find a comfortable sleep position and they would pop at night from me scratching and such. I hope that you are not suffering like this.

For me the drug worked after about three months, but I obviously had a severe case. I also took a break and then did a second round of treatment. The accutane did dramatically change my acne permanently. I still have pimples here and there and I still use acne treatments daily, but I do not have major outbreaks and my body is not covered with huge painful pustules.

Some additional information may help you – from WebMD:

Only three types of drugs have proven to be effective for the treatment of acne — benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics. Most people require at least one or two agents, depending on the severity of their acne.

Isotretinoin shrinks the size of oil glands, the anatomic origin of acne. Without active, plump oil glands, acne actively diminishes. Side effects can include dry skin, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, and birth defects. Women of childbearing age must practice birth control before, during, and after treatment (often a year) with isotretinoin. The use of isotretinoin requires rigorous testing (cholesterol, pregnancy) and follow-up for the prescribed period (five months).

Acne will improve over time for most people. For some people, though, acne is more difficult to treat. Isotretinoin (Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, or Sotret) is a strong medicine that can reduce the emotional and physical scarring of severe acne. But this medicine can cause severe side effects.

Isotretinoin is a powerful and effective medicine used to treat severe acne that cannot be cleared up with other medicines, including antibiotics. It is a man-made retinoid (derived from vitamin A). Isotretinoin usually needs to be taken for 3 to 6 months.

Isotretinoin works by unclogging skin pores and shrinking oil glands.

What are the risks of taking isotretinoin?
Isotretinoin can cause side effects.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that using isotretinoin may be linked with depression, psychosis, and, in rare cases, suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts. The link between isotretinoin and depression is not clear, and it is being watched very closely.

Less serious side effects affect almost everyone who takes isotretinoin. These include dry skin, dry mouth, chapped lips, nosebleeds, dry eyes and difficulty wearing contact lenses, and increased skin sensitivity to sunlight. These side effects usually are not bothersome and can be treated with moisturizers, artificial tears, and other products. If you have dry eyes while taking isotretinoin, you may have to wear glasses instead of contact lenses.

Isotretinoin can cause higher-than-normal levels of certain fats (triglycerides) in your blood. All people need to have their blood checked for triglyceride levels before starting this medicine and every 4 to 6 weeks while taking it.

Headaches and muscle or joint pain are less common side effects that you can usually treat with Tylenol or anti-inflammatory medicines. Muscle and joint pain are more common in people who exercise regularly.

The link between irritable bowel syndrome and some other complications is not in this particular article… If you are concerned. Talk with your doctor and pharmacist to get more information to make the best decision for you.

To prevent acne and reduce its damage to your skin, follow these tips.

Choose a cleanser specially formulated for acne. These products often contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which help to clear acne sores.

Clean your face gently, as trauma to the acne breakouts may worsen the acne or cause scarring. When washing your face, use your hands, as any terrycloth or other scrubbing material may cause acne sores to rupture.

If you need to use a moisturizer, use only light, non-comedogenic moisturizers, which do not aggravate acne. This type of product may be your best option.

Mary asks…

How can I treat acne during pregnancy?

I am curently 6 months pregnant and I have horrible acne it’s all over my face and my neck I feel very in attractive how can I get rid of it what product can I go buy

admin answers:

I would talk to your OB. There are some antibiotics that are safe during pregnancy that could help a lot. Also, a product without salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide should be good, such as ST. Ives gentle scrub with glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is natural and safe. Wash your face twice a day, use a topical agent such as tea tree oil or Eyes Lips Face’s acne spot treatment ($1 and it has natural ingredients like whitch hazel and tea tree oil). Apply the spot treatment 3-5 times a day or as needed. Also, do a mask once or twice a week. One with clay in it is good. Be sure to moisturize too. The store brand of cetaphil is good. Just use a small dab and apply to dry areas. Good luck! Definitely talk to your doctor!

Nancy asks…

Whats the fastest way to get rid of acne on your back and shoulders?

i REALLY wanna join tennis this year at my school but the outfit are a problem. the shirts are tank tops that show your back and shoulders! and i have acne in those areas! UGH! so i really need to know the fastes way to get rid of this acne! please please PLEASE help!!!!!!

admin answers:

I did some research and talked to my doctor to find the most common causes of acne.

• Hormones: The number one cause of acne is the production of sex hormones, known as androgen, that begins at puberty. This is why majority of acne sufferers are adolescents and teens. Hormones are responsible for then acne flare-ups during menstruation and pregnancy.

• When the sebaceous gland is stimulated by androgens, it produces extra sebum. In its journey up the follicle toward the surface, the sebum mixes with common skin bacteria and dead skin cells that have been shed from the lining of the follicle. While this process is normal, the presence of extra sebum in the follicle increases the chances of clogging — and acne.

• Stress: can also cause the production of hormones, such as cortisol, which can aggravate acne. Stress brings upon different hormone levels. With hormone changes the body prompts the skins oil glands to enlarge, secreting more oil. Which causes white heads, black heads and pimples.

• Oily or heavy make up: Heavy make-up clogs the pores and oily make-ups add more oil, which only adds to the problem if oily skin already exists. Cosmetics, especially certain moisturizers, foundations and pomades contain lanolin, petrolatum, vegetable oils, butyl stearate, lauryl alcohol and oleic acid.

• Certain medications and steroids: Vitamins are good for your body, But an excess of vitamins B1, B6 and B12 can cause acne flare-ups. These vitamins are good for the skin, but avoid overuse.

• Diets: For some people, a diet that is high in refined carbohydrates and sugars can actually aggravate their acne.

• Over abrasive cleansing: Harsh exfoliators can damage skin and spread infections.

• Picking and squeezing: This can actually send the infection deeper into the skin and can cause scarring.

• Environmental irritants: such as high humidity and pollution. High humidity actually causes swelling of skin. Pollution is of course is a big cause for clogging your pores.

• Genes: Family members who are also acne sufferers. Acne is inherited and severe cases known as cystic acne usually come from heredity.


What the skin needs is a product that clears pores and kills bacteria, thus preventing hair follicles from clogging and turning into acne. This is what you should be looking for if you want to get rid of those ugly acne.

Before trying any treatment, I suggest you read this informational source that listed the most effective acne treatments available:

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