Acne Treatments During Pregnancy - What's Good... What's Not

Learn what's safe to use for acne during pregnancy

Pregnant? If so, it's very important to know which acne treatments are safe and which aren't. During pregnancy, acne is often a problem. Changing hormones bring about changes in your skin and breakouts are common. Here's information to help you weed through information about what's safe and what isn't.

Acne Treatments to Avoid During Pregnancy

One acne treatment that you want to be sure to avoid is Accutane. Generically called isotretinoin, the FDA took this treatment off the market because it causes birth defects and increases the risk of miscarriage and infant death. But, always be on the safe side. If you have any Accutane lurking in your medicine cabinet - throw it out.

Flutamide and spironolactone are hormonal therapies that lead to birth defects. Adapalene, Tazarotene, and Tretinoin are topical retinoids that are absorbed into your bloodstream and pass on to the baby.

Doxycycline, tetracyclines, and minocycline are oral antibiotics commonly used to treat acne. These medications affect the bone growth of unborn babies and their tooth color.

All of these medications are documented through research to cause problems, birth defects or even death among unborn babies. Avoid these medications at all costs.

Safe and Natural Acne Treatments During Pregnancy

*Eat more fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants. Good choices are Romaine lettuce, berries, olives, and cantaloupe.

*Drink water - Caffeine and sodas aren't good for you even when you're not pregnant. During pregnancy, it is an especially good idea to cut them out. Drinking plenty of water helps flush impurities from your system and helps clear acne.

*Take it Easy - Go easy on your skin. It's good to exfoliate and wash your face, just don't scrub too vigorously or too often. You're having trouble with acne because of hormones not because you're dirty. Wash using a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil and exfoliate occasionally to unplug pores.

*Catch a Few Extra Z's - Not only does your body needs extra rest during pregnancy it will help you relax and feel less stressed as well. Stress can often cause more frequent breakouts so sleeping and relaxing a little bit more will do you good.

*Read the Labels - Before trying any over-the-counter acne products, read the label. The jury is still out as to whether or not Benzoyl peroxide is okay to use during pregnancy.

Read the labels of any product you are considering. If that label says, "Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan or becoming pregnant" it's a good sign the product isn't safe. It's always better to be safe than sorry. Acne is embarrassing and irritating, but not at the risk of taking chances with the health of your baby.

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