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Pregnancy Acne Treatment

 

By Martha Sanders

Acne during pregnancy may become worse, especially if you already suffer from adult acne. Over-the-counter acne treatments may not be harmful to most acne sufferers, but if you're pregnant, it's best you should avoid certain manufactured products formulated to cure acne.

During the first trimester (first 3 months), hormone levels increase and stimulate your body's oil production, leading to acne flare-ups. Pregnancy acne usually clears up by the second trimester as your body begins to plateau in hormone levels. However, it is possible to experience breakouts at any time during pregnancy, or after pregnancy.

 

Safe Medication to Treat Acne in Pregnant Women

Erythromycin

Both skin creams and oral prescriptives containing erythromycin may be safe medication during pregnancy. Oral erythromycin is an antibiotic for severe acne, which still may not be very effective against acne since bacteria build resistance to antibiotics over time.

 

 

Clindamycin (Cleocin)

Clindamycin is also an acne treatment in both topical and oral prescriptive forms. It is an antibiotic related to erythromycin that is unlikely to present risk to the fetus. Thus, it is also considered a fairly safe acne medication for pregnant women.

 

 

Azelaic Acid (Azelex, Finacea, Finevin)

Azelaic acid is a topical cream used to treat moderate acne with antibacterial effects. The risk of harm to the fetus is remote, but there have been no human studies to provide much information.

 

 

Oral Contraceptive Pills

Some women use the birth control pill to control acne, and later get pregnant. Despite general belief that the baby will be affected, it is not shown that women using oral contraceptives are at a higher risk for birth defects.

 

 

 

Unsafe Pregnancy Acne Treatments

Namely, Tetracycline, Salicyclic Acid, Tretinoin and Isotrentinoin.

 

Accutane

Available in pills or tablets. Accutane can lead to miscarriages and even to infant death during the pregnancy. Accutane is also known as Isotretinoin.

 

 

Tretinoin (Avita, Retin-A, Renova)

Applied to the affected area and is only for the external use. It helps reduce acne but it is possible that the drug can be absorbed into the skin and bloodstream, causing negative effects on the fetus. Pregnant women should avoid Tretinonin.

 

 

Tetracycline

An oral antibiotic drug used for acne treatment. The use of tetracycline should be under doctor supervision as it can affect infant bone growth or even teeth discoloration.

 

 

Pregnancy Acne Home Remedies

A warm oatmeal face mask, made with no added ingredients, applied to your face for about 15-20 minutes may help to clear up blemishes in a couple of days. It also helps to prevent acne from recurring.

 

Also, keep your skin clean so as to control future acne breakouts. Wash your face with an oil-free mild cleanser and rinse well with lukewarm water. Avoid touching, picking or popping blemishes as this will cause bacteria to spread and acne scarring.

 

 

Diet plays an important role in controlling and curing pregnancy acne. Make sure to eat a diet that's rich in fruits and vegetables. Apples and blueberries are rich in antioxidants, making them very good fruits for preventing pregnancy acne.

 

 

Drink about 6 to 8 glasses of water everyday. Water not only hydrates and moisturize the skin, it also helps expel hormonal secretions to improve acne.

 

 

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