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Acne During Pregnancy

Other Topical Acne Treatments and Pregnancy

Some experts recommend topical prescription products containing either erythromycin or azelaic acid. Other options include over-the-counter products that contain either benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid. Only about 5% of the active medication applied to the skin is absorbed into the body. So it's believed that such medications would not pose an increased risk of birth defects.

But it is important to remember that many topical medications have not been adequately studied in pregnancy. So again, be sure to consult your doctor before you start any acne treatment.

Drug-Free Treatments for Pregnancy Acne

Pregnancy acne is a natural condition that usually resolves after childbirth. So, the safest course of action is good skin care. Here are some methods for coping with pregnancy acne that are drug-free:

  • Limit washing to two times per day and after heavy sweating.
  • When you do wash, use a gentle, oil-free, alcohol-free, and non-abrasive cleanser.
  • Use a washcloth (but change it every time you wash your face), cotton pad or sonic cleansing system.
  • After washing, rinse your skin with lukewarm water. Then gently pat dry and apply moisturizer.
  • Avoid over-cleansing. It can overstimulate the skin's oil glands.
  • Shampoo regularly. If you have oily skin, it's best to shampoo daily. Avoid oily hair mousse or pomade near the hairline.

Above all, avoid the temptation to squeeze or pop your pimples. This usually results in permanent acne scars. If you have clogged pores, get a professional facial.

 

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Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on July 12, 2013

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