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Acne in pregnancy - what can you do about it so as not to harm your baby?


Acne treatment is never easy and pregnantwhen you can't use many common measures, is even more difficult. Is it therefore necessary to accept what is happening and wait for a solution to take care of your appearance? Or maybe, carrying a baby under your heart, you can safely take care of the skin and acne in pregnancy does not have to be reconciled?

Fortunately, you don't have to wring your hands. You can act and waiting for delivery is not necessary.

Here are safe ways to get pregnant acne.

One in two pregnant women have acne in pregnancy

Acne in pregnancy is as common as stretch marks. Pimples in the magical 9 months she has every other pregnant woman. Unfortunately, not all cases are benign - acne is severe in many future mothers.

Who will get acne during pregnancy?

Pregnant women who have struggled with adolescents during puberty and those who notice changes in their skin during the monthly cycle, for example just before menstruation, are more at risk of acne in pregnancy.

Acne in pregnancy - why does it appear?

The causes of acne in pregnancy are widely known - all because of changing hormones, especially the increased secretion of androgens that lead to overproduction of sebum.

Acne in pregnancy usually develops in the first trimester. If it does not appear during this period, it is unlikely to arise later: in the second or third trimester.

Absolutely not use it. Dangerous acne medications during pregnancy

During pregnancy, you should avoid any unnecessary drugs and treatments that can have a negative impact on the health of the growing baby.

  • isotretinoin this is a drug that has revolutionized the way acne is treated. Unfortunately, it is absolutely prohibited during pregnancy. The drug can negatively affect the fetus and lead to serious malformations. Because the risk is very high, women who use isotretinoin and are of childbearing potential should use at least two contraceptive methods that will give high effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. It is not recommended to plan pregnancy for a month after the end of therapy.

  • Hormone therapy - pregnant is also prohibited. It involves taking, among others, female hormones. The endocrine system in pregnancy is subject to numerous changes, and any interference in this regard is not indicated.
  • antibiotics such as tetracycline, minocycline, doxycycline - also banned during pregnancy - may affect bone health.

  • Topical retinoids - among others: Differin®, Tazorac, Retin-A - although studies show that the amount of these ingredients absorbed through the skin is small, unfortunately there is a risk of birth defects in the fetus.
  • Some experts also suggest that you do not use during pregnancy preparations containing salicylic acid - Unfortunately, it is an important point on the list of many known acne preparations.