Everybody wants to look beautiful and attractive. Looking good is a great way to boost your confidence. It helps you face the world with poise and conviction.
But when you are pregnant, things are a little different. It is not just about you anymore. It is also about your unborn baby.
Everyone’s skin and pregnancies are different. If you’ve noticed a sudden change in your skin, your doctor should be your first stop for a treatment plan and you should always consult them before trying a new product yourself.
At Skintherapy, we have helped many pregnant and breast-feeding women control their acne but we also work with your doctor to ensure the products and services are safe for both you and your child.
What is Safe to Use During Pregnancy
Many products are considered safe for moms, including benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most widely recommended acne treatment medications and most physicians consider it safe to use during pregnancy. It can work wonders for breakouts on the face, back, and shoulders, though you should keep it off your chest if you’re breastfeeding.
There are other options, too, if you prefer a more conservative approach: You could also use a serum with mandelic acid, because it’s derived from almonds. These are some suggestions of products that we may offer to help but we will consult with your doctor first before recommending what might work best for you.
What to Avoid During Pregnancy
- Accutane (isotretinoin): Commonly known by its trade name Accutane, isotretinoin has been linked to severe birth defects in babies whose mothers took this drug while pregnant. Isotretinoin also increases the chance of miscarriage.
- Topical retinoids: Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should not use the topical retinoids Differin (adapalene), Tazorac (tazarotene), and Retin-A (tretinoin). The effect of topical retinoids on a developing fetus has not been studied thoroughly. As such, they should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Tetracycline: Oral tetracycline, as well as its derivatives doxycycline and minocycline, can interfere with normal bone growth as well as discolor teeth of a developing fetus. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should not use these antibiotics.
- Salicylic acid: While it is a common ingredient in many acne treatment products, salicylic acid also absorbs into the bloodstream and is potentially harmful to a pregnancy.
- Chemical peels: Hold off going for a chemical peel until you give birth. Even if you are opting for a lighter peel, don’t forget to discuss it with your doctor first.
For parents or soon-to-be parents who are finding their pimples especially distressing, the experts recommend seeking professional help to get to the root cause and to establish an effective acne plan. If you’re beyond pregnancy and lactation, there are also many effective treatments available. They may take time, but something will work for you. And if you’re expecting, think of it this way: Pregnancy acne is essentially a sign of a good thing—it’s because you’re pregnant.
Luckily, hormonal acne and acne that occurs during pregnancy doesn’t have to impact your life. There are still acne treatments out there that you can use during pregnancy. At Skintherapy, we are happy to discuss your options with you and keep your doctor included in the consultation to make sure you are safe with our Clear & Acne Free Program™.