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A 28-year-old female asked:

Hi i have suddenly got acne on my face. its mild and i am breaking out. i then found out i'm 4 weeks pregnant. i need to fix my skin. can i get differin gel otc? and can i use is during pregnancy. i cannot look like this i will be depressed?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 55 years experience
Retinoid ?'s: Differin Gel is a retinoid , and b/c retinoid medications are associated with some birth defects, although no conclusive studies have been done with "Differin Gel" in particular, it should be avoided to remove the chance of associated birth defects. Ask your OB physician about alternatives.
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Last updated Dec 9, 2020

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