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Can you tell me, how best to handle acne in pregnant women?

Can you tell me, how best to handle acne in pregnant women?

Topicals: Topical benzoyl peroxide, perhaps with added topical clindamycin, is safe. You can't take oral tetracycline, period. I would be reluctant to use spironolactone even topically because of its hormonal effects. You'll also want to avoid retinoic acid derivatives even topically. Let your physician know. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Anyone know what is a safe acne wash and/or product for pregnant women?

Pregnancy acne: Wash your face twice a day. Be gentle and use a mild cleanser with lukewarm water.If you have oily hair, shampoo daily. Be careful to keep hair off your face.Avoid picking, scratching, popping or squeezing acne sores. These habits can spread infection and potentially cause scarring.If you use cosmetics, stick to oil-free products. Look for descriptions such as water-based or noncomedogenic. ...Read more

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Do women get body acne as a pregnancy symptom?

Do women get body acne as a pregnancy symptom?

Yes: This is fairly common. If you are a lucky mother-to-be, you can talk about it with your obstetrician. A topical medication such as Clindamycin might be the best choice. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the safest topical acne medication for pregnant woman?

What's the safest topical acne medication for pregnant woman?

Azeleic acid: I often use azeleic acid in this situation. It is a naturally occurring substance. If you eat anything made of wheat, you will have azeleic acid in your breast milk normally. So its quite safe during pregnancy and can be continued while breastfeeding. The downsides are that it is only brand name so it is pricey and it tends to be slow to work. ...Read more

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For women who have acne, does their acne go away with the hormone changes during pregnancy?

For women who have acne, does their acne go away with the hormone changes during pregnancy?

Not necessarily: In my experience, just like with oral contraceptives, some women will have acne improve during pregnancy, some will have no effect and some will have their acne worsen. ...Read more

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I am using minoxie 0.2 spray on my head , does it has side effects ? Like weight increase or acne on face ? Can a woman get pregnant while using it ?

I am using minoxie 0.2 spray on my head , does it has side effects ? Like weight increase or acne on face ? Can a woman get pregnant while using it ?

Minoxidil?: If you mean Minoxidil spray, the only common side effect is itching; all others are very rare. There are no pregnancy studies for topical minoxidil, but generally we recommend that you stop all non-essential medications while trying to get pregnant. ...Read more

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Why is it so bad to take acne medicine when pregnant but you don't know it?

Why is it so bad to take acne medicine when pregnant but you don't know it?

Accutane: Accutane treatment for acne has been shown in research to cause genetic malformations when taken by pregnant women. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more