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Is it safe to use proactive for acne while I am pregnant?

Is it safe to use proactive for acne while I am pregnant?

Unknown: The active ingredient in proactive is benzoyl peroxide which is considered a pregnancy category c medication. This means that essentially it is unknown if there is an adverse outcome in pregnancy as there have not been any human studies performed. If the acne is something you can live with, i would recommend just using soap and water and avoiding medication. Or go to see a dermatologist.

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Dr. James Dukelow
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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.

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Cetaphil for pregnancy acne safe?

Cetaphil for pregnancy acne safe?

It is soap: Cetaphil does nothing for acne but it is as safe as any soap would be to use. Speak with your doctor about using other types of washes for your acne.

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What acne treatments are safe during pregnancy?

What acne treatments are safe during pregnancy?

Very limited: Topical benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, erythromycin. Oral erythromycin. Acne tends to be worse the first 20 weeks, often less severe the last 20. May be worse after delivery. Sun will help but avoid burning.

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Currently using clindamyacin 1% topical for acne, how long can I use it for without risking mrsa? And is it safe in pregnancy?

Currently using clindamyacin 1% topical for acne, how long can I use it for without risking mrsa?  And is it safe in pregnancy?

Unknown: Mrsa is a bacteria that is resistant to some antibiotics that are in the penicillin family. It is considered a b category safe drug in pregnancy. That means animal studies show no risk or adverse fetal effects. But controlled human studies are not available for first trimester. No evidence of 2nd or 3rd trimester risk shown.

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What are some options for acne treatment that are all natural/pregnancy safe?

Acne in Pregnancy: Erythromycin (erygel) is often the drug of choice for pregnancy acne. Azelaic acid (azelex, finacea) may be another option. Both medications are typically applied to the skin as a lotion or gel and are available by prescription. Both are category b meaning they are safe in the 2-3 trimester.

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What is a safe acne cleanser to use during pregnancy that won't hurt my unborn baby?

What is a safe acne cleanser to use during pregnancy that won't hurt my unborn baby?

Topical washes: Topical washes like those containing hydrogen peroxide are safe. Basically want to avoid anything with Retin-A or trentoin. Most of the topical washes are all safe. Best of luck with pregnancy.

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Is my pregnancy safe even though I took a topical solution of retinoic acid for my acne in my 1st week?

Is my pregnancy safe even though I took a topical solution of retinoic acid for my acne in my 1st week?

Most likely: Of course there is worry about using retinoic acid in pregnancy and one can never really know. However, the risk to the baby is exceedingly small if used for such a short time, even in the 1st week.

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Is it safe to get cortisone shot for cystic acne during pregnancy?

Is it safe to get cortisone shot for cystic acne during pregnancy?

CORTISONE: Cortisone shots if it needs to be given, it should not be during the first trimester of pregnancy. It might affect the baby no matter how small the dose

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Is it safe during pregnancy to use castor oil topically on your face to help with acne? More specifically, i'd like to use cold pressed castor oil.

Is it safe during pregnancy to use castor oil topically on your face to help with acne? More specifically, i'd like to use cold pressed castor oil.

Poor choice: Why use an ancient, not-very-effective folk medicine promoted by charlatans? The best over-the-counter acne remedy is benzoyl peroxide, but if it's bugging you enough to consider "cold-pressed" castor oil, see if your physician would add topical Clindamycin to peroxide. The birth control pill stops acne in many women who can use it, and there are other stronger rx's after baby comes.

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Can i use my mac cosmetics concealer to cover a few acne n blemish spots? Is it safe for my baby? Im 35 weeks pregnant.

Can i use my mac cosmetics concealer to cover a few acne n blemish spots? Is it safe for my baby? Im 35 weeks pregnant.

CONCEALER/PREGNANT: I SEE NO HARM IN USING YOUR COSMETIC CONCEALER. BEST LUCK TO YOU AND YOUR NEW, UPCOMING BABY!

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How long should you wait after taking a high dose of oral vitamin a supplements for acne for about 6 months, before it is safe to get pregnant?

How long should you wait after taking a high dose of oral vitamin a supplements for acne for about 6 months, before it is safe to get pregnant?

You should be fine: It's the mother that shouldn't take vitamin a analogues for acne. I also hope that your husband isn't self-medication with store-bought vitamin a; this is dangerous. A dermatologist can offer Accutane which will clear him up; it's related to vitamin a. Double-check with your dermatologist, but the scare stories seem to be generated by tort lawyers.

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I get cystic acne,only cortisone shots help. I'm trying to get pregnant is it still safe for me to get them can they affect conception or harm a fetus?

I get cystic acne,only cortisone shots help. I'm trying to get pregnant is it still safe for me to get them can they affect conception or harm a fetus?

Acne: Cortisone is considered Category C - uncertain safety in pregnancy. Topical treatments like clindamycin and erythromycin are considered safe in pregnancy and may be a better option if you are trying to get pregnant.

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T3 mycin lotion,adaferin gel & azederm cream. Which is safe to use during pregnancy for acne?

T3 mycin lotion,adaferin gel & azederm cream. Which is safe to use during pregnancy for acne?

Acne cream : I think all are ok. I would double check with your OB they have certain likes and dislikes. I would stick with their program. Good luck and feel better

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Is 2wice a day use of clinique acne solution safe during pregnancy? Cleanser 2% salicylic, toner 1.5% salicylic, moisturizer 2.5% benzoyl per oxide

Is 2wice a day use of clinique acne solution safe during pregnancy? Cleanser 2% salicylic, toner 1.5% salicylic, moisturizer 2.5% benzoyl per oxide

Category C: Benzoyl peroxide is a pregnancy category c drug, which basically means that someone was able to produce birth defects in lab animals using it, probably in preposterously high doses and something more than putting in the mother mouse's face. While i don't believe there's any danger to you, you'd do well not to use it simply o keep yourself from worrying or blaming the medicine if something happens.

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