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Doctor insights on: Safe Acne Treatment While Pregnant

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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While pregnant is it safe to use clindamycin phosphate 2% topically? Is topical differin (adapalene) safe while pregnant?

While pregnant is it safe to use clindamycin phosphate 2% topically? Is topical differin (adapalene) safe while pregnant?

It is safe.: Yes. It is safe to use Clindamycin topical. It is also safe to use differin (adapalene), (adapalene) even though drug info suggests "precautious, category-c for pregnancy". Just use common sense, how likely it would be that differin (adapalene) being absorbed through skin and causing systemic (side) effect? None ever reported. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take azemix 250 for acne treatment while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take azemix 250 for acne treatment while breastfeeding?

Safety Data Unknown: If you are referring to azithromycin (Zmax, Zithromax) 250mg for the treatment of acne then lactation safety data is unknown: there is inadequate literature available to assess risk; caution advised. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have laser scar treatment while pregnant?

Is it safe to have laser scar treatment while pregnant?

Unknown.: Most facilities will not perform laser scar removal if you are pregnant. Risks aren't well known; best to err on side of caution and wait until after you deliver. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take clindamycin (oral) for BV while pregnant?

Is it safe to take clindamycin (oral) for BV while pregnant?

Usually yes but...: Clindamycin seems to be "relatively safe" during pregnancy and can be used when "indicated", to treat infections during pregnancy, that is, when there are established benefits such as an intraamniotic infection or a severe UTI/pyelonephritis .. It is not clear that it is necessary or recommended to treat BV during any trimester of pregnancy unless the pregnant woman is significantly symptomatic. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take solodyn (minocycline) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take solodyn (minocycline) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes, short term: Solodyn, or minocycline, is an antibiotic, and in general, antibiotics are compatible with breastfeeding. With this antibiotic, however, only short-term use of Minocycline is recommended while breastfeeding. Milk levels are low and absorption by the infant is inhibited by the calcium in breastmilk. Long term use may (may) damage the baby's teeth. Black discoloration of breastmilk may happen. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take metrogel for bv while pregnant?

Is it safe to take metrogel for bv while pregnant?

Yes: Yes - and you should treat BV in pregnancy too as there is a chance of preterm labor with BV - but also make sure you keep the pH of your vaginal at a pH balance - because BV occurs in a basic environment and yeast infections occur in an acidic environment. ...Read more

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Is retinyl palmitate safe to use while pregnant on belly to prevent stretchmarks.?

Is retinyl palmitate safe to use while pregnant on belly to prevent stretchmarks.?

Yes: Retinyl palmitate is a weaker derivative of tretinoin or topical vitamin a. Tretinoin is a prescription which is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Retinyl palmitate is an otc product which is not contraindicated during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use whitening face products while im pregnant?

Is it safe to use whitening face products while im pregnant?

Probably not: A lot of skin whitening products contain hydroquinone which is absorbed rapidly by the skin. There simply aren't enough tests to know if this is a safe topical treatment in pregnancy. Therefore, i would recommend avoiding it. Definitely any product with retin or retinoid should be avoided as these have been shown to cause birth defects, even when used on the skin. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to take topical epiduo while breastfeeding?

Is it safe for me to take topical epiduo while breastfeeding?

Absolutely: No problems whatsoever using this medication topically while nursing. Thanks for feeding your child the best with breast!! ...Read more

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Is it safe to use retin-a topically while pregnant?

Is it safe to use retin-a topically while pregnant?

No: We really don't recommend it. Which is hard since most acne gets worse during pregnancy. Retin-a is similar to vitamin a and you can overdose on vitamin a during pregnancy which can injure your baby. You can do facial cleansers however. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use rid lice killing shampoo and gel while 8 weeks pregnant?

Is it safe to use rid lice killing shampoo and gel while 8 weeks pregnant?

Yes: Applications of a variety of agents to the skin surface during pregnancy are considered safe if the active drug is not absorbed into the blood in significant amounts. The 1% Permethrin in this product fits this description. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take finacea while pregnant?

Is it safe to take finacea while pregnant?

Yes: Finacea is a topical gel containing azelaic acid, and is used to treat mild to moderate rosacea. Finacea is considered fda pregnancy category b -- therefore, finacea is not expected to harm an unborn baby. ...Read more

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