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A Guide to Acne Treatment During Pregnancy

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As with the treatment of any condition when you are expecting, acne treatment during pregnancy requires a careful approach.  Choosing a treatment for your acne that is both safe for you and the baby and also effective requires a little extra research and caution.  The right acne treatment during pregnancy is usually the most natural choice you can find.  Before you try any acne treatment during pregnancy, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about which treatments are safe and which are not, as they will have the latest information.

The first thing to know about acne treatment during pregnancy is which type of treatment you should avoid at all costs.  The most dangerous drug on the market for an unborn baby is Accutane.  This drug has been associated with miscarriages as well as a pattern of birth defects including craniofacial defects and heart defects.  Accutane is not recommended as an acne treatment during pregnancy, and if you are taking it and find out you are pregnant you should stop immediately.  This drug is so dangerous to the fetus that most doctors require patients to sign a release confirming they are using appropriate birth control while on the medication.

Another common treatment used for acne is salicylic acid.  This appears in many of the over the counter acne treatments including cleansers, lotions and spot treatments.  Salicylic acid is generally considered to a safe acne treatment during pregnancy, as long as you use it as directed and in moderation.  It is best to use this and all other topical acne treatments only as needed rather than on a daily basis.

Sulphur, another common acne fighting ingredient, is also considered to be a safe acne treatment during pregnancy.  It usually appears in face masks and spot treatments and is meant to be used only when a breakout occurs, rather than as a preventative measure.

A topical treatment to avoid during your pregnancy is anything containing a retinoid, as they have been linked with problems when taken early in your pregnancy.  Use caution when purchasing any topical acne treatment during pregnancy; read the label carefully and ensure that all of the ingredients are safe.  Some products may contain more than one ingredient and not all of them are safe for use during pregnancy.

If you want to avoid any chemical acne treatment during pregnancy, there are some natural methods of treating your acne that are safe for your baby.  The first thing you should do is to keep your skin clean with a gentle cleanser every day.  Second, make sure you are drinking plenty of water, which helps your skin to stay healthy.  Adding an extra zinc supplement to your daily prenatal vitamin regimen can also help to keep your skin clear.

Research on acne treatment during pregnancy is always revealing new information, so before you use anything be sure to talk to a doctor.  Something that was once considered safe may have new research associated with it that changes its safety level.  Don’t take the word of a friend or family member, be sure to talk to a medical professional.  

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