acne affects about half of all women duringpregnancy, and this is because of the increase in hormones, especially progesterone in thefirst trimester. for many women, it gets better throughout the pregnancy. for an unlucky few,it persists throughout the pregnancy. so let’s talk about what you can’t do to treat youracne during pregnancy first. you can’t use any medicines in the retinoid family and theseinclude accutane, retin-a, tazorac, differin, and atralin. these are known to cause birthdefects. you also can’t use any oral antibiotics like doxycycline, minocycline, or tetracyclinebecause these could actually harm your baby’s tooth development. and finally you can’t usebenzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, although this is controversial. so what can you do?luckily there are some great treatments for
acne during pregnancy. you can get a prescriptionfrom your dermatologist for finacea or erythromycin, 2 topical antibiotics. you can also use glycolicacid, also known as alpha hydroxy acid which is available over the counter. i love fora natural treatment medicinal-grade honey as a spot treatment, can work very nicely,as well as topical niacinamide which is b vitamin. finally, if you go to your dermatologist’soffice if those things are not helping, you can get blue light or red light treatments.while these are not covered by insurance, they’re very helpful for acne during pregnancyand very safe. and basically these wavelengths of light are anti-inflammatory in acne. soif you are one of those people who’s having acne throughout their pregnancy and i knowit can be frustrating, don’t worry. there
are a lot of things you can do to make itbetter.