There are lots of women who suffer from acne while they are pregnant and in some cases, it can be quite severe. Many women find that even if they didn’t suffer from acne when they were younger, they have flare-ups while they are pregnant. There are lots of acne treatment available. However, many of them can actually be dangerous to you and your baby if you use them while you are pregnant. So, what treatments should you avoid and what can you do to eliminate your acne during pregnancy?
The reason that acne is so common during pregnancy is the hormonal changes that occur in the body of a pregnant woman. The same is true of acne during puberty- the hormones are going wild and the body is changing. One of the ugly side effects of hormones is pimples.
Following are some acne treatments that you should avoid when you are pregnant.
1) Anything containing Accutane- the ingredient, Accutane, is very dangerous to your baby. Research has proven that it can cause miscarriage or even birth defects. Accutane is also quite dangerous to use while you are breastfeeding.
2) Tetracycline- this oral antibiotic is used to treat acne in both teens and adults. However, you shouldn’t use this during your pregnancy as it can cause issues with bone development in the baby. It can also cause discoloration of the teeth.
3) Female hormone medications- there are certain hormones that can be passed to your baby during your pregnancy or while you are breastfeeding. Research is still unclear regarding female hormone medications, but it has been linked to birth defects, so it’s best not to risk it.
Overall, it is best to avoid all medications while you are pregnant. If you feel that you must do something about your adult acne while you are pregnant, then you should speak with your physician about a special diet for pregnancy. Take care to avoid bad foods and make sure that you eat well to help out your skin as well as protect the health of your baby.