Some of the topical medications commonly used to keep acne under control are not safe during pregnancy. This can be frustrating to women who find that pregnancy-related hormonal changes are making them break out more than before.
Retinoids are considered to be toxic to a fetus, and may lead to birth defects like congenital malformations if used topically during pregnancy. Pregnant women should also avoid frequent use of products that contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, since they, too, can cause complications.
Since acne is a common concern among pregnant women, it’s best to speak with your dermatologist before using any over-the-counter or prescription treatments or medications. He or she may suggest an oral medication like erythromycin or topical agents that contain low doses of alpha-hydroxy acids that are safe to use while pregnant.
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