What is Safe Acne Products/ingredients During Pregnancy?

Im planning to have a baby (still not pregnant). I have worse acne cysts on the face only around my nose. Currently I use netrogena facewash + spot gel with salicylic acid and Bezac AC with 5% benzoyl peroxide. What are the safe products(ingredients) during Pregnancy for worse acne types? Should I stop using these products before becoming pregnant (if so, how many days before)? Im 29, and I badly need to get pregnant with a healthy baby, also like to keep my face at least OK :(

Doctor Answers 2

Safe acne meds during pregnancy

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Preganancy can have unpredictable effects on acne. Several of our typical medications are not recommended during pregnancy.  I will often use topical erythromycin solution and pair it with a low strength (ie. 5% ) benzoyl peroxide wash. Avoid all products containing "leave on" benzoyl peroxide, retinol, retinaldehyde and retinoic acid, tretinoin, adapalene and tazarotene. I think it would be best to seek the care of a dermatologist in this case. Hope this helps. Good luck with your future pregnancy.

Colorado Springs Dermatologic Surgeon

...retrospective answer- safe to use some medications in pregnancy

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Acne and acne scarring in pregnancy is one of the hardest things to treat in our line of work. The safety of the unborn baby comes first. Things to avoid- anything related to Vitamin A- this includes tablets (more than 2000 IU), obviously Accutane, but also creams that contain vitamin A products such as Differin, Zorac, Tretinoin etc.... 
Most antibiotics are also unacceptable - this includes Minocycline and Doxycycline. 

So what are the safe things in pregnancy?
Here is my recipe for acne in pregnancy-
1. Erythomycin Gel (if you can get zinc and erythomycin all the better- UK patients), or Clindamycin topically (Clindatech lotion)

2. AHA or glycolic acid peels- safe as. 

3. Red and Blue light therapy (Low Level Laser Emission) this can kill the bacteria associated with acne. 

I hope this helps everyone, 


Dr Davin Lim
Brisbane and Gold Coast

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