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

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
4.8 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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

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

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.