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 :(
What is Safe Acne Products/ingredients During Pregnancy?
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.
...retrospective answer- safe to use some medications in pregnancy
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