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Acne: Pregnancy And Acne Medication

Pregnancy And Acne Treatment-

During pregnancy, the hormones undergo changes. That may cause acne during the early pregnancy. In later periods of pregnancy acne often clears.

You should not use some acne medications during pregnancy and while breast-feeding. These medicines include:

  • Vitamin A derivatives- retinoids and Isotretinoin
  • Tetracyclin Group of Antibiotics
  • Hormones
  • Salicylic acid preparations

Vitamin A derivatives:

Isotretinoin (US Brand- Accutane) must be totally avoided during, before, and after pregnancy. It may produce birth defects in the fetus and should never be taken during pregnancy.

Other Vitamin A topical molecules such as tretinoin, tazarotene, adaplene etc., carry warnings about their use during pregnancy and while breast-feeding. They should also be avoided. Retinoids are becoming very popular and some OTC skin care products may contain retinoids. Please use any skin care product only after consulting your doctor.

Tetracycline Group Of Antibiotics-

Tetracycline and its derivatives such as doxycycline and minocycline may affect the bone growth and also discolor the teeth of a fetus or breast-fed child. They should not be used during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.

Hormone Therapy For Acne:

Hormones are widely used to treat acne. Out of these, Flutamide and Spironolactone may be passed to the fetus and cause birth defects. They should be strictly avoided. Estrogens and other anti-androgens should also not be used during pregnancy. It is not known if these hormones are passed to the breast-feeding child. They should therefore be avoided during breast-feeding.

As a cautionary measure, during pregnancy and while breast-feeding use any medication only after consulting your doctor.

Article created on: June 14, 2006

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