For sufferers of acne, getting pregnant may not seem like a problem. Not many women connect their acne medication with potential pregnancy problems. For some women, their acne doesn’t even develop until they are pregnant. However, there are circumstances where taking acne medication may be harmful for your baby.
There are perfectly safe medications out there that can be taken during the pregnancy including those with benzoyl peroxide and antibotic preparations. You can get these at your local chemist or your dermatologist or doctor can prescribe them. However, it is always better to contact your doctor or dermatologist about your chosen acne treatment before starting. You never know when something seems safe that will actually end up harming your child.
Acne treatments that are strictly off limits include anything with Vitamin A. Examples are isotretinoin, salicyclic acid, and tretinoin. Both the gel and tablets are bad for baby. Antibotic medication that must be taken orally, like tetracyclines, can damage your baby’s teeth and bones and should be completely avoided. Accutane is an isotretinoin proven to be the cause of many miscarriages and infant deaths. Erythromycin is also dangerous and should only be used with a doctor’s permission.
Once you have delivered your baby, you should still talk to your doctor about acne medication if you intend to breastfeed your baby.