Keep that glow! Do's & Don'ts for Acne in Pregnancy
I have had several people ask me, "What can I use during pregnancy? I am breaking out!!"
First off, congratulations!! Your body goes through innumerable changes during pregnancy to prepare for bringing a new life into the world. Your hormones change - and consequently pregnancy acne is all too common. Many of the traditional acne medications (most antibiotics & topicals, and some hormonal medications) are contraindicated and should be avoided. Often, patients are told - come back after you have your baby, and we can treat you!
I know that is frustrating to hear.
Category A: Controlled studies show no risk or find no evidence of harm. Think of these as SAFE for pregnant women in studies.
Category B: Animal studies show no risks, but there are no studies in pregnant women. Still thought to be safe.
Category C: Animal studies showed a risk, but this has not been shown in humans! AKA --> use with caution during pregnancy if benefits outweigh risks
Category D: Avoid!!! Human studies show a potential risk (but medications can be used, if life threatening).
Category X: Studies show a DEFINITE RISK. MEDICATION IS CONTRAINDICATED.
There's also, Category N - These are drugs that have not been classified by the FDA.
** Note: 1-2% Benzoyl peroxide to spot treat can be okay to use. I wouldn't use it all day, every day.**
**Note these should be used in small amounts!**
- Stay hydrated as well!!
- Rest, sleep, meditate!
- Mindful exercise & movement!
Let's get glowing!