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Old 10-13-2012, 11:55 PM   #1
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Acne during pregnancy

I have gotten cystic acne really bad since pregnancy. I have had problems in the past and been using doctor prescribed medications for it. When I became pregnant it was gone (the acne) but I was using it to keep it away. I stopped using it right away because I know some of that stuff isn't pregnancy safe. Well... I stopped it and my acne came back full force and I can't keep it under control. Besides looking like crap it hurts like heck. What can I use for acne? I don't want to use anything not safe. I have an appt in a week where I can ask but I am impatient and want to start using something sooner.

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Old 10-14-2012, 05:45 AM   #2
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Subbing for suggestions. With my previous pregnancies my skin cleared up beautifully but this time it just keeps getting worse. It's also become really dry and irritated. Yay hormones!
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I believe that acne products where the active ingredient is sulfur are safe during pregnancy. I've used a sulfur soap for a couple years w/ pretty good results & I know there are a few masks & spot creams as well.
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Re: Acne during pregnancy

sulfur based? Awesome, I'll check at the store today! Thank you.
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Re: Acne during pregnancy

Benzoyl Peroxide is level C at high doses I believe but your body only absorbs a small amount of what you put on your skin and then you're only using it on a part of your body. It's been used for years and years with no reports of adverse reactions. Some women use it not even thinking that skin care products can be a problem. You could use it only on individual spots or every other night to be more cautious. Also, Salicyclic acid at or below 2% is safe. It's Salicyclic acid that's in asprin that you ingest that is not recommended as it can thin the blood. I used Salicyclic acid face wash (left it on for several mins in the shower) daily and benzyol peroxide a couple times a week while pregnant. I did a lot of research on both of them. Shampoo is probably more dangerous when pregnant than these products.
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Benzoyl Peroxide is level C at high doses I believe but your body only absorbs a small amount of what you put on your skin and then you're only using it on a part of your body. It's been used for years and years with no reports of adverse reactions. Some women use it not even thinking that skin care products can be a problem. You could use it only on individual spots or every other night to be more cautious. Also, Salicyclic acid at or below 2% is safe. It's Salicyclic acid that's in asprin that you ingest that is not recommended as it can thin the blood. I used Salicyclic acid face wash (left it on for several mins in the shower) daily and benzyol peroxide a couple times a week while pregnant. I did a lot of research on both of them. Shampoo is probably more dangerous when pregnant than these products.
Agreed; I think that the risks associated w/ most topical acne stuff is overblown; if I'm in that position, I'll probably use sulfur-based products b/c I've already had good luck w/ them & I believe they are the "safest". I've not had great luck with salicylic acid anyway, so avoiding it isn't any hardship to me...if it worked better for me, I might still use it on occasion.
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Mine was really heavy duty prescription stuff that sometimes burned my skin. I only used the one that wasn't as bad when I found out I was pregnant and the packaging says do not use during pregnancy so it scared me. Ugh I haven't had this problem in over a year. Dang you hormones!
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Re: Acne during pregnancy

I recommend adding witchhazel. Wash (with whatever you choose), tone with witchhazel, and then moisturize.

I had adult acne and discovered the healing properties of witchhazel in my 30's and it's been a lifesaver. Pregnancy hasn't been able to screw with my face and I generally blame that on the witchhazel as well.

ETA: I also discovered that I cannot use any products with salycilic acid in them. My skin erupts. So, I avoid that. Benzoyl peroxide is good, but there are several other active ingredients that you can find in cleansers. Most things seem to rely on SA though.
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Ive been using the witchhazel and my acne has cleared up amazingly.my dry patches, not so much.
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I also use witch hazel. I just take a bottle and add a few drops of TTO and lavender to it, and use it morning and night on a cotton ball.
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