Treating Acne During Pregnancy

Aside from the obvious growing bump, the female body undergoes many incredible changes during pregnancy. Although we often hear about a pregnant woman’s healthy glowing skin, the surge of hormones throughout pregnancy can also cause skin conditions like acne. Treating acne during pregnancy requires careful consultation with a dermatologist, since typically prescribed medications cannot be used.

Although pregnancy acne usually subsides once hormone levels subside, it is understandable that women want to find ways to manage their skin during the 9 months of pregnancy. So what options are available?

  • Wait and see – Sometimes acne can improve over the course of pregnancy, so giving your skin a bit of time before deciding to use medications may be recommended.
  • Prescriptions are categorized into A (safest), B (typically safe), C (some fetal risk possible but not enough data), D (potential risks) and X (evidence of fetal risk). There are several prescription acne medications in the B category that are commonly recommended for pregnant women, such as erythromycin or azelaic acid.
  • Non-prescription methods
    • Washing your face twice daily with an oil-free, alcohol-free gentle cleanser
    • Rinse gently and pat dry before applying a moisturizer
    • Do not attempt to pop or squeeze acne
    • Keep hands and phones away from the face, as both can transfer bacteria
    • Use sunscreen to protect your skin

For other methods or specific concerns, please consult with a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology. With over 30 years of experience in the field of dermatology, Dr. Vaillant understands the importance of treating patients with compassionate and individual care. Dr. Vaillant treats a wide range of skin, hair, and nail conditions, including acne, dandruff, hair loss, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, skin cancer, age spots, and fungal infections. Please schedule an appointment by calling our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 today!