Is It Safe To Use Topical Acne Medication During Pregnancy?
When I was 17-18 weeks pregnant, I used a topical acne medication, I used it within 1 week. Finally, I know that the topical acne medicine is not recommended for pregnant women. Finally I stopped. I wear it at night, and when I sleep I feel cramps in the stomach (I don’t know whether it’s the effect of an ointment or not). My question is, is there any effect on the baby in my womb? Because I’m very worried. And is there a direct impact on our bodies if we apply dangerous creams when pregnant?
When pregnant, pregnant women should be more careful when using skincare or cosmetics. There are some ingredients in skincare that should not be used during pregnancy such as retinoids, isotretinoin, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and some antibiotics, generally these ingredients are found in acne medicine products. Hydroquinone and mercury also should not be used while pregnant.
What ingredients are contained in your acne medicine? The effects of the womb that should not be used in pregnant women are not always immediately apparent, this depends on the type of womb, as well as the dose and duration of use. Some ingredients can cause fetal disability.
You don't need to worry for now. The best step you can do right now is to consult an obstetrician so that the condition of your fetus and pregnancy can be monitored properly. Also discuss the effects of the ingredients in acne medicine with your obstetrician.
As for reducing acne during pregnancy, you can do the following tips:
Get enough rest
Avoid touching your face before washing your hands
Don't squeeze pimples
Choose skincare that is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and safe for pregnant women (can be asked at the product's beauty advisor)
Avoid excessive sun exposure
If you feel disturbed by acne during pregnancy, it would be better if you consult a dermatologist so you can get safer treatment for pregnant women. Avoid using acne medicine without doctor's advice.
Hope it helps you,