You can try tea tree oil. It has worked okay, not great, for me, but other pregnant women swear by it. You can get it at health/natural food stores. It is completely safe during pregnancy. Burt's Bees makes an (herbal) acne remedy stick that has been recommended to me, although I haven't used it.
If you feel comfortable using medications during pregnancy, you can ask your doctor for a prescription for Cleocin, which is supposed to be safe during pregnancy. Some doctors will also let you use over-the-counter products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, although benzoyl peroxide is a class C drug during pregnancy (which means it is not known whether it causes birth defects or not). Some people say ProActive works well during pregnancy.
Proactive has BP in it. I have been using Neutrogenia Solutions since Friday. I hope it is not a problem. Will the acne reduce when my hormones level out more. I am only 6 weeks along. I have tries Tea Tree Oil without much success.
Hey Shea ,
My doc has approved oral emycin, Azelex is also calss b, And benzamycin class c
I use azelex in the am and benz in the pm cause i was not comfterable using benz twice since its class c
I like the azelex best.
How far along are you?
My acne was worst in months 3-5 I am now almost 31 weeks and its not so bad like then knock on wood,
what you could do is use tamanu oil for the existing acne-it's perfectly safe, it's natural but please stay away from any prescription drugs I don't care if they say they're safe or not, and watch your diet to stop breaking out. Like for starters get rid of sugar from your diet and dairy except plain yogurt, kefir or even goats milk yogurt- you can get it at a health store. Changing my diet cleared my skin, I think it will work for you too. There's nothing worse than trying to do your makeup while you're getting contractions trust me, been there done that, eat lots of cantaloupe, blueberries, rasberries, apples, brazil nuts, salmon although with fish you probably want to eat that once a week cause of the mercury. Well I hope that helps good luck
Sadend- I am using azelex and emycin now but I dont feel like they are helping. I had a little acne before I got pregnant but now its a little worse. I am only 6 weeks along. Maybe I will ask my doctor about the benzamycin. Thanks
hey shea, i know exactly how you feel, i broke out too while i was pregnant- it sucked. my derm advised against the cleocin, something about it being a vit A type thing, but yer s'posed to not use it while pregnant. i switched to topical eurythromycin. worked like crap! *lol* but better than nothing, i guess. have you tried the lemon juice thing? might work for you, although it also may give you heartburn, so be careful. congratulations! despite the acne, i looooved being pregnant, i was happy all the time, no clue why. my kid is 6 years old now, and gets more fun and cool and funny every day. totally unplanned, btw, but i'm loving it!
Whoever asked if acne in early pregnancy will get better...I was told that it usually improves after the first trimester (obviously this doesn't apply if you started getting it later in pregnancy!). I'm 12 1/2 weeks now, so we'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks.