Pregnancy And Acne Medication....pregnancy pregnant child children medication foetus foetal effect finacea azelaic acid
Posted 29 January 2012 - 10:12 AM
I was very distressed by this as I have just found out that I have endometriosis and so I won't want to leave pregnancy for too long if I decide to have children (I have booked in to see a counsellor to discuss this). I previously thought I would be OK to use this if I got pregnant as the balance of negligable risk VS the risk to the pregnancy caused by stress of developing acne again would be a no brainer... but having a doctor say this to me made me less secure in my previous decision...
I wonder what experiences/knowledge you guys have about use of finacea (or other acne medications) in pregnancy... obviously apart from vitimin a derivatives like retin-a and accutane which we all know can cause serious birth defects.
Posted 02 February 2012 - 12:54 PM
I have been trying to conceive and prior to coming off the contraceptive pill I was advised the only safe topical was BP. I don't think they even like salicylic acid use, because it hasn't been tested in pregnancy yet. Having said that I have been using AHA/BHA cream recently but only because it is taking so long to conceive that I was getting desperate to put something onto my face. It wasn't strong enough though so I am thinking of trying BP. I just hate the bleaching and redness!
Posted 03 February 2012 - 01:57 AM
The reason they don't like salicylic acid in pregnancy is because it is basically the active ingredient in aspirin and studies looking aqt women who take aspirin in pregnancy show that it can cause birth defects. Topical has not been tested but they say that absorbtion of a body peel/letting alot of SA product sink in is equivalent to taking one aspirin so doctors advise against using SA (although not all doctors will know the specifics about the testing nessisarily... they look up the advice in their little books so its worth looking into these things yourself).
My doctor said she would not be conserned about somone getting pregnant whilst on AA (azelaic acid) but would feel it would be best to come off it for the duration of pregnancy..... althought it seems some dertmatologists think that its use is ok in pregnancy/during breastfeeding as topical use it unlikely to introduce much into the system.... but many understandably do err on the side of caution and say not to use it during pregnancy.
This stresses me but I guess I'd just have to step up my makeup routine and be accepting of the acne (for the 2 years around having a baby... arg!)
Edited by crystal_willow, 03 February 2012 - 01:58 AM.
Posted 03 February 2012 - 06:56 AM
Posted 03 February 2012 - 02:42 PM
Apparently tea tree oil is considered ok for pregnancy but I wouldn't bathe in the stuff lol... will probably use it in steaming and a few massages..
Edited by crystal_willow, 03 February 2012 - 02:43 PM.
Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:50 PM
Whether you breakout during pregnancy it is definitely a temporary thing. Your hormones will change throughout the pregnancy. For me my breakouts occurred in the beginning of the pregnancies. Good luck!
Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:20 PM
Thankyou for the wealth of experience... lots of people are saying positive things about BP so far...
I have to add this incase any potential preggers ladies are reading: Unfortunately the vitimin A derivative thing was "tested"...... basically it was put on the shelves without a warning because it was not tested on animals before humans and obviously they don't include pregnant women in clinical trials usually..... and lots of pregnant women with acne used it. Vitamin A derivatives result in improper development of the midbrain... I was told this at uni and always will remember it as i found it chilling....
thanks again xx
Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:57 PM
Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:23 PM