For most women, acne tends to clear up at least somewhat during pregnancy. However, flares can occur, particularly during the third trimester.
Treating acne during pregnancy can be tricky because some medications are not safe to use during pregnancy. Also, because studies on acne medications are not typically performed on pregnant women, we do not know the affects that most acne medications will have on the fetus.
WARNING: Isotretinoin (Accutane) is an oral acne medication used to treat severe acne. It is the #1 most birth-defect-causing medication on the market, and should never be used by any woman who is pregnant or plans to become pregnant.
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