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Causes, prevention, and treatment of pregnancy acne in Jupiter, FL

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Safe Treatment of Acne During Pregnancy in Jupiter Area
We can’t talk about pregnancy without talking about the “baby bump.” As you surely know, that is an affectionate term for an expectant mom’s growing belly. However, there is another, much less welcome, type of bump that often accompanies pregnancy: pimples. Approximately half of all moms-to-be get pregnancy acne. Fortunately for the mothers of Jupiter, FL, treatment is available right here at A Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery. Here, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about acne and pregnancy.

About pregnancy acne

What causes acne flare ups during pregnancy?

During the first trimester of pregnancy, hormone levels rise dramatically. This causes an increase in sebum (skin oil) production, which contributes to clogged pores. It can occur at any time, but it is most common during the first and second trimesters.

Will I develop acne?

If you have a history of acne, oily skin, or clogged pores, the answer is very likely “yes.” However, even a woman with previously clear skin can get acne while pregnant. Additionally, acne is only one of many skin problems that can occur at this time. A 2014 study published in Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, found that 9 in 10 pregnant women experience significant, complex changes in their skin.

How can I avoid it?

Unfortunately, there is no sure-fire way to prevent pregnancy acne. However, good skin care before and during pregnancy can minimize the problem and reduce your risk.

Does acne mean that my child will be a girl?

No. There is an old myth that skin problems can indicate the gender of the fetus. It is often repeated to this day, but it is not supported by any scientific evidence.

Do I need to tell my dermatologist that I am pregnant?

Absolutely! Even if your condition is not public knowledge, your dermatologist and any other medical provider needs to know. Additionally, you should tell your obstetrician about any medicines you are taking, or procedures you are undergoing.

Acne treatment during pregnancy

Is acne medicine safe during pregnancy?

Some treatments are safe, but others can cause serious birth defects. If you are treating acne and you become pregnant, you should talk to your dermatologist and obstetrician right away. You may need to discontinue current products and revise your skin care routine.

Can Isotretinoin cause birth defects?

Yes. It is one of the most dangerous acne medications. In fact, women of childbearing age need to use two forms of birth control and take regular pregnancy tests when taking Isotretinoin, and for a month after completing treatment.

What about other oral acne medications?

Hormone therapies can be harmful to a developing fetus. Tetracyclines, a type of antibiotic therapy, affects bone development. They can also leave your child with permanent tooth discoloration.

Are topical products harmful?

That depends on the type of product. Even when you apply medication topically, your body can still absorb a small amount. Retinoids have been shown to cause birth defects, and they should be avoided in any form.
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What are the safest acne treatments?

There are a few options:
  • Topicals – Most experts agree that ingredients such as glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, and erythromycin pose little risk when used topically. However, expectant mothers should understand that research on these products is limited. Topical clindamycin (an antibiotic) is considered safe.
  • Oral antibiotics –Cefadroxil, an oral antibiotic, is often prescribed for pregnant women. In animal research, it has not caused birth defects, even at high doses.
  • Light therapy – Although every device is different, light therapy is usually chemical-free and quite safe. Lasers are often used for a variety of therapeutic purposes during pregnancy. However, some light therapies are used in conjunction with medication, and some require numbing for patient comfort.

Are over-over-the-counter products and home remedies safer?

Like prescriptions, it depends entirely on the specific product. Generally speaking, commercially available medicines are not as strong as prescriptions, but that doesn’t always mean safer. If you are treating acne (or anything else) with an over-the-counter product, read the label carefully. Actually, the safest option is to be under the care of a Board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Peter Vitulli. He has the training and experience to choose safe treatment options, with consideration for pregnancy, allergies, chronic health problems, and many other individual factors.

If you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, talk to Dr. Vitulli about safe and effective skin care options. Give us a call at 561-427-2000 to schedule an appointment.
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Dr. Peter Vitulli is a highly sought-after and popular board-certified dermatology and board-certified Mhs surgeon in Jupiter. Having earned his medical degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of Nova SouthEastern University, he completed his residency and internship at the University of Tennessee and attended a dermatology residency program at Nova SouthEastern University. Dr. Vitulli possesses vast training and experience in all aspects of pediatric and adult dermatology and offers comprehensive treatment solutions with an interdisciplinary diagnosis approach and impeccable follow-up care. He is particularly passionate about the management of skincare. With over two decades of experience in providing exceptional surgical and aesthetic services and medical care, he holds Fellowships and Memberships with several prestigious professional associations including the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology and the American Society of Mohs Surgery, among others.

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