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Can pregnant women take acne medication?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Pregnant women are at a higher risk for acne because of their fluctuating hormone levels. However, there are certain acne medications that pregnant women shouldn't take because they can potentially harm the unborn baby. This is especially true for oral medicines that contain isotretinoin, which are often prescribed for very severe acne. Women who are pregnant or could become pregnant should always talk to a doctor before starting any acne medication.

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