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Can pregnant women take acne medication?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Because acne medication may involve treatment of hormonal imbalance, pregnant women should not use this course of treatment. You should consult a dermatologist for more information.
Patricia Farris, MD
Dermatology
Some women have clear skin when they are pregnant, while others suffer with breakouts. There is a wives tale that if you have acne during pregnancy you are probably having a boy, but this has never been scientifically proven.
You should always check with your gynecologist before using any medication during pregnancy. This includes over the counter acne medications. Dermatologists often use procedures like fruit acid peels and microdermabrasion to treat acne during pregnancy. These procedures are a safe and effective way to treat acne and can be used as an alternative to using medications. 

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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