(Closed) Safe treatments for acne?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
1577 posts
Bumble bee

My dermatologist prescribed Erythromycin gel 2% when I told him I was pregnant. 🙂 He said that is the go-to prescription for pregnant women with acne. I only have mild-moderate acne, though so it may not be best for everyone.

Post # 18
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My OB/GYN told me that salicylic acid is totally fine as long as it’s sold over the counter.  I’ve been using the grapefruit Neutrogena oil-free acne wash and Neutrogena acne-treatment concealer, too.

Post # 19
2638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

I switched from salycilic to glycolic. I feel like it still works just as well and is plenty safe. I use the Aqua Glycolic system. I’m currently just using a ton of free samples my mom gave me (she’s a dermatologist!) but will probably buy the whole thing when I run out. I like it. They sell toning cloths that work awesome.

Post # 20
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My OB said that salicylic acid is perfectly safe while pregnant.  I use Alba Acnedote and swear by it.  It’s more natural so I feel like it’s a bit safer.  I’ve tried everything – proactive, neutrogena skin ID, regular neutrogena, and cetaphil and the Alba stuff has by far been the best!

Post # 21
25 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

-Sulfer containing products (if you can stand the smell)

-Tea Tree Oil

-Glycolic Acid

-You can steam your face over a pot of hot water, with a towel over your head too.

I was told to avoid salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Proactive contains Benzoyl peroxide.

I have bad acne too and these aren’t miracle cures but they do help tame it a bit, I think.

Post # 22
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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@Margaritachka:  I second the Cerave!  my dermatologist actually told me about it and I’ve been using it for 2 years now. My skin still gets the occasionally blemish or breakout, but its better and definiately less red!! I use Cerave Foaming face wash (although it’s just slightly sudsy not foamy) and Cerave PM (this formula is for night and has no sunscreen in case your skin is senstive).  I also just found out that adding a sprinkle of Baking Soda to Cerave or another light cleanser like Cetaphil makes an excellent scrub!  Exfolliate once per week then gradually build up to 2 or even 3.  So natural and cheap!  My skin felt GREAT afterwards.

Post # 23
2259 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Speaking from experience about hormonal acne (the only kind I get)- using gentler things that work topically may be your best bet. People get acne for all different reasons, hormonal is probably the most frustrating because it’s completely tied to your flaring hormones. What I use that has taken care of acne 99% for me during our TTC process is Clinique. You don’t have to get the whole acne line to see fast results. It’s a tad pricey but I use the face/body bar that is about 20 bucks at Sephora and lasts me a few months. It’s one of the only acne washes I know of that contains absolutely no fragrance (another irritant for hormonal acne). I use this twice a day and follow with witch hazel and lotion or benxoyl peroxide spot treatment and I always steam my face before to open up clogged pores. Sometimes I’ll use plain aloe as a lotion when my skin is red or irritated. This alone has caused my acne to clear up a LOT even with crazy hormones off BCP. Hope this helps! Again it may not work for everyone due to your skin type but it’s a relatively cheaper solution ($20 for 3 months or so with the beauty bar). 

If you want to try something natural, soak a green tea bag in hot water and gently pat it over your face for 5-10 minutes. It’s a cheap, easy toner that can take away redness and provide your skin with a boost of antioxidants to calm hormonal acne. 

edit: I’ve never heard of avoiding acne topical treatments while pregnant(?) from what I could find out, it should be relatively safe. In small doses. On the March of Dimes website it said the amount of medication that is 2-5% should be perfectly okay for your baby! 

Post # 24
2259 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ooh I forgot to add, another thing you can do with any kind of face wash or treatment is to add an exfoliator to your regimen. 


I have been using this brush for months and I LOVE it. SO much cheaper than the Clarisonic Mia and works just as well in my opinion. It feels amazing. Turn this little baby on for a minute or two and scrub your face at night. It promotes cell turnover, removes dirt and dead skin leaving clearer skin if used over a period of time. I didn’t realize how much makeup was being left behind after washing it off with my hands until I used this. I’ve really seen an improvement over the past few months. 

(sorry to write so much! I’m passionate about skin care since I’m a part time makeup artist) 

Post # 24
3 posts

My doctor told me NOT to use Proactiv while I was pregnant because of all the chemicals. Unfortunately, in month 2 of my pregnancy, I started to get really bad acne breakouts on my face. I asked two seperate doctors, and they both recommended I use Citrus Clear products instead of Proactiv, because they are natural and they actually DO WORK. I use the Control Line from Citrus Clear – and it is quite strong and it does work! And it does not have all the chemicals that Proactiv has. Good luck!

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