Pregnancy Acne Is Real — Here’s Why It Happens (& What To Do About It)
If your pre-baby skin-care routine includes layering topical retinoids, salicylic acids, and benzoyl peroxide, you’ll want to put them far, far away for the duration of your pregnancy. “Patients should not use retinol, which is a vitamin-A based treatment,” Dr. DeLucia says. “Excess vitamin A has been linked to liver damage and congenital disabilities during pregnancy.” That includes isotretinoin, also known as Accutane, which has been
linked to birth defects. Dr. DeLucia says that oral antibiotics commonly prescribed for acne, like doxycycline and tetracycline,
should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding as well. “They have been linked to permanent discoloration of developing teeth and bone,” she says.