Is it Safe to Use ProActiv while Pregnant?

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Pregnancy comes with many things that you can and cannot do during the nine months that you are growing your bundle of joy inside of you. Another thing that is popular during pregnancy is side effects. One side effect that many women will see throughout their pregnancy is an increase of acne. Even women who are not prone to acne may see it develop while they are pregnant.

This makes it common for women to look for ways to treat acne while they are pregnant and some begin questioning if they can turn to products such as Proactiv in order to treat their acne safety. It is best while you are pregnant to talk to your doctor about any product that you plan to use before you use it. This is the best way to learn about the safety concerns of the medication in regards to your pregnancy.

1. Acne in Pregnancy

The reason that acne is prevalent in pregnancies is due to hormones called androgens that tend to increase while women are pregnant. This means that there is an increase in oil that can clog pores and bacteria.

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This can cause inflammation and red bumps called acne. It is difficult to say when this will occur while you are pregnant or even if it will occur. While some women see it early in their pregnancy, others may see it towards the end.

2. Proactiv products

When it comes to products that Proactiv makes, there are some general items that are intended to be used in the morning and in the evening. For example, the basic program comes with a cleanser, a toner, and repairing lotion. Benzoyl peroxide is the main ingredient in the cleanser and lotion.

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However, other products’ active ingredients vary depending on the specific product that you choose. For this reason, it is important that you discuss the specific product that you are planning to use with your doctor beforehand.

3. Benzoyl Peroxide

This ingredient is one of the major components in many types of acne medications. According to the American Pregnancy Association, it is safe to use this while you are pregnant and can be used to treat mild to moderate acne. Some side effects that may occur are dryness and peeling of the skin.

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4. Salicylic Acid

This is another main ingredient in many of the Proactiv products as well as other acne fighting products. It is used to treat inflammation and helps to clean out the pores. This ingredient is not recommended during pregnancy, although a small amount is okay a couple times a day in some cases.

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The reason it is considered unsafe is because there have been no studies regarding how it effects pregnancy. This means that is uncertain as to how it will affect your pregnancy and you should use it with extreme caution. It is suggested that you only use salicylic acid if the benefits overshadow any risk that you may be taking it

5. Recommendations

Proactiv does not state that any of the active ingredients in any of their products are unsafe for pregnancies. However, it is best to talk to your doctor before you begin using Proactive so that you can assess the risks and rewards that you may be facing.

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Keep in mind that pregnancy is only temporary and is likely that your skin will return to normal after you have given birth. If not, you can consider using Proactive at this point instead. Your doctor will be able to provide you with more information regarding what to expect if you use Proactive while you are pregnant and can guide you with making the correct decision.

6. Conclusion

When you’re pregnant, you will find that there are many side effects that you must deal with throughout the nine months. Although some may be very irritating, most will disappear as your pregnancy progresses or be replaced with another type of side effect.

Acne can be very embarrassing and troublesome for pregnant women, but it is important to talk to your doctor before you begin treating it with medication. You want to keep your baby safe and it is important that your doctor knows what types of medication you’re taking along with your pregnancy. Keep in mind, that there are some natural methods that you can try to help treat acne while you are pregnant as well.

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Larissa Belanger, RN

Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.