American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp 351–358 | Cite as

The Management of Acne Vulgaris in Pregnancy

  • Fiona M. Meredith
  • Anthony D. OrmerodEmail author
Therapy in Practice


Acne vulgaris is a common condition in adolescence and also for many women of childbearing age. The management of acne in pregnancy is complicated by the lack of clinical studies and pharmacokinetic data in this patient population and safety concerns regarding retinoid use in pregnancy. Of primary concern to both patients and clinicians is the safety profile of medications used during pregnancy. This review seeks to clarify what management options are available to treat acne during pregnancy and what data are available to guide decision making. Topical treatments are considered the safest option during pregnancy. They have the best safety profile and minimize the levels of systemic absorption, and therefore the least risk of fetal exposure. If these are applied properly with a strong emphasis on adherence, excellent results can be achieved.


Acne Isotretinoin Benzoyl Peroxide Azelaic Acid Tazarotene 
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Both authors have no relevant conflicts of interest. FMM researched and drafted the initial document, which was then reviewed and edited by ADO.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyAberdeen Royal InfirmaryAberdeenUK
  2. 2.Division of Applied MedicineUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenUK

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