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Consider acne severity and potential risks when treating acne vulgaris in pregnant and breastfeeding women


Acne vulgaris is a common skin condition in pregnant women. The choice of medication depends on the severity of the acne and the potential risks of the treatment. As a general rule, topical agents are safer than oral agents and should be the first choice, with oral agents and/or blue–violet or red light phototherapy considered as second-line treatments. The use of hormonal therapies, oral and topical retinoids and certain antibacterials should be avoided.

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This article was adapted from Drugs 2013;73(8):779–87 [1]. The preparation of these articles was not supported by any external funding.

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Adis Medical Writers. Consider acne severity and potential risks when treating acne vulgaris in pregnant and breastfeeding women. Drugs Ther Perspect 30, 16–20 (2014).

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