Treatments for Expectant and Nursing Moms

Expectant and nursing mothers are often reluctant to seek treatment for a number of skin conditions out of concern for the fetus or newborn child, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Several common skin conditions, such as acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, warts, and skin infections, can be treated with the help of Dr. Vivian Bucay.

Dr. Bucay is a board-certified dermatologist that specializes in helping expectant or nursing mothers find safe treatment options for a number of common skin conditions or problems. Whether the skin condition is a result of a current pregnancy, breastfeeding or is something that you have suffered from for a number of years, Dr. Bucay can help you find relief.

What Treatment Options Should Be Avoided During Pregnancy?

A general rule of thumb for expectant mothers is to avoid taking any unnecessary medications while pregnant. Even if a medication is considered low risk, it is best to avoid it if possible, during a pregnancy.

If a skin condition must be treated with medication, there are several types of medications that are considered to be generally safe. Dr. Bucay can help expectant mothers determine what medications are safe to take during a pregnancy.

Can an Expectant Mother Undergo Cosmetic Treatments?

Cosmetic treatments, such as Botox and chemical peels, should be avoided during pregnancy. Even though these treatments and procedures are considered low risk, expectant mothers should still try to avoid them in an effort to keep the fetus healthy.

If a cosmetic treatment is desired, Dr. Bucay can discuss it during an office visit. There may be other, safer alternatives that can achieve the same results or help treat certain skin conditions.

What Skin Conditions can be Treated During Pregnancy and While Breastfeeding?

Most skin conditions have some type of treatment option that can be treated during pregnancy and while you are breastfeeding. Conditions such as acne, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, bacterial and viral infections, and warts can be successfully treated during pregnancy and while you are nursing.

Dr. Bucay can help you find a successful treatment plan that addresses your skin conditions and helps you find relief. Successful treatment plans for expectant and nursing mothers can include the use of prescription medication, topical creams, and UVB phototherapy.

The last few weeks have borne witness to the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus known as COVID-19. This is a novel virus that we do not fully understand, but whose devastating effects have been felt around the world, with no regards for borders or economies. Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been forever changed by this pandemic. In the spirit of containing this pandemic, I, Dr. Bhandari, and our incredible family of dedicated professionals who make up Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics have made the difficult but necessary decision to keep our offices closed through April 3, pending any further developments.


Our goal is to ensure the safety and well being of our patients and our team. We are grateful to all of you for your loyalty and understanding and look forward to the time when we can resume doing what we do best - caring for you. Until then, please adhere to the recommended guidelines regarding handwashing and social distancing. Please remember that social distancing doesn't mean social isolation - the digital age allows us to be there for each other.


Warmest wishes to all of you for continued good health and strength,


Vivian Bucay, MD