Safe Skincare Treatments During Pregnancy

Attractive pregnant woman is sitting in bedThere are many safe treatments that can alleviate annoying skincare conditions during your pregnancy without any concern. Dr. Vivian Bucay is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in treating annoying skin conditions experienced by expectant mothers.

Don’t Avoid Skincare Treatment

As an expectant mother, you may be reluctant to treat your skin condition out of concern for the health of your baby.

These are a few of the annoying, yet safely treatable, skin conditions during pregnancy:

  • Acne
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis

Treating Acne During Pregnancy

Whether a home remedy, or the commercial advertising claims of a new product on the market, these purported acne cures cannot end the condition forever.

Effective, long-term dermatology therapy must be customized to treat your personal needs, including:

  • Skin type
  • Acne severity
  • Health status
  • Lifestyle
  • Diet and exercise regimen

Recommended acne treatments for expectant mothers include:

  • Oral antibiotics to control bacteria growth
  • Topical medications to kill bacteria, reduce oil, and improve skin health overall
  • Phototherapy to reduce swelling and breakouts
  • Extraction to remove cystic acne
  • Medicated, but non-irritating, skincare cosmetics, and products

Treating Dermatitis During Pregnancy

Dermatitis – commonly known as hand eczema – is a skin condition affecting the top of the hands and between the fingers. Small patches of red, scaly skin are itchy and irritating.

Pregnancy hormones may trigger dermatitis, however, other factors may be culprits, such as:

  • Health history
  • Lifestyle
  • Allergens
  • Harsh chemicals

Treatment recommendations for expectant mothers include:

  • Scraping the skin or biopsy if the professional eye does not confirm a dermatitis diagnosis
  • Testing for another skin condition
  • Over-the-counter treatments
  • Prescription medications

Treating Psoriasis During Pregnancy

This chronic autoimmune skin condition increases the buildup of skin cells. The result is scaly, red patches that are itchy and painful. In severe cases, these patches crack and bleed.

Treatment for psoriasis depends on the severity of the condition, such as:

  • Topical cream and ointment treatments for mild to moderate cases
  • Sunlight and artificial ultraviolet light (UVB)

Don’t Tolerate Your Skin Condition During Pregnancy

You have too many physical changes going on with a healthy pregnancy to put up with an annoying skin condition that can be easily and safely treated. Contact Dr. Vivian Bucay to schedule your consultation at her Sonterra or La Casita practices in San Antonio, TX, by calling 210-692-3000 today.

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