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Sulfur Acne Treatment & Pregnancy

By Rose Welton ; Updated July 18, 2017

Pregnancy causes an increase in hormones and oil production that can cause your skin to break out or make current acne worse. It is important to be sure that any acne treatment you are using is safe for you and your unborn baby. Sulfur is considered safe to use during pregnancy, but you should talk to your doctor before using it.

Types

Sulfur acne treatment can be in the form of cream, lotion, ointment or bar soap. It is available as an over-the-counter treatment and in strengths that require a prescription. Your doctor can recommend a specific type of treatment according to the severity of the acne you are experiencing during your pregnancy.

Safety

According to DermaDoctor, sulfur is not known to cause birth defects when used during pregnancy. However, sulfur may not be safe if it is not used as directed, so be sure to follow your doctor’s dosing instructions and be careful not to ingest any of the medication. Your doctor can help you weigh any potential risks with the benefits of using the medication in order to determine if you should use it.

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Alternatives

Babycenter states that you can help control pregnancy acne by gently washing your skin twice a day and using oil-free moisturizers and makeup that won’t clog your pores. You can also talk to your doctor about other topical acne medications that are safe to use during pregnancy, such as benzoyl peroxide.

Recommendations

Before using sulfur acne treatment in the form of a cream, lotion or ointment, be sure to wash your face with soap and water. If you are using sulfur bar soap, MayoClinic.com recommends that you work the soap into a rich lather with warm water and then rinse your face thoroughly.

Warnings

Do not use abrasive soap, skin products that contain alcohol, other topical acne medications or medicated cosmetics on your skin if you are using a sulfur acne treatment. You may experience redness and peeling skin while using a sulfur acne treatment. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you experience any other side effects.

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