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Benzoyl peroxide and pregnancy


Being pregnant is something that almost every woman wants when she comes to her childbearing ages. Once she conceives a pregnancy, a period of many changes starts. First of all, she is excited since pregnancy is a wondrous experience of carrying a new life in the belly. On the other side, the expecting mothers start to deal with plenty of uncomfortable conditions. Since the levels of the hormones begin to fluctuate in this period, the outbreak of acne is a quite normal skin disorder in pregnancy.

While some pregnant women are luckier and only develop mild form of acne that can be easily treated with certain home remedies, there are also those women who suffer from severe form of acne in pregnancy. These more serious types of acne usually require specific skin creams made of specific chemical components, which are absorbed by the skin when they are applied. Every pregnant woman should pay attention about the ingredients of the creams and skin products since certain chemicals can make an impact on the baby.

Most creams for acne treatment contain benzoyl peroxide and many questions have been raised about the safety of its use during pregnancy. Benzoyl peroxide is widely used in cosmetic industry due to its belching properties and due to its antimicrobial properties since it is effective in killing the bacteria found on the skin surface. The creams for acne treatment usually contain this organic compound as an ingredient, but only in small amounts.

Benzoyl peroxide and pregnancy

This organic compound belongs to the category C drugs and its side effects are not tested in humans and animals, which is why it can be concluded that the use of benzoyl peroxide is neither safe nor unsafe during pregnancy, even though many experts think that it is safe and can be used during pregnancy but only in moderate amounts.

Many people are also concerned about the possibility of this compound to pass into the breast milk, but the experts have not answered this question either since it was not tested. However, it is known that the skin only absorbs about 2% of benzoyl peroxide when the cream for acne treatment is applied on the affected skin and many doctors believe that this amount is very small to have certain adverse effect on the baby. Just to be on the safe side, it is always better to avoid the risks and therefore, it is recommended to use some natural and home remedies when the problem of acne appears in pregnancy.

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