Why are women ignoring pregnancy guidelines while taking harmful acne drugs?

Why are women ignoring pregnancy guidelines while taking harmful acne drugs?

A new study out of Canada found that up to 50% of women taking Isotretinoin, a teratogen, which is widely used to treat cystic acne (brand name Accutane) are not following the prescribed guidelines and in doing so putting themselves and their baby at risk.

Isotretinoin belongs to a class of drug called retinoids. Isotretinoin is known to increase the risk for pregnancy loss, birth defects – including craniofacial and heart defects – and death shortly after birth.

The study was conducted regarding an oral Isotrtinoin. However, there are many topical products either over-the-counter or medical grade that women are using daily that contain tretinoins (retinoids, retinols, etc…).  Not many people are discussing the potentially harmful effects that these products can cause during pregnancy. It’s the main reason why Pretty Mommies was developed; to offer pregnant and nursing women a safe, all-natural alternative to combat hormonal acne.

If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant please thoroughly investigate the ingredients found in the topical products you are using; to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Source:  http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2016/04/25/cmaj.151243

 

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