There are a variety of ways to control rosacea during pregnancy that do not involve the use of harmful medications. Some natural remedies may be implemented such as drinking plenty of water, and applying tea tree oil or moisturizing lotions to the skin. Occasionally prescription medications may be used in severe cases. Using certain food items, like cucumbers, may help reduce inflammation and redness.
If your condition is not severe or widespread, your doctor may recommend using natural therapies to treat your rosacea during pregnancy. Many medications commonly prescribed to treat the condition can be harmful to a developing fetus, especially in the first trimester when the organ systems are developing. Remedies you may try include drinking plenty of water to help your skin hydrate and regenerate itself, and applying over the counter lotions and creams which contain natural ingredients.
One common natural remedy for skin irritation is tea tree oil. It has naturally occurring anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that have been shown to help a wide range of skin conditions. When used externally, it is generally considered safe for the treatment of rosacea during pregnancy.
Some food sources may also help with swelling and discomfort caused by rosacea. Cucumbers or cucumber based creams have been shown to reduce swelling and soothe skin. Aloe is another popular option that is safe for use during pregnancy.
You may also try over the counter lotions sold for dry skin. Baby lotion is one option, as well as many eczema creams targeted toward infants and young children. Most moisturizing creams will be safe for use during pregnancy, but if you are in doubt about any item in particular, do not hesitate to speak with your doctor or midwife.
If your condition is very severe and causing you extreme levels of discomfort, your doctor may prescribe medication to apply to the skin. Most orally taken rosacea drugs are not safe for use by pregnant women, but there are exceptions. Your doctor may require you to wait until after the first trimester to begin taking a prescription medication to avoid rare but serious potential birth defects.
Do not use any medication to treat rosacea during pregnancy without first speaking to a trained medical professional. Many popular creams and gels, including corticosteroids, have been shown to cause abnormalities during fetal development. Any medications that are deemed necessary should be taken under the direct supervision of your doctor and only when safer options have not been effective.