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You thought those awful acne-filled teenage years were long gone, didn’t you? Unfortunately, acne is often an unpleasant side effect of pregnancy for many women. Just as it did back when you were that awkward thirteen-year-old, it comes upon us suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere. Even those who were lucky enough to evade the acne days of their youth may still see pesky pimples pop up during pregnancy. These changes in the skin are caused by the changes in hormones that occur during pregnancy. Health care providers may not always be able to determine the exact cause, which can be frustrating especially when there are many other emotional and physical changes going on in the mind and body at the same time.

Dr. Ghea, a female obgyn in Fort Lauderdale, is ready and available to address any of your concerns while dealing with pregnancy-induced acne. She can offer the best of the best in women’s health tips to get you through this uncomfortable skin condition, as sometimes it can actually be pretty painful. Skin problems are the last thing a pregnant woman should need to deal with. Thankfully, there are many treatment options, most of which can easily be taken care of right at home without visiting a doctor or disrupting your day-to-day routine.  

First and foremost, make sure to wash your face at least twice daily with a mild cleanser and lukewarm water. Washing your hair every day is also important, as well as keeping it away from your face, especially if it’s oily. As tempted as you may be to pick at or squeeze the pimples or sores, do not do this. It can cause scarring which could potentially look worse than the acne itself. If you wear makeup, look for products that are oil-free — and again, be sure to wash your face at the end of the day to ensure all makeup product has been taken off. If these simple at-home tips are not enough, over-the-counter products, such as those containing topical benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, topical salicylic acid or glycolic acid, are safe to use during pregnancy.

As far as prescription acne medication goes, there are some that should be avoided at all costs, as they can be harmful to the baby. You should steer clear of any medications that block specific hormones, as these can increase the risk of birth defects. Another medication to avoid is isotretinoin, a form of vitamin A that could cause severe birth defects in fetuses such as intellectual disabilities or life-threatening heart and brain defects. You should also stay away from oral tetracyclines, an antibiotic that can cause discoloration of the baby’s teeth if it is taken after the fourth month of pregnancy. It also can affect bone growth in the baby for as long as it’s taken. Topical retinoids are also forms of vitamin A like isotretinoin, but because it is topical and therefore applied on the skin rather than taken orally, the amount absorbed by the body is low. It is still recommended that use of this kind of medication be avoided during pregnancy however.

The moral of the story when it comes to medicinal treatment while pregnant is to always read labels and know exactly what is going into your body. You are growing another human being inside there, and it’s important to make sure you are just as aware of the effects a medication has on your baby, as you are aware about its effects on yourself.

Pregnancy is a major life event, and with that comes many side effects and symptoms that you may not know the underlying cause of, have questions about, or need treatment advice. Dr. Ghea, an obgyn in Plantation, has the answers for you. Keeping her patients informed and knowledgeable about things going inside and on their bodies, such as acne during pregnancy, is her job as a Fort Lauderdale obstetrician and she takes care to do it well.

If you are in need of a Plantation obgyn, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Ghea at Westside OB/GYN Group by calling 954-473-2011 or requesting online.

Ladies, there is one thing you will carry with you for your entire life: your health. If you don’t have your health and happiness, what do you have? Sometimes as women in a nurturing and caregiving role, you often put your own health on the backburner, taking the time to make sure everyone else is doing okay, but forgetting to take a good look at how you’re doing. Dr. Ghea, a female obgyn in Plantation, stresses the importance of taking a “time-out” for you and doing the things that help you feel better, inside and out.

Your primary care doctor isn’t always available to answer some of the burning questions you have as a women or give you the kind of specialized advice you need. In addition, you may feel more comfortable discussing your health with another woman, and a female obgyn is just the right person to make sure you’re on the correct path to a healthy lifestyle.

Here are some of Dr. Ghea’s five best women’s health tips for caring for yourself as a woman:


  • Manage your stress. Most women are constantly juggling a million different things, which results in tons of unwanted stress. With stress comes consequences, such as high risks of depression, anxiety and heart disease, and even infertility. Meditation is a great way to lessen the stress of everyday trials and tribulations. Click here for a simple 10-minute exercise adapted from Why Meditate?, a book by Matthieu Ricard, PhD, a scientist, humanitarian, and Buddhist monk.
  • Get in your exercise. According to WebMD, women need a mix of cardio and resistance or weight training at least three to five times per week in order to help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Exercising on a regular basis not only helps you physically, but mentally as well. You’ll find that you wake up in the morning with more energy, focus more clearly, and feel better about yourself in general. Your workout doesn’t have to last hours and hours; in fact, just ten minutes of exercise can burn up to 100 calories and boost your energy level by 18%. If you can’t make it to the gym or do a workout at home, make a promise to yourself to get up and walk around for at least ten minutes every day. It’ll make a world of difference in the long run.
  • On that same note, keep your exercise from getting boring. No one ever got ahead by doing the same thing over and over again. The same theory applies to exercise. Try out different types of fitness classes, such as indoor cycling. Did you know that one 45-minute cycling class can burn more than 500 calories? Keep things fresh and interesting by incorporating new exercises into your routine or increasing the weight or resistance on ones you already know. Little tweaks here and there can make a huge difference. Prevention suggests creating what they call a “Wildcard Workout Jar” in which you write down 20 unique routines on pieces of papers and pull one from the jar every time your current workout starts to feel, well, blah.
  • Don’t ignore your doctor’s visits. As a female obgyn in Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding area, Dr. Ghea cannot stress enough the importance of making sure to schedule your yearly check-up with your gynecologist. There are critical needs for seeing an obgyn, such as getting a pap smear every three years to check for cervical cancer, getting an HPV test and testing for STDs if you are sexually active. An obgyn can also address issues like whether or not you need contraception, which, along with preventing pregnancy, can also lower the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer, and regulate your cycle. Visiting your obgyn also allows you to talk about fertility issues. According to WebMD, a woman’s fertility could start to decline as early as 32. There are options, like freezing eggs, if you are worried about this happening to you and definitely want to have children.
  • Eat healthy, but don’t deprive yourself. The phrase to remember here is everything in moderation. Don’t deprive yourself of the things you want, as that will only make you unhappy. Get in a mix of lean protein, healthy fats, smart carbohydrates and fiber and you’ll be good to go. There are a few things to take note of, however, when choosing food and beverage products, such as salt. According to Prevention, up to 75% of salt in our diets comes from packaged foods. Make sure to note the sodium content on the product labels before you make a purchase. The recommended salt intake is below 1,500 mg per day. Speaking of label reading, it’s a good idea to do this on a regular basis. Don’t trust everything you see on the front of a package; those are marketing techniques. Instead, look closely at the nutrition facts and ingredient list to see exactly what’s in the item you’re about to buy.


There are just a few of Dr. Ghea’s tips for leading a healthy lifestyle. She may be a Fort Lauderdale obstetrician, but Dr. Ghea has the best interest of all women from all over the world in mind. If you are looking for a Plantation obgyn, you can make an appointment with Dr. Ghea at Westside OB/GYN Group by calling 954-473-2011.