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The Cutting Edge: Challenges in Medical and Surgical Therapies |

Narrowband UV-B Phototherapy for the Treatment of Acne Vulgaris During Pregnancy

Joshua A. Zeichner, MD
Arch Dermatol. 2011;147(5):537-539. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2011.96.
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The treatment of acne during pregnancy is a challenge because of the potential teratogenic effects. Medications currently deemed safe during pregnancy are largely unsatisfactory in treating acne. Narrowband (NB) UV-B phototherapy is a safe option for treatment of psoriasis during pregnancy. We report the successful use of NB UV-B for the treatment of acne in a pregnant patient.

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Inflammatory papules and pustules on the face and neck in a woman who was 5 months pregnant.

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Improvement in inflammatory lesions after 2 months of narrowband UV-B treatments 3 times a week.

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