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"Some acne medicines absolutely should not be used during pregnancy," says Doris Day, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. Accutane, which may cause birth defects, and any other vitamin-A-derived treatment (such as Renova and Retin-A) should be shelved until after pregnancy.
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