Pregnancy Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid

I’m sure if you’ve been reading my pregnancy skin care series, you know that skin care while you’re pregnant is a bit different than regular skincare. Here I’m addressing specific skin care ingredients and why you might need to avoid them while you are pregnant.

Pregnancy Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid

There are definitely some ingredients that you should avoid while pregnant due to possible birth defects. The placenta is basically a big sieve, it lets things through in a very non-specific (and size based) fashion. Your baby is busy doing things like making organs, which means that small mistakes early on can have big effects later on.

While your skin is a barrier, we do know that some of the products you put on it will be well absorbed and those ingredients can reach the blood stream. Which means they can reach the placenta and therefore your baby. We will never have data regarding safety for many of these ingredients. The studies just wouldn’t be ethical to complete (would you want to be volunteering to try something out and see if it affects your baby? Not me!) so we just make do with the information we do have and try to make some educated guesses.

Pregnancy Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid

Chemical Sunscreens: They’ve been found in your blood stream, no one really knows what they do… it’s better to stick with the physical sunscreens which sit on the surface of your skin.

Retin A/Accutane, Retinoids, Vitamin A: Yes, the big baddies here are definitely the 2 prescription drugs listed first. Accutane is a huge issue with pregnancy as it is linked to many different birth defects. In fact, most physicians won’t even prescribe it to women of child bearing age unless they are also on birth control or sign a waiver.

While Retin A and over the counter retinoids are not as strongly linked to birth defects as Accutane, they are all the same class of drug and as such are on pretty much every MD’s list of no-no ingredients. The retinoids are Vitamin A derivatives, and I’ve seen quite a few lists advising to avoid topical Vitamin A as well, so it’s made my list. Yes, there is still Vitamin A in your diet and your prenatal vitamin. It should be there and can take care of your needs. But, no need to add even more in skin care.

Note that Beta-Carotene is a Vitamin A derivative that is considered separately from the retinoids, and it is considered safe.

All Hydroxy Acids: From citric acid to salicylic acid, pretty much all of the hydroxy acids either are not safe or simply don’t have enough information to say “sure, go crazy and rub this all over you.” So, the official word is that all of they hydroxy acids, alpha and beta, have pregnancy categories that recommend avoidance, with 1 exception.

The exception is Lactic Acid, which your body makes on its own (I spend a lot of time in the PICU trying to prevent little bodies from making it, but that’s a whole different issue). Lactic acid has been shown to be fine in pregnant animals, but we don’t have evidence in humans. So, the official recommendation is to use with caution if really needed. Personally, I’m avoiding it in everyday skin care items but did let my esthetician use it in my facial a few weeks ago.

I’ve seen a few books that say Glycolic Acid is fine, and there are many physicians that tell this to their patients. However, its official pregnancy category is that there isn’t enough info so should be avoided. The “correct” type of study to prove the safety of Glycolic Acid will simply never be done, so many physicians have looked at the current evidence and feel fine recommending it. I personally avoided it while pregnant and it’s one I look for when recommending products as safe or not.

I also want to point out that Citric Acid is found usually in very small amounts at the very end of ingredient lists. It is typically there to help modulate pH in a product. You likely expose yourself to more Citric Acid in one glass of OJ than you would in a year of using such a product. I avoided it in my first 2 trimesters, but lightened up in my third trimester when I realized I was being a bit silly.

Dihydroxyacetone: Also known as DHA, this is the active ingredient in sunless tanners. The jury is still out on whether sunless tanners are safe. I’ve seen sources that say yes (notably the NHS in the UK), but many that say no. My own OB was anti-sunless tanning while pregnant, it was listed on all of the handouts I was given by the University Clinic, most clinics in the US will state to avoid sunless tanners while pregnant. There is a risk of liver damage due to DHA, even when not pregnant.

I can tell you that my skin has taken on some interesting dry patches while pregnant, and it would be pretty hard to get an even sunless tan. This is a great time to embrace the pale, so I’m going with that.

Hydroquinone: Though I found it in several drug references as safe in pregnancy, these ingredients were listed on enough lists of things to avoid due to unknown risks that I’m avoiding them. Note that Licorice Root Extract and Alpha Arbutin are also in this category. These are all ingredients that more OB/Derms have been adding to their lists of ingredients to avoid.

Kojic Acid: This ingredient is sometimes used to help lighten the skin, but it has shown up on multiple lists of items to avoid. I can’t find the reason why, but I’m thinking lightening my skin shouldn’t be a priority now anyways.

Benzoyl Peroxide: Again, I can’t find this in any actual drug reference books and a literature search didn’t turn up anything of use, but it is listed over and over on lists of things to avoid while pregnant.

Laser Therapy: I’ve seen laser therapy, whether for zapping away birth marks, tattoos or hair, listed over and over on lists of things to avoid while pregnant. As well, most places that offer lasers refuse to treat you if you are pregnant.

I would likely reserve lasers (and at home machines) to be used under the direction of your physician. There is some evidence in the medical literature that laser treatment is safe during pregnancy.

Salicylates: This should include topical willow bark and should be avoided. I also include the related chemical sunscreen ingredients in this list.

Neem (Azadirachta indica): Based on these studies (note, not in humans)- 1, 2, 3. I would avoid Neem extracts while pregnant until more information regarding safety in humans is released.

Chemical Sunscreens: Many chemical sunscreens are absorbed into your body, and many are derivatives of salicylates. It’s better to swap to physical sunscreens (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) while pregnant.

Snail Secretion: First, can I say that I’m not really sure why we suddenly want to put slimy snail stuff on our faces? Who thought of that? It makes me chuckle. Second, we really don’t have a good handle on what is in it, and there’s absolutely no data about safety during prengnacy. I would avoid it.

Stem Cells/Growth Factors: I am worried about these ingredients as they have no safety data, and if they work the way some companies say they work, then I’m not sure I want them on my skin when I’m not pregnant, but definitely NOT when I am pregnant!

Those apple stem cells that are said to penetrate into your skin (which is a barrier by the way, how is a cell in a cream going to break the barrier function to penetrate deep into the dermis?), head to the dermis, where they “proliferate” (aka- multiply) and make the surrounding skin cells do stuff. If this really happened, how do those cells know where to stop? How do you know they aren’t being circulated and heading directly towards the placenta? And doesn’t that sound like apple cancer in your skin? I’d just avoid the whole thing.

Growth Factors (not peptides, those are different) stimulate cells to do various things. This is a pretty generic term and can encompass a lot of different ingredients. I’d look at those on a case by case basis.

Safe skincare Ingredients During Pregnancy

There are a few ingredients that I get asked about frequently. Based on the evidence there’s no reason to avoid these ingredients. There might be random websites that say to avoid them, some of them I can’t even locate the websites but I get asked a lot. These ingredients are safe.

Parabens: since that seems to be asked over and over. They are currently considered safe by pretty much everyone except the EWG, who have a big propaganda machine and I don’t think they interpret most studies correctly. If you disagree with me about that so be it, I’m just stating my opinion since I’ve been asked over and over. Parabens considered safe for pregnancy and breast feeding. BUT… if an ingredient makes you uncomfortable you should just avoid it. There are so many products on the market these days that it is very possible to do so without any issues.

Hyaluronic Acid use during pregnancy: Hyaluronic acid is basically the same thing as Sodium Hyaluronatebody already make a ton of it, but is a big molecule. Huge. It is so large that it just hangs out in the spot where it is made, much too large to get into cells, to pass through membranes or travel to other locations.

Much is the same for any Hyaluronic Acid that you apply to the surface of the skin. Your skin has very tight membrane junctions between those cells on the surface. Hyaluronic Acid can’t get through and just sits there on the surface of the skin. I’m always very suspicious when a company tells me that their HA is different and can get it. It’s a big red flag.

So, since it can’t get in, and your body is already making it anyways, definitely feel that it is safe to keep using HA in your products. It just sits on the surface and helps hold moisture there. We need it to live up to pregnancy glow expectations!

Sulfur: This is often found in acne treatments, and I haven’t really been able to find much info about safety in pregnancy. Be aware that if you’re allergic to sulfa drugs you should avoid this ingredient, but I’ve seen it as the active ingredient in many “pregnancy safe” acne treatments and is probably fine.

Various Extracts: I am frequently asked about specific extracts. Note I’ve only really found convincing evidence that 2 should be avoided during pregnancy (Willow Bark and Neem), though there are various other websites out there that discuss avoiding specific ones.

I would like to note that during pregnancy you’re a bit more likely to become sensitized/have a reaction to an extract. And what is in an extract exactly can vary depending on how the plant was grown, when it was harvested, how it was extracted, etc. There are a lot of variables. I’m not a big fan of a lot of extracts in my skincare for this reason, and my skin tends to be sensitive to them.

Finally, I do want to point out that there is also moderation in all things. Many things can be more harmful especially in large amounts. I wouldn’t apply a lot of extracts or essential oils while pregnant. I’ve taken care of very ill children in my PICU due to this with “safe” oils such as tea tree oil.

Please limit the discussion in the comments to ingredients only. If you want to ask about a specific product you should go to the pregnancy skincare guide and from there go to the appropriate post, such as sunscreen, foundation or skincare.

Guide to Skin Care while Pregnant or Nursing
Don’t forget to check out the other articles in my Pregnancy and Nursing Skin Care Guide!

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  1. August 17, 2018 / 1:11 am

    Hi . Is it safe using sunflower beauty oil
    Ingredient is only heliantus annus

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 17, 2018 / 9:30 am

      That should be ok

  2. Michele
    August 18, 2018 / 9:33 am

    Hi do you have any recommendations for all over body bronzer since DHA in self tanners is controversial?

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 9:51 am

      The Beautisol Bronzer is the only one that works for me.

  3. Amy
    August 22, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    What are the thoughts on Thrometamine used in cosmetics such as the Fresh Lotus Face Cream?

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 2:24 pm

      It’s a pH adjustor, should be ok

  4. Alice
    August 23, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    I am 12 weeks pregnant and have used Lush Coalface soap twice a day most of that time, and didn’t think anything of it, until tonight I noticed it had licorice root extract and that you advise against it. I’m feeling worried now, and am struggling to find any other sources online that address licorice root topically rather than as an oral supplement. How concerned should I be?

    List of ingredients

    Liquorice Root Decoction Propylene Glycol Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil Water Perfume *Linalool Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Sandalwood Oil Rosewood Oil Glycerine Powdered Charcoal Sodium Chloride Citric Acid Titanium Dioxide Tin Oxide Synthetic Fluorphlogopite Sodium Hydroxide Sodium Bicarbonate EDTA Tetrasodium Etidronate *Farnesol *Geraniol Colour 77491

    Thank you!

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 23, 2018 / 8:25 pm

      Licorice root extract was only recently added to my list, which is often more restrictive than others. I added it after discussing with a few OBs and derms who were concerned about it. I wouldn’t lose any sleep over really.

  5. Alice
    August 23, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    Sorry, I had a second question I forgot to include:

    would you have concerns about using henna during pregnancy instead of a standard hair dye? I’ve copied the ingredients of the Lush one below.

    Caca Marron:
    List of ingredients

    Red Henna Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter Indigo Herb Ground Coffee Fresh Organic Lemon Juice Irish Moss Powder Clove Bud Oil *Citral *Eugenol *Geraniol *Citronellol *Limonene *Linalool Perfume

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 23, 2018 / 8:24 pm

      This list is ok

      • A
        August 23, 2018 / 9:05 pm

        Thank you – very glad I found your page, a lot of advice online is entirely subjective/without citation/hysterical – this has been so useful.

  6. Keri Didway
    August 27, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    Hello, so appreciate your site! I’ve purchased the skin care line Pretty Mommies, and while they claim to be completely safe for pregnant and nursing mothers, it’s hard to know these days and sometimes “natural” ingredients are not safe for pregnant women. Was wondering if this list looks ok?

    Pretty Mommies Facial Cleanser
    Purified water (aqua), sodium olivate, vegetable glycerin, lactic acid, rose rubiginosa (rose hip) seed oil, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, aspalathus linearis (red tea) extract, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, sinensis (sweet orange) oil

    Pretty Mommies Skin Enhancer
    Purified water (aqua), glycerin, guar gum, ethyl macadamiate, squalane, rose rubiginosa (rose hip) seed oil, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, aspalathus linearis (red tea) extract, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, hyaluronic acid, sodium ascorbic phosphate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl glucoside, tricholoma matsutake (mushroom) extract, glucose, lactoperoxidase, glucose oxidase, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil

    Thank you!

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 28, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      Both of these look ok to me!

      • Keri Didway
        August 29, 2018 / 12:14 am

        Thank you for your reply!

  7. Angie
    August 28, 2018 / 12:55 am

    This is a really fantastic source of information! Thank you for taking the time out to put us expectant mothers at ease.
    I’ve developed very bad acne on my chest and shoulders since becoming pregnant. I treated the area with Epsom salts dissolved in warm water by spraying the solution onto my skin after showering. It’s effective in drying out my pimples but not stopping new ones forming.
    I waited until I entered my 2nd trimester before trying topical acne cleansers. The pharmacist gave me BENZAC Daily Facial Foam Cleanser. I’ve been using it a week now and my condition is getting better, I’m just concerned there might be some nasties in the ingredients that I should be aware of. Would you mind telling me if this product is indeed safe to use during pregnancy? I’m 18 weeks 🙂
    Thank you!

    Aqua, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, Calendula officinalis flowerextract, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, PEG -150 distearate, methyl gluceth-20, perfume (benzyl salicylate, geraniol, hexylcinnamal, linalool, alpha isomethyl ionone), CI 42090, tetrasodium EDTA, citric acid, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben,ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylbutylparaben.

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 28, 2018 / 2:22 pm

      I do not consider this safe to use in pregnancy with the salicylate in there. I would discuss with your OB.

  8. Gretchen
    August 31, 2018 / 11:20 am

    The fact that you’re here to help is absolutely incredible of you! Thank you for giving us pregnant mommas one less thing to stress about!

    I was wondering if Amara Organics Vitamin C lotion is safe while pregnant?

    INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Isopropyl Palmitate (Sustainable Palm Oil), Methylsulfonymlmethane (MSM), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Citric Acid, Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola Extrat), Organic Equisetum Arvense (HOsetail Plant Extract), Organic Pelagonium Graveolens (Gernaium Extract), Organic Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion Extract).

    THANK YOU!!

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 31, 2018 / 6:06 pm

      This is ok

  9. Julianna
    September 1, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Hi there
    I am trying to find creams and suncreams but most contain Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice* or extract. I have heard that ingesting aloe is a no-no and that extract is OK, but I am wondering if is worth the risk, or is the uterine contraction element in extract so small that it’s irrelevant?
    Would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

    • 15mins
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 7:17 pm

      The risk is so small/nonexistant that aloe is considered fine

  10. Kara
    September 7, 2018 / 7:09 am

    Hi,

    Thanks for all the information on your site! Just wondering about the safety of Pepta Bright during pregnancy?

    Full Ingredient List

    WATER, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, DIMETHYL ISOSORBIDE, ISODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, PROPANEDIOL, ARACHIDYL ALCOHOL, UNDECYLENOYL PHENYLALANINE, SODIUM LACTATE, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, LACTIC ACID, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, OCTADECENEDIOIC ACID, POLYACRYLATE-13, PEG-100 STEARATE, TRIETHANOLAMINE, ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE , PHENYLETHYL RESORCINOL, PHENOXYETHANOL , POLYISOBUTENE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHYLMETHOXY CHROMANYL PALMITATE, XANTHAN GUM, CHLORPHENESIN, DISODIUM EDTA, POLYSORBATE 20, SODIUM HYALURONATE, DEXTRAN, NONAPEPTIDE-1

    Thanks!!
    Kara

    • 15mins
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 11:16 am

      So, none of these ingredients stand out to me as bad. In general “brightening” products should be used with caution during pregnancy, which is why so many ingredients that fight hyperpigmentation are on the list of skincare ingredients to avoid while pregnant. So I guess I would say I’m a tad nervous about this while pregnant because of the brightening, but I’d use it no problem while nursing.

      • Kara
        September 11, 2018 / 8:07 pm

        Thank you!

  11. Irina
    September 18, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    Hi, thank you so much for this thorough article and for your replies. I was wondering if this Ducray serum is safe. Thanks in advance!
    Ducray melascreen photo-aging global serum: Water (aqua), dicaprylyl carbonate, isopropyl palmitate, isodecyl neopentanoate, glycol palmitate, ascorbyl glucoside, niacinamide, glycerin, arachidyl alcohol, dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, peg-100 stearate, alcohol, arachidyl glucoside, behenyl alcohol, benzoic acid, butylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, citric acid, disodium edta, fragrance (parfum), glycine soja (soybean), oil (glycine soja oil), hydrogenated lecithin, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium, acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, oligopeptide-68, polysorbate 60, sodium citrate, sodium hyaluronate, sodium hydroxide, sodium oleate, sorbitan isostearate, squalane, tocopherol, tocopheryl acetate, viburnum prunifolium extract.

    • 15mins
      Author
      September 19, 2018 / 4:47 pm

      Looks fine

  12. Elise
    September 21, 2018 / 2:11 am

    Hello, can you give your advice for these ingredients, its korean skincare. i read that hyaluronic acid is a big no? They use it but not included in the ingredients, i think.. (or i miss it) Thank you so much for the answer.

    Essence

    AMARANTHUS HYPOCHONDRIACUS SEED EXTRACT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, NIACINAMIDE, GLYCERIN, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, BIFIDA FERMENT FILTRATE, GLUTATHIONE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, PIPER METHYSTICUM LEAF/ROOT/STEM EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, ZANTHOXYLUM PIPERITUM FRUIT EXTRACT, PULSATILLA KOREANA EXTRACT, USNEA BARBATA (LICHEN) EXTRACT, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, RHEUM PALMATUM ROOT EXTRACT, POLYGLUTAMIC ACID, BETA-GLUCAN, TREHALOSE, ALLANTOIN, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, ADENOSINE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, HYDROXYPROPYL CYCLODEXTRIN, DISODIUM EDTA

    Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycereth-26, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Water, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Goat Milk Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Xylitol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Triethylhexanoin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Panthenol, Jojoba Esters, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tromethamine, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Adenosine, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Polyglutamic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phospholipids, Ceramide NP, Protease, Cholesterol, Arginine, Phytosterols, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

    Facila Mist

    Water,Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice,Dipropylene Glycol,Methylpropanediol,Niacinamide,Pentylene Glycol,Propanediol,Glycerin,Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water,Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil,Portulaca Oleracea Extract,Xylitol,Lactobacillus Ferment,Lactococcus Ferment Lysate,Bifida Ferment Lysate,Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract,Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Leaf/Stem Extract,Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment,Betaine,1,2-Hexanediol,Panthenol,Butylene Glycol,Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate,Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate,Adenosine,Glyceryl Caprylate,Tromethamine,Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid,Butyl Avocadate,Ethylhexyl Palmitate,Hexylene Glycol,Xylitylglucoside,Anhydroxylitol,Sodium Hyaluronate,Polyglutamic Acid,Capryloyl Glycine,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,Phospholipids,Silica Dimethyl Silylate,Ceramide NP, Sarcosine,Caprylyl Glycol,Cholesterol,Ethylhexylglycerin,Arginine,Propyl Gallate,Carbomer,Disodium EDTA,Phenoxyethanol,Phytosterols

    • 15mins
      Author
      September 21, 2018 / 5:21 pm

      Hyaluronic Acid is fine. It actually isn’t really an acid as you think of an acid, it is a very large molecule (already made by your body, it is found in the dermis especially), and it holds on to water to hydrate the skin. It is so large that it can’t penetrate into the skin even when hydrolyzed or nano sized. It’s actually one of my favorite moisturizing ingredients because it does such a great job without feeling heavy on your skin (it’s in the 2nd product above).

      For these products I would avoid the Essence (due to licorice root), the other two both look ok to me.

  13. Bellbell
    September 21, 2018 / 9:27 am

    Hi,

    Thank you for the sharing. I would like to ask you if stem cell repair mask safe to use ?

    Ingredient : Mineral oil, Aqua, Amino acid, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sodium hyluronate, Vitamin E, Lubrajel CG, D-Panthenol, Hamamelis virginana, Ubiquinone Q10, Palmitoyl Tripeptide.

    I read that Mineral oil is to avoid when pregnant… thank you for the answer.

    • 15mins
      Author
      September 21, 2018 / 5:16 pm

      You don’t need to avoid mineral oil while pregnant, but I am not sure what is the “stem cell” part? The listed ingredients are ok, but usually when they say that it’s because they’ve put some sort of cells in there, and I would avoid it if there are actual stem cells.

  14. Britney
    September 23, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    Are these ingredients in the Anastasia contour kit okay?

    Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Mica, Isononyl Isononanoate, Squalane, Triisodecyl Trimellitate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Silica, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire De Candelilla/Candelilla Cera, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate. May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

    • 15mins
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 8:28 am

      Looks ok!

  15. Diana
    September 26, 2018 / 7:06 am

    Good day, I’m 20 weeks today and have been using a toner that contains 10% glycolic acid. I have systic a new skin and while I’m pregnant it’s in full
    Bloom. I use it very saparingly in the am and was told it shouldn’t be an issue and now I’m worried. All my OB check ups have been fine and baby is growing fine (thank gd) again I feel worried and will stop using it. But, Here is the list of ingridents for the product (Tula probiotic reserfusing gel toner) :Aqua, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Sodium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Agar, Glycerin, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Yogurt Extract, Carrageenan, Betaine, Glucose, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Edta, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.
    I didn’t pay attaention to all the ingridents before and now I’m more worried. If you can give me your opinon it would be very helpful.

    • 15mins
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 7:58 pm

      I’ve mostly been told by OB and Derm that glycolic should be avoided, but I have occasionally heard that some consider it fine. I’d talk to your doctor about it.

      • Diana
        September 26, 2018 / 8:01 pm

        Ugh! Now I’m v worried. I will bring it up at the next appointment. At this point I’ve been using it on and off for 20 weeks 🤷🏼‍♀️ Not sure if I can do anything about it now except to just discontinue use.

        • 15mins
          Author
          September 26, 2018 / 8:05 pm

          I’d just talk about it at the next appointment. Glycolic was considered safe before and then slid over into not safe but I don’t know of any new studies that came out, people were just nervous. I’d probably stop using it now and discuss with your doctor. It was on the list my doctor gave me to avoid, but I do know it is sometimes included in safe to use lists.

  16. Britney
    September 27, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    How about this spray for finishing?

    Aqua / Water, Alcohol Denat., PVP, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycereth-5 Lactate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenylpropanol, Parfum / Fragrance, Propanediol, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Poloxamer 407, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Maltodextrin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, BHT.

    • 15mins
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 8:41 am

      Look ok!

  17. M. Choi
    September 29, 2018 / 11:38 am

    Hello. Thank you for such an informative website. I’ve looked through all of your pregnancy post and I have a few questions.

    Is the ingredient Centella okay? I want to use the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vit C Serum, but it contains Centella which I read somewhere might cause jaundice? I would love your opinion on this. Thank you!

    Here is the ingredient list:
    Water, Propylen Glycol, Ascorbic Acid(5%), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Centella Asiatica Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Illicium Verum(Anise) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi(Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polysorbate 60, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract, Orange Oil Brazil, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Extract, Larix Europaea Wood Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Asarum Sieboldi Root Extract, Quercus Mongolia Leaf Extract, Persicaria Hydropiper Extract, Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Magnolia Obovata Bark Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Lecithin, Acetyl Glutamine,SH-Olgopeptide-1, SH-Olgopeptide-2, SH-Polypeptide-1, SH-Polypeptide-9, SH-Polypeptide-11, Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol

    • 15mins
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 2:47 pm

      We don’t have evidence to suggest it shouldn’t be used. This product looks fine to me otherwise. If you’re concerned I’d swap to a different product, it isn’t worth losing sleep over!

      • M. Choi
        October 1, 2018 / 2:37 pm

        Hello! Thank you for your reply!

        May I check another product with you? It is the drunken elephant Vit C serum. This product has Licorice Root extract which I saw was on your list. However, I messaged the company who said there is no research supporting that Licorice Root is bad.

        Can I ask why you included it on the list?

        Thank you!

        • 15mins
          Author
          October 1, 2018 / 9:07 pm

          There isn’t evidence that a lot of things are bad in pregnancy actually. I’ve included it as many of my OB and derm friends are adding it to their lists, they have reasons that they are concerned about licorice root, so I have added it to my list as well.

          • M. Choi
            October 4, 2018 / 4:47 pm

            Thank you so much!

  18. MB
    September 29, 2018 / 11:47 am

    Hi,

    Are these 2 products safe for pregnancy?

    Shea Moisture – Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Shampoo
    Ingredients:
    Water, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Cocoyl lsethionate, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycerin (Vegetable), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*†, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Fruit Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Annona Cherimola Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Glycerin, Zea Mays Starch, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate *Certified Organic Ingredient. †Fair Trade Ingrdient.

    Shea Moisture – Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Conditioner
    Ingredients:
    Water, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*†, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glycerin (Vegetable), Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Caprylate, Panthenol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Annona Cherimola Fruit Extract, Coconut Alkanes, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe, Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, CocoCaprylate/Caprate, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Zea Mays Starch, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Propanediol, Glyceryl Undecylenate *Certified Organic Ingredient. †Fair Trade Ingrdient

    Many thanks!

    • 15mins
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 2:44 pm

      You don’t need to worry about hair products.

  19. Kat
    October 3, 2018 / 6:13 am

    Hi! Thanks so much for all of your research efforts & advice. I have a product I’ve been using for-ingrown hairs that has a “consult your doctor if pregnant” stamp on it. I have tried to research the different ingredients to figure out why it may or may not be a good thing but I’m struggling to find anything. And I don’t have any Dr. appointments coming up for months!
    Here’s the ingredients: Aqua, propylene glycol, glyceryl stearate, stearic acid, palmitic acid, isopropyl myristate, paraffinum liquid, Cetyl alcohol, triethanolamine, melaleuca alternifolica, leaf oil, lanolin, cetearyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, carbomer, alcohol, retinyl palmitate, methylparaben, PEG-20 stearate, propylparaben, ethylparaben, methyl 2-octyynoate, linalool, CI 19140, CI 14700, CI 42090
    I’m wondering if I should just use tea-tree oil instead!?
    Thank you in advance!

    • 15mins
      Author
      October 3, 2018 / 10:31 am

      I’d avoid this due to the retinoid. If you use tea tree oil I would use it very sparingly, oils and extracts are usually fine when used in a formulation but large amounts can be harmful. I would definitely include tea tree oil in that list to be careful with based on my experiences with it. I would likely do some warm compresses instead.

      • Kat
        October 3, 2018 / 7:09 pm

        Thanks so much!

  20. Quyen Bui
    October 4, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    Hello!

    Are PEGs ingredients in skincare products safe during pregnancy? I found mixed information online about this ingredient, and most of my cleanser, regular or sleeping masks or even some serums have some kinds of PEG ingredient. If they are, I need to switch all my masks and some cleansers.

    Please help!

    Thank you!

    Please help!

    • 15mins
      Author
      October 4, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      polyethylene glycol is too big to be absorbed by the skin (which is a barrier but does absorb some) or your gut (which is actively trying to absorb all it can). I wouldn’t worry about it.

      • Quyen Bui
        October 4, 2018 / 11:24 pm

        Thank you so much!

  21. Lyv
    October 9, 2018 / 5:25 am

    Hi,
    I have several questions about products, but I will start slow…
    1) Is Rosehip Oil allowed during pregnancy?
    2) All chemical sunscreens should be avoided? Or are there some specific ingredients that must be avoided and not necessarily all chemical sunscreens?

    Does any of the following list of ingredients present anything that should be avoided?
    3) Cleansing gel: Aqua, Uriage Thermal Spring Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-80 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Cocamide, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Laureth-8 Sulfate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycine, Sodium Chloride, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Coco/Isostearamide, Citric Acid, Piroctone Olamine, Sodium Oleth Sulfate, Magnesium Laureth Sulfate, Parfum (Fragrance), Magnesium Laureth-8 Sulfate, Magnesium Oleth Sulfate, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Metabisulfite.

    4) Face scrub: Aqua. Polyethylene granules. PEG-23 lauryl ether. Alcohol. Propylen glycol. Lauramine oxide. PEG-4 lauryl ether. Silica. Benzalkonium chloride. Potassium sorbate. Geranyl acetate. Hexy cinnamal. Limonene. Linalool. Linalyl acetate. Parfum. CI 47005.

    5) Micelar Water: AQUA / WATER
    HEXYLENE GLYCOL
    GLYCERIN
    POLOXAMER 188
    ZINC PCA
    SODIUM LACTATE
    DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIACETATE
    DISODIUM EDTA
    CITRIC ACID
    DIHYDROCHOLETH-30
    IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE
    POLYAMINOPROPYL BIGUANIDE

    • 15mins
      Author
      October 9, 2018 / 1:32 pm

      1) Rosehip is fine
      2) All. Many of them are salicylates anyways, but since they’re absorbed into the body I did add them all to my list. I knew enough OBs that were nervous about them that I felt more comfortable if they were all on my list to avoid. They’re pretty easy to avoid anyways.
      All of those products look ok to me

      • Lyv
        October 10, 2018 / 9:17 am

        Thanks a lot!!

        Just to confirm, because I don’t know much about that, but I am dying to try rosehip oil, I’ve read reviews, they say its awesome for the face.

        Let me generalize my thoughts after some reading, then you correct me, if you can.
        Rosehip oil = vitamin A = retinol = danger

        I want to try the rosehip oil, but I don’t want to take chances. Please make me understand, lol.

        • 15mins
          Author
          October 10, 2018 / 9:53 am

          No, Rosehip Oil = fatty acids, good for hydration and preserving your skin’s barrier function, which makes happy skin. There are vitamins in there, and Vitamin A is included, but it isn’t thought to be close enough (or enough in amount) to really be counted as a retinoid by most dermatologists whenever I’ve talked to them about it. Vitamin A is also Beta Carotene, which is fine in pregnancy.

          I’m editing my comment to add that Vitamin A is naturally found in a lot of plants and fruits, and we’ll all go crazy if we start looking at it in each of those. The amount and kind can vary based on when things were harvested, how they were extracted, etc. It’s kind of assumed to not be enough to really “count”. If that makes sense.

          • Lyv
            October 12, 2018 / 1:15 pm

            Thanks!!

            What about this product:
            Ingredients: Water, Diglycerin, Glycerin, Tranexamic Acid, Butylene Glycol, PEG-8, PEG-6, PEG-32, PPG- 24- Glycereth-24, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Poly- sorbate 20, Styrene/VP Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate

          • 15mins
            Author
            October 12, 2018 / 1:28 pm

            I would avoid that due to the Tranexamic Acid. It’s a lysine derivative thought to maybe improve skin tone, but it is used postpartum to prevent hemorrhage/promote blood clotting. I have no idea what that would do while pregnant, but pregnancy is already a pro-thrombotic state and I don’t think you should be messing with the normal clotting cascade while pregnant.

      • Lyv
        October 14, 2018 / 6:32 pm

        I have checked your list of The Ordinary products allowed during pregnancy, but these two products are not listed:

        1) 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder
        Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid

        2) Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
        Ingredients: Propanediol, Resveratrol, Ferulic Acid.

        Is any of those allowed?

        Also, I saw that the Ordinary`s Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% is allowed. Is there a restriction (after 3rd or 4th month, for instance) or is it allowed since conception?

        • 15mins
          Author
          October 15, 2018 / 9:50 am

          Those are both fine, I had only reviewed what was on sephora’s site as the ordinary has hundreds of products. For now anyways…. we’ll see what happens to them! All of the products are fine for all of pregnancy, nothing has restrictions

  22. Sara
    October 11, 2018 / 6:26 pm

    Your article is super helpful! What do you think about these, in terms of safety?

    Simpleza Serums 20% Vitamin C With Vitamin E & Hyaluronic Acid:

    Aqua, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide, Carborner, Triethanolamine, Betaglucan, Ascorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Propanediol, Phenylpropanol.

    Simpleza Serums 5% Hyaluronic Acid With Vitamin C & Vitamin E:

    Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe, Witch Hazel,  Botanical Hyaluronic Acid (5%), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, MSM, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Acetate), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethy Hexyl Glycerin.

    Thank you!!!!

    • 15mins
      Author
      October 11, 2018 / 7:15 pm

      Both are fine 🙂

  23. Mere
    October 11, 2018 / 10:33 pm

    Thank you so mich for all this info! What do you think about Renee Rouleau’s Anti-Cyst/Buml Treatment:

    Ingredients:
    Water, Methyl Gluceth-20 (water-binding humectant that facilitates penetration of the acid and alcohol), Ethyl Lactate (Lactic Acid), Ethyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol (antimicrobial preservative), Sodium Citrate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin (skin conditioner) .

    • 15mins
      Author
      October 12, 2018 / 10:23 am

      Looks ok!

  24. Allysa Fabian
    October 12, 2018 / 4:07 am

    Hi! I want to try out Laneige BB Cushion and do you think the ingredients are safe for pregnancy?
    Water,Cyclopentasiloxane,Cyclohexasiloxane,Phenyl Trimethicone,PEG-10 Dimethicone,Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate,Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone,Arbutin,Butylene Glycol,Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer,Polyhydroxystearic Acid,Sodium Chloride,Aluminum Hydroxide,Polymethyl Methacrylates,Stearic Acid,Triethoxycaprylylsilane,Phenoxyethanol,Disteardimonium Hectorite,HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer,Isostearic Acid,Ethylhexyl Palmitate,Lecithin,Isopropyl Palmitate,Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate,Ethylhexylglycerin,Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer,Melia Azadirachta Extract,Yeast Extract,Dimethicone,Trimethylsiloxysilicate,Disodium EDTA,Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer,Silica,Manganese Sulfate,Zinc Sulfate,Magnesium Sulfate,Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract,Caprylyl Glycol,1,2-Hexanediol,Fragrance,Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891),Iron Oxides (CI 77492),Iron Oxides (CI 77491),Iron Oxides (CI 77499).

    Thanks in advance!

    • 15mins
      Author
      October 12, 2018 / 10:23 am

      I would avoid this due to the Arbutin

  25. SM
    October 13, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    Hi, thank you for the helpful info! Could you kindly tell me if these ingredients are safe to use during pregnancy?

    Thanks in advance!

    Ingredients
    Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Lecithin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Vanillin, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol.

    • 15mins
      Author
      October 13, 2018 / 10:19 pm

      Looks ok!

  26. Erica
    October 14, 2018 / 12:19 am

    Similarly to the above question – I see that Drunk Elephant’s eye serum made the cut, but not the eye cream (c-tango multivitamin eye cream). I also wondered why Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer didn’t make the cut. Both of these products are advertised as pregnancy safe and I know I can’t trust that information, but I wanted to check in on them! I appreciate this site; it’s really informative.

    • 15mins
      Author
      October 14, 2018 / 12:43 pm

      Some brands are not as conservative as I am, to the point that I’ve heard of brands say even retinoids are safe to use, which the medical community uniformly says it is NOT safe.

      Juice Beauty’s stem cellular line contains apple stem cells, which the brand claims will penetrate into the skin, and do some magic there basically. First, as a physician, knowing how much of a barrier the skin is for most ingredients, the idea that apple cells will go down into the dermis seems a bit absurd (a dermatologist friend laughed at me when I asked her about it), but even if it actually does do that, how does the apple cell know where to stop? Those are some whacky apple cells. Who knows what/where they’re going. So I haven’t included any of the products from that line.

      The Drunk Elephant eye cream didn’t make the cut because of a licorice root extract.

      Please know that reviewing a product can take me 10-30 minutes or even longer depending on the ingredient list. I have not made these decisions lightly.

  27. October 14, 2018 / 2:27 am

    Hi,
    I am in the first trimester of pregnancy, I I live in Dubai, UAE and have been really worried about the right sunscreen to use and finally plan to use SkinCeuticals Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50.. Its ingredients are:
    Aqua
    Titanium Dioxide [Nano]
    Isododecane
    Dimethicone
    Undecane
    C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate
    Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer
    Caprylyl Methicone
    Nylon-12
    Butyloctyl Salicylate
    Phenethyl Benzoate
    Tridecane
    Dicaprylyl Carbonate
    Silica [Nano]
    Triethylhexanoin
    Isohexadecane
    Dicaprylyl Ether
    Talc
    Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer
    Aluminium Hydroxide
    Aluminium Hydroxide
    Stearic Acid
    Pentylene Glycol
    PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethanol Dimethicone
    Aluminium Stearate
    PEG-8 Laurate
    Phenoxyethnol
    Magnesium Sulfate
    Caprylyl Glycol
    Alumina
    Polyhydroxystearic Acid
    Disteardimonium Hectorite
    Diethylhexyl Syringyldenemalonate
    Tocopherol
    Propylene Carbonate
    Artemia Extract
    Benzoic Acid
    PEG-9

    Can you please confirm if this is safe to use during pregnancy?

    Many thanks for your valuable guidance.

    • 15mins
      Author
      October 14, 2018 / 12:34 pm

      I would avoid this due to the salicylate

      • October 15, 2018 / 1:56 am

        Thank you so much for replying. In this case I would opt for Mustela bebe-enfant very high protection Sunscreen SPF 50 with Avocado extract. Its ingredients are:
        Aqua (Water), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Pentylene Glycol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Tocopherol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Alumina, Xanthan Gum, Jojoba Esters, Propylene Carbonate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract.

        Do you think this will be suitable as it is a child’s product? If not can you recommend something? Thanks so much

        • 15mins
          Author
          October 15, 2018 / 9:51 am

          It looks ok

  28. Kei
    October 15, 2018 / 4:24 am

    Hi, thank you for your beneficial information.
    I would like to ask you if this cream is okay to be used as daily moisturizer since I’m struggling with hormonal acnes and this cream has been advised as epidermal growth factor.

    The cream is Isntree EGF Repair Cream

    Water • Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract • Propanediol • Glycerin • Cyclopentasiloxane • Squalane • Cetearyl Alcohol • Cetearyl Glucoside • Leontopodium Alpinum Callus Culture Extract • sh-Oligopeptide-1 • sh-Oligopeptide-2 • sh-Polypeptide-1 • sh-Polypeptide-3 • sh-Polypeptide-22 • Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables • Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract • Poly-glyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate • 1,2-Hexanediol • Caprylhydroxamic Acid • Butylene Glycol • Glyceryl Stearate • Octyldodecanol • Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer • Polysorbate60 • Tocopheryl Acetate • Ethylhexylglycerin • Tocopherol • Adenosine • Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate • Hydrogenated Poly decene • Trideceth-10 • Dextrin • Disodium EDTA

    Thank you

    • 15mins
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 9:35 am

      This is fine for pregnancy. Note that “growth factor” they refer to is actually peptides, which don’t have particular actions for acne at all. I would use this as a general anti-aging moisturizer, but it may/may not help blemishes.

  29. October 15, 2018 / 4:40 am

    Hi,

    I am keen to enquire the following

    1) Shampoo and Conditioner: Are Keratin based shampoo and conditioners OK to use. I know keratin treatments are not, but the shampoo and conditioner I use have the following ingredients:

    Shampoo
    Aqua (Water),Sodium Laureth Sulfate,Coco- Betaine,Cocamide DEA,Glycerin,Glycol Stearate, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polyquaternium-7,PEG-7,Glyceryl Cocoate, Lauryl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol,PEG-150 pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Parfum(Fragrance), Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Disodium EDTA,Hydrolyzed Keratin,Panthenol,Theobroma Cacao(Cocoa)Extract, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

    2) Conditioner:
    Aqua, cetearyl alcohol, propylene glicol, paraffinum liquidum, petrolatum, cetrimonium chloride, theobraoma cacao seed butter, cyclopentasiloxane, amodimethicone, trideceth-12, TEA-dodecylbenzenesulfonate, dimethiconol, hydroxyethylcellulose, glyceryl stearate, parfum, butylphenyl methylpropional, hexyl cinnamal, linalool, methylparaben, propylparaben, penthenol, disodium EDTA, hydrolyzed keratin, citric acid.

    3) MAC Studio Fix Foundation Compact NC 30 is it safe to use? I believe the compact though foundation compact would remain on the surface and not be absorbed in the skin

    I am acting paranoid but really could do with your guidance. So grateful for this forum. God Bless you!

    Many many thanks.

    • 15mins
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 9:32 am

      No need to worry about hair products including the keratin products. Both of those should be fine! And there are so many studio fix products, if you’re referring to the powder foundation then yes, you’er right. It will sit on the surface of the skin and you should be ok 🙂

  30. N4
    October 16, 2018 / 2:48 pm

    I just want to say thank you for this post and being so active in answering questions in the comments. 🙂

    • 15mins
      Author
      October 16, 2018 / 3:32 pm

      It takes a lot of time, but most people appreciate it 🙂

  31. Iveta
    October 18, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    Hi, I would like to buy a magnesium spray for cramps. This is what is on the website. I’m not sure the percentage of vodka but would you consider it safe to use please?

    “This is a topical magnesium spray made from vodka & magnesium chloride flakes. Magnesium oils are used as a source of magnesium, but they can irritate the skin. The use of alcohol is a superior solvent and carrier of magnesium so that it is btter absorbed into the skin.”

    • 15mins
      Author
      October 18, 2018 / 7:07 pm

      I would definitely talk to your OB about this.

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