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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Elta MD

Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Elta MD

Pregnancy safe skincare can be super difficult and confusing. I have an entire guide devoted to what products are safe to use while pregnant including information on what ingredients to avoid while pregnant and a huge list of pregnancy safe skincare products. The list has gotten so large that I’ve decided to start listing brands in their own individual posts.

Here you’ll find every pregnancy safe skincare product from Elta MD as of 5/5/2019. If it is not safe, I’ll tell you why. All of the products meet my pregnancy safe criteria. If they release a new product that is not listed here, please comment below and I will add it. Note I will link to every product directly to avoid confusion. You’ll know exactly which product I mean.

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I try to review all of the products that I can when I publish a list. Note, I am in the US and I only have access to US products. Please don’t be rude if I skipped your favorite cleanser, when items are out of stock sometimes they aren’t on the brand’s site, or maybe you are in Asia and I am in the US.

I reserve the comments on each post for reviews of product from that brand, this makes it easier for others to find products later. Please only ask about EltaMD on this post, I will delete other product questions. You can find other brands here. If your brand is not included, please ask on the brand list post.

Pregnancy Safe Products from Elta MD

Barrier Renewal Complex
Body Lotion
Dermal Wound Cleanser
Facial Cleanser
Foaming Facial Cleanser
Intense Moisturizer
Laser Balm Post-Procedure Healing Ointment
Laser Enzyme Gel
Moisture-Rich Body Creme
PM Therapy Facial Moisturizer
So Silky Hand Crème
UV Elements Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 44
UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41 Sunscreen – Tinted
UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer: Willow Bark (Salicylate)
UV Aero Broad-Spectrum SPF 45: Chemical Sunscreens
UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46: Chemical Sunscreens
UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 – Tinted: Chemical Sunscreens
UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40: Chemical Sunscreens
UV Daily Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40: Chemical Sunscreens
UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 Plus: Chemical Sunscreens
UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31: Chemical Sunscreen
UV Lotion Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 Plus: Chemical Sunscreens
UV Replenish Broad-Spectrum SPF 44: Salicylate
UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45: Chemical Sunscreens
UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45: Chemical Sunscreens
UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50: Chemical Sunscreens
UV Spray Broad-Spectrum 46: Chemical Sunscreens

Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

Note I’m including products with retinoids here, as those are a bit iffy. It depends on how conservative you want to be while nursing (still absolutely contraindicated while pregnant). Refer to my post on ingredients to avoid while nursing for more discussion.

Renew Eye Gel: Retinoid

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  1. 1.13.20
    Danielle said:

    Hi, I have a question about the So Silky Hand Creme; it has sclareolide, which it says is derived from clary sage – which I believe is not safe during pregnancy(?) What are your thoughts?

    • 1.13.20
      15mins said:

      Clary safe is fine during pregnancy. You need such giant amounts to do anything that the medical community doesn’t say to avoid it.

      • 1.13.20
        Danielle said:

        Thank you!

  2. 6.17.20
    Jennifer said:

    How about EltaMD UV Active Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+?

    Active: Zinc Oxide 19%, Titanium Dioxide 4.0%.

    Inactive: Water/Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Ethyl Macadamiate, Glycerin, Sorbitan Olivate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, C15-19 Alkane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sodium Chloride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Silica, Glyceryl Behanate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrolized Jojoba Esters, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Sclerotium Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Lecithin, Pullulan, Jojoba Esters, Polygonum Aviculare Extract, Tocopherol, Malic Acid.

    • 6.18.20
      Christine said:

      This has malic acid, ok for nursing but not pregnancy

      • 6.18.20
        Jennifer said:


  3. 7.2.20
    Alissa said:

    Hi, would EltaMD SilverGel Antimicrobial Bellow be safe to use during pregnancy?

    Carbomer, Glycerin, Purified Water, Silver Nitrate, Sodium Chloride And Triethanolamine

    • 7.2.20
      Christine said:

      Looks ok to me

  4. 7.30.20
    Danielle said:

    Hello! Could I please double check the ingredients on these three sunscreens, in case Elta MD has reformulated anything since this post? Thanks so much in advance.

    UV Elements:
    Active: Zinc Oxide 10.0%, Titanium Dioxide 5.5%.

    Inactive: Purified Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Sodium Chloride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Alumina, Methicone, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Iron Oxides.

    UV Physical:
    Active: Zinc Oxide 9.0%, Titanium Dioxide 7.0%.

    Inactive: Alumina, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Iron Oxide, Isopropyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Linoleic Acid, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Octyl Stearate, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Perfluorononyl Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylate 13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Purified Water, Quercetin, Sodium Hydroxide, Thioctic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid), Triethoxycaprylylsilane.

    UV Pure:
    Active: Zinc Oxide 10%, Titanium Dioxide 5.5%.

    Inactive: Purified Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Lauryl PEG-9 Polymethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Silica.

    • 7.30.20
      Christine said:

      All 3 are fine for pregnancy and nursing

      • 8.1.20
        Danielle said:

        Thank you so much

  5. 9.1.20
    Kristine said:

    Good day Dr. Is this safe for pregnant?
    Elta md uv clear spf 46

    Active Ingredients: 9.0% Zinc oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate
    EltaMD UV Clear Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium
    Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyisobutene, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactic Acid, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane

    • 9.1.20
      Christine said:

      Sorry, this is already listed above under not safe for pregnancy but ok for nursing

  6. 10.26.20
    Monica said:

    Hi doctor- is the Eltamd UV restore pregnancy and nursing safe?

    Active: Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide.

    Inactive: Water, CocoCaprylate/Caprate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG- 100 Stearate, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glycerin, Saccharide Isomerate, Glyceryl Behenate, Xanthan Gum, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Ethylhexyl.

    • 10.26.20
      Christine said:

      This has a salicylate and should be avoided in pregnancy for sure. I can’t comment on nursing safety as I think this isn’t a full ingredient list (that’s only half of an ingredient name at the end)

  7. 11.2.20
    Hannah said:

    Hello, is skin recovery serum safe? Thank you
    Water, Propanediol, Isododecane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysilicone-11, Panthenol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Taurine, Sodium Acrylate/ Sodium, Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Arginine, Butylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Isohexadecane, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Car Boxyethyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Coco-Glucoside, Polysorbate 80, Decyl Glucoside, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citric Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Glycine, Sodium Hyaluronate

    • 11.2.20
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for pregnancy and nursing

  8. 12.30.20
    Jenna said:

    Hello. I am inquiring on if the EltaMD Skin Recovery Toner is pregnancy safe? Thank you!!!
    Ingredients: Water, Propanediol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glycerin, Taurine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Arginine, Citric Acid, Malachite Extract, Glycine.

    • 12.31.20
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

  9. 3.3.21
    Diala said:

    Hello, I have a question on one of the Elta MD sunscreens: Octocrylene 10%, Zinc Oxide 15% Inactive:Water, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol,Isododecane, Phenoxyethanol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Acacia Senegal Gum, Polysilicone-11, Xanthan Gum, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide.

    Thank you

    • 3.3.21
      Christine said:

      This has chemical sunscreens and salicylate. Ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  10. 3.22.21
    LT said:

    I see that you listed the UV Clear Tinted Sunscreen SPF 44 as a chemical sunscreen but they have it as mineral based? Is that

    • 3.22.21
      Christine said:

      It has a mineral sunscreen, but it also has Octinoxate.

  11. 4.21.21
    Tayrsa said:

    Hello! I’m curious about my current cleansers. Are these safe for pregnancy?

    First cleanser…

    Aqua (Water)
    Angelica Archangelica (Angelica) Extract
    Avena Sativa (Oat) Straw Extract
    Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract
    Yucca Aloifolia Extract
    Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
    Decyl Glucoside
    Cetearyl Glucoside
    Glyceryl Stearate
    Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter
    Cetearyl Alcohol
    Cetearth 20
    Xanthan Gum
    Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
    Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil
    Caprylic Acid
    Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
    Calcium Ascorbate (Vitamin C)
    Diazolidinyl Urea
    Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

    Second cleanser in question..

    Aqua (Distilled Water)
    Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate*
    Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine*
    Lauryl Glucoside*
    Cocamidopropylamine Oxide*
    Caprylyl/ Capryl Glucoside*
    Hyaluronic Acid*
    Sodium Acrylates Copolymer
    Organic Citrus Reticulata – Aurantium fruit Extract*
    Caprylyl Glycol*
    Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender)*
    Pelargonium Graveolens Oil (Geranium)*
    Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary)*
    Thymus Vulgaris Oil (Thyme)*
    Cupressus Sempervirens Oil (Cypress)*.
    *Plant Derived

    Thank you so much! I just subscribed to your newsletter!

    • 4.21.21
      Christine said:

      Both are Safe for pregnancy and nursing

  12. 5.3.21
    Alexsandra Lerner said:

    Hi, why is Elta Md UV clear tinted sunscreen not considered safe for pregnancy? It says that they use a mineral based Zinc Oxide Formula..

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