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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from iS Clinical

Pregnancy Safe Skincare from iS Clinical

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 iS Clinical as of 6/14/2019. 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.

Please note that iS Clinical had a lot of ingredients listed as “key” ingredients that do not appear in actual ingredient lists. Some of this might be due to extracts containing what they consider to be a key ingredient. That wasn’t always the case though. I verified ingredient lists in several locations. Please don’t put much thought into the listed key ingredients, check out the actual full ingredients list.

How to Request a Product Review

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 iS Clinical 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 iS Clinical

C Eye Advance Plus
Copper Firming Mist
Cream Cleanser
Eclipse SPF 50 Plus
GeneXC Serum
Hydra-Cool Serum

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

Extreme Protect SPF 30: Chemical Sunscreen
Firming Complex: Licorice Root, Willow Bark (Salicylate), Salicylic Acid
Hydra-Intensive Cooling Masque: Licorice Root
Neck Perfect: Willow Bark (Salicylate), Licorice Root, Salicylic Acid
Tri-Active Exfoliating Masque: Salicylic Acid

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.

Active Serum: Willow Bark (Salicylate), Arbutin
Body Complex: Willow Bark (Salicylate), Retinoid
Cleansing Complex: Willow Bark (Salicylate), Retinoid
Eye Complex: Willow Bark (Salicylate), Retinoid
Moisturizing Complex: Retinoid
Poly-Vitamin Serum: Retinoid
Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus: Arbutin, Retinoid
Reparative Moisture Emulsion: Retinoid
Sheald Recovery Balm: Retinoid
Super Serum Advance Plus: Arbutin
White Lightening Complex: Arbutin, Willow Bark (Salicylate), Licorice Root
White Lightening Serum: Arbutin, Willow Bark (Salicylate)
Youth Complex: Retinoid, Licorice Root, Willow Bark (Salicylate)
Youth Eye Complex: Retinoid, Licorice Root
Youth Intensive Creme: Retinoid, Willow Bark (Salicylate)
Youth Serum: Retinoid

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23 Comments

  1. 10.10.19
    Paige said:

    Hi!

    I use iS Clinical’s Reparative Moisture Emulsion see that it’s listed in your not pregnancy safe list. I ran all of my skincare products by my esthetician and she said all iS Clinical products are pregnancy safe and sent me this article to reference – https://www.isclinical.com/media/WhitePapers/pdf/WhitePapers_ProductsDurringPregnancy_and_Nursing.pdf

    Thought I’d send to you for review and see what your thoughts are. I’d rather be safe than sorry, so if you still think it isn’t safe to use, I will discontinue.

    Here are the ingredients again – you mentioned it has Retinoid so that’s why it’s unsafe.

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract [Extrait De Racine De Betterave], Haberlea Rhodopensis Leaf Extract, Faex (Yeast) Extract [Extrait De Levure], Tocopherol, Panthenyl Triacetate, Ethyl Linoleate, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Tyrosine, Proline, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Tripeptide-1, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Glycosaminoglycans, Urea, Glucose, Guanidine HCl, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Cyclomethicone, Polysorbate 40, Superoxide Dismutase, PVP, Panthenol, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Pantothenic Acid, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA.

    Thanks!

    • 10.10.19
      15mins said:

      Yes, this has a retinoid, which is actually the #1 ingredient to avoid during pregnancy and I know quite a few OB and Derms who recommend even avoiding during nursing. I have info here about why brands sometimes differ from my recs: Pregnancy beauty FAQ.

  2. 11.3.19
    Marta said:

    I hope I didn’t miss this on your list…have you had a chance to look over iS Clinical’s Phyto Corrective Gel?

    AQUA / WATER / EAU, GLYCERIN, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, POLYSORBATE 80, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM BENZOATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, DISODIUM EDTA, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, BENZOPHENONE-4, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CITRUS GRANDIS EXTRACT / GRAPEFRUIT FRUIT EXTRACT, CUCUMIS SATIVUS FRUIT EXTRACT / CUCUMBER FRUIT EXTRACT, BENZYL BENZOATE, CI 19140 / YELLOW 5,THYMUS VULGARIS FLOWER/LEAF EXTRACT – THYME FLOWER/LEAF EXTRACT, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, CI 42090 / BLUE 1, LINALOOL, CITRONELLOL, MORUS ALBA ROOT EXTRACT

    Thank you for your thorough efforts.

    • 11.3.19
      15mins said:

      This has a chemical sunscreen to avoid during pregnancy (Benzophenone-4), but is ok for nursing

  3. 1.29.20
    Jen said:

    Hi,

    First of all thank you for all this information – so helpful

    I just found out that I’m pregnant and I was using the reparative emulsion moisturizer around the time that I got pregnant. I fortunately ran out around that time also. Should I be concerned?

    Thanks again

  4. 1.29.20
    Jen said:

    Sorry I forgot to add the ingredient list to my previous comment (kind of freaking out that I was using it unknowingly)

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract [Extrait De Racine De Betterave], Haberlea Rhodopensis Leaf Extract, Faex (Yeast) Extract [Extrait De Levure], Tocopherol, Panthenyl Triacetate, Ethyl Linoleate, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Tyrosine, Proline, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Tripeptide-1, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Glycosaminoglycans, Urea, Glucose, Guanidine HCl, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Cyclomethicone, Polysorbate 40, Superoxide Dismutase, PVP, Panthenol, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Pantothenic Acid, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA.

    • 1.29.20
      15mins said:

      This does have a retinoid, so I would not recommend restarting it. The evidence for issues is all in oral, prescription strength retinoids and birth defects. The chances of an issue from an over the counter, topical version are much lower, though not a 0% possibility so we still recommend avoidance. I have more info on this kind of situation in this post: pregnancy beauty FAQ

      • 1.29.20
        Jen said:

        Thank you so, so much

      • 3.26.21
        Jenna said:

        I have been using the IS clinical reparative moisture emulsion + clinical cleansing complex. I am 20 weeks pregnant and freaking out now!!? My esthetician told me it was safe but this article is interesting. Is it not safe? Did I totally mess up!?

  5. 2.5.20
    Lauren said:

    So I am freaking out. I am first trimester and I’ve been using the Active Serum Bc their website says it is safe. How can they say that with the salicylic acid?!?! I am so worried

    • 2.7.20
      15mins said:

      I have information about this situation in my pregnancy beauty FAQ. Don’t freak out! The info there will hopefully be reassuring.

  6. 2.19.20
    Jody said:

    Wow this is such an incredible and useful post!! I was literally using 3 of these IS products that are on the no go list and I just found out I’m 5 weeks pregnant!! I’ll be heading to your safe pregnancy recommendations right after this to find new options.
    Thank you!!

  7. 1.6.21
    Sarah said:

    Hello, thank you for your incredibly informative website and posts. I followed your guidance when I was pregnant and I am now breastfeeding. Can you provide more explanation as to why you include active serum on the BF safe list? Looking at the ingredients, it contains arbutin which you deem unsafe. Just want to make sure I am in the clear or whether I should stop the active serum. Thank you!

    • 1.6.21
      Christine said:

      Ack! They must have reformulated, or had wrong ingredients up! I’ll move it.

  8. 1.26.21
    Jenna said:

    The FDA states that all IS clinical products are both pregnancy and breastfeeding safe because they do not penetrate through the skin to the bloodstream. What is your take on this?

  9. 3.22.21
    Kristin said:

    I’m a bit confused because the Active Serum contains Salix Alba (willow bark) and not salicylic acid. From what I’ve ready, sale alba is safe during pregnancy but the latter isn’t because its in the synthetic form. So shouldn’t the Active Serum be safe during pregnancy?

    Im partially freaking out because I’ve been using the Active serum this whole pregnancy and I’m already 25 weeks 🙁

    • 3.22.21
      Christine said:

      These are the ingredients I have for Active Serum:
      Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract [Extrait De Canne à Sucre], Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Triethanolamine, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Arbutin, Polyporus Umbellatus (Mushroom) Extract, Menthol, Phenoxyethanol

      Note, I called out the willow bark as a salicylate (not salicylic acid, which is something different though is also a salicylate), which it is considered, and that’s something to avoid in pregnancy. As well, more concerning is the arbutin, which is something to avoid in pregnancy and nursing.
      Discussion here: skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy
      And here: You’ve been using a product with a “bad” ingredient

  10. 3.24.21
    Anna said:

    Hi! Thank you a lot for your help!

    Could you please look at this product – Is Clinical Eclipse SPF Tint Beige? Is it safe during pregnancy?

    Titanium Dioxide (5.20%), Zinc Oxide (1.10%) and Vitamin E (1%), 1.2-Hexanediol, Acrylates / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Alumina, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl, Benzoate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Methicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sorbitan Laurate, Styrene / Acrylates Copolymer, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, VP / Eicosene Copolymer, Water / Aqua / Eau, Xanthan Gum +/- Iron Oxides.

    • 3.25.21
      Christine said:

      Safe for pregnancy and nursing

  11. 4.23.21
    Alex said:

    Hi! Can you please take a look at iS Clinical’s warming honey cleanser?

    Glycerin, Honey/Mel/Miel, Myristic Acid, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Papain, Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/Eicosadioate, Royal Jelly, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Propolis Extract [Extrait De Propolis], Triethanolamine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

    Thank you!

    • 4.24.21
      Christine said:

      Safe for pregnancy and nursing

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