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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Obagi

Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Obagi

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 Obagi as of 5/8/2019. 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.

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 Obagi 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.

ZO Skinhealth by Obagi is found in a separate post.

Pregnancy Safe Products from Obagi

Cleansing Wipes
CLENZIderm M.D. Therapeutic Moisturizer
ELASTIderm Eye Serum
Foaming Cleanser
Hydrate Facial Moisturizer
Hydrate Luxe
Nu-Derm Exfoderm
Nu-Derm Foaming Gel
Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser
Nu-Derm Physical SPF 32
Nu-Derm Toner
Obagi360 Exfoliating Cleanser
Obagi-C Rx System C-Balancing Toner
Obagi-C Rx System C-Cleansing Gel
Professional-C™ Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask
Professional-C Peptide Complex
Professional-C Serum 10%
Professional-C Serum 15%
Professional-C Serum 20%

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

Acne Cleansing Wipes: Salicylic Acid
Balancing Toner: Licorice Root
CLENZIderm M.D. Daily Care Foaming Cleanser: Salicylic Acid
CLENZIderm M.D. Pore Therapy: Salicylic Acid
CLENZIderm M.D. Therapeutic Lotion: Benzoyl Peroxide
ELASTIderm Eye Cream: Licorice Root
IDR Exfoliating and Hydrating Lotion: Gluconolactone
KeraPhine Body Smoothing Lotion: Glycolic Acid
Nu-Derm Exfoderm Forte: Glycolic Acid
Nu-Derm Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35: Chemical Sunscreen
Obagi360 HydraFactor Broad Spectrum SPF 30: Salicylate, Chemical Sunscreen
Obagi-C Rx System C-Exfoliating Day Lotion: Glycolic Acid
Obagi-C Fx System C-Therapy Night Cream: Salicylate
Professional-C Suncare Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen: Chemical Sunscreen
Soothing Complex Calming Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 25: Salicylate
Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50: Chemical Sunscreens
Sun Shield Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 50: Chemical Sunscreen, Salicylate

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.

Nu-Derm Blend Fx: Salicylate, Arbutin
Nu-Derm Clear Fx: Arbutin
Obagi360 Retinol 0.5: Licorice Root, Retinoid
Obagi360 Retinol 1.0: Licorice Root, Retinoid
Obagi-C Fx System C-Clarifying Serum: Arbutin
RETIVANCE® Skin Rejuvenating Complex: Retinoid
Sun Shield Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 50: Retinoid, Licorice Root

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  1. 5.13.19
    Jenna Bromberg said:

    Hi there!! What about Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50?? Thank you!!

    • 5.13.19
      Jenna said:

      Sorry, I just saw this listed as NO. Lol thanks!

    • 10.12.19
      Thanh said:

      Hi Doctor!
      Could you please review this serum?
      Obagi Vitamin C serum 20 V.E
      Ethoxydiglycol, Water, Ascorbic Acid, Betaine, Diglycerin, Tocopherol, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-300/55 Copolymer, Fragrance

      Thank you so much!

      • 10.13.19
        15mins said:

        Looks ok to me

        • 12.24.19
          Kristina said:

          Does this mean ok for pregnancy, nursing or both?

          • 12.24.19
            15mins said:

            Pregnancy and nursing

  2. 7.17.19
    Ling said:

    Hi Doctor:

    You said Obagi Nu Derm blend fx is ok for breast feeding but Nu Derm Clear fx not ok during pregnancy or breastfeeding due to Arbutin, but the Nu Derm blend fx has Arbutin as key ingredient too, so why is that one ok during breastfeeding? Could you please clarify? Because I was thinking about getting one until I noticed Arbutin. Thank you so much.

    • 7.17.19
      15mins said:

      Unfortunately I’m at the mercy of the online lists, which are sometimes wrong. I don’t remember the Arbutin being there before. I’ll move it down to not safe. Thanks!

      • 7.18.19
        Ling said:

        Thank you so much for your clarification, I won’t get it until I stop breastfeeding then. Do you have any recommendations on what I can use to lighten up those stubborn pregnancy mask on my face while breastfeeding? I am not sure if they are called pregnancy mask, but they are dark spots I got from pregnancy. I am already using vitamin c and it’s not helping. Thank you again.

        • 7.18.19
          15mins said:

          Unfortunately Vitamin C is pretty much the only one you can use while pregnant or nursing. Niacinamide has a little bit of action against hyperpigmentation, but not much. The hormonal shift after weaning will help a lot!

          • 7.19.19
            Ling said:

            Thank you so much.

  3. 7.27.19
    Laura Anns said:

    Hi there. Apologies if you’ve already answered this question and I haven’t see it, but I thought that products with glycolic acid were ok for use during pregnancy as well as nursing. Is it not safe to use them while pregnant?

    Thanks so much for your help!

    • 7.27.19
      15mins said:

      I address it in my post on skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy. Glycolic acid during pregnancy is more controversial than many people think. With topical use 28% is absorbed, and we don’t have evidence that it is safe or unsafe beyond that. But we are pretty sure that it reaches the baby. It was listed on the “to avoid” list my OB gave me when pregnant (I went to a very large and well known OB department at the local university). My list is pretty conservative, but with the info we have now I feel it should likely be avoided. Since I call it out in my posts, if you’re comfortable using Glycolic Acid during pregnancy it is easy to take that into account.

  4. 9.12.19
    Lindsay said:

    Hi! I’ve read salicylic topical is okay — you have CLENZIderm M.D. Pore Therapy: Salicylic Acid as listed not okay during pregnancy. I used during my first two with approval from my doctor so I’m curious why you listed as not. Pregnant with my third and was considering using again as pregnancy acne has flared up!

    • 9.13.19
      15mins said:

      So it’s a bit more controversial when you talk to physicians. Some think it is fine, but others aren’t as sure. There’s some discussion here: skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy
      My own OB (part of a large, top ranked University OB department) included it in their list of ingredients to avoid. I’m on the more conservative side in my recommendations, your doctor might not be as conservative. As there isn’t much data regarding actual safety, we don’t have concrete information to say if it is or isn’t safe. So all recommendations are based upon concerns and logical assumptions.

  5. 9.25.19
    Lissette said:

    Hi Doctor,

    Will you be doing a review of their ZO skin health products? I know they are more medical grade but would love to know what is safe.

    Thank you!

    • 9.25.19
      15mins said:

      The brand is on my todo list

  6. 10.8.19
    Ada said:

    Hi! I just wanted to say that 15minutebeauty has been a huge help during my first and my second pregnancy and breastfeeding (although I have found it a bit too late after buying several Omorovicza products packed with essential oils😂😂😂).
    As my second baby-girl, Nora, is now almost 5 months old and still breastfeeding full-time, I am getting back on track with my skincare products. As I am an anestesiologist, I always opted for a skincare that is simple and all-in-one product as I usually don’t have the time to layer products. I have my day routine covered now with vitamin C moisturizers and mineral SPF creams, but I am looking for an effective anti-age/renewing night treatment so I was wandering what are your thoughts on Vintner’s Daughter serum? It says all over the net that it is breastfeeding safe, but it has lot of essential oils and I just wanted to be sure before taking a splurge. Thank you and many kind regards from Croatia!

    • 10.9.19
      15mins said:

      Essential oils are ok for pregnancy and nursing (the main exceptions for oils/extracts are licorice root, neem and willow bark during pregnancy), I just wouldn’t take a bath or use giant amounts. Looking at the ingredients of that one I think it’s fine! I’ve heard it’s great, I hope it works for you 🙂

  7. 12.29.19
    Liana said:


    Would you please let me know if it’s safe to use the following Obagi products during pregnancy: 1.Hydrating Cleanser / Normal to Dry Skin and 2.Dual Action Scrub.

    Thank you in advance,


    • 12.29.19
      15mins said:

      Do you have ingredient lists?

  8. 1.23.20
    nour said:

    Hello doctor is cream ingredients PHAs Gluconolactone and Lactobionic Acid safe during pregancy?

    • 1.23.20
      15mins said:

      I would avoid gluconolactone

      • 1.24.20
        nour said:

        because i want to use obagi IDR lotion may i read the Ingredients i dont now if good or no?

        • 1.25.20
          15mins said:

          There’s an IDR lotion already under pregnancy and nursing safe above. Is it the same one?

  9. 4.30.20
    Julie said:

    This is the most helpful page! Is ZO instant pore refiner safe to use when trying/pregnant? Thank you so much 🙏

  10. 5.10.20
    Trang said:

    Hi Doctor. Could you clarify if PHAs Gluconolactone is safe for pregnancy or not? As this PHA’s contained in IDR Lotion which is listed under your safe list.
    Many thanks!

    • 5.10.20
      15mins said:

      I think that may have been a reformulation or something, I was definitely screening for them when I did this list. It should be under ok for nursing, not pregnancy. I’ve fixed the list, thank you for catching that! I’m planning to redo all of Obagi really soon.

  11. 5.19.20
    Brooke said:

    Hi there,

    Is their new Elastiderm Facial Serum ok for use during pregnancy? Please find ingredient list below:

    Water (Aqua), Glycerin,Methylpropanediol, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Carbomer, Malonic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Amodimethicone, Zinc Carbonate, Copper Carbonate Hydroxide, T-Butyl Alcohol, Parfum.

    Thank you!

    • 5.19.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok to me

  12. 6.11.20
    Kali judisch said:

    Is the obagi clinical kinetin +hydrating cream safe while breastfeeding?
    -Kinetin+ Complex: Visibly minimizes the signs of skin aging and helps refresh and renew skin’s youthful look.
    -Panthenol (pro-Vitamin B): Helps condition the skin.
    -Vitamin E: An antioxidant that helps nourish and defend your skin against free radicals.

    Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Stearyl Alcohol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Phenoxyethanol, Laureth-23, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethoxydiglycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Kinetin, Zeatin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Soluble Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrochloric Acid.

    • 6.12.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok to me for pregnancy and nursing

  13. 6.26.20
    Megan said:

    I know ZO skincare is made from this brand but couldn’t find anything on your page for the line. Wondering if the skin polish is safe? I’ll paste ingredient list below 🙂 thanks so so much

    PEG-8, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Oxide, Ethoxydiglycol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Oleth-20, Trihydroxystearin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil/Huile minérale, Aqua/Water/Eau, Tocopheryl Acetate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Linalool, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Phenoxyethanol, Green 6 (CI 61565)

    • 6.27.20
      Christine said:

      This has a retinoid and licorice root. Avoid in pregnancy and while nursing if you’re conservative

      I completely forgot I had pulled a few ZO products from this post on the last go around, meaning to do another post. Then I didn’t. So I made you this post this morning: Pregnancy safe products from ZO Skin Health by Obagi

  14. 7.28.20
    Christine said:

    Hi! How about Daily Hydro-Drops Facial Serum
    Water (Aqua), Propanediol, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Niacinamide, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Castor Oil/Ipdi Copolymer, Parfum, Carbomer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Seed Oil, Octocrylene, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Cellulose Gum, Homosalate, Butyl, Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Amodimethicone, Beta-Carotene (Ci 40800), Green 6 (Ci 61565), Violet 2 (Ci 60725).

    • 7.29.20
      Christine said:

      This has chemical sunscreens so ok for nursing but not pregnancy

      • 6.27.21
        Kelsey said:

        Hi! I was going to ask about the Hydro-drops facial serum and scanned the comments first! Sorry this may be an ignorant question but what Ingredient listed above for the drops is considered sunscreen? Thanks so much!

        • 6.27.21
          Christine said:

          For this products these are the chemical sunscreens: Octocrylene, Homosalate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane

  15. 7.29.20
    Krisanne said:

    Hi! On Obagi’s page, they say not to use The Nu-Derm system during pregnancy but you list it as safe. I don’t see any harmful ingredients. Do you know why they would say that?


  16. 9.19.20
    Alyssa said:

    Hello, Is the new Obagi Physical Defense 40 by SUZANOBAGIMD safe when trying to conceive and pregnancy? Ingredients are: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Polyhydroxyatearic Acid, Cetearyl Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Bioflavonoids, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Polyglyceryl-2, Dipolyhydroxystearate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Stearic Acid, Lauryl Glucoside, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum, Silica, Alumina, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol

    • 9.19.20
      Christine said:

      This has licorice root, ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  17. 9.20.20
    Kristine said:

    Would you please let me know if it’s safe to use the following Obagi product during pregnancy: Obagi clinical Kinetin+ Hydrating eye cream?

    Thank you!

    • 9.20.20
      Christine said:

      I have currently reviewed all products in this brand that I can. I need a full ingredient list to review your product, more info here:
      why I need an ingredient list to comment on product safety

      • 9.21.20
        Kristine said:

        Here is the ingredients: Water​,​ Cetyl Alcohol​,​ Silica​,​ PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate​,​ Octyldodecyl Myristate,​ PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate,​ Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride​,​ Glycerin​,​ Saccharide Isomerate​,​ Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate​,​ Lactobacillus Ferment,​ Tetrasodium EDTA​,​ Dimethicone​,​Kinetin, Zeatin, Ceremide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Algae Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Ethoxydiglycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyurethante-40, Ethylhexyglycerin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Xanthan Gum, Lechithin, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Hydrochloric Acid.

        • 9.22.20
          Christine said:

          This looks ok for pregnancy and nursing

  18. 12.1.20
    Alison Entsminger said:

    Hi! Curious on whether Obagi Clinical Vitamin C Eye Brightener is safe for pregnancy (on the dark under eye circles train here).

    Here’s the ingredients:
    -Kinetin+ Complex: Clinically shown to minimize the signs of skin aging to help refresh and renew skin’s youthful look.
    -Adaptogen Complex: Yeast ferment and adaptogen rhodiola rosea that hydrates and energizes the look of tired skin around the eyes.
    -Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: Provides a stable form of vitamin C.

    Water, Propylene Glycol, PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Glycerin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Silica, Lactobacillus Ferment, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Betaine, Ethoxydiglycol, Pentylene Glycol, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Kinetin, Zeatin, Polyurethane-40, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Camellia Cinesis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Hydrochloric Acid.


    • 12.1.20
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

  19. 2.13.21
    Lynsey said:

    One of the ingredients is Benzyl salicylate is it safe to use in pregnancy?
    Full list below-
    Aqua, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol, Sodium PCA, Potassium Alum, Panthenol, Polysorbate 80, DMDM Hydantoin, Glycerin, Allantoin, Fragrance (Parfum), , Borago Officinalis Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Saponins, Benzyul Salicylate, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Amyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citric Acide, CI 42090.

    • 2.13.21
      Christine said:

      With the salicylate I would say this is ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  20. 2.21.21
    Ekaterina said:

    Hi Doctor,

    Could you please check Obagi Elastiderm facial serum?

    Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylate, Crosspolymer-6, Carbomer, Malonic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Amodimethicone, Zinc Carbonate, Copper Carbonate Hydroxide, T-Butyl Alcohol, Parfum

    • 2.21.21
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

  21. 3.15.21
    Lyndell said:

    Hello, please could you let me know if this product is safe to use during pregnancy?

    Obagi Physical Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF40


    • 3.15.21
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

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