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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Perricone MD

Is Perricone MD safe for pregnancy or nursing?

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 Perricone MD as of 4/12/2019. 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, it can take up to an hour to review the ingredient lists of each product. I review with my own list of pregnancy safe criteria. I obtain my ingredient lists from the brands and major retailers (typically Nordstrom and Sephora), and I review the US versions. Please do not ask me to re-review the same products over and over, I do not have the time to do so, and many people have been rude about this. For more brands, please head over to the list of pregnancy safe products.

Pregnancy Safe Products from Perricone MD

Chlorophyll Detox Mask
Cold Plasma+ Eye
Essential Fx Acyl-Glutathione Deep Crease Serum
Essential Fx Acyl-Glutathione Eyelid Lift Serum
Essential Fx Acyl-Glutathione Intensive Overnight Moisturizer
Essential Fx Acyl-Glutathione Rejuvenating Moisturizer
Essential Fx Acyl-Glutathione Smoothing & Brightening Under-Eye Cream
H2 Elemental Energy De-Puffing Eye Gel
H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Cloud Cream
H2 Elemental Energy Firming Foam Mask
High Potency Classics: Face Finishing & Firming Moisturizer
High Potency Classics: Firming Eye Lift
High Potency Classics: Hyaluronic Intensive Moisturizer
High Potency Classics: Nutritive Cleanser
Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream
Hypoallergenic Gentle Cleanser
Multi-Action Overnight Intensive Firming Mask
Neuropeptide Firming & Illuminating Under-Eye Cream
Neuropeptide Firming Moisturizer
Neuropeptide Smoothing Facial Conformer
No Lipstick Lipstick SPF 15
No Makeup Blush
No Makeup Highlighter
No:Rinse DMAE Firming Pads
No:Rinse Micellar Cleansing Treatment
PRE:EMPT SERIES™ Brightening Eye Cream
PRE:EMPT SERIES™ Daily Cleanser
PRE:EMPT SERIES™ Skin Perfecting Serum
PRE:EMPT SERIES™ The Fixer Solid Oil Balm
Vitamin C Ester Brightening Eye Serum
Vitamin C Ester Citrus Brightening Cleanser

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

Cold Plasma Plus+ Neck & Chest Broad Spectrum SPF 25: Chemical Sunscreens
Cold Plasma Sub-D Firming Neck Treatment: Glycolic Acid
H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Booster Serum: Licorice Root
High Potency Classics: Face Finishing & Firming Moisturizer Tint SPF 30: Chemical Sunscreen
High Potency Classics: Face Firming Serum: Glycolic Acid
Hypoallergenic Nourishing Moisturizer: Licorice Root
Neuropeptide Night Cream: Salicylate, Licorice Root
No:Rinse Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner: Salicylic Acid
No Makeup Bronzer Broad Spectrum SPF 20: Chemical Sunscreens
• No Makeup Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 20: Salicylate
No Makeup Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF25: Salicylate, Chemical Sunscreens
No:Rinse Exfoliating Peel: Gluconolactone
PRE:EMPT SERIES™ Exfoliating Pore Refiner: Salicylate
PRE:EMPT SERIES™ Oil-Free Hydrating Cream: Gluconolactone
PRE:EMPT SERIES™ Refreshing Shower Mask: Licorice Root
Vitamin C Ester Brightening Amine Face Lift: Glycolic Acid
Vitamin C Ester Brightening Overnight Treatment: Glycolic Acid
Vitamin C Ester Brightening Serum: Licorice Root
Vitamin C Ester Photo-Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30: 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.

Cold Plasma Anti-Aging Face Treatment: Retinoid, Glycolic Acid
Cold Plasma+ Face: Glycolic Acid, Retinoid
High Potency Classics: Firming Evening Repair: Retinoid

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  1. 5.6.19
    Sarah said:

    Hi there! Please could you kindly check if this product is safe? Apologies in advance if you have checked already. Thank you

    Vitamin C ester intensive brightening regimen 15%

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalene, Phytosterols, Disodium EDTA, Ceteareth-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Zinc Sulfate, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Fragrance/Parfum, Citral, Limonene, Linalool.

    • 5.6.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok

  2. 5.20.19
    Cindy said:

    Hi Doctor,

    I have Perricone MD, Cocoa Moisture Mask (2 fl oz.). Would you please let me know if it’s safe for pregnancy use?

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Isopropyl Myristate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Mannitol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Cellulose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethyl MEA, Hydroxyacetophenone, Squalane, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Tyrosine, Papain, Bromelain, Ethylhexylglycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Maltodextrin, Ceteareth-20, Buteth-3, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Lauryl Glucoside, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Tributyl Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance/Parfum, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Barium Sulfate, Caramel, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate.

    Thank you!

    • 5.20.19
      15mins said:

      This looks ok

  3. 5.23.19
    Julie said:

    Hi doctor,
    First, thank you so much for your blog!
    Quick question, I went out and bought the Photo-Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30 before reading your blog. I know your list says chemical sunscreen, but on the box it says titanium dioxide, which I thought was a mineral sunscreen? Any chance you can help? I’m confused. Thank you in advance 🙂 Here’s the full list of ingredients:
    Active Ingredient:
    Titanium Dioxide 4.2%

    Inactive Ingredients:
    Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene, Polyester-8, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Isohexadecane, Bisabolol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 60, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Benzoate. Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Thioctic Acid, Astaxanthin

    • 5.23.19
      15mins said:

      The issue here is the Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene, which is a slight variation of octinoxinate (ehtlyhexyl methoxycinnamate). The tricky thing is that they list the ingredients under active which are currently being used as sunscreens, but sometimes you’ll find chemical sunscreens not listed there, they can also act as photostabilizers and improve the life of products. That’s why it is here. I’ve even found them listed in night serums, the last place you’d think you need a sunscreen. Sorry!

      • 6.5.19
        April said:

        Just wanted to let you know that in your Pregnancy Safe Daily Moisturizers with SPF post (https://www.15minutebeauty.com/spf-moisturizers-pregnancy-safe.html#comment-15425) Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Photo-Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30 is listed to be safe for pregnancy. However in the post above it is safe for nursing but not for pregnancy due to chemical sunscreens.

        Just wanted to let you know so that you won’t have to answer additional questions about the posts.

        Thanks for your hard work! Your blog has been an amazing resource.

        • 6.5.19
          15mins said:

          Ugh…. I’m at the mercy of online ingredient lists, so there must have been a change in listings in between the 2 posts (I think the Perricone was done a couple of months after the daily moisturizer one). And there are now sooooo many different lists for this product! I just looked at Sephora, Dermstore, ULTA and Perricone’s site, they are all different. Which is very rare but annoying too. I’m going to go with the Perricone site’s list, which is with the chemical sunscreen and ok for nursing but not pregnancy, so I fixed the other post. Thank you for noticing that!!

  4. 6.1.19
    Isabel said:

    I was wondering about the Perricone Face Finishing Moisturizer. I noticed you have the Face finishing Moisturizer and Firming Cream listed, the one I have does not include the firming cream. The ingredients are the following:
    Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui Nut) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), C13-14 Isoparaffin, Citric Acid, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), L-Tyrosine, Parfum (Fragrance), Laureth-7, Hexylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Thioctic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid), Hydroxycitronellal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol

    I went to two different sites and they have different ingredients listed for this product.

    Thank you.

    • 6.1.19
      15mins said:

      Isn’t it amazing how brands name things so similarly even though they are just slightly different? This one looks ok to me, hopefully the ingredients match up to what the product actually is

  5. 9.1.19
    APie said:

    Hi! Thanks for this list its amazing. I have a question about Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Photo Brightening Moisturizer. Up above you say it is not safe because of a chemical sunscreen. I have a jar and it says the active ingredient is Titanium Dioxide. I thought that was considered a safe sun screen during pregnancy. It’s the same as my Bare Minerals foundation which is listed as safe. Is there something else in the product not listed as active?? Thanks!

    • 9.1.19
      15mins said:

      Brands don’t always list every sunscreen under “active” if they aren’t using that ingredient to achieve the proper SPF value. In this case it is the Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene, which is one of the most commonly used ingredients for this. It will photostabilize the product for a longer shelf life, but that’s not helpful if you’re trying to avoid all chemical sunscreens.

  6. 1.21.20
    Jessica said:

    This blog is an amazing service to all women! Thank you!! I use the PRE:EMPT series exfoliating pore refiner daily and I was wondering why it is included on the not-safe list? What are the risks? Thank you!!
    Also I didn’t see PTR’s Peptide 21 on your PTR list. Is that safe for pregnancy? Thank you so much!!

    • 1.21.20
      15mins said:

      Do you have an ingredient list for Peptide 21? It likely wasn’t on the website I reviewed.
      The exfoliating pore refiner has a salicylate, it’s on the list below under safe for nursing but not pregnancy.

      • 1.24.20
        Jessica said:

        Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Olive Oil Decylesters, Glycereth-26, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Polysilicone-11, Batyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hexapeptide-11, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Acetyl Hexapeptide-1, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-11, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-19, Trifluoroacetyl Tripeptide-2, Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Potassium Hydrolyzed Polygamma-Glutamate, Sodium Polyglutamate, Squalene, Mica (Ci 77019), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Magnesium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Trehalose, Glyceryl Stearate, Silanetriol Trehalose Ether, Mannitol, Phytosterols, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Polysorbate 20, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Laureth-12, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Lecithin, Disodium Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Carbomer, Dextran, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Lactate, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Sodium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine, Acrylates Copolymer.

        Thank you!!!!!

        • 1.25.20
          15mins said:

          Looks ok

  7. 1.24.20
    AnnaMaria said:

    Are the ingredients for Perriconr MD- vitamin c ester brightening Amine Face lift safe for pregnancy?
    Water, L-Tyrosine, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycolic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxylated Lecithin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Pyridoxine HCl, Pantethine, Tocotrienols, Dimethicone, Resveratrol, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Copper Gluconate, Parfum (Fragrance), Astaxanthin.

    • 1.25.20
      15mins said:

      I would avoid in pregnancy due to the glycolic acid. Ok for nursing.

  8. 4.3.20
    Lana said:

    Thank you so much for the information! This has been very helpful in helping me choose pregnancy safe facial products.
    I have a product at home, that I don’t know if I should use and it’s not on the list. It’s Perricone MD Facial Cream. Is it safe for me to use? Thank you for all you do!!

    • 4.3.20
      15mins said:

      Do you have an ingredient list for that one? Thanks

  9. 4.3.20
    Lana said:

    Thank you so much for the information! This has been very helpful in helping me choose pregnancy safe facial products.
    I have a product at home, that I don’t know if I should use and it’s not on the list. It’s Perricone MD Facial Cream. Is it safe for me to use? Thank you for all you do!!

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Phosphatidylcholine, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tyrosine, Dimethyl MEA, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glycolic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Pyruvic Acid, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Copper Gluconate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol, Mannitol, Disodium EDTA, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil

    • 4.3.20
      15mins said:

      This has glycolic acid and is ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  10. 5.3.20
    Erika said:

    Hello Doctor,

    I was wondering if Perricone No Makeup Faundation Serum SPF20 is safe for pregnancy and nursing? These are the ingredients, thank you so much!


    ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Zinc Oxide 8.26% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water/Aqua/Eau, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Triheptanoin, Acrylates Copolymer, Dimethicone, C13-16 Isoparaffin, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isododecane, Silica, Glycerin, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Sodium Chloride, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Bisabolol, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Mannitol, Disodium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Triceteareth-4 Phosphate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Sorbitan Laurate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Octyldodecanol, C18-36 Acid GlycolEster, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Hexylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Phenethyl Alcohol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

    • 5.3.20
      15mins said:

      Unfortunately this is ok for nursing but not pregnancy due to a salicylate

  11. 6.13.20
    Nicolette Furlong said:

    I saw listed the vitamin c ester brightening serum licorice, but what about
    Vitamin C water, Squalane, Rosemary leaf extract (from Costco)


    Water, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylyl Methicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Behenyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Squalane, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Ferulic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Xanthan Gum, Beta-Glucan, Fragrance, Sorbitol, Limonene, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Disodium EDTA, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Tocotrienols, Linalool, Tocopherol, Citral, Citronellol.

    Thanks in advance!

    • 6.14.20
      15mins said:

      The Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate is licorice root. Sorry!

  12. 7.27.20
    Michelle S said:

    Hello. I wanted to see if the Perricone MD Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy Nourishing & Calming Moisturizer is ok to use while nursing. The ingredients are:

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Betaine, Coco-Caprylate, Triethylhexanoin, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Calendula Ocinalis Flower Extract, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Ceteareth-30, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cannabidiol, Bisabolol, Lecithin, Ceramide NP, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopherol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Decyl, Gluco.

    • 7.27.20
      Christine said:

      This has the CBD, cannabidiol and licorice root. Definitely avoid in pregnancy
      Here’s my little blurb about the cannabis related ingredients. That’s up to you, but I typically recommend avoiding in pregnancy and nursing as there are unknown issues and many alternative products:
      There isn’t info out there on the safety of Cannabis used topically during pregnancy or nursing. We do know smoking marijuana with THC has bad effects and should be avoided, though it hasn’t been fully decided if it is just the THC or something else as well.
      Note that in theory Hemp and CBD do not have THC in them, it’s breed out of the plant is the official status. However, depending upon how it was processed many CBD oils will test positive for THC. But there are still the unknowns we haven’t decided about. I would not recommend using Hemp or Cannabis products while nursing or pregnant for that reason.

  13. 8.10.20
    Michelle said:

    Hi! Just wanted to see if the Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester CCC + Ferulic Brightening Complex 20% serum is ok for nursing.
    The ingredients are:
    Water/Aqua/Eau, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Behenyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Methicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydroxyphenoxy Propionic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ferulic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Xan- than Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Beta- Glucan, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Polyacryla- mide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polysorbate 20, Laureth-7, Malto- dextrin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Fragrance/Parfum, Citral, Limonene, Linalool

    • 8.10.20
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing