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Pimples During Pregnancy : Tips for Dealing With Acne While Pregnant

Hormones are fun. As a teenager they make your skin go crazy, but the end of puberty doesn’t mean that you’re done with pimples. Oh no! Some of us lucky ones also get to deal with acne while pregnant. Cystic pimples that love to pop up (literally) due to pregnancy hormones.

These blemishes can be brutal, but unfortunately due to so many skin care ingredients being off limits during pregnancy, pimples can be very difficult to treat while you are pregnant.

pregnancy related acne

How to Treat Pimples during Pregnancy?
What are your favorite topical ingredients to treat blemishes? Because it sure seems like all of mine (Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic acid) were both on that list of no-no ingredients. Just try finding an acne treatment that doesn’t contain either of those or a hydroxy acid. Pretty much impossible.

A reader asked me about Witch Hazel recently, and that is safe in pregnancy, so that is an option if it doesn’t try you out like crazy (like it does me, so I avoid it like the plague).

So…. those hormone induced bumps… you pretty much need to wait them out. I swear my pimples were there for the last part of the first trimester and most of the second trimester, and then something happened and they disappeared overnight. I only had pregnancy related acne during my first pregnancy, none with my second pregnancy (and I have 2 girls, so there goes that old wives’ tale!).

Simple Pimple Treatments During Pregnancy

My pregnancy related acne was mostly deep, painful cystic acne. Those kinds of pimples are hormonally driven and less likely to be helped by topical treatments like spot treatment creams (which are usually on the no-go during pregnancy list anyways).

I found that keeping my pores as clear as possible did help prevent some of the smaller pimples. As well, warm compresses on the larger cystic pimples made them less painful and helped them go away faster.

I used my Clarisonic every day and did some masking. Using a clay containing mask to help suck up all the nastiness in my pores about 2-3 times a week helped a lot. I love the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask, it would pull everything out of my pores but wouldn’t dry out my skin.

If you want to use a spot treatment, look for an acne spot treatment with Sulfur as the active ingredient. The only pregnancy safe spot treatment that I’ve found is the Belli Beauty Acne Control Spot Treatment.

There are also brands that take an alternative approach to acne treatment with safe products, I recommend checking out Averr Aglow.

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. 6.23.18
    Kamellia said:

    Hi there,

    Thank you so much for your website! It has been an invaluable resource for me while I’m looking at my beauty routine while pregnant!
    Prior to my pregnancy, there is this cream that I use from Korea for my acne. I’m wondering if it is safe and adequate?

    Atopalm Real Barrier Cicarelief Cream

    Water, cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Glycerin, Cocoglycerides, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Calamine, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Boron Nitride, Sodium Cholride, Madecassoside, Allantoin, Polyglceryl-2 Oleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyglceryl-2 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Ricinoleate, Sorbitan Olivate, Tocopherol, lavandula Angustifola (Lavender) oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide 3, Myristoyl/Palmitoyl Oxostearamide/Arachamide MEA, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Phytosterols, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Gylcol

    Thank you in advance! 🙂

    • 6.23.18
      15mins said:

      It looks fine to me! Has it been helping? Where did you buy it? Acne products that are safe in pregnancy are so hard to find!

  2. 9.10.18
    AprilJoy said:

    I own the Neutrogena Light therapy mask and it says not to use if pregnant “as the risks are unknown and have not been established”. I also heard the same about benzoyl peroxide, that not enough research has been done but is considered safe compared to salycylic acid.. I figured if all else fails, double check with my OB.

    Thanks so much for all your great info!!

    • 9.10.18
      15mins said:

      Yes, if all else fails, check with your OB! I’m not surprised that the light says that on it, though I’ve had a few Derms mention it to me as safe. I’d talk to OB before using that as well 🙂

      • 11.12.20
        Hidah said:

        Hi Dr,

        Are these ingredients safe during pregnancy?

        Sebamed Clear Face Anti-Pimple Gel

        Aqua, Alcohol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Hamamelis virginiana bark/leaf extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Cucumis sativus fruit extract, Chloroxylenol, Caramel, Citric Acid, Sodium Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

        Thanks a lot! 😊

        • 11.12.20
          Christine said:

          This is ok for pregnancy and nursing

  3. 10.1.18
    saab said:

    Hi is alba botanica acnedote face and body scrub safe for pregnancy? It’s all natural and organic however it’s active ingredient is salicylic acid. I’ve read reviews that since it’s naturally derived from willow bark, it’s not the same as the chemically formed salicylic acid which is safe. Thank you!

    • 10.1.18
      15mins said:

      It’s still a salicylate, and should be avoided. I actually filter out willow bark extract the same as regular salicylic acid when reviewing ingredients lists.

  4. 10.3.18
    Megan said:


    I’ve heard of some people using the drying cream by Mario Badescu. The ingredients are listed below. Thanks for your input!

    Aqua (Water, Eau), Zinc Oxide, Cetyl Alcohol, Cera Alba (Beeswax, Cire d’abeille), Polysorbate 80, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Sulfur, Oleth-10, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil, Huile Minérale), Ichthammol, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Cysteine, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Nasturtium Officinale Flower/Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Allantoin, Biotin, Arginine, Leucine, Lysine, Tyrosine, Valine, Glutamic Acid, Cellulose Gum, Polysorbate 20, Maltodextrin, Zinc Chloride, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Pyridoxine HCl, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Chloride, Methylparaben, Propylparaben,

    • 10.3.18
      15mins said:

      Yes! It’s fine, it’s included in my pregnancy safe skincare products list.

      • 8.26.20
        Brittany said:

        Not sure if there’s been a reformulation, but it looks like this product contains salicylic acid.

      • 8.26.20
        Brittany said:

        Please disregard my last comment— I thought this was referring to the lotion, which contains salicylic acid. You’re the queen.

        • 8.26.20
          Christine said:

          LOL I’ll take this comment, I’m exhausted after being newborn nursery attending all day (allll the babies were born today!) and this made me giggle. 🙂 Thanks!

  5. 11.15.18
    Ngoc Bao said:


    I am wondering if the Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment from Kielh’s is safe during pregnancy? Thanks so much!


    • 11.17.18
      15mins said:

      No, due to glycolic acid and licorice root.

  6. 11.25.18
    Emmy said:

    Hi Dr, could u please take a look at the ingredients below, thanks you so much!

    Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glyceryl, Stearate SE, Cetearyl alcohol, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cyclopentaxiloxane, Ethyl Hexanediol, Cuclohexasiloxane, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA

    • 11.25.18
      15mins said:

      Looks ok!

  7. 12.15.18
    Ada said:

    Hi Dr,
    I am wondering if the below ingredients suitable for pregnancy lady?

    This is my everyday cleanser ingredients:

    Water, Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Laurie Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycery Stearate, Yogurt Filtrate (TS7®️), Butylene Glycol, PEG-400, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, Trehalose, sodium methyl-cocoyl Taurate, TEA cocoyl Glutamate, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmitate, Phenoxyethonal, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Tetrasodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

    I have acne prone skin, been using prescribed topical from dematologist which includes RA cream 0.1% , topical neomycin cream and erythromycin 4% plus skinoren for my acne prone skin (which is under control)
    I have found out 4-5 weeks pregnant recently. And I stopped all these medicated creams immediately. Will it be harmful to my pregnancy ? And what other alternative solution that is safe to use for acne pregnant women?
    Thank you very much for your time.
    With Love,

    • 12.21.18
      15mins said:

      The cleanser looks ok. I would definitely stop the prescriptions immediately, most likely there won’t be any affects since you are so early and stopped right away. I would talk to your derm about what options there are. I do have an acne in pregnancy post, but some of the “in general to avoid” ingredients are ok with a doctor’s supervision.

      • 4.18.19
        Lia said:

        Hi doctor,

        Thank you for making this site. Could you please let me know this product is safe for pregnancy? (When i haven’t pregnant i usually just put a little bit on the problem skin) .
        Ponds acne solution gel
        Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Water, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid,d Lauric Acid, Glycol Distearate, Decyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Perfume, Menthol, Terpineol, DMDM Hydantoin, Salicylic Acid, Thymol, Polyquartenium-7, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Sulfate, CI 19140, CI 42090

        Thank you very much

        • 4.18.19
          15mins said:

          This isn’t safe due to the salicylic acid

  8. 12.20.18
    Ada said:

    Hi can you please advise if the below ingredients is safe for pregnancy ?

    Ingredients :
    Water, Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Laurie Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycery Stearate, Yogurt Filtrate (TS7®️), Butylene Glycol, PEG-400, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, Trehalose, sodium methyl-cocoyl Taurate, TEA cocoyl Glutamate, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmitate, Phenoxyethonal, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Tetrasodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

    • 12.21.18
      15mins said:

      This is fine

  9. 12.23.18
    Melissa said:

    Hi, and thank you so much for providing this website. Could you please let me know if these two products are safe?

    OLAY Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Fragrance-Free
    Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Niacinamide, Isopropyl Isostearate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Sodium Peg-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Fruit Extract, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyethylene, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Dimethiconol, Polyacrylamide, Peg-100 Stearate, Propylparaben, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, C12-13 Pareth-3, Laureth-7, Sodium Hydroxide, Mica.

    LANCÔME Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Lifting And Firming Eye Cream
    Aqua / Water / Eau, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Alcohol Denat., Squalane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Paraffinum Liquidum / Mineral Oil / Huile Minerale, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-20 Stearate, Cera Alba / Beeswax / Cire Dabeille, Octyldodecanol, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 16035 / Red 40, CI 19140 / Yellow 5, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Mica, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/ Black Tea Ferment, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Caffeine, Silica, Polyacrylamide, Chlorphenesin, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Polyethylene, Dimethiconol, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline, Paraffin, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Citronellol, Laureth-7, Coumarin, Parfum / Fragrance.

    • 12.26.18
      15mins said:

      Olay is ok, the Lancome is not.

  10. 1.5.19
    Sammie said:

    Hi Doctor,
    I’m thinking of purchasing the Foreo Espada https://www.foreo.com/espada which is Blue Light Acne Treatment with Laser-precision Targeting. However you mentioned that you couldn’t use the Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask so I guess this wouldn’t work as well?
    Thank you so much for all of your work and thank God that I found you and your site.
    Have a great day.

    • 1.5.19
      15mins said:

      I would avoid this during pregnancy, sorry!

  11. 3.8.19
    Justine said:

    Hi Doc! Im planning to use the Mario Badescu Drying lotion. If its not safe, is it not to be used all throughout pregnancy? Big thanks!

    Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
    Isopropyl Alcohol, Aqua (Water, Eau), Calamine, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Sulfur, Camphor, Talc, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid,

    • 3.8.19
      15mins said:

      It’s already mentioned on the Mario Badescu pregnancy safety page under not safe, which applies for your entire pregnancy, sorry! It is a great product.

  12. 3.10.19
    fiorella said:

    HI! is a chlorophyll face mask safe during pregnancy? it only contains chlorophyll..
    thank you so much for all your help!

    • 3.10.19
      15mins said:

      I don’t think chlorophyll would do anything for acne truthfully, I don’t know that it does anything for the skin? But I think if that’s really all that was in it you’ll be ok.

  13. 3.14.19
    Katherine said:


    Can you please let me know if the COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch are safe to use? I’ve listed out the ingredients below.

    Cellulose gum, Styrene Isoprene Styrene Block Copolymer, Polysobutylene, Petroleum Resin, Polyurethane Film, Liquid Paraffin, Tetrakis Methane.

    Thank you!

    • 3.14.19
      15mins said:

      The Tetrakis Methane isn’t something that I (or many others online) have been able to find any information on. We have no idea what it is or if it is safe.

  14. 3.16.19
    Justine said:

    Hi Doc! CosRX has released a new spot cream for pimples and I was wondering if it was safe for pregnancy? It doesnt have the usual salicylic acid so Im keeping my fingers crossed for this. Thanks!

    Cos RX AC Spot cream
    Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Glycerine, Zinc Oxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Betaine, Polysorbate 60, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Calamine, Dimethicone, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Ethyl Hexanediol, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid

    • 3.16.19
      15mins said:

      It looks ok to me! Let me know if it works 🙂

      • 3.16.19
        Justine said:

        Awesome! Its a new product so not much reviews yet. But I will definitely get back to you once Ive tried it! Thanks!

  15. 3.22.19
    Kristen said:

    Are these Renee rouleau products safe? Thank you!!

    Anti bump solution

    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

    Balancing skin tonic
    Water, Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Niacinamide, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Canarium Commune (Elemi) Oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Oil, Triethanolamine

    Elderberry soothing toner
    Water, Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Citric Acid, Polysorbate-20, Phenoxyethanol,

    • 3.27.19
      15mins said:

      These are ok, though is the entire Elderberry toner list there? It ends in a comma, just making sure!

  16. 4.3.19
    Loriann L said:


    First of all… I want you to know you are a godsend! There is soo much conflicting information out there on this topic and you have helped me tremendously!

    I was wondering about Acnomel…

    Active Ingredients: Resorcinol (2%), Sulfur (8%). Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol (15% w/w), Bentonite, Carbopol, Fragrance, Iron Oxides, Octoxynol-9, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Water.

    Thanks so much,


    • 4.3.19
      15mins said:

      looks ok

      • 5.2.19
        Loriann Lang said:

        Thanks a billion!

  17. 5.1.19
    austin said:

    hi, can you provide more information as to why topical licorice root should be avoided in pregnancy? I am reading that it is okay, but saw that the Ole Henricksen creams that contain licorice root should be avoided on your page. Want to make sure I am making the right decision! thank you.

    • 5.1.19
      15mins said:

      Please refer to my page on ingredients to avoid during pregnancy. It’s more an overall concern among a lot of derm and OBs in groups that I’m in, they recommend avoidance because of the mechanism of action.

  18. 5.31.19
    Oly said:

    Hello, and thank you for everything you do!

    I wanted to ask if the following are safe during pregnancy:

    SUNDAY RILEY – Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask (some articles mention sulfur is not safe)
    Water, Sulfur, Isoamyl Laurate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Niacinamide, Gum Arabic, Bentonite, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Olive Oil Glyceryth-8 Esters, Zinc PCA, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate,, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka) Branch/Leaf Oil, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Amber Powder, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract, Quartz, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Alcohol Denat., Chlorphenesin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylyl Glycol.

    Foreo UFO Device (https://www.foreo.com/ufo?v=1525) and the masks you need to use with it, specifically the following:

    FOREO – Call It A Night Activated Mask
    Water, Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Betaine, Carbomer, Arginine, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dipropylene Glycol, Fragrance, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 60, Crataegus Oxyacantha Fruit Extract, Gelidium Cartilagineum Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract.

    FOREO – Youth Junkie Activated Mask
    Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Decyl Cocoate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Carnosine, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Panthenol, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Glycereth-26, Hydroxyacetophenone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Tromethamine, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance.

    FOREO – Make My Day Activated Mask
    Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dipropylene Glycol, Fragrance, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 60, Butylene Glycol, Gelidium Cartilagineum Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Sprout Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate.

    • 5.31.19
      15mins said:

      Please refer to my post on pregnancy safe products from Sunday Riley. Sulfur is fine as long as you aren’t allergic.
      I’m not sure if the Foreo UFO is safe during pregnancy. We say to avoid electrocurrent facials while pregnant. I would think the warming and cooling are ok, I’m not sure about the sonic thing, if it involves electrocurrent.
      The first and third mask are ok, the 2nd has licorice root (ok for nursing but not pregnancy)

      • 12.1.20
        Elise Chambers said:

        and another one:

        The Foreo UFO Manuka Honey Mask

        Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Honey Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Panthenol, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Betaine, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Parfum/Fragrance, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Threonine, Valine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Cysteine, Methionine

        • 12.1.20
          Christine said:

          Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

          • 12.27.20
            Elise said:

            Thank you so much!

          • 12.29.20
            Elise said:

            Hi Christine,
            I was curious about the other Foreo UFO masks too since some of those may be good for hormonal acne during pregnancy and nursing (sorry for the long list and thank you so much again for your help!):

            1. Matte Maniac:
            INGREDIENTS: Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Methyl propanediol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Charcoal Powder, Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Saussurea Involucrata Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol, Parfum/ Fragrance,
            1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Chlorphenesin

            2. H2Overdose:
            INGREDIENTS: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Decyl Cocoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Ceramide 3, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Diglycerin, Hydroxyacetophenone,
            Panthenol, Allantoin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Tromethamine, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate,
            Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Parfum/Fragrance, Glucose, Hydrogenated Lecithin

            3. Glow addict
            Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Diglycerin, Decyl Cocoate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Panthenol, Allantoin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Tromethamine, Caprylic/Capric
            Glycerides, Niacinamide, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Xanthan Gum, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Fragrance(Parfum), Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Glucose, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pearl Extract

            4. Shimmer Freak
            Aqua/Water/Eau, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Caffeine, Vaccinium Macrocarpon(Cranberry) Fruit Mask, Allantoin, Panthenol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate,Hydroxyacetophenone, Chlorphenesin, Buthylene Glycol, Parfum/Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide(CI77891)

            5. Green Tea Purifying Mask
            Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Parfum/Fragrance, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract

          • 12.30.20
            Christine said:

            Ok for pregnancy and nursing: 1, 4

            Ok for nursing but not pregnancy:
            2, 3 and 5: licorice root

  19. 6.1.19
    Oly said:

    Hello! Could you please tell me if this cream is safe during pregnancy.

    DDF Clarifying Hydrator


    • 6.3.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok

  20. 6.6.19
    Cory said:

    I get facials often before pregnancy. Is it safe to get high frequency treatment, microdermabrasion etc? I probably have to tell my esthetician to not use salicylic acids as well.

    • 6.6.19
      15mins said:

      The high frequency treatments and most acids aren’t safe during facials. They also tend to use glycolic acid, ask for lactic acid based products instead.

  21. 10.22.19
    Pia said:

    Hi Doctor,
    I’ve read from some article that clindamycin is ok for acne treatment in pregnant women, is this true? I was thinking of getting the SOS(save our skin) Clindamycin topical solution but i couldnt find the ingredients anywhere. Here’s what i got:
    10grams of Clindamycin Phosphate

    Clindamycin 1% Topical Solution with Vitamin E is a topical antibiotic which contains an antioxidant used in the treatment of acne vulgaris. The combination of antibiotic and Vitamin E’s natural skin repairing substance is an innovation that can prevent, heal pimples/acne as well as acne skin lesions and scarring.

    Would this be sufficient to tell whether the product is safe to use or not?

    Also, from another article it says that neutrogena red and blue light therapy acne spot treatment(just like the neutrogena light therapy mask only that this one is pen type) is safe to use while pregnant since it does not emit UV radiation that could harm the baby. Whats your take on this?

    thanks in advance

    • 10.22.19
      15mins said:

      In the US Clindamycin isn’t over the counter and is available only by prescription. i would recommend discussing with your physician.

      As well, all light therapy is currently advised to be avoided during pregnancy, we don’t have data re: safety (though we think it is likely safe, but we reserve it for treatment of medical conditions with a more clear risk/benefit ratio). Neutrogena has come out and said not to use it while pregnant.

  22. 10.30.19
    Maggie said:

    All this information is SO helpful!

    What about biore strips (sorry if you’ve answered this, I searched the site and couldn’t find anything).

    Thank you!

    Polyquaternium-37, Silica, Water, Glycerin, Polysilicone-13, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Methylparaben.

    • 10.30.19
      15mins said:

      I would avoid these due to the licorice root extract (Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate), sorry! They’re fine for nursing though

      • 10.31.19
        Maggie said:

        Darn-but thank you!

  23. 11.7.19
    Faiza said:

    I am currently 5 weeks pregnant and using face cream which goes by the name Glow Max by AsraDerm… I want to know whether it is safe to use during pregnancy.. Here are the list of ingredients: Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Alpha Arbutin, Glabridine, Phenyl Ethyl Resorsinol, Vitamin (A, E, B3, B6), Octinoxate, Sulsiobenzone and Titanium Dioxide

    • 11.7.19
      15mins said:

      I wouldn’t use this while pregnant or nursing due to the arbutin. There are also chemical sunscreens to avoid and this doesn’t say what kind of Vitamin A is in the formulation, but that likely needs to be avoided as well.

  24. 12.12.19
    Allaine said:

    What will you recommend facial wash for pregnant women having an pregnancy acne like me
    Thank u

    • 12.12.19
      15mins said:

      I would use something basic and gentle to start with

  25. 12.13.19
    Monique said:

    Is the Marc Jacobs youth quake Moisturizer safe?
    INGREDIENTS: Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Water, Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polydecene, C14-22 Alcohols, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-100 Stearate, Isohexadecane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Dimethiconol, Opuntia Coccinellifera Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 80, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Mica, Fragrance, Sorbitan Oleate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glucose, Selenicereus Megalanthus Fruit Extract, Bromelain, Averrhoa Carambola Fruit Extract, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140)

    • 12.14.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok!

  26. 12.26.19
    Illa Afifuddin said:

    Hi Doctor. Thanks again for this insightful article above.

    I get really bad body acne, especially on my back and a bit on my chest. I would use Innisfree’s Bija Trouble Gel Cream and the body wash, however since i found out that i am pregnant, and came across your blog, i found out it has high salicylic acid.

    So i’ve tried to opt for an alternative solution and started using Petal Fresh Pure Purifying Tea Tree Bath & Shower Gel. Have two questions:

    1. Is using tea tree based products as body wash okay to use during pregnancy?
    2. Is the product i’m using for my body wash ok? The ingredients of my shower gel is as follows:

    Aqua (Water), Betaine (Derived from Sugar Beets), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate (Derived from Coconut), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (Derived from Coconut Oil), Ammonium Cocoyl Isethionate (Derived from Coconut Oil), Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (Derived from Cotton Fiber), *Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Derived from Coconut Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Glycerin (Derived from Vegetable Oil), *Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract, *Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, *Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, *Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, *Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, *Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, *Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Polysorbate-20 (Derived from Coconut Oil), Citric Acid (Derived from Citrus Fruit), Dehydroacetic Acid (Derived from Cane Sugar), Ethylhexylglycerin (Derived from Vegetable Oil), Sodium Chloride (Derived from Salt), **Fragrance. *Certified Organic Ingredients. **Natural Fragrance with Essential Oils.

    • 12.27.19
      15mins said:

      This product looks ok! Tea tree oil is fine while pregnant, even when used as a pure oil. In that case however, I would be cautious and not go overboard with use. A little spot check here and there. But in a product like this where it is a much smaller amount mixed in, I feel more comfortable with that.

      • 12.29.19
        Illa Afifuddin said:

        Thank you very much Doctor. Duly noted on the usage of Tea Tree Oil.

        Have a wonderful new year to you and your family!

  27. 1.18.20
    M said:

    Hi I was wondering whether SebaMed – Clear Face Antibacterial Cleansing Foam, would be safe during pregnancy? The foam`s active ingredient Montaline C40 combats bacteria and helps to prevent the formation of pimples and blackheads. For all forms of acne with inflamed pimples.

    Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betainamide MEA Chloride, Cocotrimonium Methosulfate, Lactic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol.

    Thanks in advance!

    • 1.18.20
      15mins said:

      This looks ok!

  28. 2.5.20
    Pearl Angora said:

    Hello Dr!

    Can i ask you regarding the usage of lemon juice for acne while pregnant?

    I mix a little bit of lemon juice and water, using q-tips and apply directly to the acne, leave it for 15-20 mins then wash it off. Is it safe ?

    Thank you so much!

    • 2.7.20
      15mins said:

      It should be ok, but I don’t think it would be very effective. I would probably say to avoid it more from the risk of phytophotodermatitis.

  29. 2.7.20
    Kelsey said:

    Hello, I was wondering if you could help me determine if Allies of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Sleeping Facial is safe during pregnancy. The ingredient list is:

    Active: Lactic Acid, Pyruvic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Octadecenedioic Acid (Dioic Acid), Collodial Silver.

    Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Niacinamide, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Octadecenedioic Acid, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Maltodextrin, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Propanediol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Organic), Silver, Tapioca Starch, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Mirabilis Jalapa Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract, Mel (Honey), Phospholipids, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sphingolipids, Rosmarinyl Glucoside, Caffeyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Caffeine, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Pyruvic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Lactic Acid, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus-Indica Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dicaprylyl Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Dextran, O-cymen-5-OL, Benzyl Alcohol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sodium Gluconate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

    • 2.7.20
      15mins said:

      This has a licorice root extract to avoid in pregnancy, as well as mandelic acid (an AHA). Ok for nursing.

  30. 2.20.20
    Ali said:

    Hello! Thank you for all that you do on your website! It is a wonderful resource. I wanted to ask about Noble Formula bar soap. The ingredients are 2% Pyrithione Zinc, saponified olive oil, saponified emu oil, and milled oats. Thank you!

    • 2.20.20
      15mins said:

      That’s fine 🙂

  31. 2.23.20
    Chevelle said:


    Firstly, let me just say that not all heroes wear capes! ( although I’m not entirely sure you don’t actually wear a cape..) thank you for the wealth of information and time you are providing.

    I’ve just removed Differin from my routine and have switched out for Azelaic Acid ( Azclear 20%). Is this a safe acne treatment while pregnant / nursing ?

    I’m not yet pregnant but planning to become so with persistent acne. Differin cleared it up, but Azelaic acid is supposed to be compatible with long term use.

    Thanks again!

    • 2.26.20
      15mins said:

      I can’t comment on that product without seeing an entire ingredient list, sorry.

  32. 3.4.20
    Alexis said:

    I have found my holy grail website!

    Is Garnier Skinactive refreshing gel-cream safe?

    Aqua/water, glycerin, alcohol denat., dimethicone, isononyl isononanoate, carbomer, dimethiconol, chlorphenesin, caprylyl glycol, sodium hydroxide, vitis vinfera extract/grapefruit extract, xanthan gum, tetrasodium EDTA, tocopheryl acetate, ascorbyl glycoside, menthoxypropanediol, magnesium gluconate.

    Thank you so much!

    • 3.4.20
      15mins said:

      This looks ok!

  33. 3.10.20
    EG said:

    is CVS brand beauty 360 deep cleansing pore strips ok?

    vp/va copolymer, water, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), butylene glycol, 1,2,-hexandiol lithium magnesium sodium silicate, glycerin, phenox-yethanol, ammonium acryloyldi-methyltaurate/vp copolymer, illicium verum (anise) fruit extract, silica, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)extract, aluminum hydroxide, peg-12 dimethicone, t-butyl alcohol, peg-12 allyl ether

    • 3.10.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok!

  34. 3.13.20
    Katrina said:

    Hey! Ive been reading and following your advices here about pregnancy. Its a really great help!
    Can i ask about disodium edta? Is it safe? Thanks 🙂

    • 3.13.20
      15mins said:

      It’s fine

  35. 4.18.20
    Alicia said:

    Hello Dr.

    I could not find on your site any where on your site about Avver Aglow except for a comment about the Clear Skin Elixer being ok to use during pregnancy. Could you review these products for me?

    1. Clarifying Hydration Dew

    Deionized Water, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Distillate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Serenoa Repens (Saw Palmetto) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract.

    2. Radiant Cleansing Nectar

    Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Deionized Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Matricaria Recutita Flower (Chamomile) Water, Crataegus Monogyna (Hawthorn) Fruit Extract, Helichrysum Italicum Distillate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Seed Oil, Colloidal Silver, Alcohol, Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil.’

    3. Flawless Nourishment Cream

    Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Astrocaryum Tucuma Seed Butter, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil.

    Thank you so much

    • 4.18.20
      15mins said:

      All of these look ok to me!

  36. 5.8.20
    Arsh said:

    Is the Lush Grease Lightning Spot treatment Safe?

    Thyme, Rosemary and Tea Tree Infusion Water (Aqua) Aloe Vera Gel Fresh Sea Water Grape Juice Carrageenan Extract Lavender Oil Witch Hazel Extract *Limonene Perfume Methylparaben

    • 5.8.20
      15mins said:

      Ok for pregnancy and nursing

  37. 6.12.20
    wendy said:


    I’m so great I found your website. It really helps a lot!
    I have severe acne problem and have to use a korean spot treatment cream.
    I’m wondering is it safe for pregnancy?

    Brand : Chica Y chico – Tota-S 3.0
    Water, Butylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, Totarol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Panthenol, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Ethoxydiglycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract

    • 6.12.20
      15mins said:

      It has licorice root, so I would avoid in pregnancy but ok for nursing
      If it is severe acne I would talk to your OB, under some circumstances we’ll still use salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide

  38. 6.17.20
    Megan said:

    Hi there , wondering if allies of skin moisturizer is safe during pregnancy, here is a list of the full ingredients. Thanks so much for your time 🙂

    Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isononyl Isononanoate, Caffeine, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Niacinamide, Lactobacillus Ferment, Cetearyl Olivate, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Marrubium (Horehound) Vulgare Extract, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-40, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8, Hydrolyzed Verbascum Thapsus Flower, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Teprenone, Phospholipids, Hyaluronic Acid, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Sphingolipids, Astaxanthin, Bisabolol (L-alpha), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Honey (Mel), Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ceramide NP, Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (Spin Trap), Tocopherol (D-alpha), Glutathione (L), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Ergothioneine (L), Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Sorbitan Olivate, Benzimidazole Diamond Amidoethyl Urea Carbamoyl Propyl Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Mica, Dextran, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ethylhexylglycerin, Isohexadecane, Maltodextrin, Polysorbate 80, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sorbitan Oleate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Glycolate, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, O-cymen-5-OL

    • 6.17.20
      Christine said:

      I’m not sure if the cell culture extract is a stem cell culture or not. My concerns about that are here: skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy, otherwise it is ok for pregnancy and nursing.

      • 6.17.20
        Megan said:

        Thanks so so much, while waiting I was looking at a few ingredients and horehound was one that apparently isn’t safe is this just if it’s a pure form or even if it’s in a cream I can’t use it ? 🙁

        Thanks again !!

        • 6.17.20
          Christine said:

          Horehound isn’t an ingredient that is worried about by the medical community. If you google too much, there are random “natural” blogs that have claims about many different ingredients, but the medical community doesn’t have those same concerns.

  39. 6.19.20
    Kayla Hernandez said:

    Hi ! One product I have been looking all over the place doesn’t seem to have any reviews on its safety. I have concerns on if the Aztec secret Indian clay mask is pregnancy safe.

    Ingredients: 100% calcium bentonite clay

    Apple cider Vinegar or water to form paste is added

    • 6.20.20
      Christine said:

      Yes, it’s ok for pregnancy and nursing

  40. 6.22.20
    Cinzia said:

    Hi! I was wondering if Purlisse WATERMELON + CHARCOAL PURIFYING CLEANSER is safe? Thanks!!!

    Water (Aqua), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Panthenol, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Raspberry Ketone, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Charcoal Powder, Maltodextrin, Fragrance (Parfum)

    • 6.23.20
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for pregnancy and nursing

  41. 7.23.20
    Lisa said:


    This website is amazing! Could you please tell if these produucts are safe enough to use in pregnancy?
    Thanks so much!

    Sond Cream slate cleanser
    Aqua, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sucrose Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Coco-glucoside, Coconut Alcohol, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Parfum; Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

    Sond day cream

    Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Squalane, Sodium Bicarbonate, Saccharide Isomerate, Stearyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Citrate, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum Flower Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Powder, Tocopherol, Maltodextrin, Myristyl Myristate, Benzyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance)

    Sond serum

    Aqua (Water), Pentylene Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Saccharide Isomerate, Silica, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum Flower Extract, Glycerin, Squalane, Tocopherol, Maltodextrin, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance)

    • 7.24.20
      Christine said:

      All 3 look ok for pregnancy and nursing

  42. 7.23.20
    Caroline said:

    Hi! I’m using the R+F Umblemish Face Mask. Are these ingredients safe?

    Complete Ingredient List:
    INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Butylene Glycol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Phaeodactylum Tricornutum Extract, Algin, Naringenin, Simethicone, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Crosspolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Mannitol, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Polysorbate 20, Ultramarines (CI 77007), 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, T-Butyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Barium Sulfate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Red 30 (CI 73360), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

    • 7.23.20
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

  43. 9.11.20
    swathi said:

    Hi Doc , Can i use the below product for breakout ?

    Thanks !!

    Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion

    Ingredients :
    Isopropyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Zinc Oxide, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Allantoin, Biotin, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Pyridoxine HCl, Propylene Carbonate.

  44. 9.11.20
    swathi said:

    Hi Doc , can i use the below product during pregnancy ?
    Thanks Doc !!!

    Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips
    Ingredients :
    Polyquaternium-37, Silica, Water, Glycerin, Polysilicone-13, Iron Oxides/Ci 77499, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Menthol, Charcoal Powder, Styrene/Stearyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer.

    • 9.12.20
      Christine said:

      Yes, this is fine for pregnancy and nursing.

  45. 10.29.20
    Rosie said:

    Hi there, your website is incredible! I have tried to look on your website for this, appologies if I’ve missed it. I have bad blackheads on my nose and have tea tree nose lore strips, are these safe for me to use when 36 weeks pregnant? Here are the ingredients:

    Vinyl Caprolactam/VP/Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Aqua, ‬‭Silica, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, ‬‭Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) ‬‭Extract, CI 77891, CI 42090.‬‬‬‬‬‬

    So grateful to you x

    • 10.29.20
      Christine said:

      These have licorice root. Ok for nursing but not pregnancy
      You can do an at home pore strip!

  46. 11.18.20
    Hidah said:

    Hi Dr,

    I was wondering if this product is safe for pregnancy. Thanks for your amazing help 😊

    Sebamed Clear Face Anti-Pimple Gel

    Aqua, Alcohol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Hamamelis virginiana bark/leaf extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Cucumis sativus fruit extract, Chloroxylenol, Caramel, Citric Acid, Sodium Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

    • 11.18.20
      Christine said:

      This is fine for pregnancy and nursing

  47. 1.24.21
    Teresa said:

    Hello, Thank you for all that you do for the pregnant and nursing community. I am currently nursing and considering having another baby right away. I had a lot of pimples in my pregnancy and still have a lot while nursing. I am looking for a more “natural” skin care line and was hoping you could review this line. Thanks in advance.

    Vitamin C Facial Cleanser – Aqua, Coco Glucoside, Vegetable Glycerin, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lactobacillus Ferment, Theobroma Cocoa (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Kaolin Clay, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Baking Soda (Aluminum Free), Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).

    Vitamin C Facial Spritz -Aqua, Rosa Canina (Rosehip Extract), Lactobacillus Ferment, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Mangifera Indica (Mango Extract), Psidium Guajava (Guava Extract), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea Extract), Ferulic Acid.

    Vitamin C Exfoliate Fizz-Kaolin Clay, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Pumice, Baking Soda (Aluminum Free).

    Facial Moisture Absolute -Olive Squalane, Scierocarya Birrea (Marula Oil), Punica Geranium (Pomegranate Oil), Argania Spinosa (Argan Oil), Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract.

    Hyaluronic Serum-Aqua, Lactobacillus Ferment (Probiotics), Sodium Alginate, Olive Squalane, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Sambucus Nigra Fruit (Elderberry) Extract, Citric Acid.

    • 1.24.21
      Christine said:

      These are all fine for pregnancy and nursing

      • 1.24.21
        Teresa said:

        Thanks again!

  48. 2.6.21
    Jamie said:

    Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this site. It is a godsend! I’ve read all the comments so hope I didn’t miss one for END ZIT? Thank you again!


    Water, Zinc Oxide, Isopropyl Alcohol, Colloidal Sulfur, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Camphor, Talc, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben; May Contain Iron Oxides.

    • 2.6.21
      Christine said:

      This looks ok for pregnancy and nursing 🙂

      • 2.6.21
        Jamie said:

        Amazing, thank you so much! I appreciate it so much. For all the mamas to be struggling with acne, this stuff works amazing for me! And its tinted so it conceals while its working. I’m so happy I can keep using it. Thanks again!

  49. 4.8.21
    Loren Siegel said:

    Hi, curious if the Shiffali Volcanic Ash & Sage Facial Earth Mask is pregnancy safe.

    Water, Glycerin, Bentonite (Volcanic Ash), Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Curcuma Longa (Turmeric), Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sorbitol, Solum Fullonum (Indian Fuller’S Earth, Multani Mitti), Organic Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Organic Santalum Album (Sandalwood), Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone

    Product contains the following: Seed

    Thank you!

    • 4.8.21
      Christine said:

      Safe for pregnancy and nursing

  50. 4.11.21
    Nicole said:


    Are acne patches pregnancy safe? For example, the power patches from Dime or the hydrocolloid acne patches from Rael Beauty? Thank you.

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