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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Dr Barbara Sturm

Can you use Dr Barbara Sturm when you're pregnant?

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 Dr Barbara Sturm as of 11/1/2020. 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 Dr Barbara Sturm

Anti-Aging Primer (at Sephora)
Anti-Pollution Drops (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Baby & Kids Bathing Milk (at Nordstrom)
Baby & Kids Body Cream (at Nordstrom)
Baby & Kids Face Cream (at Nordstrom)
Baby & Kids Hair & Body Shampoo (at Nordstrom)
Balancing Toner (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Brightening Face Cream (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Brightening Face Lotion (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Brightening Serum (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Calming Serum (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Clarifying Face Cream (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Clarifying Mask (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Clarifying Serum (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Clarifying Spot Treatment- Tinted (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Clarifying Spot Treatment- Untinted (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Darker Skin Tones Enzyme Cleanser (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Darker Skin Tones Face Cream (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Darker Skin Tones Face Cream Rich (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Darker Skin Tones Hyaluronic Serum (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Enzyme Cleanser (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Eye Cream (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Face Cream (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Face Cream Light (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Face Cream Rich (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Face Mask (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Face Mask Sachet Box (at Sephora)
Glow Drops (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Hyaluronic Ampoules (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Hyaluronic Serum (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Hydrating Face Mist (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Lifting Serum (at Sephora)
Lip Balm (at Nordstrom, Sephora)
Night Ampoules
Night Serum (at NordstromSephora)
Scalp Serum (at Nordstrom)
Ski Cream (at Sephora)
Super Anti-Aging Serum (at Nordstrom, Sephora)

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

Anti-Aging Body Cream (at Nordstrom, Sephora): Salicylate
Cleanser (at Nordstrom, Sephora): Salicylic Acid
Darker Skin Tones Foam Cleanser (at Nordstrom, Sephora): Salicylic Acid
Sun Drops (at Nordstrom, Sephora): Chemical Sunscreen

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.

Facial Scrub (at Nordstrom): Retinoid

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  1. 5.15.19
    Kaye said:

    I’d love to try Dr Barbara Sturm and see that you’ve categorized most of its products as safe. However, I just read that Purslane is rich in Vitamin A. I know Vitamin A should be avoided during pregnancy. What’s your insight on this?

    • 5.15.19
      15mins said:

      Please refer to my post on pregnancy ingredients to avoid during pregnancy. Purslane has the exact same discussion as Rosehip Oil. Basically I think it is fine as do OBs I have talked to, but if you feel it makes you nervous then I would avoid it.

  2. 12.21.19
    Amanda said:

    Hi Doctor,

    I really like the acne treatment line from Dr. Sturm, and I’m curious to know your thoughts on the ingredients. Keeping pregnancy acne at bay has been, at best, a stalemate…

    Thank you very much!

    DR. BARBARA STURM Clarifying Serum:

    -Extract of Albatrellus Ovinus: Reduces discomfort and alleviates skin sensitivity and redness, for an instant calming effect.
    -Bistort Root Extract: Provides the appearance of a radiant complexion
    -Hyaluronic Acid: Leaves the skin looking refreshed and radiant.

    Water (Aqua), Propanediol, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Zinc PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Albatrellus Ovinus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexylene Glycol, Polygonum Bistorta Root Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol.

    DR BARBARA STURM Clarifying Spot Treatment:


    • 12.22.19
      15mins said:

      Both are ok! I just updated the post with the new products.

  3. 1.6.20
    Taylor said:

    hi! Just wondering why the super anti aging serum from Barbra strum is pregnancy safe? I assumed any anti aging wouldn’t be great so just wanted further clarification before I use it. Thank you, love your page and am so appreciate of you as a resource.

  4. 2.27.20
    KT said:

    Hi! I am worried about the pregnancy safety of the new lifting serum from Dr. Barbara Sturm:

    Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Pullulan, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Magnesium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Plankton Extract.

    • 2.28.20
      15mins said:

      Looks fine

  5. 5.21.20
    Plern Bonython said:

    Hi, thank you for this information. Could you please let us know if Barbara Sturm’s Night serum is pregnancy safe?

    • 5.21.20
      15mins said:

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

      • 5.22.20
        Plern Bonython said:

        Hello, here is the full ingredient list for Dr. Barbara Sturm’s night serum:

        Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Magnesium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Xanthan Gum, Onopordum Acanthium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Senna Alata Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Phragmites Kharka Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Plankton Extract, Sodium Hydroxide.

        • 5.23.20
          15mins said:

          This is fine for pregnancy and nursing

          • 8.26.20
            Brittany said:

            Thank you endlessly for this powerhouse of resources. Just wondering— glycolic acid should be avoided, but butylene glycol is ok?

          • 8.26.20
            Christine said:

            Yes, it’s far enough away chemically that it’s considered ok.

  6. 10.19.20
    K N said:


    Dr. Barbara Sturm just launched a new product and I would love if you could review it for pregnancy safety!

    Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Primer

    Aqua/Water/Eau, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Lactobacillus/ Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phytic Acid, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Tin Oxide, Sodium Benzoate, Fructose, Glycine, Inositol, Lactic Acid, Niacinamide, Urea, Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

    Thank you so much! Your website is my most valued resource!!


    • 10.19.20
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for pregnancy and nursing! let me know how you like it, I’m just starting with her serums 🙂

  7. 2.10.21
    kat said:

    Hi Doctor,

    I really like Dr. Sturm, and I’m curious to know your thoughts on her new product The Good C Vitamin C Serum.

    Thank you!!

    Active Ingredients:
    Vitamin C THD, Kakadu Plum, Vitamin C Glucoside, Olive Leaf Extract, Zinc, Aloe Vera, Purslane Extract, Apricot Kernel Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Sunflower Oil, Vitamin E

    Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Lactobacillus / Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Prunus Armeniaca (apricot) Kernel Oil, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Olea Europe (olive) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Leuconostoc / Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Zinc PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Gylcerides, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Xanthum Gum, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Sodium Sulfite, Ethylhexylgycerin, Sclerotiu, Gum, Tocopherol

    • 2.10.21
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

      • 2.11.21
        Kat said:

        Thank you so much!

  8. 2.27.21
    J said:

    Hi! I’m not sure if your current review of the Darker Skin Tones – Hyaluronic Serum includes the reformulated version? Listing ingredients below! Thank you!

    ” In this reformulated version, Lumicol adds a boost of radiance to the original formula, resulting in a smoother and more even skin tone.”

    Water (aqua), butylene glycol, Lactobacillus/portulaca oleracea ferment extract, glycerin, sea water (maris aqua), Phenoxyethanol, sodium hyaluronate, ethylhexylglycerin, potassium sorbate, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, hydrolyzed algae extract, citric acid

    • 2.27.21
      Christine said:

      It’s fine for pregnancy and nursing, I’m pretty sure it said reformulated the last time I looked at it.

      • 2.27.21
        J said:

        Thank you for checking!

  9. 3.16.21
    Aisha said:

    I remember that The glow drops were listed as Not safe for pregnancy, okay for nursing a while back on your website. Any reason for the reordering?

    • 3.16.21
      Christine said:

      There are sometimes reformulations. I recently started the list from scratch (that’s always the date listed in the middle of the post). I don’t even look at the old list (since it could influence me). Instead I have a brand new list open and go through all of the products all over again. While I add new products or adjust things all the time if there are reformulations that I learn about, I do try to go through the brands every 12-24 months if I can, just to make sure I’ve caught any changes. I don’t remember what what the problem ingredient before with that product, but the most recent review it was ok.

  10. 4.21.21
    Sarah said:

    Hi Doctor,
    Could you please review the Barbara Sturm Rich Cream:

    Purslane Extract, Skullcap, Urea, Vitamin E, Panthenol, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Corn Oil, Olive Oil, Glycerine

    Thank you so much!!

    • 4.22.21
      Christine said:

      Safe for pregnancy and nursing

  11. 5.7.21
    RS said:

    Hello, would you please review the new Super Anti-Aging Face Cream?
    Thank you!

    Aqua/Water/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Decyl Oleate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Pentylene Glycol, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceramide NP, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polygonum Bistorta Root Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Plankton Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, C12-16 Alcohols, Palmitic Acid, Squalane, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Teprenone, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Pantolactone, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid.

    • 5.7.21
      Christine said:

      This is fine for pregnancy and nursing

  12. 8.17.21
    Anastasiia said:

    Thank you a lot for all You are doing!!!
    I am back with my questions))
    Can You, please, tell if this V wash is safe?
    Pre- and Probiotics, Lactic Acid, Panthenol, Glycerine, Hyaluronic Acid, Purslane Extract
    Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Coco-Glucoside, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Lactitol, Xylitol, Pantolactone, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid.

    • 8.17.21
      Anastasiia said:

      Hello, again!!!
      Wanted to ask in addition to my previous question, do you know really good and safe vaginal washes while pregnant? Thank so so so much!!!

      • 8.18.21
        Christine said:

        OB strongly recommends avoiding vaginal douches while pregnant, I believe there’s an increased incidence of premature birth due to infection. Exterior washes are ok.

    • 8.18.21
      Christine said:

      Safe for pregnancy and nursing.
      Check out the Osea V Cleanse, that one is also safe and cheaper.

      • 8.18.21
        Anastasiia said:

        Thank You so MUCH!!!!

      • 8.18.21
        Anastasiia said:

        Thank you a LOT again!!
        Wanted to ask as well about V drops
        Pre- and Probiotics, Ruby Stone Powder, Prickly Pear Extract, Gurmar Plant Extract, White Lupine, Quince Extract, Lactic Acid, Glycerine, Hyaluronic Acid, Purslane Extract, Biosaccharides
        Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Garcinia Mangostana Peel Extract, Gymnema Sylvestre Leaf Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Ruby Powder, Pentylene Glycol, Lactitol, Xylitol, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol Denat., Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Maltodextrin.
        I want to try to use it as I am doing waxing and the time before last I got a horrible irritation when the lady did me Brazil.
        I also want to hear your opinion about waxing while pregnant? Is it safe?
        Thank you a lot again!!!

        • 8.18.21
          Christine said:

          These are also fine for pregnancy and nursing.
          Waxing should be ok while pregnant, but I’ve heard it’s definitely more irritating then. Might need to take a break, sorry!

          • 8.18.21
            Anastasiia said:

            Thank you so much!!!

  13. 9.5.21
    Anastasiia said:

    Hello! Wanted to ask You about Aloe Vera from Barbara Sturm

    Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Aqua/Water/Eau, Betaine, Panthenol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Xanthan Gum, Gellan Gum, Pantolactone, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid.

    Thank You so much!!!

    • 9.6.21
      Christine said:

      Safe for pregnancy and nursing

  14. 9.24.21

    Hello I believe the foaming cleanser and facial scrub are now safe. I read the active ingredients on the website and it looks like they removed the ones you have listed, is this correct? I reached out to them as well and they said both were safe to use when pregnant.

    • 9.25.21
      Christine said:

      I’m in the US, which may alter things some. We likely have different ingredients than you have in Greece. In addition, you need to look at the full ingredients, not just the active ingredients on a product. In the US the brands can just call out whatever they want for that, but there are sometimes still ingredients to avoid in the full ingredients. The brand’s website does NOT feature the full ingredient list in the US.

      The Cleanser is this (per Sephora), note Salicylic Acid is still present.
      Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Panthenol, Urea, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Salicylic Acid, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Tocopherol, Pantolactone, Sodium Benzoate.

      The Scrub is this (per Nordstrom), note the retinoid is Retinyl Palmitate, which is present.
      Water (Aqua), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Octyldodecanol, Polyethylene, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sorbitol, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Shell Powder, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Pantolactone, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydrolyzed Silk, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Tocopherol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben.

      This discussion may be helpful for you:
      Why does X Brand say this product is safe but you don’t think it is safe? (or Vice Versa)

      Note, the retinoid is the #1 ingredient to avoid in pregnancy as it has the most evidence behind it for avoidance. Stating that ingredient would be ok for pregnancy is a big concern.

  15. 10.17.21

    What about Sturm Good C?

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