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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 12/22/2019. 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 Dr Barbara Sturm

Anti-Pollution Drops
Baby & Kids Bathing Milk
Baby & Kids Body Cream
Baby & Kids Face Cream
Baby & Kids Hair & Body Shampoo
Balancing Toner
Brightening Face Cream
Brightening Face Lotion
Brightening Serum
Calming Serum
Clarifying Face Cream
Clarifying Mask
Clarifying Serum
Clarifying Spot Treatment- Tinted
Clarifying Spot Treatment- Untinted
Darker Skin Tones Enzyme Cleanser
Darker Skin Tones Face Cream
Darker Skin Tones Face Cream Rich
Darker Skin Tones Hyaluronic Serum
Enzyme Cleanser
Eye Cream
Face Cream for Women
Face Cream Light
Face Cream Rich for Women
Face Mask
Glow Drops
Hyaluronic Ampoules
Hyaluronic Serum
Hydrating Face Mist
Lip Balm
Super Anti-Aging Serum

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

Anti-Aging Body Cream: Salicylate
Cleanser: Salicylic Acid
Darker Skin Tones Foam Cleanser: Salicylic Acid
Sun Drops: 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: Retinoid

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14 Comments

  1. 5.15.19
    Kaye said:

    Hello,
    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:

    AQUA/WATER/EAU, POLYGLYCERYL-, 3 POLYRICINOLEATE, TALC, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DICAPRYLYL ETHER, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, ZINC OXIDE, PROPANEDIOL, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, OCOGLYCERIDES, NIACINAMIDE, SIMMONDSIA, CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, PANTHENOL, CERA ALBA/BEESWAX/CIRE, DE ABEILLE, CETYL PALMITATE, MAGNESIUM, STEARATE, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA/MICROCRYSTALLINE, WAX/CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE, TOCOPHERYL, ACETATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, MELALEUCA, ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF OIL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CITRIC ACID, BIOFLAVONOIDS, LIMONENE, LECITHIN, ASCORBYL, PALMITATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PANTOLACTONE, GLYCERYL OLEATE, TITANIUM, DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES, (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499).

    • 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:

    Ingredients:
    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.