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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from CeraVe

Pregnancy Safe Skincare from CeraVe

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 CeraVe as of 8/14/2020. 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 and Nursing Safe Products from CeraVe

Baby Healing Ointment
Baby Moisturizing Cream
Baby Moisturizing Lotion
Baby Wash & Shampoo
Daily Moisturizing Lotion (at ULTA, Target)
Diabetics’ Dry Skin Relief Moisturizing Cream
Diabetics Dry Skin Relief Moisturizing Hand and Foot Cream (at Target)
• Eczema Body Wash (at ULTA)
Eczema Creamy Oil (at ULTA)
• Eczema Soothing Creamy Oil (at Target): Note, it appears this is very slightly different than the Eczema Creamy Oil.
Eye Repair Cream (at ULTA, Target)
Foaming Facial Cleanser (at ULTA, Target)
Healing Ointment (at ULTA, Target)
Hydrating Body Wash
Hydrating Cleanser Bar for Dry to Normal Skin (at Target)
Hydrating Facial Cleanser (at ULTA, Target)
Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum (at ULTA, Target)
Hydrating Micellar Water (at ULTA)
Itch Relief Moisturizing Cream (at ULTA, Target)
Itch Relief Moisturizing Lotion (at ULTA, Target)
Makeup Removing Cleanser Cloths (at ULTA, Target)
Moisturizing Cream (at ULTA, Target)
PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion (at ULTA, Target)
Skin Renewing Gel Oil (at ULTA)
Skin Renewing Night Cream (at ULTA, Target)
Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum (at ULTA, Target)
Soothing Body Wash
Therapeutic Hand Cream

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser (at ULTA): Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycolic Acid
AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 (at ULTA, Target): Chemical Sunscreen
Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF 45: Saliyclate
Diabetics’ Dry Skin Relief Cleansing Wash: Salicylic Acid
Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser: Salicylic Acid
Hydrating Sunscreen Body Lotion SPF 30 (at ULTA): Salicylate
Hydrating Sunscreen Body Lotion SPF 50 (at ULTA): Salicylate
Hydrating Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 30 (at Target): Salicylate
Hydrating Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50 (at ULTA, Target): Salicylate
Hydrating Sunscreen Face Sheer Tint SPF 30 (at ULTA): Salicylic Acid and Salicylic Acid Derivative
Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50: Salicylate
Psoriasis Cleanser (at Target): Salicylic Acid, Gluconolactone
Psoriasis Moisturizing Cream (at Target): Salicylic Acid
Renewing SA Cleanser (at ULTA, Target): Salicylic Acid
Renewing SA Foot Cream: Salicylic Acid
SA Body Wash for Rough & Bumpy Skin: Salicylic Acid, Gluconolactone
SA Cream For Rough & Bumpy Skin (at ULTA, Target): Salicylic Acid
SA Lotion For Rough & Bumpy Skin (at ULTA, Target): Salicylic Acid
Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 (at ULTA): 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.

Resurfacing Retinol Serum (at ULTA, Target): Retinoid, Licorice Root
Skin Renewing Day Cream SPF 30 (at ULTA, Target): Retinoid, Chemical Sunscreen
Skin Renewing Retinol Serum (at ULTA, Target): Retinoid

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  1. 3.22.19
    Johanna said:

    Where can I find your criteria? Can you link to it if too long/complicated to list here? Thank you for making these lists!!!

  2. 3.24.19
    Millie said:

    Dear Dr., could you please advise if I can use CeraVe Ultra-Light moisturing Lotion SPF 30. Here is the ingredients:
    Active ingredient: homosalate; Octisalate; Avobenzone; Octocrylene
    Inactive ingredient: Aqua, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Citric Acid, t-Butyl Alcohol, Ceramide NP, Phenoxyethanol, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosline, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Ethylhexylgylycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide EOP

    • 3.27.19
      15mins said:

      No, it was left off of the list due to the chemical sunscreens

  3. 3.31.19
    Joanna said:

    So I have a question about PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion marked above as safe. It contains methylparaben and propylparaben so is it still safe to use it during pregnancy? I’ve been using it during my 1st trimester because I found it to be safe, but later I’ve read that methylparaben and propylparaben are hazardous. So I’m confused and worry about my baby.

    • 3.31.19
      15mins said:

      The medical community considers parabens safe. Please refer to my post on ingredients to avoid during pregnancy for more information. If you are concerned you can avoid them, but I don’t screen products with parabens out of my pregnancy safe criteria.

  4. 6.7.19
    Clarisa said:

    I read your article just now and I am pregnant for 6w 4d. I just learned that the sunscreen is not safe for pregnancy. I will stop using it right away but what will happen with my baby’s development if I have used it already? Any sunscreen recommendation? Thanks.

  5. 6.13.19
    Asma said:

    I’m in my first month pregnancy, and I’m using CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. I want to know if I can continue using it.

    Purified Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Niacinamide, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20 and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Phytosphingosine, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

    Best regards

    • 6.13.19
      15mins said:

      This is ok

  6. 6.15.19
    sadie said:


    I am looking for CeraVe’s Itch Relief Moisturizing Lotion. I don’t see it in your list.

    Thank you!

    • 6.15.19
      15mins said:

      I actually left those ones off due to the Pramoxine, I was waiting to hear from an OB friend about that ingredient. We can’t figure out if it is pregnancy safe or not, it’s a category C and the brand recommends talking to your OB. It is a somewhat unusual itch relief ingredient and not found in other topicals. I’d likely talk to your OB about an alternative.

      • 1.6.20
        Mary Kallmann said:

        Wondering the same thing but if it’s safe while breast feeding? Thanks!

        • 1.8.20
          15mins said:

          There’s no real safety info unfortunately. I’d discuss with your OB

  7. 7.21.19
    Amanda said:

    Hello, first of all thank you for doing this — it is so helpful and relieving to have your site as a resource! Also, would you be willing to review Glossier’s Lash Slick mascara when you have the chance? Ingredients are:
    Aqua/Water/Eau, Acrylates Copolymer, Alcohol, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, PEG-15 Glyceryl Stearate, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de Carnauba, Butylene Glycol, Kaolin, Pullulan, Behenyl Alcohol, Bentonite, Rayon, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Sucrose Distearate, VP/VA Copolymer, Nylon-6, Aminomethyl Propanol, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Silica, Panthenol, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain/Peut Contenir (±): CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77266 (Black 2).

  8. 8.6.19
    Jelena said:

    Dear 15 mins,

    I was wondering if you can tell me about this product: CeraVe Moisturising Lotion For Dry to Very Dry Skin:


    Link to the product: https://www.easyparapharmacie.co.uk/cerave-lait-hydratant-peaux-seches-a-tres-seches-236ml.html

    Many thanks in advance.

    Best regards,

    • 8.13.19
      15mins said:

      This is fine

  9. 10.24.19
    isa said:

    Can I use the Moisturizing Cream for Dry to Very Dry Skin? I couldn’t find it in your list.


    Thank you!!

    • 10.24.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok!

  10. 12.15.19
    Ashleigh Schenke said:

    Hello, First off – thanks for taking the time to do all this! I’ve referred to these pregnancy safe lists during my current pregnancy and it has been super helpful!

    I was wondering if “Cera Ve Daily Moisturizing Lotion for normal to dry skin” was pregnancy safe. Thanks in advance!

    Aqua / Water / Eau, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Potassium Phosphate, Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ap, Ceramide Eop, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Methylparaben, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cholesterol, Disodium Edta, Dipotassium Phosphate, Propylparaben, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate

    • 12.15.19
      15mins said:

      This is fine, it’s already listed above under safe

  11. 1.22.20
    Rachel said:

    Hi there I was just wondering if the serum I’m using is safe for pregnant it’s called simply pure serum and ingredients are: Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycereth-26, Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Boswellia Serrata Gum, Dipropylene Glycol, Allantoin, Sodium PCA, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Serine, Urea, Sorbitol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA. If you could kindly let me know thankyou!

    • 1.22.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok

  12. 2.8.20
    Havina said:

    hi Doc! are Niacinamide & Lactic Acid safe for pregnancy? thank you!

  13. 2.18.20
    Sahara Mannani said:

    Please can you tell me if Cerave Facial Moisturising Lotion Spf 25 is safe if pregnant.

    Ingredients: Aqua/water, Homosalate, Glycerin, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Niacinamide, Silica, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Stearic Acid, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Ammonium Polyacryloydimethyl Taurate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Tocopherol, SodiumLauroyl Lactylate, Myristic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceremide NP, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholester, Carbomer, Ethylhexyglycerin, Ceramide EOP.

    • 2.18.20
      15mins said:

      No, this has chemicals sunscreens. Only ok for nursing

  14. 3.1.20
    Layla Mungovan said:

    Hello! Thank you for your amazing work. I would love your opinion on the following when you have a chance. Thanks!

    Gold Bond Ultimate Eczema Relief 2% colloidal oatmeal

    Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Colloidal Oatmeal (2%). Purpose: Skin Protectant. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Propanediol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Jojoba Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Isohexadecane, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Ceramide Ng, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tribehenin, Potassium Hydroxide, EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-10 Phytosterol, Methylparaben, Polysorbate 60, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12.

    • 3.1.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok

  15. 4.24.20
    Erika Kriksciun said:

    Hello, thanks so much for this website! Not skincare per se, but wondering about this shampoo bar from Odacite:

    Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate, Aqua [ Water ], Glycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis [Orange] Oil, Cocos Nucifera [Coconut*] Oil, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Argania Spinosa [Argan*] Kernel Oil, Ricinus Communis [Castor*] Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum [Cupuacu*] Seed Butter, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Iron Oxides [CI 77492], Iron Oxides [CI 77491], Tocopherol.

    • 4.25.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok!

  16. 6.26.20
    Vanessa K said:

    Hi! In regards to the link provided for the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream (Ulta)…the ingredients aren’t matching up to what I have at home being the same item. I grabbed these ingredients off of Target.com which match to what says on mine. Could you please review below to make sure it’s still safe for pregnancy?

    Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Petrolatum, Potassium Phosphate, Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ap, Ceramide Eop, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cholesterol, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Edta, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tocopherol, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin

    • 6.27.20
      Christine said:

      I wonder if they slightly reformulated? This looks fine

      • 6.27.20
        Vanessa K said:

        Figured I’d check since I saw this post was done early last year. But yeah…seems to have been slightly reformulated. Thanks for looking into it. 🙂 not anxious anymore

  17. 7.21.20
    Gigi said:

    Hi doctor,

    I looked up online and checked the ingredients of CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint. Would you please advice if this is safe to use during pregnancy please?
    Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide(5.5%), Zinc Oxide (10%)

    Inactive Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isohexadecane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Triethylhexanoin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Triethanolamine, Silica, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Stearic Acid, Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ap, Ceramide Eop, Carbomer, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sodium Chloride, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cholesterol, Aluminum Stearate, Alumina, Aluminum Hydroxide, Iron Oxides, Phenoxyethanol, P-Anisic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Tocopherol, Disodium Edta, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Propylene Carbonate, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Xanthan Gum, Phytosphingosine, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin

    • 7.21.20
      Christine said:

      This has salicylic acid, so ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  18. 7.28.20
    Ayah said:

    I just found your blog, first time mom here and I’m learning a lot.

    I just wanted to ask, what do you think of mineral oil in pregnancy ? Like the one in Cerave healing ointment for example.

    Thank you.

    • 7.28.20
      Christine said:

      It’s fine, nothing to support avoidance. Many OBs recommend using it orally for constipation, so…. in a face cream is much lower exposure. More info on what to watch out for here:
      skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy

      • 7.29.20
        Ayah said:

        Oh perfect.
        Speaking about OB, last time my OB mentioned to avoid hyaluronic acid. I was confused because most of the pregnancy safe products I bought were containing it.

        Is there any evidence or maybe she was confused with it and something else ?

        I kept reading but nothing came up.

        • 7.29.20
          Christine said:

          Hyaluronic acid isn’t a real acid, it’s a very large molecule (already found in large amounts in your dermis) and is so big it often can’t penetrate down into your skin, and is felt to be safe. Info here: skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy

          • 7.29.20
            Ayah said:

            Thanks a lot, I appreciate your time and effort.

  19. 7.30.20
    Debra said:

    Hi Doctor, I am from London wondering if E45 Brand is safe to use during pregnancy and later during nursing

    E45 Dermatological Moisturising Lotion – Aqua, Petrolatum. Isopropyl Palmitate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-20
    Lanolin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer
    Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, BHT

    • 7.30.20
      Christine said:

      Looks fine for both pregnancy and nursing.

  20. 8.14.20
    Meg said:

    Hi there, I could not find this CeraVe product that I have on the list: Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser https://www.cerave.com/skincare/cleansers/acne-benzoyl-peroxide-cleanser

    Based on the benzoyl peroxide I am guessing it is not safe?

    Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide 4%

    Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Hydroxide, Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ap, Ceramide Eop, Carbomer, Niacinamide, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Cholesterol, Phenoxyethanol, Propanediol, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium Edta, Diethylhexyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate, Phytosphingosine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzoic Acid

    Thank you!

    • 8.14.20
      Christine said:

      It’s not. I’m actually about 90% done with an update for this brand that I”m about to put up, but this one is ok for nursing but not pregnancy due to the BP and glycolic acid. Sorry!

  21. 9.15.20
    Claudia said:

    Can you tell me if Cerave skin renewing night cream is ok during pregnancy?

    Purified Water, Glycerin, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Saccharide Isomerate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 1, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Tripeptide-1, Cholesterol, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Behentrimonium Methosulphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Phytosphingosine, Dextran, Xanthan Gum.

    Thank you!

    • 9.16.20
      Christine said:

      This is fine for pregnancy and nursing