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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from The Ordinary

What products from The Ordinary are safe to use while 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 The Ordinary as of 1/5/2019. 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 The Ordinary

100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil
100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Borage Seed Oil
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
100% Organic Virgin Chia Seed Oil
100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane
100% Plant-Derived Squalane
100% Organic Virgin Sea-Buckthorn Fruit Oil
Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%
Amino Acids + B5
Argireline Solution 10%
Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F
Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
“Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Ethylated Ascorbic Acid 15% Solution
“B” Oil
EUK 134 0.1%
High-Adherence Silicone Primer
High-Spreadability Fluid Primer
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Lactic Acid 5% + HA
Lactic Acid 10% + HA
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%
Matrixyl 10% + HA
Mineral UV Filters SPF 15 with Antioxidants
Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants
Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Pycnogenol 5%
Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution: Glycolic acid, Salicylic Acid
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Mandelic Acid 10% + HA: Mandelic Acid
Marine Hyaluronics: Salicylic Acid
Salicylic Acid 2% Solution: Salicylic Acid

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.
Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA: Arbutin
Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%: Arbutin
Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane: Retinoid
Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane: Retinoid
Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion: Retinoid
Retinol 0.2% in Squalane: Retinoid
Retinol 0.5% in Squalane: Retinoid
Retinol 1% in Squalane

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  1. Aubrey
    January 13, 2019 / 3:20 pm

    Thank you for your time and èfort 😍

  2. Sam
    January 18, 2019 / 11:53 am

    Are the following safe to use while nursing?

    Alpha H Liquid Gold
    Aqua, Alcohol Denat, Glycolic Acid (5%), Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Silk, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Extract.

    Alpha H Liquid Gold – Face Mask
    Aqua, Glycolic Acid, Kaolin, Talc, Glycerin, Cocoglycerides, Potassium Hydroxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil, Ceteth-20, Propylene Glycol, Allantoin, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Xanthan Gum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Mel, Rose Flower Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol.

    • 15mins
      January 18, 2019 / 12:14 pm

      I would consider both to be ok while nursing but don’t use while pregnant (the first due to glycolic acid and licorice root, the 2nd due to glycolic acid)

      • Sam
        January 18, 2019 / 12:30 pm

        Thank you – your advice is greatly appreciated

  3. Eleanor
    January 28, 2019 / 9:41 am

    Thanks so much for this post! I’m currently using Hyaluronic Acid and Buffet.

  4. Mimi
    February 12, 2019 / 8:35 pm

    Hello, is this safe to use while pregnant? (The Ordinary – Multi Peptide Serum for Hair Density). T
    hank you!

    Aqua (Water), Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caffeine, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Larix Europaea Wood Extract, Pisum Sativum Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Triticum Vulgare Germ Extract, Glycine Soja Germ Extract, Trifolium Pratense Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Apigenin, Oleanolic Acid, Arginine, Glycine, Calcium Gluconate, Zinc Chloride, Lactic Acid, Gluconolactone, Dextran, Maltodextrin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan gum, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Polysorbate 20, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

    • 15mins
      February 12, 2019 / 9:21 pm

      This looks ok!

  5. Liss
    February 13, 2019 / 1:50 pm

    Hello! Could you please explain why rosehip oil is ok when it contains vitamin A and how it differs from retinol? Thanks!

    • 15mins
      February 13, 2019 / 2:52 pm

      It’s the form of Vitamin A, it’s not felt to be as dangerous is my understanding.

  6. jenna
    February 14, 2019 / 5:55 pm

    Hi! Thank you for all of your posts. I really appreciate the guidance and time you put into researching all the products. You rock!!

    Do you know if Deciem / The Chemistry Brand – Glow Oil is pregnancy/nursing safe?

    Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Erythrulose, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, PEG-10 Sunflower Glycerides, PEG-16 Macadamia Glycerides, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Dimethyl Isosorbide, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Acetyl Hexapeptide-1, Superoxide Dismutase, Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract, Sphagnum Magellanicum Extract, Dextran, Citric Acid, Phytic Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethoxydiglycol, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Linalool.

    • 15mins
      February 14, 2019 / 5:56 pm

      Looks ok!

      • Jenna
        February 16, 2019 / 8:14 pm

        Thank you!!

  7. Leyla
    March 2, 2019 / 4:29 pm

    Thank you so much for doing this!

  8. Lucy
    March 6, 2019 / 5:13 pm

    This is amazing – thank you so much. I’ve been using the glycolic toner after reading a few articles that said it was ok :/ I don’t suppose you could point me in the direction of the source which explains why it’s not? I’d like to understand more.

  9. Kimberley
    March 17, 2019 / 9:00 pm

    Thank you so much for this amazing list!! I was wondering if The Ordinary’s Squalane Cleanser is safe for pregnancy

    Squalane, Aqua (Water), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glycerin, Sucrose Stearate, Ethyl Macadamiate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Laurate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Sucrose Dilaurate, Sucrose Trilaurate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Isoceteth-20, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tocopherol, Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Malic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin.

    Thanks in advance!

    • 15mins
      March 17, 2019 / 9:17 pm

      I would avoid this due to the malic acid

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