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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Deciem: The Ordinary, Chemistry Brand, Hylamide, and Niod

Pregnancy Safe Skincare from The Ordinary

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 Deciem’s Brands as of 5/29/2020. 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.

I have included The Ordinary, Chemistry Brand, Hylamide, and Niod all in the same post. For some reason, readers were consistently going to other brands and asking about products I had already reviewed. To prevent this from happening, they are now all in 1 post. Scroll down to find your brand. The brands are separated.

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

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (at Sephora): Glycolic acid, Salicylic Acid
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (at Sephora): Glycolic Acid
Mandelic Acid 10% + HA (at Sephora): Mandelic Acid
Marine Hyaluronics: Salicylic Acid
Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density (at Sephora): Gluconolactone
Salicylic Acid 2% Masque (at Sephora): Salicylic Acid
Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (at Sephora): Salicylic Acid
Squalane Cleanser (at Sephora): Malic 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 (at Sephora): Arbutin
Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% (at Sephora): Arbutin
• Granactive Retinoid* 2% Emulsion (at Sephora): Retinoid
Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane (at Sephora): 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: Retinoid

 

Pregnancy and Nursing Safe Products from Hylamide

C25
High-Efficiency Face Cleaner
Low-Molecular HA
Matte 12
Photography Foundation (all shades)
Pore Delete
Sensitive Fix

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

Glow: Erythulose
HA Blur: Salicylate
Pore Control: Salicylate
Pore Flush: Salicylate
SubQ Eyes: Gluconolactone
SubQ Mist: Salicylate
SubQ Skin: Salicylic Acid

Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

• None

 

Pregnancy and Nursing Safe Products from Niod

COPPER AMINO ISOLATE LIPID 1% CAIL 1%
COPPER AMINO ISOLATE SERUM 2:1 CAIS2
ETHYLATED L-ASCORBIC ACID 30% NETWORK ELAN 2
FLAVANONE MUD FM
LIP BIO-LIPID CONCENTRATE LBLC
LOW-VISCOSITY CLEANING ESTER LVCE
MASTIC MUST MM
MODULATING GLUCOSIDES MG
MYRRH CLAY MC
PHOTOGRAPHY FLUID, OPACITY 12% PF 12%
RE: PIGMENT RP
SANSKRIT SAPONINS SS
SURVIVAL 0
SURVIVAL 10
SURVIVAL 20
SURVIVAL 30
VOICEMAIL MASQUE VM

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

FRACTIONATED EYE CONTOUR CONCENTRATE FECC: Licorice Root, Glycolic Acid
HYDRATION VACCINE HV: Gluconolactone
MULTI-MOLECULAR HYALURONIC COMPLEX MMHC2: Salicylate
NECK ELASTICITY CATALYST NEC: Glycolic Acid
NON-ACID ACID PRECURSOR 15% NAAP: Salicylate
PHOTOGRAPHY FLUID, OPACITY 8% PF 8%: Salicylate
SUPEROXIDE DISMUTASE SACCHARIDE MIST SDSM2: Salicylate

Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

• None

 

Pregnancy and Nursing Safe Products from Chemistry Brand

EXTREME HYDRATION CONCENTRATE
HAND CHEMISTRY
HEEL CHEMISTRY
HYALURONIC CONCENTRATE

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

GLOW OIL: Erythrulose
HA3 HAND HYDRATOR: Gluconolactone

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.
RETIN-OIL: Retinoid

 

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222 Comments

  1. 1.13.19
    Aubrey said:

    Thank you for your time and èfort 😍

  2. 1.18.19
    Sam said:

    Hi
    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.

    • 1.18.19
      15mins said:

      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)

      • 1.18.19
        Sam said:

        Thank you – your advice is greatly appreciated

  3. 1.28.19
    Eleanor said:

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

  4. 2.12.19
    Mimi said:

    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.

    • 2.12.19
      15mins said:

      This looks ok!

      • 5.9.19
        Liza said:

        Hiii!

        I was wondering if The ordinary – Serum Foundation is safe to use during pregnancy?

        Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua (Water), Caprylyl Methicone, Coconut Alkanes, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Cetyl Diglyceryl Tris(Trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Hexyl Laurate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Tin Oxide, Aluminum Hydroxide, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Mica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane.

        • 5.10.19
          15mins said:

          It’s fine

      • 7.19.19
        Nyla said:

        But above you have this is listed as Not safe for pregnancy (Gluconolactone). Will you clarify, please? I was just about to order this product. 🙂

        • 7.19.19
          15mins said:

          The list that was just provided doesn’t have the gluconolactone in it. Products can vary by country, in my lists I screen for the US market and what is listed on the site I’m linking to. Check the list when you get your foundation, but when people provide another list from another country, I’m only screening the list they provided.

  5. 2.13.19
    Liss said:

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

    • 2.13.19
      15mins said:

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

  6. 2.14.19
    jenna said:

    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.

    • 2.14.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok!

      • 2.16.19
        Jenna said:

        Thank you!!

  7. 3.2.19
    Leyla said:

    Thank you so much for doing this!

  8. 3.6.19
    Lucy said:

    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.

    • 3.6.19
      15mins said:

      It’s absorbed 27% into the skin and the actual studies to prove safety can’t be done (they’re unethical to perform), so it’s on the list of ingredients to avoid from many OBs
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3114665/

      • 4.17.19
        Elyce said:

        Hi thanks for all the info! If I could piggyback on this question, I’ve read several articles reporting glycolic acid is ok for pregnancy. I’ve been using a 5% glycolic toner am and pm for about a month (I’m 24 weeks) and my OB was fine with it. I’ve also polled some mom groups I’m in and many have used the same toner throughout pregnancy. What are the actual concerns if you are aware of them other than absorption. TIA:)

        • 4.17.19
          15mins said:

          In all of my discussions with OBs they mention glycolic acid as an issue and it was on the “to avoid” list from my OB at the University of Michigan. It is absorbed into the body, but conducting actual studies of safety for ingredients during pregnancy is actually unethical to do the studies we need to do to prove true safety. It’s up to you, I’m not the end all authority on this, if your OB and you are fine with it that’s your decision. Personally, I avoided glycolic acid while pregnant and it is on my list of ingredients to avoid while pregnant.

  9. 3.17.19
    Kimberley said:

    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!

    • 3.17.19
      15mins said:

      I would avoid this due to the malic acid

      • 1.8.20
        Ximena said:

        Hej Doctor. Could you please tell us if we can used a product containing malic acid during nursing? Or shall we avoid this type of acid in general /Thanks 🙂

        • 1.8.20
          15mins said:

          Ok while nursing but I’d avoid while pregnant

          • 1.9.20
            Ximena said:

            Thank you 🙂

  10. 4.7.19
    Carly said:

    Hi I can see the Niacinamide is in the pregnancy safe list and can be used to reduce pigmentation, is there any other products in the pregnancy safe list which can also be used for pigmentation or which can comiment niacinamide?

    Thanks, warm regards

    • 4.7.19
      15mins said:

      Vitamin C also works!

  11. 4.8.19
    ida said:

    Hi, I read here that you recommended Resveratrol from the ordinary somehow i read everywhere that it is not safe for the baby as it may hinder normal pancreatic development in the fetus.. what is your take on this? Thanks.

    • 4.9.19
      15mins said:

      The evidence isn’t strong enough that we recommend avoiding resveratrol. There’s also a lot of study looking into use during pregnancy and improved outcomes from different maternal nutrition issues.

      • 4.10.19
        ida said:

        you’re saying better to avoid? but up there in this page it is under safe products list?

        • 4.10.19
          15mins said:

          No, I said there’s no reason to avoid

  12. 4.12.19
    Maggie said:

    Thank you. Im pregnant and have to stop using my no.7 protect and perfect range as it contains retinol.
    Ive been trawling the internet trying to source something else and this article really hrlped as the ordinary can be hard to navigate.
    Thank you for your time doing this.

  13. 4.15.19
    Sam said:

    Your site is amazing. I really appreciate all the effort you put into it!

    I was wondering if the hylamide subq from Deciem is safe to use during pregnancy.

    Ingredients:
    aqua (water), glycerin, hydrolyzed yeast extract, pentylene glycol, tamarindus indica seed gum, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, palmitoyl tripeptide-38, myristoyl nonapeptide-3, copper lysinate/prolinate, methylglucoside phosphate, hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate, sodium hyaluronate, ahnfeltia concinna extract, saccharide isomerate, polyglucuronic acid, lactobacillus/eriodictyon californicum ferment extract, pseudoalteromonas ferment extract, phospholipids, lecithin, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, hexylene glycol, salicylic acid, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium hydroxide, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, ethoxydiglycol, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin.

    • 4.15.19
      15mins said:

      I would avoid this due to the salicylic acid

      • 4.15.19
        Sam said:

        Ok thanks so much!

  14. 4.19.19
    Lorraine said:

    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to look over all these products – it really is an amazing help!!

    Is Deciem’s Hyaluronic Concentrate ok for pregnacy/nursing?

    Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Betaine, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

    Thank you!!

    • 4.19.19
      15mins said:

      It’s fine

      • 5.2.19
        Vlada said:

        Hi, so i dont really understand we can or not to use salicylic acid during nursing? I would really need it but I am confuse for safety reasons.

        • 5.2.19
          15mins said:

          You can during nursing. Products with Salicylic Acid are listed under ok for nursing but not safe for pregnancy. The ingredients that were of concern to put them in that category are listed with each product.

  15. 5.10.19
    CHARA said:

    I am trying to get pregnant. I have acne which i am thinking to treat with salicylic acid and the BHA AHA peel. Is it safe?

    • 5.10.19
      15mins said:

      Neither of those are safe for pregnancy. While trying to conceive we recommend acting as if you are already pregnant, as you could be without realizing it yet. I have a post on acne during pregnancy, unfortunately choices are limited.

    • 5.24.19
      Jordan said:

      Chara, If its any consolation my acne actually got significantly BETTER during pregnancy, I’m assuming due to the lack of periods.

  16. 5.20.19
    Lahken said:

    If it is in the safe for pregnancy category does it also qualify as safe for nursing? I see there is a not safe for pregnancy but safe for nursing as well as not okay for both and was just curious about the pregnancy category. Thanks so much. This has really helped me other than that one question. You are great!!

    • 5.20.19
      15mins said:

      Pregnancy is the most strict, if it is safe for pregnancy it is safe for everything.

  17. 5.26.19
    Rox said:

    I’m a breastfeeding mother of 3 months old baby. Will it affect my baby or any side effects on the baby if I use the ordinary alpha arbutin serum?

    • 5.27.19
      15mins said:

      Arbutin and hydroquinone and similar acting ingredients are one of the few hard and fast “do not use this while nursing” ingredients. Note we do not have big studies to back this up, but due to the way these ingredients work it is recommended to avoid them while pregnant or nursing. If you need to target hyperpigmentation I would look at a vitamin C serum instead.

  18. 5.28.19
    Basanti said:

    Hi, thanks for such an informative post dear.
    I m currently breastfeeding, i was wondering if i could use buffet, salicylic acid, naicinamide and mendalic acid..
    Thanx dear
    Regards

    • 5.28.19
      15mins said:

      You can use anything safe for pregnancy or safe for nursing but not pregnancy. Pregnancy is more restrictive than nursing.

  19. 5.29.19
    Vina said:

    hallo again doc…
    i want to ask this product :
    is it safe?
    thank you for your time

    The Ordinary Coverage Foundation
    Ingredients
    Aqua (Water), Coconut Alkanes, Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Caprylyl Methicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Cetyl Diglyceryl Tris(Trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Sucrose Laurate, Dipropylene Glycol, Polysilicone-11, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hectorite, Dimethicone/ Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sodium Chloride, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Tin Oxide, Aluminum Hydroxide, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Mica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane.

    • 5.30.19
      15mins said:

      This is ok

      • 5.30.19
        vina said:

        whoaaa… thank you so muchhhh

  20. 6.16.19
    Eli said:

    Hi is it safe to use the ordinary rosehip seed oil on belly twice a day. Im in y 2nd trimester and just heard vitamin A is not good. Please advise.

  21. 6.24.19
    Karen said:

    Hi,

    I would like to check if the Low-Molecular HA from Hylamide (similar to The Ordinary, under same company) safe to use during pregnancy.

    Ingredients:
    Aqua (Water), Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Lecithin, Glycerin, Betaine, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyglucuronic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

    Thank you!

    • 6.24.19
      15mins said:

      This is ok

  22. 6.29.19
    CG said:

    I thought resveratrol wasn’t safe in pregnancy.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4021444/

    • 6.29.19
      15mins said:

      This article references oral supplementation, which is a very different level of exposure than the amount you’ll find in a topical product. Every OB I’ve asked about it considers it fine to use topically.

      • 6.30.19
        CG said:

        Why do you have licorice root on your list of ingredients to avoid when the only studies of it in pregnancy are also in ingesting it and not applying it topically (like resveratrol)? Wondering why you view licorice root differently from resveratrol (and glycolic and salicylic acid for that matter since there’s no evidence finding they’re harmful).

        • 6.30.19
          15mins said:

          Licorice root was added to the list based upon discussions with many OBs who were having reservations about it and telling their patients to start avoiding it. Nothing specific came out that made me put it on the list, but it was mentioned by many OBs over and over for months as something they tell their patients to avoid.

          Almost none of these ingredients have evidence they are unsafe, doing those studies (for oral or topical) would be unethical. The study you already linked wasn’t even in humans, such a study could never be performed in humans. Instead we make some educated (or not so educated) guesses based upon what we know is absorbed, what we know about the ingredient’s mechanism of action and how that could affect a baby.

          For example, glycolic acid has been documented to have effects on rat fetuses (here and here), but not on rabbit. But we could never replicate this study in humans. We do know (I can’t find the reference now) that it is 28% absorbed after topical application. We don’t have evidence that it is harmful, but we also don’t have evidence that it is safe. We know it is absorbed and could be harmful. Salicylic Acid and Benozyl Peroxide are widely warned against by OBs in the US, however note a few years ago ACOG came out with a statement that they were safe and ok to use during pregnancy. No new information was released, and many OBs still recommend avoiding it as a result. They’re similar to glycolic acid in that they are absorbed and have theoretical (but unproven) risks.

          A lot of this data is still emerging. I’ve recommended avoiding chemical sunscreens for years because my OB (part of one of the top 5 academic OB departments in the US) said to avoid them. They are absorbed, there’s concern about oxybenzone and it’s potential estrogenic effects, and chemical sunscreens can cause skin irritation and pregnancy is known to be a sensitizing time for the skin. A few months ago more evidence came out about a potential birth defect from Oxybenzone exposure (here and here).

          My recommendations are just that- recommendations. I’m not the end all be all. My recommendations tend to be on the conservative side, but note that when an ingredient is already found in the body naturally (lactic acid) or you aren’t recommended to avoid eating it (resveratrol and close chemical relatives are found in foods, as are parabens) I generally don’t recommend avoiding them in topical products, as that is a much lower level of exposure. There are a lot of discussions about what ingredients to avoid topically in a few online forums I’m in (extremely large groups of female physicians), mostly OB and peds but also FP. I pay attention to those discussions and what other physicians are worried about.

          In the US in medical education we’re taught that pregnancy and to a lesser extent nursing are times of the ultimate risk avoidance. We don’t recognize moderation or gradiations of risk. A good example of this is alcohol. In Europe they say it is ok to have 1 drink a day while pregnant, we don’t do this in the US and in fact we vilify pregnant woman who do drink or are even thought to be drinking.

          I discuss some of this though usually not this in depth in my post on Ingredients to avoid during pregnancy. Though I had to turn the comments off on that post because people were asking about specific product safety over and over there, often on products I already addressed elsewhere. Note I specifically call out ingredients that I’m concerned about when talking about pregnancy safety. So if you don’t mind licorice root, and that’s the only ingredient I’ve mentioned, you can consider something safe. I don’t call out Resveratrol as I’m not concerned about it, I’m waiting for more evidence to come out. Given the data that is out there now I do anticipate something more will come out in the next few years, someone it likely looking at it.

          I hope all of my rambling made sense, I wrote this pre-coffee while getting breakfast for my girls LOL

          • 4.29.20
            CG said:

            Never got to thank you for your thorough post, THANK YOU! I really appreciate your website, knowledge, and responsiveness.

  23. 7.9.19
    Kelsey West said:

    Hi there,

    Thank you sooo much for taking the time to answer these comments from your readers! It really is amazing help!!

    Can you tell me if the Hylamide SubQ Eyes is pregnancy safe? (Not the same as the ‘Hylamide SubQ’ which contains salicylic acid)

    aqua (water), glycerin, methyl methacrylate/peg/ppg-4/3 methacrylate crosspolymer, albizia julibrissin bark extract, propanediol, myristoyl nonapeptide-3, palmitoyl tripeptide-38, dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate, epigallocatechin gallatyl glucoside, gallyl glucoside, darutoside, aminobutyric acid, fucus vesiculosus extract, ascophyllum nodosum extract, asparagopsis armata extract, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, mangifera indica seed butter, lecithin, orbignya oleifera seed oil, squalane, sorbitol, tocopheryl acetate, propyl gallate, polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, pentylene glycol, cetearyl isononanoate, ceteareth-20, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, xanthan gum, ceteareth-12, cetyl palmitate, gluconolactone, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, benzoic acid, benzyl alcohol, hexylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, dehydroacetic acid, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin.

    Thank you so much!!!

    • 7.9.19
      15mins said:

      I’d avoid this one too due to the gluconolactone.

      • 5.23.20
        Veronika said:

        And for nursing? Or other Hylamide products? Like Pore control? Thank u

        • 5.23.20
          15mins said:

          it’s ok for nursing. I haven’t reviewed the rest of the hylamide products yet, I’m busy with the MIS-C/CoVID still

  24. 7.10.19
    Anita said:

    Hi! I live in a small European country that doesn’t have access to all products at a decent price (if the product is even available, the markup here is crazy) so I often wait to buy items when I am back in the States. I love the natural element of The Ordinary and use a few similar type items and was wondering if they are safe while pregnant (these are used topically before a serum or moisturizer). I don’t use all of them everyday. Max one per day, depending on the condition of my skin.

    Composition of sulfur ampoules:
    75.56 mg sodium thiosulfate, sulfur corresponding amount 19.50 mg
    Excipients: amylose, glycerol, xanthan gum, purified water

    Composition of zinc ampoules:
    Zinc gluconate, zinc corresponding to 15 mg
    Excipients: amylose, glycerol, glycine, purified water

    Composition of d’or ampoules:
    Or 0.2 mg
    Excipients: amylose, glycerol, sodium hydrosulfate, purified water

    Composition of selenium ampoules:
    Selenium 0.96 mg
    Excipients: amylose, carraghénantes, glycerin, xanthan gum, sodium hydrosulfite, purified water

    Composition of Magnesium ampoules:
    Magnesium chloride 32mg, amount corresponding magnesium 3.82 mg
    Excipients: amylose, glycerin, xanthan gum, purified water

    Composition of Manganese ampoules :
    Manganese sulphate monohydrate 0.306 mg, corresponding quantity of manganese 0.1 mg
    Excipients: amylose, glycerol, purified water

    Composition of copper ampoules:
    Copper 0.3 mg
    Excipients: amylose, glycerol, disodium phosphate dihydrate, anhydrous potassium dihydrogenphosphate, sodium hydrosulfite, sodium sulfite, purified water

    Thank you so much for your feedback! It makes me feel a bit easier when putting things on my skin. 🙂

    • 7.10.19
      15mins said:

      These look ok to me 🙂

  25. 7.15.19
    Sana Rayani said:

    How about caffeine solution 5% + EGCG?? Is it safe during pregnancy or breast feeding?

    • 7.15.19
      15mins said:

      That’s already listed above under safe for pregnancy and nursing

  26. 7.16.19
    desra mansyur said:

    Thank you for your effort and time searching all the answers i’ve been looking for the whole time. Complete my questions to go through my pregnancy this time since i can not go a day without skin care and make up to work because i always look ill without 🙂

  27. 7.21.19
    JMorgan said:

    Hi! I was curious why glycolic acid isn’t safe during pregnancy? I am not super educated in the area but I had just recently read where it was and was wondering if there was new research that said otherwise! I have a handful of glycolic products in my cart and am glad i stumbled across this before buying haha.
    Also, this is a side note, but what products would you recommend from The Ordinary to combat acne & fine lines and wrinkles all while pregnant? Thank you for your post and insight!

    • 7.21.19
      15mins said:

      We don’t have any data specifically stating Glycolic Acid is or isn’t safe, but studies have found it is absorbed 28% into the body with topical application and many physicians don’t consider it safe. My list is on the conservative side. There’s more information about this discussion in my post about ingredients to avoid during pregnancy.

      If there are ingredients you’re comfortable with, I specifically call out the ingredients that I have concerns about when I review lists. Typically it is Glycolic Acid and licorice root that people aren’t as worried about.

  28. 7.23.19
    Belle Blanco said:

    Hi. Thank you for the detailed information. It is very helpful for me and making my pregnancy so much easier. 🙂

  29. 7.31.19
    Shaila itgan said:

    Hello I just wanted to ask if it’s safe to use the glycolic toner which has 7% from The Ordinary aswell as the niacinamide 10% and zinc 1% on the skin?

    I have been using the glycolic toner as when I researched it said it’s safe to use but then again I’m not sure.

    Also is the peeling solution safe to use

    • 7.31.19
      15mins said:

      Both products are already included in the list above. I don’t consider glycolic acid to be safe during pregnancy (and I’m not alone in the medical community). Zinc and niacinamide are fine. The peeling solution is also above.

  30. 8.19.19
    Lubby Young said:

    Hello,
    Thank you for doing this post. Much help! Just have few questions why these few products are not safe for pregnant women:
    1. Gluconolactone (found in the TO Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density & Hylamide SubQ Eyes which I own both of them)
    2. The AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
    Can you tell me in-depth why it’s dangerous? That would help so much! TIA

    • 8.19.19
      15mins said:

      Please refer to my post on ingredients to avoid during pregnancy. Gluconolactone is a polyhydroxy acid, which falls under the hydroxy acids, I don’t think that is spelled out in there.

  31. 8.20.19
    Lyndsey Bell said:

    Hi, this website is amazing! Thanks for being so thoughtful and supportive for all the ladies out here who are trying to get/are pregnant. Skincare products feel like a mine field, so this is a huge help 🙂

    Could you tell me if the High-Efficiency Face Cleaner is safe to use whilst pregnant?

    Ingredients are:
    cetyl ethylhexanoate, peg-20 glyceryl triisostearate, bisabolol, oenocarpus bataua fruit oil, bertholletia excelsa seed oil, plukenetia volubilis seed oil, crambe abyssinica seed oil, simmondsia chinensis seed oil, solanum lycopersicum (tomato) fruit extract, pongamia pinnata (karanja) seed oil, squalane, ethylhexyl stearate, tocopherol, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin.

    Many thanks 🙂

    • 8.20.19
      15mins said:

      This looks ok to me 🙂

      • 8.20.19
        Lyndsey Bell said:

        Brilliant, thank you 🙂

  32. 9.13.19
    shely said:

    Hai Doctor,
    please advice,
    is it ok or not For Pregnancy

    VALEJAN LABS : NIACINAMID + ZINC
    INGGREDIENTS :
    Aqua, propanediol ( zemea ), glycereth-26, xanthan Gum, aminomethyl propanol,niacinamid,citric acid,benzophenone-4, PEG-12 dimethicone, zinc lactate,
    sodium hidroxide,lonicera caprifolium, ( honeysuckle) flower extra, lonicera japonica
    (honeysuckle), phenoxyethanol, ethyhexylglycerin, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol,red no.4 CI 14700

    • 9.13.19
      15mins said:

      I would skip this while pregnant due to a chemical sunscreen (benzophenone-4). It’s ok for nursing

  33. 9.29.19
    Maria Sayed said:

    This is just what I was looking for!,
    Thanks a ton! I can imagine the time and effort behind this, and ofcourse the good intention.Lots of love.

  34. 10.6.19
    Lana said:

    Hello!
    So happy I found your website! What about Deciem product Hylamide Pore Flush:

    aqua (water), hamamelis virginiana leaf water, pseudoalteromonas ferment extract, butylene glycol, spiraea ulmaria extract, barosma betulina leaf extract, gellan gum, isoceteth-20, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, citric acid, sodium salicylate, sodium chloride, lactobacillus ferment, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol, chlorepenesin

    And Hylamide Matte 12 product:
    aqua (water), isodecyl neopentanoate, dimethicone, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, hexamethyldisiloxane, dimethicone/bis-isobutyl ppg-20 crosspolymer, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, propanediol, isohexadecane, acrylates/ethylhexyl acrylate crosspolymer, polysilicone-11, tocopherol, polysorbate 60, isoceteth-20, laureth-9, c12-14 pareth-12, cyclopentasiloxane, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, citric acid, sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin.
    Thanks in advance!!

    • 10.6.19
      15mins said:

      The first has a salicylate, it’s ok for nursing but not pregnancy. The second looks good to me.

      • 10.6.19
        Lana said:

        Thank you so much! Need to quit the first one then.

  35. 10.6.19
    Michelle said:

    Hello
    Please help!
    I just discovered your information. I used The ordinary’s Alpha Arbutin 2%+HA for a 2-3 months while nursing my daughter. Have I done any harm to her?? She was 2 years old at the time so she wasn’t nursing around the clock….(if that makes a difference)
    Thank you so much.

    • 10.9.19
      15mins said:

      There isn’t anything proven at all, and it is likely overkill/over caution to avoid during nursing. I have more info here: pregnancy beauty FAQ.

  36. 10.21.19
    Veronika said:

    Hi,

    what about brand Pestle & Mortal Pure Hyaluronic Serum?
    Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, *Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Panthenol , Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid. (*Ecocert And Cosmos Approved)

    thank u so much

    • 10.23.19
      15mins said:

      Looks safe!

  37. 11.1.19
    Becca said:

    Hi,

    Is these following hand cream from “The Chemistry Brand” safe during pregnancy and/or nursing ? It is under the “The Ordinary Brand”.

    1) extreme hydration concentrate
    – Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Propanediol, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Panthenol, Isohexadecane, Polysilicone-11, Glycerin, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Polyglucuronic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Betaine, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance).

    2) heel chemistry
    – Aqua (Water), Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Betaine, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Menthol, Menthyl Lactate, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Ethyl Menthane Carboxamide, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Linalool.

    3) ha3 hand hydrator
    – Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Saccharide Isomerate, Cellulose, Polysorbate 60, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Sodium PCA, Glucose, Fructose, Maltose, Trehalose, Allantoin, Urea, Sodium Lactate, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Lecithin, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gluconolactone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Laureth-12, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), Citral, Citronellol, Limonene.

    4) hand chemistry
    – Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Proline, Alanine, Serine, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Tocopherol, Betaine, Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Linalool.

    Thank you.

    • 11.1.19
      15mins said:

      #3 has gluconolactone to avoid during pregnancy, but is nursing safe
      #1,2 and 4 are all pregnancy and nursing safe

  38. 11.2.19
    Kristina said:

    Is the Pore Flush ok during pregnancy?

    Water, hamamelis Virginians leaf water, pseudoalteromonas ferment extract, butylene glycol, spiraea ulmaria extract, barosma betulina leaf extract, citric acid, sodium salicylate, lactobacillus ferment, polysorbate 20, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, 1-2 hexanediol, caprylyl glycol

    • 11.2.19
      15mins said:

      This has a salicylate so ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  39. 11.4.19
    Inga said:

    Hello!

    I have a question regarding mandelic acid. Why it is not safe during pregnancy? What is the reason?
    And is it not safe for the baby or for my skin?
    Thank you.

  40. 11.7.19
    Ruthie said:

    You are so wonderful to make this list for us! Appreciate your hard work and your willingness to share!

  41. 11.12.19
    sandra youssef said:

    hi doctor maybe a stupid question but it it possible to find a pregnancy safe product that do somehow the same job as the ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution? iam looking for a pregnancy safe product that exfoliates the skin.

    i do understand if it is a hard question to answer and thanks for all work you put in here. love your page!

    • 11.16.19
      15mins said:

      Not exactly the same as glycolic acid, but I would look for lactic acid products if you really want chemical exfoliation. Otherwise this is a good excuse to buy a facial cleansing brush like a clarisonic

  42. 11.14.19
    Katie said:

    Is http://theordinary.com/product/rdn-mandelic-acid-10pct-ha-30ml?redir=1

    Mandelic acid 10% + HA safe while pregnant?

    Thank you!

    • 11.15.19
      15mins said:

      No, it’s already listed in the post as ok for nursing but not pregnancy.

  43. 11.24.19
    Tamy said:

    Hi, I feel so happy finding this website. I am 11th week pregnant, and using following product:
    1. Hada Labo, Absolute Smoothing&Moisturising Cream:

    Aqua, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Diglycerin, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carbomer, Dimethicone, PEG-20 Sorbitan Isostearate, Triethanolamine, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Laurayl Glutamate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

    Thank you very much in advance!!!

    • 11.26.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok

  44. 1.9.20
    Erica said:

    Thank you so much for this list!!! I was looking for something like this when I was pregnant. I’m using it now that I’m nursing. This is exactly what I needed. Thank you!!

  45. 1.10.20
    Katie daye said:

    Hello,
    I’m wondering if the ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG is safe for pregnancy. It contains Aqua (Water), Caffeine, Maltodextrin, Glycerin, Propanediol, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Hyaluronic Acid, Oxidized Glutathione, Melanin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Urea, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Xanthan gum, Lactic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Propyl Gallate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Benzyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

    • 1.11.20
      15mins said:

      This is already above in the list under pregnancy safe.

      • 1.14.20
        Gerim Patricia said:

        Hi, I’m not sure if I was able to post my questions previously. I need to know if it’s safe to use Ordinary Natural Moisturizer Factors+ HA; Buffet (Peptides serum); lactic Acid 10%+HA while breastfeeding. I have asked Ordinary customer service in Canada if those products are safe for use in pregnancy/breastfeeding but they have replied to me that even they cannot say for sure because the brand didn’t have enough research and testing done. Thank you in advance for your answer!!!!

        • 1.17.20
          15mins said:

          Everything that is listed under pregnancy safe is safe for nursing. All of those products are listed as ok above. If the ingredients are the same in Canada as in the US they should be ok.

  46. 1.19.20
    Shelby R. said:

    Thank you so much! I completely stopped my skincare regimen from The Ordinary when I realized I’m pregnant, but have been too overwhelmed by information to figure out what is safe to restart. Thank you for doing the hard work for us and keeping my baby safe!

  47. 1.27.20
    Paulina said:

    Can I use this cream during pregnancy?
    CARENEL No Sebum Perfect Uv Shield Spf50+/Pa++++:

    Water, Cyclomethicone, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Propanediol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Pullulan, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecanol, Butylene Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Tea Tree Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Fruit Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Sap Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/​Leaf/​Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Tocopherol, Parfum

    • 2.10.20
      15mins said:

      Looks fine

  48. 2.11.20
    Mira said:

    Hi! Thank you for this great post and your time. I really appreciate the guidance and time you put into researching all these ingredients.
    please check if the ordinary peeling solution is ok for nursing

    Glycolic Acid, Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Daucus Carota Sativa Extract, Propanediol, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Salicylic Acid, Potassium Citrate, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan gum, Polysorbate 20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

    • 2.11.20
      15mins said:

      Ok for nursing but not pregnancy due to the glycolic acid and salicylic acid

  49. 2.20.20
    Lana said:

    Hello!
    Can I ask about Hylamide High Efficency Cleanser :

    cetyl ethylhexanoate, peg-20 glyceryl triisostearate, bisabolol, oenocarpus bataua fruit oil, bertholletia excelsa seed oil, plukenetia volubilis seed oil, crambe abyssinica seed oil, simmondsia chinensis seed oil, solanum lycopersicum (tomato) fruit extract, pongamia pinnata (karanja) seed oil, squalane, ethylhexyl stearate, tocopherol, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin.

    • 2.20.20
      15mins said:

      This is ok for nursing and pregnancy

  50. 2.21.20
    Laura said:

    Hi,

    Resveratrol 3%
    Ferulic avid 3%
    is this product ok to use while trying to conceive or during pregnancy please?

    Thank you

    • 2.21.20
      15mins said:

      I can’t comment, that’s only 6% of a product.

  51. 2.28.20
    Markelle said:

    Amazing, you are the best, so so helpful! Especially the part referring the nursing moms, as that is where I am at! Thank you!!!

  52. 3.1.20
    Gintare said:

    Hello ,

    Is it allowed to use in pregnancy time (I am 12weeks) ordinary : acid hyaluronique 2% + B5?

    • 3.1.20
      15mins said:

      That’s already listed under pregnancy safe

  53. 3.4.20
    Joane said:

    I’m a nursing mama and I so appreciate the time you took to research this for us. Best info out there. I ❤you! 😊

  54. 3.19.20
    Swati said:

    Can i use ordinary peeling solution while breastfeeding? My baby is one and half month old abd i m worried if it would be good for him or nit

      • 3.20.20
        Swati Singh said:

        I didn’t understand …can i use it or not?

        • 3.21.20
          15mins said:

          Please read the link about why I require a product list to answer your question. I work full time. I am currently doing long stretches as a doctor in a CoVID unit. These products have different names at different stores and in different countries (and note, as I’m in the US I can’t even view the websites of your stores in India). Asking me to then hunt down and find your exact product is a huge time ask, and you’re not even being polite about it. I need you to provide the ingredient list of your exact product, this is stated in the post above and then also in the link I just provided. I get up to 50 questions about product safety a day, it is not unreasonable on my part to ask you to provide this list.

          • 3.21.20
            Swati Singh said:

            I wasn’t being rude ma’am…you simply misunderstood me. I didn’t understand what you replied previously. I only wanted to confirm as I don’t want to harm my baby in anyway. I appreciate your reply and obliged that you are working for Covid patients

            The ingredients i want to ask about are
            Glycolic acid Aloe Barbadensis leaf water Sodium Hydroxide Daucus Carota Sativa Extract Propanediol Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine salicylic acid lactic acid tartaric acid Citric Acid Panthenol sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer Tasmannia Lanceolata Pentyene Glycol Xanthan Gum ,Polysorbate 20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate , Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate , Ethylhexylglycerin, 1.2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Gycol

          • 3.22.20
            15mins said:

            This product isn’t safe due to glycolic acid and salicylic acid

          • 3.23.20
            Swati Singh said:

            But you mentioned glycolic acid and salicylic acid safe for nursing in this article…are they safe or not? Now I’m really confused

          • 3.23.20
            15mins said:

            Not safe for pregnancy but ok for nursing

      • 5.4.20
        Jamy said:

        Is the products safe for pregnancy safe for nursing ?

        • 5.4.20
          15mins said:

          yes

          • 5.4.20
            Jamy said:

            Thank you so much

  55. 3.22.20
    caroline gorge said:

    Hi there
    Thank you so much for this amazing website, I read it religiously. You’re a hero!
    I was wondering about ascorbyl glucoside solution 12%.

    Many thanks!

    • 3.22.20
      15mins said:

      It’s listed above under pregnancy safe

  56. 4.2.20
    Safira said:

    Hi,
    Isn’t Phenoxyethanol harmful for pregnancy and nursing? It’s found in the ordinary niacinamide product..

    • 4.3.20
      15mins said:

      It’s fine

  57. 4.2.20
    Marleen said:

    Love all the work you put in! Thanks for the super clear information, it really helped!!

  58. 4.7.20
    Sally said:

    Great info, What about Deciem’s Hylamide line:

    Hylamide Sub Q anti aging serum
    Hylamide Sub Q eyes

    Thanks!

    • 4.8.20
      15mins said:

      Do you have ingredient lists?
      how to ask about product safety

      • 4.8.20
        Sally said:

        Sub Q Skin Serum:
        aqua (water), glycerin, hydrolyzed yeast extract, pentylene glycol, tamarindus indica seed gum, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, palmitoyl tripeptide-38, myristoyl nonapeptide-3, copper lysinate/prolinate, methylglucoside phosphate, hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate, sodium hyaluronate, ahnfeltia concinna extract, saccharide isomerate, polyglucuronic acid, lactobacillus/eriodictyon californicum ferment extract, pseudoalteromonas ferment extract, phospholipids, lecithin, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, hexylene glycol, salicylic acid, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium hydroxide, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, ethoxydiglycol, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin.

        Sub Q Eyes:
        aqua (water), glycerin, methyl methacrylate/peg/ppg-4/3 methacrylate crosspolymer, albizia julibrissin bark extract, propanediol, myristoyl nonapeptide-3, palmitoyl tripeptide-38, dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate, epigallocatechin gallatyl glucoside, gallyl glucoside, darutoside, aminobutyric acid, fucus vesiculosus extract, ascophyllum nodosum extract, asparagopsis armata extract, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, mangifera indica seed butter, lecithin, orbignya oleifera seed oil, squalane, sorbitol, tocopheryl acetate, propyl gallate, polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, pentylene glycol, cetearyl isononanoate, ceteareth-20, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, xanthan gum, ceteareth-12, cetyl palmitate, gluconolactone, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, benzoic acid, benzyl alcohol, hexylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, dehydroacetic acid, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin.

        • 4.8.20
          15mins said:

          The first has salicylic acid and the second has gluconolactone. both are ok for nursing but not pregnancy

          • 4.9.20
            Sally said:

            Thank you for your help!

  59. 4.11.20
    shiran levi said:

    im pregnent& recently got those items :
    *solution de peeling aha 30% + bha 2%
    *virgin chia seed oil
    *hyaluronic acid 2% + b5
    *pycnogenol 5%

    as i see by your list the only item thats not safe is – peeling aha 30% + bha 2%

    am i right ?

    • 4.11.20
      15mins said:

      Yes! You’re right 🙂

      • 4.11.20
        shiran said:

        thank you so much for the info 😍🙏🏻

      • 8.11.20
        Kate said:

        Do you have a recommendation for women who were using this product prior to pregnancy? I just found out I am pregnant and this peel is one of my fav products. Any safe dupes?

        • 8.11.20
          Christine said:

          I’ll have to look around. Off hand I don’t have any safe peels, but there are likely quite a few lactic acid based ones that would be ok!

          • 8.11.20
            Christine said:

            Ask and ye shall receive…. working on a new post, and I found this! It’s safe! Daily Resurfacing Peel CA¹⁰ If you try it, let me know how it is. I linked to the brand, but it’s likely on DermStore too.

  60. 4.17.20
    Miriam said:

    Hi, which pregnancy-friendly products from your list would you recommend for acne prone skin- severe acne?

    • 4.17.20
      15mins said:
      • 8.16.20
        Mariann said:

        How about Multi-Peptide Serum For Hair Density:
        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

        • 8.16.20
          Christine said:

          This has gluconolactone and is ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  61. 4.18.20
    Fatima said:

    Can i use ordinary AHA 30% BHA 2% peeling solution in pregnancy

    • 4.18.20
      15mins said:

      No, it is under not safe for pregnancy but ok for nursing

  62. 4.20.20
    MW said:

    Hello 😊
    I am 6 weeks pregnant and have been using The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser (Malic Acid) and Orgins Ultra Moisturising Boosting cream (Salicylic acid) I have just a small amount once or twice a day. Since reading this I have stopped however would this have caused damage to the baby?
    Thanks so much x

  63. 4.22.20
    Amy said:

    You are a saint!! I started to research the ingredients of one of these products and 5 minutes in, I gave up and thought “there has to be a better way to do this”. Then I came across this page and found ALL of my The Ordinary products that I was curious about. I can’t say this enough: THANK YOU a million times over for doing this!! My husband doesn’t understand how restrictive I have to be with everything I put in and on my body during pregnancy, and how hard it is to find out if products or safe or not. Because of this, I skipped skincare altogether during my last and current pregnancy. Now, because of you and all of the amazing time and effort you have put into this, I can go back to some of my favorite products. Also, I can’t imagine why anyone would be rude to you! You are doing all pregnant women out there a huge public service. We should all be bowing at your feet!!!

  64. 4.23.20
    Sami said:

    I am wondering if a product is listed under “safe for pregnancy” is that also assumed it’s safe for breastfeeding?

    • 4.24.20
      15mins said:

      Yes, pregnancy is the most restrictive, so anything ok for pergnancy is ok for nursing.

  65. 4.27.20
    Ali said:

    I just want to say thank you for compiling this list! These questions have been asked on their website and they just respond with ask your dr. We live in Italy right now so it’s a little hard to show my dr a list of things I want to use, and him to know what it is. So this is a helpful start!

  66. 4.30.20
    erina said:

    is it niacinamide n vit c suspension safe for breastfeeding mom ?

  67. 5.3.20
    Hilary said:

    Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou! I cannot even begin to stress how amazing this is, not how grateful I am for this list! I’ve been dying to dive more into skincare with The Ordinary and have heard so many great things but just didn’t know where to begin to determine what was safe during pregnancy and what wasn’t. Thankyou for taking the time to sit and go through everything not just for pregnancy sake but also breastfeeding!

  68. 5.3.20
    Traci said:

    I’m confused as to why you’re listing glycolic acid as unsafe for pregnancy. Everything I’ve read and my dermatologist advises that glycolic acid (10% and lower, no peels, OTC products) is safe. Could you explain please? I have the glycolic toner. Thanks!

    • 5.3.20
      15mins said:

      I’m a pediatrician, not a dermatologist. I align more with OBs, we receive the same training in counseling patients regarding medications and products during pregnancy and nursing.
      First, there’s no studies regarding safety during pregnancy for most ingredients, and we can’t do those studies as they’re actually unethical. Glycolic acid isn’t universally accepted as safe by the medical community, it is highly absorbed (at least 28% in some studies) when used topically, and as it’s fairly small we think it goes systemic very easily.
      Second, given we don’t know if things are actually safe or not, we also don’t have exact cut offs for when something is actually safe. I can’t do a study to say 9% glycolic acid is safe but 11% isn’t. That 10% number isn’t based on actual evidence. Along those same thoughts, would a higher percent be ok if you applied to only half of your face? What about if it is your body? Which trimester, but then what if you have your dates wrong? What if you have an eczema flare up and your skin is absorbing ingredients more easily? It kind of goes on and on.
      Because of those reasons, if there’s enough reason to think an ingredient is unsafe, we recommend complete avoidance. There’s not really a gradient of this, it’s an all or nothing thing.
      More on glycolic acid in particular in this post: skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy
      More on this thought process here: pregnancy beauty FAQ

      • 5.3.20
        Traci said:

        Thank you!

  69. 5.10.20
    Natalie Isabella Clark said:

    Hi, I just wondered if The Ordinary Azelaic Acid is safe to use during the first trimester?

    • 5.10.20
      15mins said:

      It doesn’t matter what trimester, if it is safe for pregnancy it’s safe for all of pregnancy.

      • 5.11.20
        Natalie Clark said:

        Thank you

  70. 5.11.20
    Daniela said:

    Hello,Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%is it suitable during pregnancy?

    • 5.11.20
      15mins said:

      Yes, it is already listed under pregnancy safe in the list

  71. 5.11.20
    anonymous said:

    what can u do if u have used the AHA 30% BHA 2% but obly as the patch test on the forearm, is it still bad?

    • 5.11.20
      15mins said:

      I have info on this kind of situation here: pregnancy beauty FAQ

      • 5.11.20
        anonymous said:

        i dont understand if it is bad because just used a small amount on our arm as the patch test

      • 5.11.20
        anonymous said:

        but i dont understand if its bad if u used a little for a patch test?

        • 5.11.20
          15mins said:

          It should be fine. The link has discussion on what if you have used a product that is meant to be avoided during pregnancy.

  72. 5.17.20
    Victoria said:

    Hi! May I use this Lactic Acid 10 % + HA 2 % during pregnancy:

    Aqua (Wasser), Milchsäure, Glycerin, Pentylenglykol, Propandiol, Natriumhydroxid, Natriumhyaluronat-Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata-Frucht- / Blatt-Extrakt, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Isoceteth-20, Trisodiumethylendiamindisuccinat, Ethylhexylolylether Hexandiol, Caprylylglykol.

    and Sesderma Azelac cream? Sesderma doesn’t recommend using this cream during pregnancy, while The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% is considered as a safe during pregnancy.

    Aqua, Tribehenin Peg-20 Esretr, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Behenate, Titanium Dioxide, Lecithine,propylene Glycol, Alcohol, Triticum Vulgare Germ Extract, Hydrogenated Polydecen, Potassium Azeoyl Diglicynate, Silybum Marianum Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Azelaic Ac., Boswelia Serrata Gum, Tranexamic Ac., Niacin, Cetylpyridinium Chloride, Panthenol, Cichorium Intybus Root Extract, Melaleuca Alterniflora Leaf Oil, Sodium Hyaluronayte, Retinal, Phytosphingosine Hcl, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Leptospermum Scoparium Branch/leaf Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Mica, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltarate/vp Copolymer, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/c10-13 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xantan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylamide/sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate, Polysorbate -20, Spodium Cholate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Laureth-7, Tioxide, Retinyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Tocopherol, Pantolactone, Hydrochloric Ac., Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Linalool, Benzyl Salicytate, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol.

    • 5.17.20
      15mins said:

      The first appears to be the same as the one under the pregnancy safe category above, but I don’t know for sure as the chemical names aren’t in english.
      The Sesderma has a retinoid, avoid in pregnancy and in nursing if you’re conservative.

  73. 5.20.20
    Isi Tr. said:

    Hello,
    first of all thank you very much for this helpful article. ❤
    I have a question: I am currently using some the ordinary products that are not pregnancy safe. If I am to get pregnant in the next few months should I stop using these products now or is it enough to stop using them when I am first tested positive for pregnancy.

    I am asking this because I used to take Isotretinoin before and my doctor said that I should not get pregnant until 4 weeks after the last pill.

    Is this also the case with the ordinary products ?

    Thank you in advance !

    • 5.20.20
      15mins said:

      Unfortunately we don’t have data that shows us when you should stop using things, as that would mean we know what levels in the body are dangerous and how quickly things leave the body. I agree with your doctor that I would stop using things a little in advance, and you should also start taking prenatal vitamins in advance too. I’ve heard anything from the day you start trying to 6 months in advance. I would probably use the 4 weeks your doctor mentioned as the minimum time.

      • 5.22.20
        Isi Tr. said:

        Thank you very much for your helpful replies !
        I am sure they have saved a lot of lives out there !
        I will definetly keep it in mind, to avoid unsafe products in advance!
        Better safe than sorry.

        Have a nice weekend 🙂

    • 6.24.20
      Lay grace fara said:

      Is it safe while I’m breastfeeding? My son is 5months old now and I just got the products. I wanna try but I’m scared.

      • 6.24.20
        Christine said:

        I’m not sure what you’re referring to, as this discussion is about generally stopping products prior to getting pregnant and not any product in particular.

  74. 5.20.20
    Jk1226 said:

    I’m actually confused on the glycolic acid…so many articles and women have used it saying it’s fine and this was the first time,I see it’s not. I also hear it’s borderline and just depends. Susan Yara did a pregnancy skin care routine and she recommended the ordinary glycolic acid toner. So I’m just more confused than ever!! Haha

    • 5.21.20
      15mins said:

      There’s some discussion on this in this post:
      skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy

      Glycolic acid is uniformly regarded as safe by a lot of people online, but it’s never been uniformly accepted as safe by doctors, who like pesky things like evidence… Glycolic acid is highly absorbed when used topically (as much as 28% in studies) and can be even more absorbed in certain skin conditions, and there’s no studies to prove it is safe. It has long shown up on many physician lists of things to avoid. Pediatricians and OBs get special training in how to counsel women regarding product/drug safety during pregnancy and nursing (I’m a pediatrician), and my list is pretty conservative. I think it comes down to who you want to listen to regarding information. I have no idea who Susan Yara is. I would recommend asking your doctor for their opinion.

  75. 5.23.20
    Taz said:

    Hi there,

    You mentioned safe products during pregnancy and nursing, but what about if one is planning to conceive? Is it ok to start using retinol 0.2 with squalane?

    Please advise.
    Thanks.

    • 5.23.20
      15mins said:

      If you’re planning to start trying you should be doing everything as if you’re already pregnant

  76. 6.2.20
    Kayla said:

    Just wonder why “the ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA” is considered not safe?
    I’ve been using this for MONTHS cause it has done amazing things for me. But I’m currently trying to conceive so was just wonder why 🙂

  77. 6.6.20
    Ines said:

    For the “pregnancy safe” lists, does this also automatically include safe for nursing?

    • 6.7.20
      15mins said:

      Yes

  78. 6.11.20
    Marie said:

    Hi there! Thank you for all of the posts. I have a question around daily use of the pregnancy safe products – is there any concern around using products on a regular basis if they are deemed pregnancy safe? I’m currently using the Azelaic Acid and Niacinamide daily.

    Appreciate it!

    • 6.12.20
      15mins said:

      No concerns, you can use them as much as you want.

  79. 7.4.20
    Sofie said:

    Apologies not only did I comment in the wrong place earlier I didn’t see that you had done all this content on the ordinary! Amazing!! Now I’ve had 5 minutes to myself I’ve managed to navigate to here. If you could just review this hair serum from the ordinary it would be amazing as I’m suffering from really bad hair loss and I’m not sure if this is safe to use:

    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

    • 7.4.20
      Christine said:

      This has gluconolactone, so I would avoid it in pregnancy but ok for nursing

      • 7.4.20
        Sofie said:

        Sorry forgot to state I was nursing (no longer pregnant) so thank you for confirming this <3

        • 7.4.20
          Christine said:

          I try to answer for both now even if someone is only asking for 1 of them, usually someone else will come along and want to know about the other 🙂

  80. 7.6.20
    Marina said:

    Hello! First of all thank you so much for the work you put into this page and also to the replies you post as well. My question (and apologies if you have already answered it) is about Crest White Strips. Ingredients are: PVP, PEG-8, Water, Hydrogen Peroxide, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Saccharin. Thanks so much in advance x

    • 7.6.20
      Christine said:

      I don’t comment on dental products at all.

  81. 7.6.20
    Jasmin said:

    Hi Doctor, thank you for taking the time to answer questions. Everyone here greatly appreciates your effort and research! I was wondering your opinion on prescription azelaic acid like Finacea 15% vs The Ordinary’s Azelaic Acid 10%. Does the higher amount matter or would Finacea still be safe to use through pregnancy and nursing? Please let me know, since it’s getting harder and harder to acquire The Ordinary’s version since I’m not in the US or the UK. Thank you again 🙂

    • 7.6.20
      Christine said:

      We don’t have any information regarding amount or timing during pregnancy, so currently it’s an all or nothing thing. It’s fine in any amount, through all of pregnancy.

      • 7.8.20
        Jasmin said:

        Thank you! I really appreciate your reply. I’ve always had trouble with acne and so far azelaic acid seems to be one of the only effective options because I can’t use my regular retinol stuff right now.

  82. 7.8.20
    Ashleigh said:

    This list is fantastic, thank you! I’m just wondering why Squalane Cleanser is on the not to use list? Sorry if this question has already been asked!

    • 7.8.20
      Christine said:

      I reviewed everything I could find on their websites. Not everything shows up on some brands sometimes even when I go through and look for something.

  83. 7.15.20
    Kennith Joy Ambong said:

    Kojic Dipalmitate soap safe for breast feeding mom?

    • 7.15.20
      Christine said:

      Even without the ingredients I can tell you it won’t be, you need to avoid kojic acid.

  84. 7.16.20
    Mel said:

    Hello Doc,

    Is this vitamin C open formula safe? The ingredients are listed below:

    Water (Aqua), Ethoxydiglycol, L-Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth-23, Tocopherol, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

    Thanks

    • 7.16.20
      Christine said:

      This is ok for pregnancy and nursing

      • 7.19.20
        Ozlem Suleyman said:

        Thanks

  85. 8.1.20
    Maria said:

    Hi, I’m exclusively breastfeeding my 7-month old daughter but want to lighten some areas of my body. This product that I’m using claims that it is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding moms. I saw on your list that we should avoild Alpha Arbutin. It’s just very alarming that they’re promoting it as safe product when it is not! Here are the list of ingredients listed on their packaging, by kindly checking this, you can help me help other moms in my country who just rely on the seller’s promises without even doing research:

    Milk, Alpha Abutin, Shea Butter, Cocos Nucifera oil, Sodium Glycerin, Betaine, Hydroxide, Fragrance, Talc, Cocodiethanolamide, Aretostaphylos UVA URSI Extract, C.I. 77891

    Thank you in advance for you reply and for everything that you do!

    • 8.2.20
      Christine said:

      #2 on this list is arbutin, which should be avoided in pregnancy and nursing. More indepth discussion of arbutin and similar ingredients such as hydroquinone are in the pregnancy ingredient post, here: skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy

  86. 8.12.20
    Sophie said:

    Hi! I ADORE your blog, it is currently my most viewed!

    I’m a little confused about the Lactic Acid + HA. You have listed as safe, however on the description on the DECIEM site (linked above) it states that it contains AHA?

    Thank you!

    • 8.12.20
      Christine said:

      The lactic acid is an AHA, but it’s ok for pregnancy

  87. 8.13.20
    Padmini Krishnan said:

    Hi Dr.

    I just wanted to confirm about Rosehip oil. I read in few places that it’s a natural form of retinol. I’m not sure. Please forgive me if I’m mistaken. 😊 So can I go ahead and use it during any time of pregnancy?

  88. 8.17.20
    Kamala said:

    Would you please tell me if topical application of plant based hari retardent is safe during lactating. I suffer from IH. The product has following ingredients

    Gyceryl mono stearate, sunflower oil, Capric triglyceride, Jojoba oil, Liquorice extract, Papain (Papaya enzyme), Allantonin, Narcissus Tazetta Bulk extract, Witch Hazel extract, Sodium Benzoate, Pottassium sorbate, Colour Red No.30

    Product name: Wow Hair vanish (For women)
    Type: Hair retardant application

    • 8.17.20
      Christine said:

      I think it’s ok for nursing but not pregnancy due to the licorice root

  89. 8.24.20
    Ame said:

    I am breastfeeding. I went to Sephora to buy some products to be beautiful again hahaha and I felt very bad because a worker told me that these products could be toxic to my baby, but in your article you say that it is safe to use. I’m a little confused. It’s ok or better avoid?

    • AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
    • Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

    Thank you!

    • 8.24.20
      Christine said:

      I have info in here about why sometimes I disagree with brands: pregnancy beauty FAQ
      Though, I’ve gotten extremely conflicting info from sales associates at Sephora (from what friends that work there tell me, they don’t get training in the skincare really). Personally, I’m a pediatrician and we get training in products and medications during nursing and pregnancy. It’s up to you what you’re comfortable with.

  90. 9.10.20
    Gracie Stewart said:

    Hi, are your available to review The Ordinary 100% Niacinamide Powder? I believe it’s a relatively new product from them. Thank you!

    https://theordinary.deciem.com/product/rdn-100pct-niacinamide-powder-20g?redir=1&ccvis=1

    • 9.11.20
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing