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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from SkinCeuticals

Pregnancy Safe Skincare from SkinCeuticals

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 SkinCeuticals as of 3/22/2021. 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.

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I try to review all of the products that I can when I publish a list. Note, I am in the US and I only have access to US products. Please don’t be rude if I skipped your favorite cleanser, when items are out of stock sometimes they aren’t on the brand’s site, or maybe you are in Asia and I am in the US.

I reserve the comments on each post for reviews of product from that brand, this makes it easier for others to find products later. Please only ask about SkinCeuticals on this post, I will delete other product questions. You can find other brands here. If your brand is not included, please ask on the brand list post.

Pregnancy and Nursing Safe Products from Skinceuticals

A.G.E. Eye Complex for Dark Circles (at DermStore)
Antioxidant Lip Repair (at DermStore)
AOX+ Eye Gel (at DermStore)
Biocellulose Restorative Mask (at DermStore)
Body Retexturing Treatment (at DermStore)
C E Ferulic® (at DermStore)
Clarifying Clay Mask for Acne Prone Skin (at DermStore)
Emollience (at DermStore)
Epidermal Repair (at DermStore)
Equalizing Toner (at DermStore)
Face Cream (at DermStore)
Hydra Balm (at DermStore)
Hydrating B5 Gel (at DermStore)
Hydrating B5 Mask (at DermStore)
Metacell Renewal B3 (at DermStore)
Micro-Exfoliating Scrub (at DermStore)
Phloretin CF® with Ferulic Acid (at DermStore)
Phloretin CF Gel (at DermStore)
Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50 (at DermStore)
• Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 (at DermStore)
Phyto Corrective Mask (at DermStore)
Redness Neutralizer (at DermStore)
Renew Overnight Dry (at DermStore)
Replenishing Cleanser (at DermStore)
Resveratrol B E (at DermStore)
Retexturing Activator (at DermStore)
Serum 10 AOX+ (at DermStore)
Serum 20 AOX+ (at DermStore)
Simply Clean (at DermStore)
Soothing Cleanser (at DermStore)
Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 (at DermStore)

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

A.G.E. Interrupter (at DermStore): Salicylic Acid Derivative
Advanced Pigment Corrector (at DermStore): Salicylic Acid
Blemish + Age Defense (at DermStore): Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid
Body Tightening Concentrate (at DermStore): Salicylic Acid Derivative
C + AHA (at DermStore): Glycolic Acid
Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser (at DermStore): Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid
Conditioning Toner (at DermStore): Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid
Gentle Cleanser (at DermStore): Glycolic Acid
Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight (at DermStore): Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid
Glycolic Renewal Cleanser (at DermStore): Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier (at DermStore): Licorice Root, Salicylic Acid Derivative
LHA Cleansing Gel (at DermStore): Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid
LHA Toner (at DermStore): Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid
Light Moisture UV Defense SPF 50 (at DermStore): Chemical Sunscreens, Salicylate
Neck, Chest & Hand Repair: Salicylic Acid
Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 (at DermStore): Salicylate
Physical UV Defense SPF 30 (at DermStore): Salicylate
Phyto Corrective Gel (at DermStore): Chemical Sunscreen
Purifying Cleanser with Glycolic Acid (at DermStore): Glycolic Acid
Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 (at DermStore): Salicylate
Silymarin CF (at DermStore): Salicylic Acid
Smart TCA Peel: Glycolic Acid
Sport UV Defense SPF 50 (at DermStore): Chemical Sunscreen, Salicylate

Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

Daily Moisture (at DermStore): Retinoid, Licorice Root
Discoloration Defense (at DermStore): Kojic Acid
Eye Balm (at DermStore): Retinoid
Phyto + (at DermStore): Arbutin, Kojic Acid
Retinol 0.3 (at DermStore): Retinoid
Retinol 0.5 (at DermStore): Retinoid
Retinol 1.0 (at DermStore): Retinoid
Tripeptide-R Neck Repair (at DermStore): Retinoid

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  1. 4.30.19
    lpg said:

    Renew Overnight Oily (2 fl oz.)

    Is this ok…even though the key ingredients below say glycolic acid?

    Thank you!!!

    Key Ingredient(s): Herbal Extracts, Malic Acid, Squalane Oil, Essential Oils, Vitamin E, Dimethicone, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid

    aqua / Water / Eau, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract, Stearic Acid, Squalene, Saccharum Officinarum Extract / Sugar Cane Extract / Extrait De Canne A Sucre, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Extract / Orange Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Extract / Lemon Peel Extract, Xanthan Gum, Acer Saccharinum Extract / Sugar Maple Extract, Methylparaben, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) Oil, Ci 17200 / Red 33, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben

    • 5.1.19
      15mins said:

      This was one of the products I had trouble with because it sure does say glycolic acid and malic acid in the key ingredients (I was looking on Derm store too) and neither are listed in the full ingredient list. I believe they’re referring to natural sources in the extracts, which isn’t regarded as enough to be unsafe and we ignore them. So I put it under safe 🙂

  2. 5.31.19
    Robyn Leigh said:

    I was told glycolic acid is safe during pregnancy by a derm and ob

    • 6.1.19
      15mins said:

      All of the OBs I’ve talked to consider it something to avoid as it is highly absorbed (28% of topical glycolic acid in studies is absorbed systemically). There more discussion in my post on ingredients to avoid during pregnancy. As there isn’t hard data on safety the recommendation to avoid is made based on the absorption and some are more conservative than others. Note, I do list it in each product that has it, so if you feel comfortable with the ingredient that’s a decision you can make on your own.

      • 12.9.20
        Orla said:

        I’m wondering if Skinceuticals Brightening UV Defence Sunscreen SPF30 is safe to use when pregnant. I don’t see it linked above.

        Thank you.

        Here are the listed ingredients:

        Aqua/Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Terephthalyidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Dromwtrizole Trisiloxane, Alcohol Denat, Triethanolamine, Titanium Dioxide [Nano], Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Nylon-12, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tocopherol, Tromethamine, Ethylparaben, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Aluminium Hydroxide, Isohexadecane, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 80, Zea Mays Extract, Mentha Pipertia Extract, FIL D45726/2.

        • 12.9.20
          Christine said:

          Sorry, this has chemical sunscreens. ok for nursing but not pregnancy.

  3. 7.18.19
    JoJo said:

    I was told Kojic Acid is safe to use during pregnancy and it can replace retinol products in brightening complexion.

    • 7.18.19
      15mins said:

      Kojic acid can brighten the skin, but it is considered like hydroquinone and to be avoided during both pregnancy and nursing.

      • 11.29.19
        Farris Walling said:


        I’m also seeing lots of recommendation to use Kojic Acid while pregnant. Are you sure it’s on the not safe list?

        • 11.29.19
          15mins said:

          All of the OBs I’ve talked to feel wary enough about it that they lump it together with other skin lighteners. A bit more in this post: skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy, and info on how I add ingredients to the list a bit in this post: pregnancy beauty FAQ

          There really isn’t safety data for that ingredient either way. I’m a pediatrician so very biased to the conservative side, but my feeling is why risk issues in your baby for slightly lighter skin for a few months? Especially when Vitamin C, which we know is safe, arguably works better anyways?

  4. 7.22.19
    Natalie said:

    I was just wonder why the equalizing toner from skinceuticles is on your safe list when it contains glycolic acid?
    Is glycolic safe?

    • 7.22.19
      15mins said:

      That’s one of the instances in which the key ingredients listed aren’t correct, and likely refer to the acid being in one of the extracts. If you look at the complete list of ingredients you’ll see glycolic acid isn’t listed as an ingredient. There’s more about this in my pregnancy beauty FAQ.

  5. 7.29.19
    Samantha said:

    First, really appreciate what you have done here. I use the daily moisturizer and it is on your list of OK to use, however I was looking at the ingredients and retinyl palmitate is listed as an ingredient. From what I can tell based on limited research this is a form of Vitamin A (Retinol). What are your thoughts?



    • 7.29.19
      15mins said:

      Are you looking on the packaging? I’ve only seen the list of ingredients here, which is the product I’ve screened. It doesn’t have a retinoid. Note products sometimes change formulations or may vary by country. There are also sometimes very similar products with different names.

      • 3.21.21
        Max said:

        Sorry for replying to this message. I jusr purchased this product and I have been using it. I noticed that this product is now moved under not safe for pregnancy and nursing. So just wanted to check if it is not safe to use?

        Thanks in advance

        • 3.21.21
          Christine said:

          These comments are from 2019, almost 2 years ago, and the commenter at the time was from out of the country (some brands vary ingredients by country). About a year ago my most recent review (April 2020) must have found a reformulation, hence it is listed there now. When I re-review I start with a fresh list and look at every product over again, I don’t look at the old list (I’m afraid I might be influenced by it), so I don’t really know where things move. Having said that, I haven’t moved anything on this list in probably 6 months at least, so it wasn’t a recent change. It likely moved with the April 2020 refresh.

          Some discussion here: You’ve been using a product with a “bad” ingredient

          • 3.21.21
            Max said:

            Thank you for the prompt response and the link to the article, it’s answers all the questions that I have.

            I recently did a facial where I advised the staff that I am trying to conceive because I think hydrafacials they use one of the bad ingredients. However, she advised me that she doesn’t need to amend the formula because I’m not pregnant. So I am meant to stop all the bad ingredients when I am actively trying to conceive?

            Thanks in advance

          • 3.21.21
            Christine said:

            I have discussion on that here: What about if I’m trying to conceive?

            Basically, for me it boils down to if you’re TTC then you should act like you’re pregnant, because you might be. I’m a bit annoyed at her for saying that!

            FYI, I’m updating this list currently since your comments, full revamp will be up today or tomorrow.

          • 3.21.21
            Max said:

            Hi Christine,
            Thank you for your prompt response and for the article.

            Its very interesting, I am confused as to when to stop using “bad ingredients” do I stop when I am trying to conceive or when I am pregnant?

            I did a hydrafacial on the weekend and advised the staff I am trying. However, she told me she didn’t need to amend the formula because I am not pregnant. So this is confusing to me, what is your opinion?

            Thanks in advance

          • 3.21.21
            Christine said:

            I would stop when you’re trying, as you could be pregnant without knowing. In addition, it’s advised to start taking prenatals in advance of conceiving if possible, to reduce the chances of vitamin deficiencies that are linked to birth defects.

          • 3.22.21
            Max said:

            Thank you so much Christine 🙂

            Yes, thinking about it, I am slightly worried now.

  6. 8.1.19
    Liz said:

    Hi, i was wondering about the Clarifying Clay Masque which is on your safe list. It is marketed as a purifying mask with 5% hydroxy acid blend, noting key ingredients as Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Lactic Acid, Essential Oils, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Aloe Vera, Herbal Extracts, Glycolic Acid, Malic Acid. They appear to be listed as extracts rather than stand alone acids so am confused why it’s on the safe list if Glycolic etc are considered unsafe. Ingredients list is below:

    aqua / Water / Eau, Kaolin, Bentonite, Aloe Barbadensis / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Phenoxyethanol Ceteareth-20, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Sunflower Seed Oil, Saccharum Officinarum Extract / Sugar Cane Extract / Extrait De Canne A Sucre, Sodium Hydroxide, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water / Orange Fruit Water, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract / Lemon Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharinum Extract / Sugar Maple Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Extract / Matricaria Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil / Rosemary Leaf Oil, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract / Cucumber Fruit Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Curcuma Longa Extract / Turmeric Root Extract, Sclareolide, Rosa Spp / Rose Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale Extract / Jasmine Extract

    • 8.1.19
      15mins said:

      They aren’t listed in the actual ingredient list, they call them out as “key” ingredients as if they are there in large amounts. But they’re so little in extracts that we ignore them in there. Glycolic and Malic acid, if in high enough amounts and added on their own and therefore in the ingredient list, are ones I do recommend avoiding. But in extracts like this they’re not of concern.

      • 8.2.19
        Liz said:

        Thanks very much for the detailed explanation, your website is so helpful.

  7. 9.3.19
    Annie said:

    Can you let me know if this product safe to use: Zn20 + SPF40 Light Moisturizer


    Active Ingredients: 20% Zinc Oxide. Inactive Ingredients: C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Methicone, Microcrystalline Wax, PEG-10 Dimethicone, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Chloride, Stearyl Dimethicone, Tetrahexadecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Water

    • 9.3.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok to me

  8. 10.23.19
    Hilda Engstrand said:

    This is the Ultra Facial Defense spf 50+ from Skinceuticals, sold in Europe:

    Aqua, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Drometrizole Trisiloxane Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Alcohol Denat, Pentylene Glycol, Terephalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Triethanolamine, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Aluminium Hydroxide, Tromethane, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter Extract

    Is it safe? Thanks so much, love your website.

    • 10.23.19
      15mins said:

      This has chemical sunscreens, ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  9. 10.24.19
    Erika said:


    On the Skinceuticals website it says that their Simply Clean cleanser has exfoliating hydroxy acids which I thought were not safe in pregnancy? Would you be able to advise? Below are the ingredients listed on their website:

    Sodium Laureth Sulfate
    Cocamidopropyl Betaine
    Propylene Glycol
    Cocamide MEA
    Sodium Chloride
    Sodium Benzoate
    Caprylyl Glycol
    Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract
    Saccharum Officinarum Extract/Sugar Cane Extract
    Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water/Orange Fruit Water
    Citrus Limon Fruit Extract/Lemon Fruit Extract
    Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil/Orange Peel Oil
    Acer Saccharinum Extract/Sugar Maple Extract
    Aloe Barbadenis Extract/Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Extract
    Chamomilla Recutita Extract/Matricaria Flower Extract
    Sodium Hydroxide

    • 10.24.19
      15mins said:

      They’re included in the extracts, which don’t count for pregnancy safety as the concentration is so low. This list is fine

      • 8.27.20
        Bree said:

        Thank you soooo much! This is so helpful! I’ve spent weeks looking for my serums and figuring out if they are safe or not. I currently use the Phloretin CF and Retexturing Activator, however my dermatologist advised to discontinue the Retexturing Activator. Any thoughts why?

        BTW please ignore those who are rude. They should appreciate your efforts! 🙂

        • 8.28.20
          Christine said:

          Not quite sure why, maybe the hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid? They’re likely even more conservative than me. 🙂

  10. 10.29.19
    Anna said:

    Hi there,

    Struggling to find a pregnancy safe sunscreen in Europe. In Europe they sell the sunscreen MINERAL MATTE UV DEFENSE SPF 30:

    Titanium Dioxide [Nano]/Titanium Dioxide
    C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate
    Dicaprylyl Ether
    Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer
    Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer
    Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil
    Aluminum Hydroxide
    Stearic Acid
    CI 77491
    CI 77492
    CI 77499/Iron Oxides
    Aluminum Stearate
    Silica Silylate
    Polyhydroxystearic Acid
    PEG-8 Laurate
    Disodium Stearoyl

    Would this be safe? Thanks!!

    • 10.29.19
      15mins said:

      If this is the entire ingredient list then it looks fine

      • 10.30.19
        Anna said:

        Fab thank you!!

      • 4.21.20
        sed said:

        Hi , looking for european versions of physcal matte thanx for reviewing the mineral matte in other comments on this page, also could you check european verison mineral matte eye defense below? thank you so much!



        Titanium Dioxide [Nano]/Titanium Dioxide
        C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate
        Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil
        Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer
        Dimethicone Crosspolymer
        Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer
        Aluminium Hydroxide
        Stearic Acid
        CI 77419
        CI 77492
        CI 77499/Iron Oxides
        Aluminium Stearate
        Polyhydroxystearic Acid
        PEG-8 Laurate
        Silica Silylate
        Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate

        • 4.24.20
          15mins said:

          Looks ok

  11. 10.29.19
    Erika said:


    I’ve just purchased Simply Clean cleanser from Skinceuticals and looked at the ingredients listed on the packaging and it seems different to the ones listed on their website. I wonder if it’s still ok to use, please advise. Below are the ingredients on the product:

    Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate
    Acrylates Copolymer
    Pentylene Glycol
    Sodium Chloride
    Propylene Glycol,
    Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid,
    Sodium Hydroxide
    Disodium EDTA,
    Citrus Aurantium Dulcis oil/orange peel oil,
    Aloe Barbadensis Extract/Aloe Barbadendsis leaf extract,
    Chamomilla Recutita Extract/Matricaria Flower Extract,
    Citric Acid

    Thank you in advance.

    • 10.29.19
      15mins said:

      This looks ok!

  12. 11.2.19
    Marissa said:

    First I wanted to say thank you so much for sharing so much information with us all. I appreciate it so much!
    I had a question about what you said about the Emollience having retinoid in it. I use this product and am not yet pregnant but am trying so I am switching any products out that I need to. I was looking through the ingredients and didn’t see Retinoid in it so I wasn’t sure if I was looking at it wrong or it was called something else? Thank you so much for your help!

    aqua / Water / Eau, Glycerin, Sesamum Indicum Oil / Sesame Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil / Grape Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter / Mango Seed Butter, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Triethanolamine, Caprylic/capric Glycerides, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Carbomer, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract / Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Algae Extract, Prunus Cerasus Fruit Extract / Bitter Cherry Fruit Extract, Fagus Sylvatica Extract / Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil / Lavender Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil / Rosemary Leaf Oil, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil / Apricot Kernel Oil, Mentha Piperita Oil / Peppermint Oil, Linalool, Mentha Piperita Extract / Peppermint Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Extract / Matricaria Flower Extract

    • 11.2.19
      15mins said:

      I have Emollience in my beauty closet and mine has a retinoid, but this list doesn’t. If you have this list then it is fine for pregnancy and nursing 🙂

      • 3.30.20
        Courtney Bronstein said:

        Do you know if Emollience has changed its ingredients? I don’t see a retinoid in the ingredients in the website.

        • 3.30.20
          15mins said:

          This was answered above in the comments, I think it recently underwent some changes but mine still says retinoid on it (and a friend who recently purchased said hers still said it too, we thought the whole thing was strange). I think it’s still out there with the retinoid in it, so I’ve left it listed there until I hear people are buying it consistently without the retinoid. You can check your own packaging and if you don’t see it then that’s great!

  13. 11.6.19
    Staci said:

    Is there any actual data regarding safety of kojic acid? Or is it lumped into unsafe category because it is a skin lightener? I have not been able to find any concrete data online – though many sites do say avoid in pregnancy/ breastfeeding.

    What do you think about jessner peels while breastfeeding?


    • 11.10.19
      15mins said:

      I don’t know about Jessner Peels, as there are a lot of different brands and it depends on the brand.
      There’s no data specifically for Kojic Acid, but as it works via the same pathways as hydroquinone (which does have data), it is recommended to avoid. Vitamin C also helps to lighten but is safe, so it isn’t just skin lighteners.

  14. 11.12.19
    Fabiana said:

    I’m not pregnant yet, but I want this to happen at the next ovulation (within 10 days). Currently I’m using Glycolic Acid 10 Renew SkinCeuticals. Can I continue using and discontinue only when I am pregnant or should I cancel immediately? Is there any remnant of the product in our body?

    • 11.17.19
      15mins said:

      I’d stop as soon as you start trying. We recommend behaving is if you’re pregnant as soon as you start trying to conceive

  15. 11.19.19
    Nika said:

    I was wondering why the Retexturing Activator is on the list as having glycolic acid and not safe for pregnancy? I can’t find glycolic acid on the ingredient list on the website or on the packaging. Ingredients are as follows:

    25% Hydroxyethyl Urea/Aminosulfonic Acid, Kombucha, Hyaluronic Acid

    aqua / Water / Eau, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Saccharomyces/xylinum/ Black Tea Ferment, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, D42446/2

    • 11.19.19
      15mins said:

      Hmmm….. I thought for sure it had it in there, maybe there was a change? That list looks fine to me!

  16. 11.19.19
    Nika said:

    I wanted to double check the Soothing Cleanser, as I believe on the packaging there’s an extra ingredient compared to dermstore:

    Sorbitol Glycerin Orchid extract Cucumber extract Amino acid-based surfactant system

    aqua / water / eau, sorbitol, glycerin, sodium cocoyl glycinate, peg-8, hexylene glycol, coco-betaine, sodium, hydroxide, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, disodium edta, sodium chloride, orchis mascula extract, cucumis sativus fruit extract / cucumber fruit extract

    • 11.19.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok

    • 7.5.20
      Sevil Pius said:

      Hello, thank you so so much for all you do:) appreciate your advise SO much:) please can I ask you if the UK version of the serum 10 is safe in pregnancy? (Asked skinceuticles and they have told me the formulation is different here to the US version);

      Aqua/Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Triethyl Citrate, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate.

      Thank you so much:)

      • 7.6.20
        Christine said:

        This looks fine to me

  17. 12.14.19
    Natalia said:

    Hi, how do you feel about skinceuticals sunscreens having talc in their products? One of the reasons it stopped me from purchasing them at all even though I really wanted to buy it…I’m so disappointed. your input on this would be appreciated!

    • 12.14.19
      15mins said:

      The talc doesn’t bother me, it’s in a very large number of products. As long as it isn’t in a powder that you willy nilly slap on and then inhale (a’la baby powder, something we stopped recommending decades ago), I wouldn’t worry about it.

  18. 1.13.20
    Alanna said:

    Hello, i see CE ferulic is listed as safe but I have also read online that absorbic acid (found in CE ferulic) isn’t safe during pregnancy. May I ask if there is a certain amount that is safe? Please help! Thank you!

    • 1.13.20
      15mins said:

      I think you’re referring to ascorbic acid, which is actually vitamin C and is fine.

    • 4.3.20
      Annemarie said:

      Thanks for all your help reviewing products during pregnancy, especially at this time of unprecedented anxiety.

      Could you please have a look at the daily moisture from skinceuticals when you get time. I know you are very busy with your day job and thank you for that.

      aqua / water / eau, glycerin, cetyl palmitate, stearic acid, butylene glycol, palmitic acid, tocopherol, dimethicone, polymethylsilsesquioxane, glyceryl stearate, sorbitol, ci 77163 / bismuth oxychloride, phenoxyethanol, peg-100 stearate, sodium hyaluronate, hamamelis virginiana water / witch hazel water, peg-75 stearate, cetyl alcohol, carbomer, ethylhexyl hydroxystearate, allantoin, panthenol, ceteth-20, triethanolamine, caprylyl glycol, xanthan gum, propylene glycol, steareth-20, disodium edta, myristic acid, betaine, chlorella vulgaris extract, laminaria saccharina extract, glucose, chamomilla recutita flower extract / matricaria flower extract, zingiber officinale root extract / ginger root extract, sanguisorba officinalis root extract, cinnamomum cassia bark extract, thymus vulgaris flower/leaf extract – thyme flower/leaf extract, retinyl palmitate, helianthus annuus seed oil / sunflower seed oil, sodium benzoate, zinc sulfate, laminaria ochroleuca extract, glycyrrhiza glabra extract / licorice root extract, urtica dioica extract / nettle extract, equisetum arvense extract, betula alba leaf extract, citric acid, potassium sorbate, cinnamal, pyridoxine hcl

      Is has Licorice root extract but I think that’s the only thing that is not recommended and you wrote if that’s the only thing than it is considered safe. It’s on your safe list but I want to be sure on that 😊

      • 4.3.20
        15mins said:

        this has both a retinoid and licorice root. Avoid in pregnancy for sure and while nursing if you’re conservative

        • 4.26.20
          Test said:

          Can you please remove the daily moisture on the list? It has the retinyl palmitate which is a form of vitamin A. The ingredient list is updated on both the dermstore website and skinceutical website

          • 4.27.20
            15mins said:

            Ah ha! I’ve been waiting for those ingredients to be updated. Thank you for spotting that! I just went through the entire brand (on the Skinceuticals site) and updated the full list.

  19. 1.18.20
    Cathy said:

    Dear Doctor,

    I clicked the link you shared of the Equalizing Toner. It shows that it contains AHA. Could you double-check it again to see if it’s safe for pregnancy? Thank you so much.

    • 1.19.20
      15mins said:

      Under key ingredients they’re listing a ton of things, but when you look at the actual ingredients from the packaging, it’s all in extracts (if they’re even all present) and that’s considered fine.

  20. 2.3.20
    Staci said:

    Skinceuticals Advanced Corrective Peel
    Alcohol denat., salicylic acid, lactic acid, phenylethyl resorcinol, water

    This is one of their professional peels that can only be done in a medical setting.

    Is it safe while breastfeeding?


    • 2.7.20
      15mins said:

      While nursing but not while pregnant

  21. 2.11.20
    Shila said:

    Is this two okey using during pragnecy?
    Thanks a lot!!

    1 –
    Aqua / Water, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Cholesterol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzonate, Ceramide 3, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil Unsaponifiables / Sunflower Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, BIS-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sodium Polyacrylate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone / PEG-10 / 15 Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Chlorephenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG / PPG-18 / 18 Dimethicone, Propylene Carbonate, Disodium EDTA, Acrylonitrile / Methyl Methacrylate / Vinylidene Chloride Copolymer, Adenosine, Dipropylene Glycol, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil / Lavender Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil / Rosemary Leaf Oil, T-Butyl Alcohol, Mentha Piperita Oil / Peppermint Oil, Sodium Citrate, Linalool, Isobutane, Ceramide EOP, BHT, Tocopherol, Limonene.


    Aqua, Glycerin, Alcohol, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carnitine HCl, PEG-75, Polysorbate 20, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Aminobutyric Acid, Polyacrylamide, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylserine, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Acetyl Glucosamine, Parfum, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Laureth-7, Dimethoxy Di-p-Cresol, Menthoxypropanediol, Hydrolyzed Silk, Fucus Serratus Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Zostera Marina Extract, Pyracantha Fortuneana Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool

    Thanks a lot!!

    • 2.11.20
      15mins said:

      #1 is ok
      #2 has licorice root and is ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  22. 2.12.20
    Shilan said:

    Aqua/Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide [Nano]/Titanium Dioxide, Alcohol Denat, Pentylene Glycol, Terephthalydene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Triethanolamine, BIS-ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-100 Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Tromethamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Cetyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii Seescake Extract/Shea Butter Seedcake Extract, Aluminium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Stearate.

    Is this safe?
    I need a safe physical sunscreen. Jan you recommend me one good from SkinCeuticals or another one.
    Thanks a lot

    • 2.12.20
      15mins said:

      This is a chemical sunscreen, it’s ok for nursing but not pregnancy.
      I have a list of pregnancy safe sunscreens, otherwise I would check the list above.

  23. 2.13.20
    Kris said:

    Hi! I love Skinceuticals so this list is great! Question: I’ve been reading online that Resveratrol is not safe to use when pregnant but Reseveratrol BE is on the pregnancy safe list. Is this because of the concentration?

    Thank you!

    • 2.13.20
      15mins said:

      It’s because most doctors don’t think it’s something you need to avoid. My list is conservative, but in my discussions with other physicians and reading the literature I didn’t feel compelled to add it to my list of things to avoid.

  24. 2.16.20
    Shilan said:

    Hey doctor,

    Is this safe ?

    Thanks a lot!

    • 2.16.20
      15mins said:

      I would avoid in pregnancy due to the salicylate, but ok for nursing

  25. 2.20.20
    silvia said:

    Hi Dr., could you please tell me if
    SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF50 is pregnancy safe?
    Thank you very much!

    Here are the ingredients:
    Aqua, Titanium Dioxide, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Undecane, C12 – 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Caprylyl Methicone, Nylon-12, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Phenyl Benzoate, Tridecane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Silica, Triethylhexanoin, Isohexadecane, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dimethicone PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Talc, Aluminium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, CI 77492, aluminum Stearate, PEG-8 Laurate, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Aluminiua, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, CI 77491, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate Tocopherol, CI 77499, Propylene Carbonate, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphates, Artemia Extract, Benzoic Acid, PEG-9.

    • 2.20.20
      15mins said:

      This has a salicylate, ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  26. 2.22.20
    Nadia said:

    This is new from SkinCeuticals. Is this safe?


    Aqua / Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Propylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Polysilicone-11, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Octyldodecanol, Bis-Peg / Ppg-16 / 16, Peg / Ppg-16 / 16 Dimethicone, Peg-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Dextrin, Oryza Sativa Extract/Rice Extract, Disodium Edta, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Hydroxide, Adenosine, Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Limonene, T-Butyl Alcohol, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate.


    • 2.22.20
      15mins said:

      It has licorice root and salicylic acid. Ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  27. 2.22.20
    Shil said:

    Hey Dr,

    Is this sunscrenn sade from SkinCeuticals.


    Aqua / Water, Titanium Dioxide [Nano] / Titanium Dioxide, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Undecane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Styrene / Acrylates Copolymer, Caprylyl Methicone, Nylon-12, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Phenethyl Benzoate, Tridecane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Silica [Nano] / Silica, Triethylhexanoin, Isohexadecane, Dicaprylyl Ether, Talc, Dimethicone / Peg-10 / 15 Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Ci 77491; Ci 77492; Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides, Aluminum Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-8 Laurate, Magnesium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Tocopherol, Propylene Carbonate, Artemia Extract, Benzoic Acid, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Peg-9, D175497/1.


    • 2.26.20
      15mins said:

      Doh! It has a salicylate. 🙁 Ok for nursing, but not pregnancy

  28. 2.27.20
    Katie said:

    I see the resveratrol BE was deemed on your safe list, but I read negative articles about resveratrol and fetal development. Can you just ease my mind that this one is safe and why please?

    • 2.27.20
      15mins said:

      I don’t know any physicians that recommend avoiding it…The studies that are out there currently haven’t been large enough or well done enough that I’ve even heard any OBs or other physicians put this on their radar as something to avoid.

  29. 2.29.20
    Jacqueline said:

    With the retexturizing activator, I’ve read that hydroxyethyl urea is pregnancy category C. Given that this is in a 25% concentration in the product, do you still deem it safe? Thanks.

    • 2.29.20
      15mins said:

      We still consider it safe.

  30. 3.2.20
    Maria said:

    If it’s safe for pregnancy, is it safe for nursing? Or is the the safe for nursing completely separate from the pregnancy list.

    • 3.2.20
      15mins said:

      Everything safe for pregnancy is safe for nursing also.

  31. 4.13.20
    Bsk said:

    Hi! The A.G.E. Eye Complex is listed as safe but has Parabens? I’ve read to avoid those?

    • 4.13.20
      15mins said:
      • 4.13.20
        Bsk said:

        Thank you so much! Was worried because I’ve been using that! What about if it has “fragrance”, I’ve heard to avoid that too which is hard to do. Also anything negative with celery seed extract? I know you aren’t suppose to eat or take supplements with that but can’t find anything on it being in cosmetics

        • 4.13.20
          15mins said:

          Both are ok!

  32. 5.6.20
    Brianne said:


    Your list says the phyto corrective Gel has a chemical sunscreen in it so it isn’t safe, but I don’t see sunscreen in the list of ingredients. Was this a typo? I just purchased a bottle and am in the process of trying to conceive and thought this was safe.


    • 5.6.20
      15mins said:

      No, I just went through this entire brand. The Benzophenone-4 is a chemical sunscreen.

  33. 5.31.20
    Test said:

    Hi Doctor,

    Is this product safe to use?

    aqua / water / eau, ethoxydiglycol, ascorbic acid, glycerin, propylene glycol, laureth-23, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol, triethanolamine, ferulic acid, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate

    Thanks for your help

    • 5.31.20
      15mins said:

      This is fine for pregnancy and nursing

  34. 5.31.20
    Sara Edwards said:

    Hi Please can you check the below product?

    Mineral UV Defence

    Titanium Dioxide [Nano]
    C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate
    Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer
    Caprylyl Methicone
    Butyloctyl Salicylate
    Phenethyl Benzoate
    Dicaprylyl Carbonate
    Silica [Nano]
    Dicaprylyl Ether
    Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer
    Aluminium Hydroxide
    Stearic Acid
    Pentylene Glycol
    PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethanol
    CI 77492
    Aluminium Stearate
    PEG-8 Laurate
    Magnesium Sulfate
    Caprylyl Glycol
    Polyhydroxystearic Acid
    Disteardimonium Hectorite
    Propylene Carbonate
    Artemia Extract
    Benzoic Acid

    • 5.31.20
      15mins said:

      With the salicylate this is ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  35. 6.7.20
    Jasmine Yusuf said:


    May I please find out if the the Ultra Facial Defence SPF 50 is pregnancy safe?

    Thank you so much, really appreciate your help.

    Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
    Drometrizole Trisiloxane
    Propylene Glycol
    Titanium Dioxide [Nano]/Titanium Dioxide
    Alcohol Denat
    Pentylene Glycol
    Terephthalydene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid
    Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate
    BIS-ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine
    Stearic Acid
    Potassium Cetyl Phosphate
    Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate
    PEG-100 Stearate
    Palmitic Acid
    Xanthan Gum
    Caprylyl Glycol
    Disodium EDTA
    Cetyl Alcohol
    Butylene Glycol
    Butyrospermum Parkii Seescake Extract/Shea Butter Seedcake Extract
    Aluminium Hydroxide
    Glyceryl Stearate

    • 6.7.20
      15mins said:

      This has chemical sunscreens, so ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  36. 6.14.20
    Geraldine said:


    Thank you so much for your work. Your lists have helped me so much during my pregnancy. Do you know if the Advanced Brightening UV Defense SPF50 would be suitable for nursing?



    Thank you!

    • 6.14.20
      15mins said:

      Ok for nursing but not pregnancy due to chemical sunscreens and salicylate

  37. 6.15.20
    Rebecca said:

    Thank you soooo much for taking the time to post these! <3

  38. 6.26.20
    Alli Mingione said:

    This was sooooo helpful!! The company could not answer these questions for me. So thank you!!

  39. 6.28.20
    Elona said:

    Hello! Thank you very much for what you are doing for pregnant women. I am on the last trimester and I purchased SkinCeuticals advanced brightening UV defences sunscreen 50 (in Europe) with these ingridients:
    Aqua/Water, Alcohol Denat., Ethylhexyl Triazone, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol [Nano] /, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Octocrylene, Propanediol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Silica, Tranexamic Acid, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Mica, Glycerin, PEG-20, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Carbomer, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, T-Butyl Alcohol.

    Is it safe to use? Thank you very much again!

    • 6.28.20
      Christine said:

      Sorry, this has chemical sunscreens and a salicylate. Ok for nursing though, so hold on to it!

      • 6.30.20
        Elona said:

        Thank you very much! 🙏

  40. 7.2.20
    Rachel said:

    Hello, firstly thank you so much for your website and absolute patience with all these questions. It’s super helpful.

    I’ve recently bought the Skinceuticals Vitamin CE Ferulic. I’m waiting for it to come but just saw this article which says Ferulic Acid isn’t pregnant safe? (Which seems odd as I’ve seen this product recommended multiple places as pregnancy safe). http://www.vogue.in/content/the-skin-products-that-you-need-to-toss-when-youre-pregnant%3famp

    Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated as I’m currently scared to use the product and it was quite expensive. Thank you

    • 7.2.20
      Christine said:

      It’s fine in pregnancy, I don’t know any physicians who state to avoid it, though note there’s very little data.

  41. 7.21.20

    Thanks for this! What about the Advanced Skin Discolouration Corrector?

    • 7.21.20
      Christine said:

      I don’t have an ingredient list available for that one (I went though their entire site making this list) do you have an ingredient list?
      why I need an ingredient list to comment on product safety

      • 7.22.20

        Butylene glycol
        Pentaerythrityl tetraethyhexanoate
        Methylsilanol/silicate crosspolymer
        Propionic acid
        Ammonium polyacryldimethylitauramide
        Ellagic acid
        Inulin laurel carbmate
        Pentylene glycol
        Ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate
        Titanium dioxide
        salicylic acid
        Faex extract
        Sodium hydroxide
        Disodium edta

        • 7.24.20
          Christine said:

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

  42. 8.6.20
    Samah said:

    Thanks a lot it helped me so much ❤️

  43. 8.14.20
    Whitney said:


    Thank you for all your research on these products. I see that you say the Triple Lipid Restore is safe, but I’m curious about the essential oils in it? I read that rosemary and peppermint are not safe for pregnancy? Is it not a concern because of the concentrations? Appreciate your feedback.

  44. 8.26.20
    Whitney said:

    You have been a great resource for me while I align my skincare routine with being pregnant! I can appreciate the time it takes to vet out all of the products individually and just wanted to say, THANK YOU!! 🙂

  45. 9.2.20
    RB said:

    Hi there! I use a copycat version of skinceuticals CE Ferulic acid serum. Can you verify if this is safe for pregnancy / nursing?

    Dr. Brenner Anti-Aging Vitamin C Serum for Face and Eyes with Ferulic Acid, Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid
    Ingredients: Water, Ethoxydiglycol, L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth-23, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Hyaluronate Blend (Hyaluronic Acid Blend), Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol.

    • 9.2.20
      Christine said:

      This is fine for pregnancy and nursing

  46. 9.14.20
    Jordan said:

    Hi- I was going to try “Cosmetic Skin Solutions Supreme Serum CE” which is a duo for the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic. Could you look at the ingredients please?

    Deionized Water/Aqua/Eau, Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid), Alcohol Denat., 1,3-Dihydroxybutane, 1,5-Pentanediol, Glycerine, Zinc Sulfate Heptahydrate, Vitamin E (d-tocopherols), L-Glutathione, Asiatic Acid, Polysorbatum 20, Polyoxyethylene 3 Lauryl Ether, Citric Acid, Alpha-Arbutin, Bioflavonoids, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl-cellulose, Hyaluronic Acid

    • 9.14.20
      Christine said:

      This has arbutin, I would avoid it in both pregnancy and nursing.

  47. 10.23.20
    Laura said:

    Hi. Thank you for this very helpful list. Can you tell me why the hyaluronic acid intensifier is listed under the “not safe” list?

    • 10.23.20
      Christine said:

      Each product has the ingredients that are a concern listed next to it.

  48. 11.4.20
    Suzanne said:

    Hello Doctor! Thank you for all of your help. I know you’ve checked the Simply Clean Cleanser, and answered some questions on it already – but I was just looking at re-ordering it from the Canadian site and saw this description. The formulation seems to be the same ingredient-wise, but the “6%” worried me. Please let me know if you still think it’s okay.

    “Simply Clean is a powerful makeup removing cleanser formulated with an amino acid surfactant system and a 6% concentration combining sulfonic acid (HEPES), glycerin, chamomile and aloe extracts, orange oil, and citric acid to gently exfoliate uneven or rough skin. This unique gel cleanser efficiently removes waterproof makeup and excess oil to leave skin feeling clean and primed for in-office treatments and at-home cosmeceutical use. Tested pre-procedure.”

    Thank you again for all of your help!

    • 11.4.20
      Christine said:

      Hepes is fine actually, it’s always been in there and a lot of other products.

  49. 11.16.20
    Caitlin said:

    Hi! I’m struggling with the Phyto Corrective Gel. I can’t find a chemical sunscreen listed. Am I missing something? Hope I’m not repeating! I tried to read through all comments. Thanks so much!

    • 11.16.20
      Christine said:

      It’s the Benzophenone-4

    • 3.20.21
      Sami said:

      Hi ! I just realised the vitamin C E Ferilic serum that I bought has a different ingredient list to the one you have linked above as pregnancy safe (probably because Ingredients labels are different for different countries) but could I kindly ask you to have a look and see if I can still use this serum? (Fingers crossed I have only Used it twice so far and I already see a difference I love it !!)

      Ingredients list;
      740019 21- Aqua/Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Laurent-23, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, D31590/4
      D31590/4 ACL : 4516232 CN: 3023320 CNP: 6823807

      Thank you so much!!

      • 3.20.21
        Christine said:

        You’re probably right, it’s a different country issue. This looks fine for pregnancy and nursing 🙂

  50. 12.2.20
    chloe said:

    i notice the SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF50 30ml is not on the list. Wondering if this is safe to use when pregnant? thanks 🙂

    Aqua/Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide [Nano]/Titanium Dioxide, Alcohol Denat, Pentylene Glycol, Terephthalydene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Triethanolamine, BIS-ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-100 Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Tromethamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Cetyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii Seescake Extract/Shea Butter Seedcake Extract, Aluminium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Stearate

    • 12.2.20
      Christine said:

      This has chemical sunscreens. Ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  51. 12.7.20
    Daniela said:

    Hello Doc,
    thank you so much for your work. I already saw the “simple clean” that you consider safe for pregnancy. I compared the ingredients with the product they sell in Germany and it seems to me they are a bite different…

    Could you have a look at the ingredient list please:

    aqua / water / eau, glycerin, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, propylene glycol, cocamide mea, phenoxyethanol, sodium chloride, sodium benzoate, caprylyl glycol, vaccinium myrtillus fruit extract, saccharum officinarum extract / sugar cane extract / extrait de canne a sucre, citrus aurantium dulcis fruit water / orange fruit water, citrus limon fruit extract / lemon fruit extract, citrus aurantium dulcis oil / orange peel oil, limonene, acer saccharinum extract / sugar maple extract, aloe barbadensis extract / aloe barbadensis leaf extract, chamomilla recutita extract / matricaria flower extract, sodium hydroxide

    Thank you so much!

    • 12.7.20
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

  52. 1.5.21
    Arams said:

    Hi there,
    Thanks so much for this website – has been so helpful through pregnancy and beyond. I was wondering if Silymarin CF is safe for breastfeeding:



    Thank you!

    • 1.6.21
      Christine said:

      This has salicylic acid, ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  53. 2.6.21
    Annette said:

    Is the Mineral radiance UV defense safe for pregnancy?

    Aqua / Water, Titanium Dioxide [Nano] / Titanium Dioxide, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Undecane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Styrene / Acrylates Copolymer, Caprylyl Methicone, Nylon-12, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Phenethyl Benzoate, Tridecane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Silica [Nano] / Silica, Triethylhexanoin, Isohexadecane, Dicaprylyl Ether, Talc, Dimethicone / Peg-10 / 15 Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Ci 77491; Ci 77492; Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides, Aluminum Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-8 Laurate, Magnesium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Tocopherol, Propylene Carbonate, Artemia Extract, Benzoic Acid, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Peg-9, D175497/1.

    • 2.6.21
      Christine said:

      This has a salicylate. Ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  54. 2.22.21
    Alison Brow said:

    Hello. Thank you so much for your help. I am relieved to hear that ce ferulic is considered safe during pregnancy and breast feeding. I just read an article in vogue suggesting women avoid ferulic acid use during pregnancy skin care. Any reason you know of that they would recommend against or is this just a difference of opinion? Thank you again.

    • 2.22.21
      Christine said:

      Likely a difference of opinion, I don’t know of a particular reason to avoid. Ferulic can be difficult if you’re acne prone, so might cause more blemishes in pregnancy. But I’m unaware of any safety issues with evidence or many other physicians being worried about it.

  55. 2.27.21
    Katie said:

    Is SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF pregnancy/nursing safe?

    • 2.27.21
      Christine said:

      Only ok for nursing, it has salicylic acid

  56. 3.2.21
    Laura said:

    Hi, I’m from Italy and I’ve been consulting your site religiously! I was wondering whether the SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial UV defence sunscreen SPF50 is safe for pregnancy.


    Thank you!

    • 3.2.21
      Christine said:

      This has chemical sunscreens. Ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  57. 3.8.21
    Stephanie Quinn said:

    Hi, thanks for the work you do! I am struggling to find a pregnancy safe spf without tint in the UK. Just wondering if this is safe? Thanks!

    SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50+:

    Aqua / Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide [Nano] / Titanium Dioxide, Alcohol Denat., Pentylene Glycol, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Triethanolamine, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-100 Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Tromethamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Disodium Edta, Cetyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii Seedcake Extract / Shea Butter Seedcake Extract, Aluminum Hydroxide, Glyceryl Stearate (F.I.L. D164448/2).

    • 3.8.21
      Christine said:

      Ok for nursing but not pregnancy due to chemical sunscreen

  58. 4.5.21
    Alex said:

    Was the soothing cleanser always on the safe list?

    • 4.5.21
      Christine said:

      I don’t remember. I very recently redid the list (in the last few weeks, the date is above in the post), and when that happens I start with a fresh list, rather than revising the old one. I don’t want the previous list to bias me when I’m reviewing everything. I start a fresh list, open the brand’s site and look at everything. This is meant to capture any reformulations that have taken place in the last year, but it also means I don’t know how things have moved around.

      • 4.5.21
        Alex said:

        Thanks for letting me know! It looks like the website does not list sodium hydroxide though it is listed as one of the ingredients on my bottle. Is this safe?

        • 4.5.21
          Christine said:

          It’s fine 🙂

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