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Pregnancy Safe Toners

Pregnancy Safe Toners

Recently, I’ve had a lot of readers asking for a list of pregnancy safe toners. I’ve done some searching and found some, at a lot of different price points! This list is not comprehensive, you’ll find more options in the huge list of pregnancy safe beauty brands.

I have screened these toners on 10/21/2020, keeping in mind which ingredients to avoid while pregnant. If your favorite toner isn’t included here, please check the brand list before asking about it. The list is incredibly long, and I couldn’t include all brands here.

There is a separate post for pregnancy safe mists and sprays. Please check the brand list before asking about  your favorite toner if it isn’t included here.

Pregnancy and Nursing Safe Toners

• Agent Nateur holi(water) Hyaluroic Pearl & Rose Toner  (at Nordstrom)
• Bioderma Sensibio Moisturizing Toner (at Walmart)
• Clarins Toning Lotion for Dry/Normal Skin (at Nordstrom)
• Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel Hydrating Toner with Rosewater (at Walmart)
• Dr. Barbara Sturm Balancing Toner (at Nordstrom)
• Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner (at Nordstrom)
• Elemis Rehydrating Ginseng Toner (at Nordstrom)
• Erno Laszlo Light Controlling Lotion Mattifying Toner (at Nordstrom)
• Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner (at Nordstrom)
• Fresh Rose Floral Water Toner (at Nordstrom)
• Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner (at Nordstrom)
• Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol Free Toner (at Nordstrom)
• Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner (at Nordstrom)
• Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner (at Nordstrom)
• Lancome Tonique Confort Comforting Rehydrating Toner (at Nordstrom)
• Mario Badescu Witch Hazel & Lavender Toner (at Nordstrom)
• Mario Badescu Witch Hazel & Rosewater Toner (at Nordstrom)
• NARS Multi-Action Hydrating Toner (at Nordstrom)
• Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner (at Walmart)
• Olay Cleanse Witch Hazel Face Toner (at Walmart)

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

• Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner (at Nordstrom): Salicylate
• Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic Toner (at Nordstrom): Salicylic Acid
• Clinique Clarifying Lotion (at Nordstrom): Salicylic Acid
• Earth to Skin Honey Manuka Calming Face Toner (at Walmart): Chemical Sunscreen
• Earth to Skin Tea Time Anti Aging Face Toner (at Walmart): Chemical Sunscreen
• Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Toning Lotion/Refiner (at Nordstrom): Licorice Root
• Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic (at Nordstrom): Salicylic Acid
• La Mer The Tonic (at Nordstrom): Chemical Sunscreen
• L’Oreal Paris HydraFresh Toner (at Walmart): Chemical Sunscreen, Salicylic Acid Derivative
• Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner (at Walmart): Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid
• Paula’s Choice Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner (at Nordstrom): Licorice Root
• Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner (at Nordstrom): Licorice Root, Willow Bark
• REN Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic (at Nordstrom): Willow Bark
• wet n wild Mega Glo Crystal Toner (at Walmart): Licorice Root

Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

• Clarins Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion (at Nordstrom): Retinoid, Salicylate
• Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner (at Nordstrom): Salicylate

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30 Comments

  1. 10.24.20
    Rachel said:

    Hi! Could you let me know if the UMA Deeply Clarifying Aloe Alum Toner is safe for pregnancy?

    Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract), Rose Water, Extracts of Neem (Azadirachta Leaf), Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus), Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum), Turmeric (Curcuma Longa), Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternafolia) and Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Zeylanic Bark).

    Thank you!

    • 10.25.20
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

      • 10.28.20
        Alexis said:

        Hi could you let me know if this Quinn’s toner is safe for pregnancy?
        Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Hamamelis Virginiana (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel) Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract

        • 10.28.20
          Christine said:

          Ok for pregnancy and nursing

    • 1.9.21
      Kat said:

      Hi, is Nature Republic Real Squeeze Aloe Vera Toner safe for pregnancy?

      ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: GLYCERIN (5.21%)

      Inactive ingredients ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT,PHENOXYETHANOL,WATER,ALCOHOL DENAT.,WATER,PROPANEDIOL,PEG-75,PENTYLENE GLYCOL,LINUM USITATISSIMUM (LINSEED) SEED EXTRACT,PHENOXYETHANOL,WATER,GLYCERYL ACRYLATE/ACRYLIC ACID COPOLYMER,1,2-HEXANEDIOL,PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL,WATER,ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF POLYSACCHARIDES,BUTYLENE GLYCOL,ETHYL HEXANEDIOL,1,2-HEXANEDIOL,BIS-PEG-18 METHYL ETHER DIMETHYL SILANE,PHENOXYETHANOL,ARGININE,CARBOMER,OCTYLDODECETH-16,WATER,BUTYLENE GLYCOL,PHENOXYETHANOL,LACTOBACILLUS FERMENT,LACTOBACILLUS/PUNICA GRANATUM FRUIT FERMENT EXTRACT,CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA (LIME) FRUIT EXTRACT,VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) FRUIT EXTRACT,FRAGRANCE(PARFUM)

      Thank you!

      • 1.9.21
        Christine said:

        This is fine for pregnancy and nursing

  2. 10.24.20
    Grace said:

    What about Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner? Ingredients are witch hazel extract and 14% grain alcohol. (Does the alcohol deep into the system?)

    • 10.25.20
      Christine said:

      That’s fine. The alcohol evaporates too quickly to get into your system, so we don’t worry about the various topical alcohols.

  3. 10.28.20

    Thanks for putting this out here. Great list. Do you happen to know if these are or we have a hypoallergenic option?

    • 10.28.20
      Christine said:

      I don’t know. Hypoallergenic doesn’t really mean anything to most people as everyone reacts to ingredients differently.

    • 2.12.21
      Lucy Vue said:

      Hi Doc,
      Could you please help me confirm if these 2 products is safe to use during pregnancy or not. Thankyou!

      1. It’s Skin- Collagen Nutrition toner
      -Water, hydrolyzed collagen, alcohol denat., butylene glycol, glycerin, peg-11 methyl ether dimethicone, laminaria japonica extract, cyclomethicone, neopentyl glycol diheptanoate, fragrance, caprylyl glycol, peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, triethanolamine, carbomer, ethylhexylglycerin, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, ppg-26-buteth-26, saussurea involucrata extract, arctostaphylos uva ursi leaf extract, tocopheryl acetate, xanthan gum, benzophenone-5, disodium edta, hydrolyzed malt extract, propagermanium, red 4 (ci 14700), yellow 6 (ci 15985).

      2. Frudia Ultra UV shield
      -Water, Propanediol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dibutyl Adipate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Niacinamide, Titanium Dioxide, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearyl Alcohol, Silica, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Caprylate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sorbitan Olivate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Methicone, Myristyl Alcohol, Adenosine, Sorbitan Isostearate, Lauryl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Propylene Glycol, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Garcinia Mangostana Peel Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance

      • 2.13.21
        Christine said:

        Both have chemical sunscreens and #2 has willow bark. They’re ok for nursing but not pregnancy

        • 2.14.21
          Lucy Vue said:

          Ok, thanks!

        • 2.14.21
          Lucy Vue said:

          Hi Doc,
          Could you confirm if this sunscreen is also safe to use during pregnancy as well. Thankyou!

          HELLO BELLO mineral sunscreen SPF 50
          – (ACTIVE) ZINC OXIDE (20%), (Inactive)ARACHIDYL ALCOHOL, ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, BISABOLOL*, BUTYLOCTYL SALICYLATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER*, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT*, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT*, CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID, CAPRYLOYL GLYCERIN/SEBACIC ACID COPOLYMER, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CELLULOSE GUM, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA, (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT*, CITRIC ACID, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, COCO GLUCOSIDE, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL*, CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT*, DIHEPTYL SUCCINATE, GLYCERIN, METHYL DIHYDROABIETATE, MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) FRUIT EXTRACT*, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL*, SODIUM GLUCONATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER*, TOCOPHEROL (SUNFLOWER SEEDS), TRIETHYL CITRATE, VANILLA PLANIFOLIA FRUIT EXTRACT, WATER *Certified organic

          • 2.15.21
            Christine said:

            This has a salicylate. Ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  4. 10.29.20
    Vivian said:

    Hi Doc,

    I am interested in purchasing a product/lotion that targets hyperpigmentation and brightens the skin. Could you please let me know if it is safe to use during breastfeeding. Thanks!
    Exfoliating Active Ingredients: Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids, Australian Finger Lime Extract, Beta-Hydroxy-Acids, Poly-Hydroxy Acid, Phytic Acid, Levulinic Acid. Purifying Active Ingredients: Magnesium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Meadowsweet Extract. Lightening and Anti-Spots Active Ingredients: Palmaria Palmata Extract (Red Alga), Complex of Fruits Titrated In Flavonoids and AHAs. Antioxidant Active Ingredients: Vitamin B3, Wasabi Extract

    Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Niacinamide, Sodium Gluconate, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Lactobacillus/Wasabia Japonica Root Ferment Extract, Magnesium Chloride, Mandelic Acid, Phytic Acid, Citric Acid, Gluconolactone, Magnesium Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Levulinic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Salicylate, Spirea Ulmaria Extract, Vinegar (Acetum) Sodium Levulinate, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol Denat., Microcitrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ascorbic Acid, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract.

    • 10.30.20
      Christine said:

      This has mandelic acid, gluconolactone, salicylic acid. It’s ok for nursing but not pregnancy.

  5. 11.23.20
    Angeline said:

    Hi doctor!

    I found out that I am pregnant and have been using the Allies of Skin mist (which I love). Could you advise on whether this is safe for pregnancy?

    Aqua (Water), Polysorbate 20, Niacinamide, Propanediol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Gluconolactone, Mangifera Indica Fruit Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Yogurt, Zinc PCA, Bisabolol, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Silk Amino Acids, Silver, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Callus Culture Extract, Ergothioneine, Glutathione, Glycerin, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chrysin, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Xanthan Gum, Calcium Gluconate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Gluconate, Steareth-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol.

  6. 1.6.21
    Mandy said:

    Hello! Would you be able to let me know if the following two products are safe during pregnancy & breastfeeding? Thank you so much!

    GRAYDON FACE FOOD MINERAL MIST
    Ingredients: Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Magnesium Chloride, Copper, Silver, Zinc Chloride, Malachite Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Triethyl Citrate, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Limonene

    LIVING LIBATIONS ROSE GLOW COMPLEXION MIST
    Ingredients: Rosa damascena (Rose Hydrosol), Rosa damascena (Rose Otto),Helichrysum italicum (Immortelle) Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Santalum album (Sandalwood), and Daucus carota (Carrot Seed).

    • 1.6.21
      Christine said:

      Both are fine for pregnancy and nursing

  7. 1.14.21
    Medi said:

    Hi thank you for presenting this list of skin products that is safe during pregnancy. I am using a ph balance toner from huangjisoo, if you can help me verify the ingredients are safe during pregnancy, thank you so much!!!

    WATER, CAULERPA LENTILLIFERA EXTRACT, ALGAE EXTRACT, ARTEMISIA VULGARIS EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA (GOTU KOLA) EXTRACT, GLYCERINE, HYALURONIC ACID, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, POLYLYSINE

    • 1.15.21
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

  8. 1.19.21
    sharon said:

    Yonka – facial toner.

    Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Lavender Oil, Geranium Flower Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Cypress Oil, Thyme Oil, PEG-35 Castor Oil, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Red 40/ C1 16035, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol.

    SAFE to use for pregnancy?

    • 1.19.21
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

      • 1.29.21
        Sharon said:

        You have provided so much help and relief and overall assist in allowing women to go through pregnancy with much ease. I wish I could send an edible arrangement your way. I will spread the word of your wonderful website.

  9. 1.29.21
    Lynn said:

    Hi Dr Christine,

    Could I get your advice on the Secret Key Witch Hazel Pore Clear Toner? I truly appreciate it!

    Ingredients;
    Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract (97%), alcohol, propylene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, morus alba bark extract, sciadopitys verticillata root extract, physalis alkekengi fruit extract, portulaca oleracea extract, centella asiatica extract, zanthoxylum piperitum fruit extract, pulsatilla koreana extract, usnea barbata (lichen) extract, nonoxynol-12, tremella fuciformis (mushroom) extract, viola tricolor extract, snail secretion filtrate, disodium edta, fragrance, polysorbate 80.

    • 1.30.21
      Christine said:

      This has snail secretion, I would avoid in pregnancy but ok for nursing

  10. 2.15.21
    Melissa said:

    Thank you for all the awesome lists you have made! Thayers toner:
    INGREDIENTS:PURIFIED WATER, CERTIFIED ORGANIC WITCH HAZEL EXT BLEND (HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA EXTRACT (WITCH HAZEL (DENOTES CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENT)), ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE (FILET OF ALOE VERA (DENOTES CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENT))), GLYCERIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) SEED EXTRACT.

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