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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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12 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

  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.

  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.