Pregnancy Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid

I’m sure if you’ve been reading my pregnancy skin care series, you know that skin care while you’re pregnant is a bit different than regular skincare. Here I’m addressing specific skin care ingredients and why you might need to avoid them while you are pregnant.

Pregnancy Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid

There are definitely some ingredients that you should avoid while pregnant due to possible birth defects. The placenta is basically a big sieve, it lets things through in a very non-specific (and size based) fashion. Your baby is busy doing things like making organs, which means that small mistakes early on can have big effects later on.

While your skin is a barrier, we do know that some of the products you put on it will be well absorbed and those ingredients can reach the blood stream. Which means they can reach the placenta and therefore your baby. We will never have data regarding safety for many of these ingredients. The studies just wouldn’t be ethical to complete (would you want to be volunteering to try something out and see if it affects your baby? Not me!) so we just make do with the information we do have and try to make some educated guesses.

Pregnancy Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid

Chemical Sunscreens: They’ve been found in your blood stream, no one really knows what they do… it’s better to stick with the physical sunscreens which sit on the surface of your skin.

Retin A/Accutane, Retinoids, Vitamin A: Yes, the big baddies here are definitely the 2 prescription drugs listed first. Accutane is a huge issue with pregnancy as it is linked to many different birth defects. In fact, most physicians won’t even prescribe it to women of child bearing age unless they are also on birth control or sign a waiver.

While Retin A and over the counter retinoids are not as strongly linked to birth defects as Accutane, they are all the same class of drug and as such are on pretty much every MD’s list of no-no ingredients. The retinoids are Vitamin A derivatives, and I’ve seen quite a few lists advising to avoid topical Vitamin A as well, so it’s made my list. Yes, there is still Vitamin A in your diet and your prenatal vitamin. It should be there and can take care of your needs. But, no need to add even more in skin care.

Note that Beta-Carotene is a Vitamin A derivative that is considered separately from the retinoids, and it is considered safe.

All Hydroxy Acids: From citric acid to salicylic acid, pretty much all of the hydroxy acids either are not safe or simply don’t have enough information to say “sure, go crazy and rub this all over you.” So, the official word is that all of they hydroxy acids, alpha and beta, have pregnancy categories that recommend avoidance, with 1 exception.

The exception is Lactic Acid, which your body makes on its own (I spend a lot of time in the PICU trying to prevent little bodies from making it, but that’s a whole different issue). Lactic acid has been shown to be fine in pregnant animals, but we don’t have evidence in humans. So, the official recommendation is to use with caution if really needed. Personally, I’m avoiding it in everyday skin care items but did let my esthetician use it in my facial a few weeks ago.

I’ve seen a few books that say Glycolic Acid is fine, and there are many physicians that tell this to their patients. However, its official pregnancy category is that there isn’t enough info so should be avoided. The “correct” type of study to prove the safety of Glycolic Acid will simply never be done, so many physicians have looked at the current evidence and feel fine recommending it. I personally avoided it while pregnant and it’s one I look for when recommending products as safe or not.

I also want to point out that Citric Acid is found usually in very small amounts at the very end of ingredient lists. It is typically there to help modulate pH in a product. You likely expose yourself to more Citric Acid in one glass of OJ than you would in a year of using such a product. I avoided it in my first 2 trimesters, but lightened up in my third trimester when I realized I was being a bit silly.

Dihydroxyacetone: Also known as DHA, this is the active ingredient in sunless tanners. The jury is still out on whether sunless tanners are safe. I’ve seen sources that say yes (notably the NHS in the UK), but many that say no. My own OB was anti-sunless tanning while pregnant, it was listed on all of the handouts I was given by the University Clinic, most clinics in the US will state to avoid sunless tanners while pregnant. There is a risk of liver damage due to DHA, even when not pregnant.

I can tell you that my skin has taken on some interesting dry patches while pregnant, and it would be pretty hard to get an even sunless tan. This is a great time to embrace the pale, so I’m going with that.

Hydroquinone: Though I found it in several drug references as safe in pregnancy, these ingredients were listed on enough lists of things to avoid due to unknown risks that I’m avoiding them. Note that Licorice Root Extract and Alpha Arbutin are also in this category.

Kojic Acid: This ingredient is sometimes used to help lighten the skin, but it has shown up on multiple lists of items to avoid. I can’t find the reason why, but I’m thinking lightening my skin shouldn’t be a priority now anyways.

Benzoyl Peroxide: Again, I can’t find this in any actual drug reference books and a literature search didn’t turn up anything of use, but it is listed over and over on lists of things to avoid while pregnant.

Laser Therapy: I’ve seen laser therapy, whether for zapping away birth marks, tattoos or hair, listed over and over on lists of things to avoid while pregnant. As well, most places that offer lasers refuse to treat you if you are pregnant.

I would likely reserve lasers (and at home machines) to be used under the direction of your physician. There is some evidence in the medical literature that laser treatment is safe during pregnancy.

Salicylates: This should include topical willow bark and should be avoided. I also include the related chemical sunscreen ingredients in this list.

Safe skincare Ingredients During Pregnancy

There are a few ingredients that I get asked about frequently. Based on the evidence there’s no reason to avoid these ingredients. There might be random websites that say to avoid them, some of them I can’t even locate the websites but I get asked a lot. These ingredients are safe.

Parabens: since that seems to be asked over and over. They are currently considered safe by pretty much everyone except the EWG, who have a big propaganda machine and I don’t think they interpret most studies correctly. If you disagree with me about that so be it, I’m just stating my opinion since I’ve been asked over and over. Parabens considered safe for pregnancy and breast feeding. BUT… if an ingredient makes you uncomfortable you should just avoid it. There are so many products on the market these days that it is very possible to do so without any issues.

Hyaluronic Acid use during pregnancy: Hyaluronic acid is basically the same thing as Sodium Hyaluronatebody already make a ton of it, but is a big molecule. Huge. It is so large that it just hangs out in the spot where it is made, much too large to get into cells, to pass through membranes or travel to other locations.

Much is the same for any Hyaluronic Acid that you apply to the surface of the skin. Your skin has very tight membrane junctions between those cells on the surface. Hyaluronic Acid can’t get through and just sits there on the surface of the skin. I’m always very suspicious when a company tells me that their HA is different and can get it. It’s a big red flag.

So, since it can’t get in, and your body is already making it anyways, definitely feel that it is safe to keep using HA in your products. It just sits on the surface and helps hold moisture there. We need it to live up to pregnancy glow expectations!

Sulfur: This is often found in acne treatments, and I haven’t really been able to find much info about safety in pregnancy. Be aware that if you’re allergic to sulfa drugs you should avoid this ingredient, but I’ve seen it as the active ingredient in many “pregnancy safe” acne treatments and is probably fine.

Please limit the discussion in the comments to ingredients only. If you want to ask about a specific product you should go to the pregnancy skincare guide and from there go to the appropriate post, such as sunscreen, foundation or skincare.

Guide to Skin Care while Pregnant or Nursing
Don’t forget to check out the other articles in my Pregnancy and Nursing Skin Care Guide!

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  1. Raquel
    January 12, 2018 / 11:43 am

    Thank you for sharing. Very informative for me. As I am on my 3rd trimester. Stopped using all products that I am not suppose to use. Thought melisma hasn’t changed or been added to. I am looking to change my routine up a bit. I’ll keep your article in mind. Thank you.

  2. Iwona
    January 21, 2018 / 9:45 am

    What Products would you recommend that are safe during pregnancy to use as facial washes and creams to body lotion?

  3. Keri
    February 15, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    Thank you so much for your website and advice for pregnant and nursing mamas!

    I noticed one of your “safe” facial washes is Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash. One of the ingredients is sodium hydroxide. Is that a hydroxy acid?

    Thank you!

    • 15mins
      Author
      February 16, 2018 / 3:41 pm

      It’s not!

  4. sally
    February 19, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    Benzoyl Peroxide is listed as safe, including by the NIH, so I’m not sure what you’re basing your assertion on.

    http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/acne-during-pregnancy/

    “When benzoyl peroxide is applied topically, only 5% is absorbed through the skin, and then it is completely metabolized to benzoic acid within the skin and excreted unchanged in the urine.2,3 No studies on the use of this preparation in pregnant patients have been published; however, systemic effects on a pregnant woman and her child would not be expected and therefore use of this product during pregnancy would not be of concern.”
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3114665/

    • 15mins
      Author
      February 21, 2018 / 3:18 pm

      Benzoyl Peroxide has no known studies proving that it is safe but as it is known to be absorbed (as stated in your comment even) not all OB or Derms agree that it is ok to recommend. It was listed by my OB (at a major University health system) on a hand out given to all patients as an ingredient to avoid, and is very frequently mentioned as an ingredient to avoid elsewhere online and in books. Several of the ingredients on this list are in similar situations, but as I stated it would be nearly impossible to actually do those studies due to ethical concerns.

  5. Jemima
    March 7, 2018 / 8:53 am

    Firstly, thank you for this information – very helpful indeed! I was wondering whether you have any advice re. makeup and it’s safety during pregnancy. I’ve read that some makeup can contain harmful ingredients such as formaldehyde and toluene. I, like you, am a bit of a makeup junkie and wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without mascara, concealer and my eyebrows done at the very least. Would you consider writing a blog on the subject with suggested products like you did for Pregnancy Safe Skincare (brilliant by the way)?

    • 15mins
      Author
      March 8, 2018 / 10:20 am

      Most brands update their makeup formulas quite often and the ingredient lists are very difficult to find, so I haven’t been able to write such a post. I would not work about powders, brows and mascara for example as those will sit on the surface of the skin (or on the lashes, which are dead proteins basically), so not a concern.
      A quick note- We think of formaldehyde as toxic because it is used in embalming. Surely it must be horrible, right? The truth is that it is an additive to food, and your body is making it as a byproduct to normal processes. Large amounts obviously aren’t good, but even water is toxic in large amounts.

  6. March 19, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    I truly appreciate your website. I am so glad i came across it…
    For nursing this momma…. i just bought some products and am wondering if i should return them or use them! If i need to return then i will have to do it asap :/. Would love to hear back from you!
    Face wash
    INGREDIENTS: (Aqua) Distilled Water, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Gel, Grape Seed (Vitis Vinifera) Oil, Vegetable Glycerine, Jojoba (Buxux Chinensis) Oil, Squalane, Shea (Butyrospermum Parkii) Butter, L-sodium Hyaluronate, Rose Hip Seed (Rosa Rubiginosa) Oil, L-sodium PCA, Vitamin E (D-alpha-tocopherol), Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Azulene, Fruit Extracts, Allantoin
    Face wash 2
    INGREDIENTS: (Aqua) Distilled Water, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Gel, Grape Seed (Vitis Vinifera) Oil, Vegetable Glycerine, Jojoba (Buxux Chinensis) Oil, Squalane, Shea (Butyrospermum Parkii) Butter, L-sodium Hyaluronate, Rose Hip Seed (Rosa Rubiginosa) Oil, L-sodium PCA, Vitamin E (D-alpha-tocopherol), Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Azulene, Fruit Extracts, Allantoin

    Facial MIST
    INGREDIENTS: Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, Rosa damascena (rose) flower water*, Anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower water*, glycerin, water, Chrithmum maritimum (leaf) extract, hydrolyzed Lupinus albus (lupine) protein*, hydrolyzed Linum usitatissimum (linseed) extract*, Salix nigra (willowbark) extract, glycerin*, Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, Avena sativa (oat) kernel extract*, Oryza sativa (rice) extract*, Spirulina platensis extract*, caprylyl capryl glucoside, Vanillosmopsis erythropappa (bisabolol) wood oil, Helichrysum italicum (immortelle) flower oil*, Cymbopogon martini (palmarosa) leaf oil, sodium hyaluronate, Salvia sclarea (clary sage) flower/leaf oil*. (Ingredients with* were issued from Organic Agriculture. 99.98% of the total of the ingredients are of natural origin, 93.3 % of the total ingredients proceed from Organic Farming)

    FACIAL CREAM
    INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Glycol Distearate, Lactic Acid (L), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Tartaric Acid (L), Malic Acid (L), Ascorbic Acid (L), Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (Spin Trap), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Glucuronolactone (D), Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Powder, Betula Alba Bark Extract, Tocotrienols, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Peumus Boldus Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol

    AND ONE MORE CREAM
    INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Olivate, Squalane, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloud Berry) Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbitol, Mica, Iron Oxides, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil, Citric Acid, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Zinc Oxide, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Zirconium Oxide, Alcohol Denat., Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Phytic Acid, Peumus Boldus Leaf Extract, Betula Alba Bark Extract.

    • 15mins
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 3:03 pm

      The references in this post are for those that are pregnant, the list is different if you are nursing. Here’s the post on what to avoid in skincare while breast feeding.

      For the products here, I would avoid the facial mist while pregnant due to willow bark, but otherwise the products look safe for nursing and pregnancy.

      • March 21, 2018 / 1:58 pm

        Yes, Thank you. I believe I did try to write on that page. I did read it and am thankful for the info! Thank you for helping us momma’s. It is difficult to navigate through all the internet information!

  7. Shae
    March 22, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    I’m wondering if ginseng extract in a nighttime cream is s big no no?

    • 15mins
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 6:15 am

      I’ve never seen anything saying to avoid it. Topical use is very different then ingestion.

    • Jennifer
      April 15, 2018 / 11:25 am

      Hello can I use a facial cream that contains Licorice extract. Thank you. I am 21 weeks pregnant.

      • 15mins
        Author
        April 15, 2018 / 1:04 pm

        No, no licorice root extract.

    • Ilyana
      June 8, 2018 / 9:18 pm

      In Asia it’s strictly prohibited to drink ginseng tea while pregnant. I would choose to avoid it in creams too, going to give up on my Korean brand I love for these months. . I am not Asian myself so I have no idea how it works, but even a sales person told me I better switch to other line of the same brand which doesn’t have ginseng.

      • 15mins
        Author
        June 9, 2018 / 8:02 am

        It’s more of an old wive’s tale than anything. This review of ginseng during pregnancy is from 2008 and states that it is safe to ingest but to use with caution given some data in animals, but not much has come out since then. This article is from 2016 and shows that the “with caution” concerns for animals can only be found during pregnancy when you treat embryos with very high doses in petri dishes (aka- in vitro) before implanting into the actual animals. Those doses are impossible to reproduce in the animals. They also had the animals ingest large amounts and the same effects were NOT seen. As well, these effects have only been found in animals and with the petri dish treatment, topical treatment will be much lower amounts of absorption.

  8. Apple B
    March 24, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    This is a very informative post. Thank you very much. 🙂

    Anyhoo, what is your take on skin care products containing Butylene glycol and propylene glycol? Thanks

    • 15mins
      Author
      March 30, 2018 / 3:00 pm

      Those ingredients are both safe

  9. Amelia
    March 24, 2018 / 10:44 pm

    This is so helpful, thank you! Could you advise on the below two products?

    Milk Makeup – Sunshine Oil
    -Grapefruit and Tangerine Peel Oils: Loaded with vitamins to tone and plump the look of skin.
    – Grape Seed Oil and Orange Peel Oil: Packed with anti-inflammatory properties; helps tone and smooth the look of skin.
    -Avocado Oil: Hydrates and protects.
    – Apricot Kernel Oil and Lemon Peel Oil: Moisturize and revitalize skin.

    Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

    And

    Algenist
    GENIUS Liquid Collagen:
    Collagen, Water, Propanediol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, Pentylene Glycol, Dextrin Palmitate, Collagen Amino Acids, Parachlorella Beijerinckii Exopolysaccharides, Chlorella Protothecoides Oil, Helichrysum Stoechas Extract, Cylindrotheca Fusiformis Extract, Niacinamide, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Adenosine, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Leuconostoc / Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Palmitic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Sodium Lactate, Amodimethicone, Homosalate, Polysorbate 20, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Octocrylene, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Limonene, Beta-Carotene (CI 75130).

    • 15mins
      Author
      March 30, 2018 / 3:00 pm

      Those are both ok to me!

  10. Ren
    March 30, 2018 / 10:12 am

    Thank you so much about all your pregnancy advice you’re sharing. I have been doing some research myself but struggle to find any appropriate information about xanthan gum and adenosine in pregnancy skin care. Could you provide any info, please?

    • 15mins
      Author
      March 30, 2018 / 2:46 pm

      Those are fine!

  11. Eva
    April 6, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    Hi, I’d like to know if these brow pencils are same to use? Is iron oxide okay to use? Are there heavy metal? Thank you

    Anastasia brow definer
    BEHENIC ACID, MICA, RHUS SUCCEDANEA FRUIT WAX/CERA, LANOLIN, TRIETHYLHEXANOIN, SUCROSE TETRASTEARATE TRIACETATE, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, SORBITAN SESQUIISOSTEARATE, HYDROGEN DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, TOCOPHEROL, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: (+/-) IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510)

    Benefit goof proof pencil
    SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, STEARIC ACID, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, SYNTHETIC JAPAN WAX, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, CERA ALBA (BEESWAX), SORBITAN SESQUIISOSTEARATE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, TOCOPHEROL. [+/-: CI 19140 (YELLOW 5, YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 42090 (BLUE 1 LAKE), CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES), CI 77163 (BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE), CI 77288 (CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS), CI 77289 (CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77510 (FERRIC FERROCYANIDE, FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE), CI 77742 (MANGANESE VIOLET), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE)]. N° 09825/A

    • 15mins
      Author
      April 7, 2018 / 3:22 pm

      Those are both fine

  12. Brittany
    April 6, 2018 / 9:43 pm

    HI! Do you know if sweet almond oil and sodium lactate are safe during pregnancy?

    • 15mins
      Author
      April 7, 2018 / 3:11 pm

      They are

  13. Miche
    April 11, 2018 / 12:05 pm

    Is this splash mask safe?

    Water, Lactic Acid, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Panthenol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated castor oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium lactate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil.

    • 15mins
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 11:21 am

      This looks fine to me!

      • Koms
        August 12, 2018 / 2:55 pm

        Hi I have been using lip cream with the following ingredients .. please let me know if these are safe to use and I am 21 weeks pregnant now

        Deionized Water, Cetyl Stearyl alcohol , cetyl alcohol,Cera alba , Isopropyl Myristate ,Niacinamide , Arbutin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf extract , phenoxyethanol Flavour

        • 15mins
          Author
          August 12, 2018 / 7:35 pm

          I would avoid this due to the arbutin

  14. April 12, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    Thank you again for these amazing posts!! Your help to us all is so kind and generous!! Most all of my household stuff and personal care is clean/green, but I have had acne problems for years (used BC and BP, etc)… Once I got off those it took me a good while to FINALLY find a product that seem to work for me (with less ingredients, more that I could read). With that being said, would you kindly look at my list below? Kindest regards, Amanda.

    LUSH: Vanishing Cream
    Linseed Infusion (Linum usitatissimum) Water (Aqua) Rose Water (Rosa Centifolia Flower Water) Lavender Honey Water (Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water) Cold Pressed Organic Grapeseed Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) Honey (Honey/Miel) Stearic Acid Cold Pressed Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis) Witch Hazel Extract (Hamamelis virginiana) Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) Cetearyl Alcohol Triethanolamine Camellia Oil (Camellia Japonica) Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara) Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens) Glycerine Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin) *Geraniol *Limonene *Linalool Fragrance Methylparaben Propylparaben *Occurs naturally in essential oils

    LUSH: Fresh Farmacy
    Calamine Powder Water (Aqua) Chamomile Decoction (Anthemis nobilis) Elderflower Decoction (Sambucus nigra) Rapeseed Oil (Brassica napus (Rapeseed) Seed Oil) Glycerine Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil) Sorbitol Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Sodium Stearate Fragrance Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria chamomilla) Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) Sodium Chloride Sodium Hydroxide EDTA Tetrasodium Etidronate *Limonene *Linalool *Occurs naturally in essential oils

    LUSH: Sleepy Lotion
    Oat Milk (Avena sativa) Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis) Lavender Water (Lavandula Angustifolia) Lavender Flower Infusion (Lavandula angustifolia) Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) Glycerine Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao) Stearic Acid Illipe Butter (Shorea stenoptera) Triethanolamine Lavender Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia) Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax Tonkinensis Pierre) Tonka Absolute (Dipteryx odorata) Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata) Cetearyl Alcohol *Benzyl Benzoate *Benzyl Cinnamate *Coumarin *Geraniol *Limonene *Linalool Fragrance Synthetic Fluorphlogopite Titanium Dioxide Tin Oxide Red 28 Blue 1 *Occurs naturally in essential oils

    ACURE Eye Cream
    WATER/EAU, ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE*, EUTERPE OLERACEA (ACAI) FRUIT EXTRACT*, RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT*, ROSA CANINA (ROSEHIPS) FRUIT EXTRACT*, PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) FRUIT EXTRACT*, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (CALENDULA) FLOWER EXTRACT*, MATRICARIA RECUTITA (CHAMOMILE) FLOWER EXTRACT, ASPALATHUS LINEARIS (ROOIBOS) LEAF EXTRACT*, GLYCERYL STEARATE CITRATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, CATHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER, COCOGLYCERIDES, GLYCERIN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, SODIUM LEVULINATE, POTASSIUM, SORBATE, GLYCERYL LAURATE, OENOTHERA BIENNIS (EVENING PRIMROSE) OIL, TOCOPHEROL ACETATE, CHLORELLA VULGARIS EXTRACT, ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) KERNEL OIL*, UBIQUINONE, LEONTOPODIUM ALPINIUM (EDELWEISS) CULTURE EXTRACT, MARRUBIUM VULGARE (WHITE HOREHOUND) CULTURE EXTRACT. *ORGANIC INGREDIENT / *INGRÉDIENT BIOLOGIQUE

    ACURE Body Beautiful Shampoo
    WATER/EAU, SODIUM LAUROYL METHYL ISETHIONATE, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, BETAINE, COCAMIDOPROPYL HYDROXYSULTAINE, GLYCERIN, COCOGLUCOSIDES HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM LEVULINATE, OPUNTIA TUNA (PRICKLY PEAR) OIL, DISODIUM COCOYL GLUTAMATE, GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, TOCOPHEROL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, FRAGRANCE/PARFUM, SODIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, PYRUS COMMUNIS (PEAR) FRUIT EXTRACT, FISCUS CARICA (FIG) FRUIT EXTRACT.

    ACURE Body Beautiful Conditioner
    WATER/EAU, GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, LACTIC ACID, PANTHENOL, GLYCERIN, TAPIOCA STARCH, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE, SORBITAN OLIVATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, STEARALKONIUM CHLORIDE, ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) KERNEL OIL, THEOBROMA CAVAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER, HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES OIL, CUCURBITA PEPO (PUMPKIN) SEED OIL, OPUNTIA FICUS INDICA (PRICKLY PEAR) SEED OIL, TOCOPHEROL ACETATE, L-ARGANINE, GLYCEROPHOSPHOINOSITOL LYSINE, SODIUM LEVULINATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, LACTIC ACID, FRAGRANCE, PYRUS COMMUNIS (PEAR) FRUIT EXTRACT, FISCUS CARICA (FIG) FRUIT EXTRACT.

    ACURE Brightening Facial Scrub
    water/eau, aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, euterpe oleracea (acai) fruit extract*, rubus fruticosus (blackberry) fruit extract*, rosa canina (rosehips) fruit extract*, punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit extract*, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract*, matricaria recutita (chamomile) flower extract*, aspalathus linearis (rooibos) leaf extract*, vegetable glycerin, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, juglans reglia (walnut shell) flour, kaolin (french green) clay, sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium PCA, sodium lauroyl lactylate, citrus limon (lemon) peel granules, glyceryl Laurate, sodium cocoyl isethionate, cellulose gum, glucono delta lactone, chlorophyll, chrondus crispus extract, potassium sorbate, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, argania spinosa (argan) culture extract, chlorella vulgaris extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, mentha spicata (spearmint) leaf extract, laminaria digitata (kelp) powder, lilium candidum leaf (madonna leaf) culture extract. *organic ingredient

    • 15mins
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 1:49 pm

      All of these look ok to me!

      • April 12, 2018 / 2:07 pm

        OKAY! I saw your comments above regarding parabens so that made me feel slightly better… Controversial stuff is so hard!!

        Question though, the Fresh Farmacy (face soap listed above) does have Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. I don’t think I saw your notes above regarding that ingredient?

        PS – I also saw your comment regarding Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Products. I may look into that as well! (:

        • 15mins
          Author
          April 12, 2018 / 9:07 pm

          Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is actually one of the most commonly used surfactants (more on that in my cleanser post here), and it would be almost impossible to avoid. It’s totally fine for pregnancy, but note that it can be a bit harsh on skin.

  15. marla
    April 20, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    OMG I have to say thank god for your page!!! my doctor just said: use simple things. im like, I don’t even know what that means!!! I’ve been buying this from your list and it has been so helpful. thank you so very much for doing this!! you are awesome. Im posting some products, answer which ever you can. I really appreciated it! thanks so much!!!

    BELIF
    The True Cream Aqua Bomb
    Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methl Trimethicone, Alcohol Denat, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Malakite Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract*, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract*, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract**, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract**, Nepeta Cataria Extract**, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract**, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract**, Dimethiconol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phenl Trimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Panthenol, Squalane, Triethylhexanoin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, PEG-150, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, C14-22 Alcohols, Arachidyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated Lecithin, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Trisodium EDTA, Fragrance+, Citronellol, Limonene, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool. *Napiers aqua formula. **Napiers original formula. +Fragrances of natural origin.

    AMOREPACIFIC
    Botanical Radiance Oil
    -Green Tea Water: Refreshes and revitalizes the feel of skin.
    -Rapeseed Flower Oil: Helps to improve moisture retention.
    -Green Tea Seed Oil: Helps to restore skin’s moisture barrier and deliver antioxidants.
    -Green Tea Polysaccharides: Soothe and protect skin from environmental aging factors.

    Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Butylene Glycol, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water, Xanthan Gum, Octyldodeceth-16, Parfum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Edta, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol.

    LANCÔME
    Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Peg-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Limonene, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Edta, Octyldodecanol, Citric Acid, Citronellol, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate.

    DR. BRANDT SKINCARE
    Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Lauryl Peg/Ppg-18/18 Methicone, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Magnesium Silicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Dimethyl Oxobenzo Dioxasilane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Silica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).

    LANCÔME
    Énergie de Vie The Refreshing & Refining Light Lotion-In Gel
    Water, Propylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Peg-20, Peg-8, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Phenoxyethanol, Ppg-6-Decyltetradeceth-30, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Dioscorea Villosa Extract/Wild Yam Root Extract, Hexyldecanol, Gentiana Lutea Extract/Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Rhodiola Crenulata Root Extract, Fragrance.

    • 15mins
      Author
      April 23, 2018 / 9:01 am

      The Belief, AmorePacific, Dr. Brandt are ok.
      The first Lancome (looks like Lancôme Génifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate from the ingredients) has Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, which is a cross between a sphingolipids and salicylic acid, so I would avoid that one. The Lancome Lotion-In Gel looks ok to me!

      • marla
        April 29, 2018 / 5:52 pm

        Thank you again for taking the time and helping out preggo ladies… xoxox

  16. Estelle
    April 20, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    Thank you so much for this! After I had my babes, my joints (hips are the worst, but knees and shoulders are bad, too) are shot. I want to take a collagen supplement that has hyaluronic acid in it as well. I know you said that topical use is ok, but is ingesting it safe as well since I’m breastfeeding?

    Thank you!

    • 15mins
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 7:52 am

      Ingesting should be fine too. You might want to ask your doctor if the joint issues could be related to continued Relaxin production, it doesn’t fully go away until after you’ve weaned.

  17. Shi
    April 27, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    I stumbled on this when I was trying to search if a skincare product is safe to use if ginseng is in the ingredients list. It’s at the bottom of list and since I know consuming it is a big no during pregnancy, I was worried about it being in my moisturizer. I know you get a ton of mommas asking for your input. Would you mind having a look at my product? It’s Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Crem SPF 30. THANKS!!

    Ingredients
    Active Ingredient: 12% Non Nano, Uncoated, Micronized Zinc Oxide

    *Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Shea Butter, *Evening Primrose Oil, *Hemp Seed Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Borage Seed Oil, *Almond Oil, *Grape Seed Oil, *Sesame Oil, *Avocado Oil, *Olive Oil, *Sea Buckthorn Oil, *Broccoli Oil, *Calendula, *Bilberry, *Chamomile, *Burdock, *Rosemary, *Fennel, *Dandelion, *Rose Hips, *Catnip, *Chickweed, *Neem, *Skullcap, *Ginkgo Leaf, *Linden Flower, *Hawthorn Berry, *Green Tea, *Flax, *Nettle, *Sage, *Marshmallow Root, *Cayenne, *Ginseng, *Peppermint, *St. John’s Wort, *Alfalfa, *Vitamin E, ‡Candelilla Wax, *Guar Gum, *Gum Arabic, §Xanthan Gum, §Potassium Sorbate, *Benzoin Resin, †Carrot Seed Oil.

    * CERTIFIED ORGANIC
    † ORGANIC
    ‡ WILDCRAFTED
    § NON-GMO PLANT SOURCED

    • 15mins
      Author
      April 27, 2018 / 10:15 pm

      Ginseng is fine topically. This list looks safe to me!

      • Shi
        April 28, 2018 / 10:15 pm

        Thanks so much! This puts my mind at ease and I’m so happy to finally be able to switch my moisturizer during pregnancy.

      • Shi
        May 4, 2018 / 4:21 pm

        Someone I spoke to about this product mentioned that clary sage is not safe during pregnancy. And I just bought it. I had a closer at the box and it says sage extract (salvia officinalis). It does not say clary sage. I’ve been researching online and clary sage is Salvia sclarea. You know how online research gets…. some sites say they’re different and salvia officinalis is safe and some sites say it’s not safe. I’m getting the impression both sages aren’t recommended. Can you shed some light on this? Thanks so much!

        • 15mins
          Author
          May 4, 2018 / 5:41 pm

          I can’t find anything that I consider a reputable source that says to avoid Clary Sage topically.

          • Shi
            May 7, 2018 / 12:39 pm

            Thanks so much!

  18. Marilena
    April 30, 2018 / 8:38 am

    Thank you for your post it is very informative.

    I have been using Obagi Fx which contains arbutin for a while and i am planning to get pregnant in a few months. How long before i start trying should i stop using arbutin?

    Thank you!

    • 15mins
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 9:11 am

      There’s no accepted time frame needed for stopping skincare products before trying. I’d probably stop around the same time as you start trying.

  19. Rhmt
    May 1, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    Hi,I am new follower and I really like your website. It is so useful Kindly request you to look at the ingredients of my new product Advanced ClinicalsHyaluronic Serum. As I am 5 month pregnant I wonder whether I can use this. Best.
    INGREDIENTS:
    Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ethoxydiglycol,Glycerin,Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Chondrus Crispus Extract,Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium carboxymethyl beta-glucan, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/
    , Stem Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA
    Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin,
    Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide

    • 15mins
      Author
      May 1, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      This looks fine to me 🙂

  20. RS
    May 3, 2018 / 8:53 am

    Hi, I would like to thank you for this page. It’s informative and the list of pregnancy safe products really helpful.

    I was wondering if you could check whether this product is safe.

    Estée Lauder Advanced Night Recovery serum

    Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-75, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Pantethine, Caffeine, Lectithin, Tripeptide-32, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium RNA, Bisabolol, Glycereth-26, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Oleth-3, Oleth-5, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Yeast Extract, Choleth-24, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceteth-24, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hexylene Glycol, Carbonmer, Triethanolamine, Trisodium EDTA, BHT, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4, Yellow 5.

    • 15mins
      Author
      May 4, 2018 / 10:13 am

      Unfortunately the Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate is actually a chemical sunscreen (not sure why it is in a night cream) and should be avoided. Sorry!

      • RS
        May 6, 2018 / 3:28 am

        Thank you!

        Would it be ok to use it later when breastfeeding?

        • 15mins
          Author
          May 7, 2018 / 9:12 am

          It’s fine while nursing

  21. Sandra
    May 11, 2018 / 8:08 am

    I am pregnancy and I am concerned about a high potency extract of ginseng and burdock root.

    Please could you tell me if this is a concern?

    11% – Panax Ginseng Root Extract: Provides antioxidant and anti-redness benefits.
    8.75% – Balloon Flower Root Extract: Provides antioxidant protection and supports natural function of the skin barrier.
    8.75% – Indian Lotus Root Extract: Hydrates and supports the appearance of elasticity.
    8.75% – Burdock Root Extract: Hydrates and provides antioxidant benefits.

    Water, Panax Ginseng Root Extract(11%), Platycodon Grandiflorum Root Extract(8.75%), Codonopsis Lanceolata Root Extract(8.75%), Nelumbo Nucifera (Indian Lotus) Root Extract(8.75%), Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract (8.75%), Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Lepidium Meyenii Root Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Candida Bombicola/Glucose/Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Isopropyl Myristate, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Caramel.

    • 15mins
      Author
      May 11, 2018 / 10:21 am

      I don’t know of specific topical application concerns for those extracts. Ingestion is different and I’m not addressing it in any of my coverage. This product does have licorice root extract which should be avoided, so i wouldn’t use this product.

      • Sandra
        May 13, 2018 / 9:08 pm

        Thank you so so much!

        I had not spotted the licorice root extract myself.

  22. Natacha
    May 15, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    Hi dear, can you tell me if those ingredients are safe during pregnancy:

    Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Dimethicone , Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate , Octyldodecanol , Trisiloxane , Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil , Tricaprylin , Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil*, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil*, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Valeriana Officinalis Rhizome/Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Juice, Limonene, Linalool, Citral , Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract , Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D’Orge , Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract , Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract , Oxycoccus Palustris (Cranberry) Seed Oil , Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil , Tocopheryl Acetate , Silybum Marianum Seed Oil , Linoleic Acid , Salicylic Acid , Cholesterol , Phytosterols , Squalane , Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate , Bht * Essential Oil

    Thank you <3

    • 15mins
      Author
      May 15, 2018 / 7:06 pm

      This one has Salicylic Acid so I would avoid it.

  23. Ashley
    May 18, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    Hi, I’m very worried. I’ve been using this serum for 10 days or so for my skin. It has been working amazingly and is recommended to use for 14 days. Could you check the ingredients?

    Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether, Dimethyl Silane, Glycereth-26, Biosaccharide Gum-1, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Triethanolamine, Hydrolyzed Oats, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Propylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Panthenol, Lecithin, Sodium Citrate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Ethoxydiglycol, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol Denat., Glucose, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sericin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Ceramide-3, Alpinia Speciosa Leaf Extract, Beta-Sitosterol, Micrococcus Lysate

    • 15mins
      Author
      May 18, 2018 / 3:31 pm

      I would stop using it due to the Licorice root extract, though note that’s kind of an iffy one and I only recently added it to my list of things to avoid. But since you’re already worried (and I suspect you’d feel better if you stopped), I’d just put this in the cabinet until after delivery. Should be fine while you’re nursing.

      • Ashley
        May 18, 2018 / 4:47 pm

        Thank you!

  24. Lynn
    May 19, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    Hi! I recently found your blog because i recently found out I’m pregnant and I’m searching on the internet what products, ingredients and such to avoid during pregnancy. Your site is so helpful and I THANK YOU for taking the time out of your busy schedule to inform me/us. Their are so many products out there and so confusing. I was using Origins – A Perfect World but stopped using it.

    I’m 6 weeks and 3 days. Just bought the Kiehl’s facial cleanser and super multi-corrective cream that was mentioned that are safe to use.

    I do have a question in regards to the Kiehl’s ultra facial cream with broad spectrum spf 30. It has the following ingredients, do you think is safe to use during my pregnancy?

    Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30

    ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
    AVOBENZONE 3%
    HOMOSALATE 5%
    OCTISALATE 5%
    OCTOCRYLENE 7%

    COSMETIC INGREDIENTS
    WATER
    GLYCERIN
    SQUALANE
    DIMETHICONE
    PEG-100 STEARATE
    GLYCERYL STEARATE
    SILICA
    OCTYLDODECANOL
    STEARIC ACID
    PHENOXYETHANOL
    PALMITIC ACID
    TOCOPHEROL
    DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE
    STEARETH-100
    ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER
    OPHIOPOGON JAPONICUS ROOT EXTRACT
    CARBOMER
    CHLORPHENESIN
    CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID
    CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
    XANTHAN GUM
    DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER
    DISODIUM EDTA
    SODIUM HYDROXIDE
    CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL
    LIMONENE
    ECTOIN
    HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID
    MYRISTIC ACID
    MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL
    PSEUDOALTEROMONAS FERMENT EXTRACT
    ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN
    LINALOOL
    SALICYLIC ACID

    • 15mins
      Author
      May 20, 2018 / 10:10 am

      Sorry, that one isn’t safe. It is one of my favorites!

  25. Felicia
    May 21, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    Love this post!! Thank you so much for all your info! are there any pregnancy safe facial SPF lotions that you would recommend?!

  26. Florence flogen
    May 28, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    Hi, i bought miracle toner and this are the Ingredients:
    Water, Butylene Glycol,Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Melaleuca Alternifolia Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Polyglyceryl-4 caprate Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract Lens Esculenta (Lenti) Seed Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana Witch Hazel), Extract Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, swiftlet Nest Extract, sodium Hyaluronate Fructan, Allantoin Adenosine, Hydroyethyl Urea, Xylitol Salicylic Acid, Lactobionic Acid, Citric Acid , Sodium Citrate, 1.2-Hexanediol, Benzyl Glycol, Ethylheeylglycerin,Raspberry Ketone, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, are they safe for breastfeeding mom? Thank you very much.

    • 15mins
      Author
      May 28, 2018 / 9:25 pm

      Not safe for pregnancy but ok for nursing.

  27. odielyn culala
    June 3, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    hi I’m a nursing mama, please tell me if i can use these skin care products
    Night cream:
    Glyceryl Stearate,PEG100 Stearate,Stearic acid, Alpha arbutin ,Chlorella Vulgaris Exract ,Aloe Barbadenais Extract,Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynul ButylCarbamate.

    Mask:
    Niacinamide,Pantenol,Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate,Tocopherol,Brassica Napus extract,Apha arbutin, acorbic acid, Solluble collagen, glutathione.

    Vit.C Serum
    Propanediol,glycerin,Phenoxyethanol,Ethoxydiglycol,Sodium Hyaluronate, Syringa Vulgaris (lilac) Maltodextrin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate

    • 15mins
      Author
      June 3, 2018 / 4:01 pm

      Nursing is address separately in this post: Skincare for nursing

      You pretty much only need to avoid hydroquinone (and Arbutin is very related to this, I would avoid it as well). Which means your first product is one I’d avoid, as well as the mask. Your vitamin C serum is ok.

  28. Kelly
    June 4, 2018 / 4:29 am

    Hi,
    I am a mumma to be, fingers crossed for next month, using ivf. Thought I would do some research on what is /not safe to use during pregnancy. I know you are super busy but if you could spare a moment to have a look at the list of ingredients below, would be greatly appreciated (LOL didn’t realise how many things I actually put on my face, it’s a little overwhelming). 2 of 9 products below 😬
    Thank you so much :)😊😊😊

    QV gentle face cleanser
    Aqua (water), Petrolatum (soft white paraffin), Sodium Lauretta Sulfate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Lauryl Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimoniu Chloride, Tocopherol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Polyacrylate, Citric Acid

    Nivea Refreshing Toner
    Aqua, Alcohol Denat., PEG-40 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Glucoside, Nelumbium Speciousum Flower Extract, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-10, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Alpha-Isomethyl lonone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Limonene, Parfum

    • 15mins
      Author
      June 4, 2018 / 7:21 am

      LOL I’m embarrassed by how many things I put on my face as well! Both of those look good to me!

      • Kelly
        June 5, 2018 / 8:17 pm

        Thank you so much 😊

  29. Heather
    June 9, 2018 / 7:42 am

    Hi! Would you be able to tell me if this product is safe to continue use? I have used it just a few times throughout pregnancy without even thinking it may not be safe!! Should I worry?

    It’s the Estee Lauder Advanced Night repair eye cream synchronized complex II

    Ingredients off the website:

    Advanced Night Repr Eye Sync Cmpii Division: El (Estee Lauder)Ingredients: Methyl Trimethicone, Water\Aqua\Eau, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Sucrose, Petrolatum, Polysorbate 40, Trehalose, Algae Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Betula Alba (Birch) Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract, Jojoba Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Isopropyl Jojobate, Jojoba Esters, Isohexadecane, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D’Orge, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Cholesterol, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Rna, Caffeine, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, Phytosphingosine, Squalane, Potassium Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tripeptide-32, Butylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Disodium Edta, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)

    • 15mins
      Author
      June 9, 2018 / 3:29 pm

      This looks ok to me, I wouldn’t worry about it at all!

  30. Nikki
    June 9, 2018 / 10:16 am

    hi. You have been so informative and helpful with us preggies
    in trying to figure out what is safe for our skin so thank you!

    I do have a concern about 1 ingredient that I see in almost ALL pregnancy safe skincare product which is: Phenoxyethanol

    Have you heard of this? May I know if you think there is some truth to the articles that this is very unsafe for pregnant women? Almost all my current products have this ingredient in it. 🙁

    • 15mins
      Author
      June 9, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      Phenoxyethanol is the current paraben alternative favorite but there’s nothing conclusive in any of the evidence and I don’t know of any physicians that currently recommend avoiding the ingredient. It’s pretty much impossible to avoid, it really is in everything!

  31. Sarah Newlin
    June 9, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    Thank you so very much for all of this!!! I’m pregnant the second time around and much more mindful about what I put on/in my body this time around!

    Question: Have you ever used dermaquest products? Specifically the sheerzinc spf 30 tinted formula? Active ingredient is zinc oxide.

    Inctive:
    water, culopentasiloxane, butylene glycol, glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, polyglyceryl-3 polydimethylsiloxyethy dimethicone, cyclohexasiloxane, sorbitan stearate, dimethicone, polyacrylamide, C13-14 isoparaffin, laureth-7, phenoxyethanol, lcaprlyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene glycol, imperata cylindrica root extract, PEG-8, carbomer, triethoxysilylethyl polydimethylsiloxyethl hexyl dimethicone, cetyl alcohol, lecithin, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, ascorbic acid, citric acid, xanthan gum, polyester-7, neopentyl glycol diheptanoate, tocopheryl linoleate/oleate, teprenone, phoenix dactylifera (date) fruit extract, polygonum aviculare extract, sodium lactate, disodium EDTA, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, arabidopsis thaliana extract, plankton extract, micrococcus lysate, triethoxycaprylylsilane, iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

    • 15mins
      Author
      June 9, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      I’ve never used their products. But this looks safe!

  32. Sarah Newlin
    June 9, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    Thank you!!

  33. Steph
    June 11, 2018 / 11:24 am

    Hi, I’m so glad I came across your blog as I have been tying myself in knots worrying what I can and can’t use! I can only find the key ingredients on the website so hopefully that will be ok. I’ve been using vitage essential cleansing balm
    (Natural Marula Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Bitter Orange Oil
    Almond Oil) and have asked them for advice using when pregnant as I was worried about the almond oil after googling it. They have said that their products are not tested on pregnant women and suggested vitage revitalising daily cleanse as it doesn’t have essential oils. (Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Vera, Brazilian Green Tea Extract,
    Rosamine Vitamin Cocktail, Glycerin)

    Could you let me know if either or both are safe and if not if there are any cleansing balms you would recommend for sensitive acneic skin? Thanks so much!

    • 15mins
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 10:23 am

      I think both are ok. I do agree in general with avoiding a lot of essential oils, especially while pregnant. They can be sensitizing, especially while pregnant.

      • Steph
        June 12, 2018 / 4:35 pm

        Great thanks for replying! I’ll probably stick to the second one – I was a bit worried about the Brazilian green tea extract because I couldn’t find anything about applying it on the skin but some worries about drinking it.

  34. Cindy Valenzuela
    June 14, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    Hi, Thank God I came across your page. I am 3 month pregnant and I have been using this facial wash since day 1 of pregnancy. Hope to hear from you.

    Facial wash:
    Myristic Acid, GLYCERIN, Water, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Glycol Distearate, Lauric Acid, Decyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrated Silica, Perfume, DMDM Hydration, Polyquaternium-7, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Allantoin, Niacinamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, CI 73360

    • 15mins
      Author
      June 14, 2018 / 7:29 pm

      This looks fine. Can you leave the product name so others know what it is? Thanks!

  35. Ari
    July 7, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    Hi Chrisitine,
    I know you said all AHAs, are not good for pregnancy, but was wondering about mild fruit aha like lemon, grapefruit, orange, etc, are those okay? I know tatcha violet C radiance mask has it, and thats on your pregnancy safe list.

    • 15mins
      Author
      July 7, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      When it’s part of a juice or extract it’s considered “ok”, since really it’s much more dilute then. You’re probably also still eating fruits and drinking juices anyways, and that’s going to be a much higher exposure since you’re drinking it rather than applying to your skin. I wouldn’t worry about them!

  36. Andy
    July 11, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    Hi,

    Can you please let me know if Pretty Mommies Truth Be Told Skin Enhancer safe for pregnancy?

    Purified Water (Aqua), Vegetable Glycerin, Guar Gum, Ethyl Macadamiate, Squalane, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Red Tea) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tricholoma Matsutake ( Mushroom) Extract, Glucose, Lactoperoxidase, Glucose Oxidase, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil.

    • 15mins
      Author
      July 11, 2018 / 7:44 pm

      This looks fine to me

  37. LouLou
    July 14, 2018 / 11:50 pm

    Hello,

    Thanks so much for all of the information.

    Any chance you could please tell me if this Payot Peform Lift Regard eye cream is safe? Thanks so much for your help.

    AQUA (WATER) ● GLYCERIN ● BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER ● DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE ● GLYCERYL BEHENATE ● PENTAERYTHRITYL DISTEARATE ● PTFE ● CETEARYL ALCOHOL ● CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE ● BUTYLENE GLYCOL ● JOJOBA ESTERS ● DIMETHICONE ● GLYCERYL STEARATE ● POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE ● ALBIZIA JULIBRISSIN BARK EXTRACT ● MICA ● TITANIUM DIOXIDE ● BENZYL ALCOHOL ● POLYGLYCERIN-3 ● PHENOXYETHANOL ● SODIUM POLYACRYLATE ● SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE ● CHLORPHENESIN ● ETHYLHEXYL STEARATE ● TOCOPHERYL ACETATE ● O-CYMEN-5-OL ● XANTHAN GUM ● ACACIA DECURRENS FLOWER CERA (ACACIA DECURRENS FLOWER WAX) ● HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED WAX ● SODIUM HYDROXIDE ● POLYGLYCERYL-4 DIISOSTEARATE/POLYHYDROXYSTEARATE/SEBACATE ● SODIUM HYALURONATE CROSSPOLYMER ● SODIUM ISOSTEARATE ● SODIUM HYALURONATE ● UNDARIA PINNATIFIDA EXTRACT ● CARBOMER ● SODIUM LACTATE ● POLYSORBATE 20 ● SODIUM BENZOATE ● TOCOPHEROL ● DARUTOSIDE ● PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1 ● PALMITOYL TETRAPEPTIDE-7

    • 15mins
      Author
      July 15, 2018 / 8:05 am

      This is fine

  38. Riley
    July 17, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    Wondering if the Naturopathica line is safe for pregnancy, specifically the Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm:

    Ingredients
    Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Behenate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Aqua (Water/Eau), Sucrose Laurate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Parfum (Fragrance)*, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Mel (Honey, Miel), Pentapeptide-48, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Lactobacillus, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polyglycerin-3, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Maltodextrin, Benzyl Alcohol *This is a natural Vanilla fragrance made from a proprietary essential oil blend. It is listed as “fragrance” only because of the proprietary nature of the blend, but contains no alcohol, synthetic or irritating ingredients.

    • 15mins
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 7:35 pm

      This is ok

  39. Margaret
    July 19, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    Is the Murad Nutrient-Charged Water Gel safe to use?

    Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Propanediol, Saccharide Isomerate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane/Silica Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Sh-Oligopeptide-1, Sh-Oligopeptide-2, Sh-Polypeptide-1, Sh-Polypeptide-9, Sh-Polypeptide-11, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Bacillus/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Trehalose, Taurine, Serine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacinamide, Phytantriol, Acetyl Glutamine, Urea, Cholesterol, Yeast Amino Acids, Phytosphingosine, Inositol, Betaine, Lecithin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pyridoxine HCL, Sucrose, Algin, Pullulan, Maltodextrin, Polysilicone-11, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Decyl Glucoside, Pentylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Polyisobutene, Silica, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Red 33 (Ci 17200), Red 4 (Ci 14700).

    • 15mins
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 7:18 pm

      All of the safe Murad products are included above

  40. Aline
    July 19, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    Hello!

    I’m loving your website! Thank you so much for all the information.

    Could you please check if the Chanel Hydra Beauty Nutrition Face Cream is safe?

    INGREDIENTS AQUA (WATER) GLYCERIN ISONONYL ISONONANOATE CETEARYL ALCOHOL ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANTONATE OCTYLDODECYL MYRISTATE HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE DIMETHICONE FENTYLENE GLYCOL JOJOBA ESTERS HDITRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER CETEARYL GLu COSIDE GLYCERYL STEARATE PEG-100 STEARATE ZINGIBER OFFICINALE IGINGERI ROOT EXTRACT- CAMELIA JAPONICA FLOWER EXTRACT BUTYROSPRMUM PARKISHEA BUTTER CAMELLIA KISSI SEED OIL OLUS (VEGETABLE OIL) BUTYLENE GLYCOL PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) CHLORPHENESIN CA- PRYLYL GLYCOL SODIUM ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER XANTHAN GUM PHENOXYETHANOL DIUM HYALURONATE TETRASODIUM EDTA SILICA PEG-12 TOCOPHEROL CITRIC ACID ILA M CARBOMER CAMELINA SATIVA SEED OIL PROPYLENE GLYCOL SODIUM HYALUNORATE TETRASODIUM EDTA SÍLICA PEG 12 TOCOPHEROL CITRIC ACID

    • 15mins
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 10:12 pm

      This is ok

      • Aline
        July 20, 2018 / 11:29 am

        Thank you so much! 🙂

  41. Rosmina
    July 22, 2018 / 9:53 am

    Hi. Could you tell me if these 2 products from THE ORDINARY are safe for pregnancy.

    1) Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

    Ingredients:
    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.

    2) Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%Ingredients

    Ingredients:
    Aqua (Water), Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Azelaic Acid, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysilicone-11, Isohexadecane, Tocopherol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Isoceteth-20, Polysorbate 60, Triethanolamine, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

    • 15mins
      Author
      July 23, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      Both ok!

  42. Gladys Chong
    July 24, 2018 / 12:14 am

    Hi. Could you tell me if these 2 products from PRIMERA are safe for pregnancy?

    1) Natural Berry Lip Mask
    Diisostearyl Malate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Synthetic Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Squalane, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Polyethylene,Glycerin, Dextrin Palmitate/Ethylhexanoate, Prunus Persica (Peach) Bud Extract, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Sequoiadendron Gigantea Bud Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Bud Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Hemerocallis Fulva Flower Extract, Water, Tocopheryl Acetate, Flavor(Natural)

    2) Alpine berry watery cream
    Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Dimethicone, BIS-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimehyl Silane, Dicaprylyl Ether, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sucrose Polystearate, Urea, Cyclohexasiloxane, Myristyl Myristate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Leaf Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Phyllanthus Embilca Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Borago Officinalis Extract, Brassica Oleracea Gemmifera (Brussels Sprouts) Extract, Veronica Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tapioca Starch, Lactobacillus Ferment, Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Natural Origin)

    • 15mins
      Author
      July 24, 2018 / 1:44 pm

      Those both look ok to me

  43. July 27, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    My friend just bought me rosewater and glycerin spray. Are both glycerin and rosewater safe? I saw Glycerin had a C rating for pregnancy, but only because no studies had been done. Thank you! 🙂

    • 15mins
      Author
      July 28, 2018 / 11:39 am

      Glycerin is fine

  44. Jasmine
    July 29, 2018 / 6:07 am

    Thank you so much for this page! Please help me on this one, it is driving me nuts cause it is the only product that I feel is hard to cut out for me. Do you also have a list of skin care products that are safe for pregnant women? Thanks in advance!

    Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair
    Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-75, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Pantethine, Caffeine, Lectithin, Tripeptide-32, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium RNA, Bisabolol, Glycereth-26, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Oleth-3, Oleth-5, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Yeast Extract, Choleth-24, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceteth-24, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hexylene Glycol, Carbonmer, Triethanolamine, Trisodium EDTA, BHT, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4, Yellow 5.

    • 15mins
      Author
      July 29, 2018 / 6:24 pm

      Unfortunately it isn’t, there’s a chemical sunscreen in it. I don’t know why, but it’s there.
      It’s linked up in the post above, there’s a big list of pregnancy safe skincare as well as many other posts in the Pregnancy Safe Skincare Guide.

      • Jasmine
        August 4, 2018 / 6:23 pm

        Thank you!

  45. Divya
    July 29, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    Hi please could you let me know if the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré with the ingredients below is safe to use during pregnancy?

    AQUA (WATER). PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM. STEARIC ACID. PALMITIC ACID. GLYCERYL STEARATE SE. TRIETHANOLAMINE. CERA ALBA (BEESWAX). CETYL PALMITATE. BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER. 1,2-HEXANEDIOL. CAPRYLYL GLYCOL. POLYACRYLAMIDE. STEARETH-10. C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN. TROPOLONE. LAURETH-7. PARFUM (FRAGRANCE). ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT. HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN. PROPYLENE GLYCOL.

    • 15mins
      Author
      July 29, 2018 / 6:23 pm

      This is fine

      • Divya
        July 30, 2018 / 2:30 pm

        Thanks a bunch!

  46. Sophie
    August 4, 2018 / 5:32 am

    Hello! This is a fantastic post and site! Thank you for taking the time to do this and answering. I was wondering if the deodorant I use is ok for pregnancy.

    Etiaxil deodorant

    Alcohol denat, aluminum lactate, aluminum chloride, cyclopentasiloxane, glyceryl stéarate, cetyl palmitate, cera microcristallina, hydrogenated castor oil

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 4, 2018 / 3:01 pm

      It’s fine!

  47. Gina
    August 6, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    Your site is truly amazing and such a great resource! I will be a long-time follower – even after baby! Thank you again! I’m using all pregnancy safe products, but I miss my self-tanner the most. I found this product that is DHA free. Would you review the ingredients to let me know if it’s ok? Thank you again!

    The Chemistry Brand – “Glow” Oil, DHA-free Alternative to Self-Tan
    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, perfume (fragrance), limonene, linalool

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 7, 2018 / 8:58 am

      I can’t find enough info on the safety of Erythrulose alone to say for sure that I would recommend it. It’s almost always paired with the DHA. The other ingredients look ok to me, but I think it’s up to you to decide if you want to try it or not, I’d check with your doctor too.

      • Gina
        August 7, 2018 / 4:31 pm

        Thank you so much, I really appreciate it! I will check with my doctor, too. Have a great day!

  48. Tira
    August 12, 2018 / 5:47 am

    Hi, can you please help check if these products are safe for pregnancy:

    Product 1: Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Propanediol, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Lagerstroemia Indica Flower Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Water, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

    Product 2: Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP (Ceramide 3), Acorus Gramineus Root/Steam Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Perilla Frutescens Leaf Extract, Malachite Extract, Methyl Gluceth-20, Water, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

    Product 3: Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Water Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Cyclohexasiloxane, Trisiloxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Ceramide NP (Ceramide 3), Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Acorus Gramineus Root/Stem Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Perilla Frutescens Leaf Extract, Beta-Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Dimethiconol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 60, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Carbomer, Propanediol, PEG-40 Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

    Thank you very very much 🙂

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 13, 2018 / 7:54 pm

      Those all look ok

  49. Mel
    August 15, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    Hey! Great site, could you tell me if these products are safe for pregancy:

    Olay Ultra Moisture Cleanser Beauty Bars Soap:
    Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Paraffin, Sodium Cocoglyceryl Ether Sulfonate, Glycerin, Water/Eau, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Magnesium Cocoate, Sodium Stearate, Coconut Acid, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Cocoate, Fragrance/Parfum, Magnesium Laurate, Lauric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laurate, Tetrasodium Edta, Etidronic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Peg-90m

    Glaxal Base:
    Water, Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Paraffinum Liquidum, Cereareth-20, Sodium Phosphate, p-chloro-m-cresol

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 15, 2018 / 3:01 pm

      those are fine

  50. MIN
    August 16, 2018 / 9:15 am

    Hi

    would like to check if below ingredients are safe ?

    Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Trisiloxane, Trehalose, Sucrose, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Silybum Marianum (Lady’s Thistle) Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Caffeine, Sorbitol, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Oleth-10, Sodium Polyasparate, Saccharide Isomerate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Tromethamine, PEG-8, Hexylene Glycol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4, Yellow 5.

    THANKS and god bless you

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 1:33 pm

      This looks fine

  51. August 17, 2018 / 1:11 am

    Hi . Is it safe using sunflower beauty oil
    Ingredient is only heliantus annus

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 17, 2018 / 9:30 am

      That should be ok

  52. Michele
    August 18, 2018 / 9:33 am

    Hi do you have any recommendations for all over body bronzer since DHA in self tanners is controversial?

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 9:51 am

      The Beautisol Bronzer is the only one that works for me.

  53. Amy
    August 22, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    What are the thoughts on Thrometamine used in cosmetics such as the Fresh Lotus Face Cream?

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 2:24 pm

      It’s a pH adjustor, should be ok

  54. Alice
    August 23, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    I am 12 weeks pregnant and have used Lush Coalface soap twice a day most of that time, and didn’t think anything of it, until tonight I noticed it had licorice root extract and that you advise against it. I’m feeling worried now, and am struggling to find any other sources online that address licorice root topically rather than as an oral supplement. How concerned should I be?

    List of ingredients

    Liquorice Root Decoction Propylene Glycol Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil Water Perfume *Linalool Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Sandalwood Oil Rosewood Oil Glycerine Powdered Charcoal Sodium Chloride Citric Acid Titanium Dioxide Tin Oxide Synthetic Fluorphlogopite Sodium Hydroxide Sodium Bicarbonate EDTA Tetrasodium Etidronate *Farnesol *Geraniol Colour 77491

    Thank you!

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 23, 2018 / 8:25 pm

      Licorice root extract was only recently added to my list, which is often more restrictive than others. I added it after discussing with a few OBs and derms who were concerned about it. I wouldn’t lose any sleep over really.

  55. Alice
    August 23, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    Sorry, I had a second question I forgot to include:

    would you have concerns about using henna during pregnancy instead of a standard hair dye? I’ve copied the ingredients of the Lush one below.

    Caca Marron:
    List of ingredients

    Red Henna Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter Indigo Herb Ground Coffee Fresh Organic Lemon Juice Irish Moss Powder Clove Bud Oil *Citral *Eugenol *Geraniol *Citronellol *Limonene *Linalool Perfume

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 23, 2018 / 8:24 pm

      This list is ok

      • A
        August 23, 2018 / 9:05 pm

        Thank you – very glad I found your page, a lot of advice online is entirely subjective/without citation/hysterical – this has been so useful.

  56. Keri Didway
    August 27, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    Hello, so appreciate your site! I’ve purchased the skin care line Pretty Mommies, and while they claim to be completely safe for pregnant and nursing mothers, it’s hard to know these days and sometimes “natural” ingredients are not safe for pregnant women. Was wondering if this list looks ok?

    Pretty Mommies Facial Cleanser
    Purified water (aqua), sodium olivate, vegetable glycerin, lactic acid, rose rubiginosa (rose hip) seed oil, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, aspalathus linearis (red tea) extract, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, sinensis (sweet orange) oil

    Pretty Mommies Skin Enhancer
    Purified water (aqua), glycerin, guar gum, ethyl macadamiate, squalane, rose rubiginosa (rose hip) seed oil, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, aspalathus linearis (red tea) extract, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, hyaluronic acid, sodium ascorbic phosphate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl glucoside, tricholoma matsutake (mushroom) extract, glucose, lactoperoxidase, glucose oxidase, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil

    Thank you!

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 28, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      Both of these look ok to me!

      • Keri Didway
        August 29, 2018 / 12:14 am

        Thank you for your reply!

  57. Angie
    August 28, 2018 / 12:55 am

    This is a really fantastic source of information! Thank you for taking the time out to put us expectant mothers at ease.
    I’ve developed very bad acne on my chest and shoulders since becoming pregnant. I treated the area with Epsom salts dissolved in warm water by spraying the solution onto my skin after showering. It’s effective in drying out my pimples but not stopping new ones forming.
    I waited until I entered my 2nd trimester before trying topical acne cleansers. The pharmacist gave me BENZAC Daily Facial Foam Cleanser. I’ve been using it a week now and my condition is getting better, I’m just concerned there might be some nasties in the ingredients that I should be aware of. Would you mind telling me if this product is indeed safe to use during pregnancy? I’m 18 weeks 🙂
    Thank you!

    Aqua, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, Calendula officinalis flowerextract, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, PEG -150 distearate, methyl gluceth-20, perfume (benzyl salicylate, geraniol, hexylcinnamal, linalool, alpha isomethyl ionone), CI 42090, tetrasodium EDTA, citric acid, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben,ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylbutylparaben.

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 28, 2018 / 2:22 pm

      I do not consider this safe to use in pregnancy with the salicylate in there. I would discuss with your OB.

  58. Gretchen
    August 31, 2018 / 11:20 am

    The fact that you’re here to help is absolutely incredible of you! Thank you for giving us pregnant mommas one less thing to stress about!

    I was wondering if Amara Organics Vitamin C lotion is safe while pregnant?

    INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Isopropyl Palmitate (Sustainable Palm Oil), Methylsulfonymlmethane (MSM), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Citric Acid, Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola Extrat), Organic Equisetum Arvense (HOsetail Plant Extract), Organic Pelagonium Graveolens (Gernaium Extract), Organic Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion Extract).

    THANK YOU!!

    • 15mins
      Author
      August 31, 2018 / 6:06 pm

      This is ok

  59. Julianna
    September 1, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Hi there
    I am trying to find creams and suncreams but most contain Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice* or extract. I have heard that ingesting aloe is a no-no and that extract is OK, but I am wondering if is worth the risk, or is the uterine contraction element in extract so small that it’s irrelevant?
    Would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

    • 15mins
      Author
      September 1, 2018 / 7:17 pm

      The risk is so small/nonexistant that aloe is considered fine

  60. Kara
    September 7, 2018 / 7:09 am

    Hi,

    Thanks for all the information on your site! Just wondering about the safety of Pepta Bright during pregnancy?

    Full Ingredient List

    WATER, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, DIMETHYL ISOSORBIDE, ISODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, PROPANEDIOL, ARACHIDYL ALCOHOL, UNDECYLENOYL PHENYLALANINE, SODIUM LACTATE, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, LACTIC ACID, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, OCTADECENEDIOIC ACID, POLYACRYLATE-13, PEG-100 STEARATE, TRIETHANOLAMINE, ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE , PHENYLETHYL RESORCINOL, PHENOXYETHANOL , POLYISOBUTENE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHYLMETHOXY CHROMANYL PALMITATE, XANTHAN GUM, CHLORPHENESIN, DISODIUM EDTA, POLYSORBATE 20, SODIUM HYALURONATE, DEXTRAN, NONAPEPTIDE-1

    Thanks!!
    Kara

    • 15mins
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 11:16 am

      So, none of these ingredients stand out to me as bad. In general “brightening” products should be used with caution during pregnancy, which is why so many ingredients that fight hyperpigmentation are on the list of skincare ingredients to avoid while pregnant. So I guess I would say I’m a tad nervous about this while pregnant because of the brightening, but I’d use it no problem while nursing.

      • Kara
        September 11, 2018 / 8:07 pm

        Thank you!

  61. Irina
    September 18, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    Hi, thank you so much for this thorough article and for your replies. I was wondering if this Ducray serum is safe. Thanks in advance!
    Ducray melascreen photo-aging global serum: Water (aqua), dicaprylyl carbonate, isopropyl palmitate, isodecyl neopentanoate, glycol palmitate, ascorbyl glucoside, niacinamide, glycerin, arachidyl alcohol, dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, peg-100 stearate, alcohol, arachidyl glucoside, behenyl alcohol, benzoic acid, butylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, citric acid, disodium edta, fragrance (parfum), glycine soja (soybean), oil (glycine soja oil), hydrogenated lecithin, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium, acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, oligopeptide-68, polysorbate 60, sodium citrate, sodium hyaluronate, sodium hydroxide, sodium oleate, sorbitan isostearate, squalane, tocopherol, tocopheryl acetate, viburnum prunifolium extract.

    • 15mins
      Author
      September 19, 2018 / 4:47 pm

      Looks fine

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