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.
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
They’ve been found in your bloodstream, no one really knows what they do… it’s better to stick with the physical sunscreens which sit on the surface of your skin. There have been some published papers linking chemical sunscreens to Hirschsprung’s (1) and hypospadias (2), and are known endocrine disruptors. As well, some chemical sunscreens are also salicylates. For this reason, I recommend avoiding all chemical sunscreens while pregnant.
Note that chemical sunscreens are often found in products that don’t have a listed SPF value. Discussion on that is here: Why did you say this product has sunscreen when there isn’t an SPF?
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. Here’s a good peer reviewed article regarding retinoids in pregnancy.
Note that Beta-Carotene is a Vitamin A derivative that is considered separately from the retinoids, and it is considered safe.
I get asked a lot about Rosehip Oil as it is high in Vitamin A. All of the OBs I have asked about this specifically state that they consider it ok to use during pregnancy. Rosehip oil has trans-retinoic acid, not the beta-carotene we consider “safe” during pregnancy. Because Rosehips come from plants, the amount of the retinoid in the oil will vary based on how/where the plant is grown, how/when it is harvested and then how/when the oil is extracted. Lots of variables there. I consider it ok to use Rosehip Oil during pregnancy due to my discussions with OB. If it makes you nervous this is something that is easy to avoid.
Note, Bakuchiol and Bidens Pilosa are ingredients that I am currently screening out as retinoids. Many brands are claiming this is a “natural retinoid” alternative that “works the same way as other retinoids”. I’ve confirmed that they do act through the same mechanism as retinoids. And there are zero studies proving that either is safe. I screen it as a retinoid and recommend avoidance. I frequently get readers arguing with me about this, I can only state what my opinion is and this is up to you. In the case of brands that don’t agree with me, this may be helpful:
Why does X Brand say this product is safe but you don’t think it is safe? (or Vice Versa)
Note, I’m adding Bidens Pilosa to the “avoid” list on 1/26/2022, it’s a very recent addition and I’ll seek out products that contain it and fix them in the lists.
All Hydroxy Acids (Alpha, Beta and Poly)
From malic 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, beta and poly, have pregnancy categories that recommend avoidance.
One 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, but as it is found in your body anyways…. I don’t screen it out of products. It is in you already.
I’ve seen a few books that say Glycolic Acid is fine, and there are many physicians that tell this to their patients, but it isn’t universally accepted. However, its official pregnancy category is that there isn’t enough info so should be avoided, especially since there is evidence that is is about 28% absorbed when used topically. 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. I ignore it in products.
The polyhydroxy acid that I currently screen out is gluconolactone.
There isn’t info out there on the safety of Cannabis used topically during pregnancy or nursing. We do know smoking marijuana with THC has bad effects and should be avoided, though it hasn’t been fully decided if it is just the THC or something else as well.
Note that in theory Hemp and CBD do not have THC in them, it’s breed out of the plant is the official status. However, depending upon how it was processed there are CBD oils that test positive for THC. But there are still the unknowns we haven’t decided about. I would not recommend using Hemp or Cannabis products while nursing or pregnant for that reason. Note, this is a highly conservative opinion, but I’m skewed due to my position as a pediatrician.
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and Erythrulose are the active ingredient in sunless tanners. The jury is still out on whether sunless tanners are safe at all, let along in pregnancy. I’ve seen sources that say yes for pregnancy (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 sunless tanners, even when not pregnant (though this risk is primarily from the sunless tanner pills). Yes, this includes the “natural” sugar products.
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: A Tyrosinase inhibitor, this is widely listed as something to avoid in both pregnancy and nursing. Note that Alpha Arbutin is also a tyrosinase inhibitor, as is Kojic Acid.
• Licorice Root also acts through inhibition of tyrosine. Note that licorice root extracts do also have other benefits such as antioxidant activity and it soothes skin. Licorice root seems to be present in many products, primarily for those other benefits and not the skin lightening effects. But that effect/mechanism is still there. There are several websites that say licorice root is safe for pregnancy, and it might be, but studies won’t be done to prove safety or danger. When looking for licorice root in an ingredient list, it often is in a chemical name like “Glycyrrh”. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Glycyrrhiza Glabra are common examples of licorice root extracts.
I err on the side of caution and include it on my list of ingredients to avoid. As I call out the ingredient of concern for every product, if you’re ok with Licorice root it is very easy for you to still use those products, just look for the ones where only licorice root is mentioned as a concern.
This is an ingredient category that usually only comes up for lash serums, but this one to avoid due to potential changes in how blood moves around in a baby before birth. This is also why it is recommended to avoid salicylates.
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.
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.
This should include topical willow bark and should be avoided. I also include the related chemical sunscreen ingredients in this list as many are related. This is the same reason for avoidance as aspirin during pregnancy. (Which yes, is sometimes prescribed for pre-eclampsia, but that is a time that the risk/benefit ratio is closely monitored by a physician.)
Things I just don’t know enough about
I’m calling out these ingredients, but it’s really because I don’t have enough info and I’m not quite comfortable saying they’re definitely safe. Consider these to be “use at your own discretion” and know that I’m likely being overly cautious. If you’re ok with them, then you can ignore my warnings about them.
First, can I say that I’m not really sure why we suddenly want to put slimy snail stuff on our faces? Who thought of that? It makes me chuckle. Second, we really don’t have a good handle on what is in it, and there’s absolutely no data about safety during pregnancy. I would avoid it.
I am worried about these ingredients as they have no safety data, and if they work the way some companies say they work, then I’m not sure I want them on my skin when I’m not pregnant, but definitely NOT when I am pregnant!
Those apple stem cells that are said to penetrate into your skin (which is a barrier by the way, how is a cell in a cream going to break the barrier function to penetrate deep into the dermis?), head to the dermis, where they “proliferate” (aka- multiply) and make the surrounding skin cells do stuff. If this really happened, how do those cells know where to stop? How do you know they aren’t being circulated and heading directly towards the placenta? And doesn’t that sound like apple cancer in your skin? I’d just avoid the whole thing.
It’s important also to know that Stem Cells are not uniformly labelled in ingredients. Sometimes they are called stem cells, sometimes a “culture extract”, but not all culture extract is stem cells. When calling out stem cells, I look for anything that looks like stem cells in the ingredients, and also look at the write up on the website provided by the brand. They typically will call out stem cells, because they sound fancy. But sometimes not. And sometimes they will honestly change their website to go back and forth. (Note, this is not my fault, I have no control over the brands. I’ve had readers get mean with me about brands going back and forth.)
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 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 is basically the same thing as Sodium Hyaluronate
I can’t figure out how this became an ingredient that is sometimes on no-no lists, because not only does your body 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!
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.
Neem (Azadirachta indica):
While I previously had been calling out Neem as something to watch, I’m not entirely certain upon review with OB friends. This was based on these studies (note, not in humans)- 1, 2, 3. I’ve decided to no longer call out neem as something to avoid until more information comes out.
Yes, you can’t drink a lot of it during pregnancy. And it isn’t unusual to be concerned about using it topically during pregnancy. But it’s not the same as drinking it, your level of exposure is much lower by using it topically vs ingesting it, and the amount in an entire jar of eye cream is much lower than in a cup of coffee (which is 95 mg).
Various Extracts and Essential Oils
I am frequently asked about specific extracts. Note I’ve only really found convincing evidence that willow bark needs to be avoided in pregnancy, though there are various other websites out there that discuss avoiding specific ones.
I would like to note that during pregnancy you’re a bit more likely to become sensitized/have a reaction to an extract. And what is in an extract exactly can vary depending on how the plant was grown, when it was harvested, how it was extracted, etc. There are a lot of variables. I’m not a big fan of a lot of extracts in my skincare for this reason, and my skin tends to be sensitive to them.
Finally, I do want to point out that there is also moderation in all things. Many things can be more harmful especially in large amounts. I wouldn’t apply a lot of extracts or essential oils while pregnant. I’ve taken care of very ill children in my PICU due to this with “safe” oils such as tea tree oil.
Things I get asked about that I am not worried about
There are many things out there about pregnancy safety (including this blog!) but I would point out that you should consider sources. My list is very conservative overall, but it’s also created by a physician.
Ingredients that I have specifically been asked about but do not have enough evidence currently for me to screen them out:
• Clary Sage
• Propylene Glycol
• Rosemary (remember, you can still eat it, which is a much bigger exposure)
• Phytic Acid
Things I have some concerns about, but I’m not currently screening out
There are some ingredients that I don’t have enough information about to currently screen out, but I’m a bit leery of and I occasionally look into them to see if I need to start screening them out.
• Neuropeptides: These are ingredients that are said to work like “botox in a bottle” and are known to absorb into the skin in order to work. It isn’t a big leap to say they’re likely circulated throughout the body, and who knows how it would affect a baby?
• Tranexamic Acid: Note, this is often lumped in with the Tyrosinase inhibitors (Hydroquinone, Arbutin, Licorice Root and Kojic Acid) as they are all used to treat hyperpigmentation. However, Tranexamic Acid works via the plasminogen/plasmin pathway, so not really the same thing. Note, it is often taken by mouth as well, so that does make it a bit harder to look at info out there (because which application are you talking about?). You should be careful with this one if you have a history of blood clots, and that makes me a bit leery of it. I haven’t found enough information to recommend avoidance topically.
• Lilial/ Butylphenyl Methylpropional: You likely learned about this ingredient when there was suddenly all of this news everywhere about Olaplex causing infertility. First, that’s unfair to pick on Olaplex (more in a minute), and also it’s a dramatic oversimplification of what’s going on.
My favorite overview is in this IG post from Lab Muffin (a PhD in Chemistry who works in the cosmetic industry). She also discusses a little in this reel and this follow up reel. But basically, when fed extremely large amounts of this chemical, rats had infertility. Rats are incredibly sensitive to things like this. Note, other animals were also tested, but only the rats had issues, and then it was with very high amounts. There’s no data to suggest any issues in humans directly, but if we assume people are as sensitive as rats, and then we try to get you to a small fraction of the dose needed for an exposure to cause an issue (ignoring that we’re talking about topical vs oral, which is very different in terms of absorption), and then we make that dose even smaller because we’re assuming that someone is somehow going to do something crazy and expose themselves even more…and also that you’re using 15 products with the ingredient (because Lilial is found in a large number of cosmetic but also household products, not just Olaplex. It’s a very common fragrance ingredient)…
The EU is known for being particularly reactive/extremely cautious when it comes to reproductive side effects. I’m very conservative in my recommendations for the US, and they’re even more so than I am. You can read the full safety report here.
Currently I’m not screening out this ingredient, and until there is more data about reproductive side effects (particularly with topical use and/or in humans) I’m not currently planning to do so. If the ingredient makes you uncomfortable, you can certainly screen it yourself. As well, since the ban was announced 2 years ago, brands have started reformulating. It’s no longer in Olaplex (and remember, it was in a lot more things that just Olaplex, and also your hair can’t absorb anything anyways). And finally, if you are planning to avoid it, I highly suggest you start with your perfumes, as that’s where you’ll find the highest concentration. I do NOT screen perfumes, instead I have other guidance for how to use your perfumes during pregnancy. More on that here: Perfume during pregnancy
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.
What Products would you recommend that are safe during pregnancy to use as facial washes and creams to body lotion?
I have a post with a list of pregnancy safe skin care products, and I have a shorter post with a few recommended skincare products.
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?
Benzoyl Peroxide is listed as safe, including by the NIH, so I’m not sure what you’re basing your assertion on.
“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.”
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.
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)?
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.
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!
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
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)
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.
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.
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!
I’m wondering if ginseng extract in a nighttime cream is s big no no?
I’ve never seen anything saying to avoid it. Topical use is very different then ingestion.
Hello can I use a facial cream that contains Licorice extract. Thank you. I am 21 weeks pregnant.
No, no licorice root extract.
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.
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.
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
Those ingredients are both safe
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.
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).
Those are both ok to me!
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?
Those are fine!
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
Those are both fine
HI! Do you know if sweet almond oil and sodium lactate are safe during pregnancy?
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.
This looks fine to me!
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
I would avoid this due to the arbutin
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
All of these look ok to me!
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! (:
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
Thank you again for taking the time and helping out preggo ladies… xoxox
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?
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.
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!!
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
§ NON-GMO PLANT SOURCED
Ginseng is fine topically. This list looks safe to me!
Thanks so much! This puts my mind at ease and I’m so happy to finally be able to switch my moisturizer during pregnancy.
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!
I can’t find anything that I consider a reputable source that says to avoid Clary Sage topically.
Thanks so much!
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?
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.
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.
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
This looks fine to me 🙂
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.
Unfortunately the Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate is actually a chemical sunscreen (not sure why it is in a night cream) and should be avoided. Sorry!
Would it be ok to use it later when breastfeeding?
It’s fine while nursing
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.
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.
Thank you so so much!
I had not spotted the licorice root extract myself.
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
This one has Salicylic Acid so I would avoid it.
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
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.
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
ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER
OPHIOPOGON JAPONICUS ROOT EXTRACT
CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID
DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER
CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL
HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID
MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL
PSEUDOALTEROMONAS FERMENT EXTRACT
Sorry, that one isn’t safe. It is one of my favorites!
Love this post!! Thank you so much for all your info! are there any pregnancy safe facial SPF lotions that you would recommend?!
Here is the Pregnancy Safe Facial Sunscreen and BB Cream post
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.
Not safe for pregnancy but ok for nursing.
hi I’m a nursing mama, please tell me if i can use these skin care products
Glyceryl Stearate,PEG100 Stearate,Stearic acid, Alpha arbutin ,Chlorella Vulgaris Exract ,Aloe Barbadenais Extract,Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynul ButylCarbamate.
Niacinamide,Pantenol,Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate,Tocopherol,Brassica Napus extract,Apha arbutin, acorbic acid, Solluble collagen, glutathione.
Propanediol,glycerin,Phenoxyethanol,Ethoxydiglycol,Sodium Hyaluronate, Syringa Vulgaris (lilac) Maltodextrin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate
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.
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
LOL I’m embarrassed by how many things I put on my face as well! Both of those look good to me!
Thank you so much 😊
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)
This looks ok to me, I wouldn’t worry about it at all!
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. 🙁
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!
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.
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)
I’ve never used their products. But this looks safe!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
This looks fine. Can you leave the product name so others know what it is? Thanks!
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.
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!
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.
This looks fine to me
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
This is fine
Wondering if the Naturopathica line is safe for pregnancy, specifically the Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm:
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.
This is ok
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).
All of the safe Murad products are included above
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
This is ok
Thank you so much! 🙂
Hi. Could you tell me if these 2 products from THE ORDINARY are safe for pregnancy.
1) Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
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
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.
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)
Those both look ok to me
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! 🙂
Glycerin is fine
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.
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.
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.
This is fine
Thanks a bunch!
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.
Alcohol denat, aluminum lactate, aluminum chloride, cyclopentasiloxane, glyceryl stéarate, cetyl palmitate, cera microcristallina, hydrogenated castor oil
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
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.
Thank you so much, I really appreciate it! I will check with my doctor, too. Have a great day!
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 🙂
Those all look ok
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
Water, Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Paraffinum Liquidum, Cereareth-20, Sodium Phosphate, p-chloro-m-cresol
those are fine
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
This looks fine
Hi . Is it safe using sunflower beauty oil
Ingredient is only heliantus annus
That should be ok
Hi do you have any recommendations for all over body bronzer since DHA in self tanners is controversial?
The Beautisol Bronzer is the only one that works for me.
What are the thoughts on Thrometamine used in cosmetics such as the Fresh Lotus Face Cream?
It’s a pH adjustor, should be ok
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
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.
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.
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
This list is ok
Thank you – very glad I found your page, a lot of advice online is entirely subjective/without citation/hysterical – this has been so useful.
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
Both of these look ok to me!
Thank you for your reply!
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 🙂
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.
I do not consider this safe to use in pregnancy with the salicylate in there. I would discuss with your OB.
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).
This is ok
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 🙂
The risk is so small/nonexistant that aloe is considered fine
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
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.
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.
Hello, can you give your advice for these ingredients, its korean skincare. i read that hyaluronic acid is a big no? They use it but not included in the ingredients, i think.. (or i miss it) Thank you so much for the answer.
AMARANTHUS HYPOCHONDRIACUS SEED EXTRACT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, NIACINAMIDE, GLYCERIN, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, BIFIDA FERMENT FILTRATE, GLUTATHIONE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, PIPER METHYSTICUM LEAF/ROOT/STEM EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, ZANTHOXYLUM PIPERITUM FRUIT EXTRACT, PULSATILLA KOREANA EXTRACT, USNEA BARBATA (LICHEN) EXTRACT, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, RHEUM PALMATUM ROOT EXTRACT, POLYGLUTAMIC ACID, BETA-GLUCAN, TREHALOSE, ALLANTOIN, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, ADENOSINE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, HYDROXYPROPYL CYCLODEXTRIN, DISODIUM EDTA
Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycereth-26, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Water, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Goat Milk Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Xylitol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Triethylhexanoin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Panthenol, Jojoba Esters, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tromethamine, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Adenosine, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Polyglutamic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phospholipids, Ceramide NP, Protease, Cholesterol, Arginine, Phytosterols, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol
Water,Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice,Dipropylene Glycol,Methylpropanediol,Niacinamide,Pentylene Glycol,Propanediol,Glycerin,Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water,Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil,Portulaca Oleracea Extract,Xylitol,Lactobacillus Ferment,Lactococcus Ferment Lysate,Bifida Ferment Lysate,Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract,Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Leaf/Stem Extract,Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment,Betaine,1,2-Hexanediol,Panthenol,Butylene Glycol,Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate,Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate,Adenosine,Glyceryl Caprylate,Tromethamine,Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid,Butyl Avocadate,Ethylhexyl Palmitate,Hexylene Glycol,Xylitylglucoside,Anhydroxylitol,Sodium Hyaluronate,Polyglutamic Acid,Capryloyl Glycine,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,Phospholipids,Silica Dimethyl Silylate,Ceramide NP, Sarcosine,Caprylyl Glycol,Cholesterol,Ethylhexylglycerin,Arginine,Propyl Gallate,Carbomer,Disodium EDTA,Phenoxyethanol,Phytosterols
Hyaluronic Acid is fine. It actually isn’t really an acid as you think of an acid, it is a very large molecule (already made by your body, it is found in the dermis especially), and it holds on to water to hydrate the skin. It is so large that it can’t penetrate into the skin even when hydrolyzed or nano sized. It’s actually one of my favorite moisturizing ingredients because it does such a great job without feeling heavy on your skin (it’s in the 2nd product above).
For these products I would avoid the Essence (due to licorice root), the other two both look ok to me.
Thank you for the sharing. I would like to ask you if stem cell repair mask safe to use ?
Ingredient : Mineral oil, Aqua, Amino acid, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sodium hyluronate, Vitamin E, Lubrajel CG, D-Panthenol, Hamamelis virginana, Ubiquinone Q10, Palmitoyl Tripeptide.
I read that Mineral oil is to avoid when pregnant… thank you for the answer.
You don’t need to avoid mineral oil while pregnant, but I am not sure what is the “stem cell” part? The listed ingredients are ok, but usually when they say that it’s because they’ve put some sort of cells in there, and I would avoid it if there are actual stem cells.
Are these ingredients in the Anastasia contour kit okay?
Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Mica, Isononyl Isononanoate, Squalane, Triisodecyl Trimellitate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Silica, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire De Candelilla/Candelilla Cera, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate. May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
Good day, I’m 20 weeks today and have been using a toner that contains 10% glycolic acid. I have systic a new skin and while I’m pregnant it’s in full
Bloom. I use it very saparingly in the am and was told it shouldn’t be an issue and now I’m worried. All my OB check ups have been fine and baby is growing fine (thank gd) again I feel worried and will stop using it. But, Here is the list of ingridents for the product (Tula probiotic reserfusing gel toner) :Aqua, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Sodium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Agar, Glycerin, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Yogurt Extract, Carrageenan, Betaine, Glucose, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Edta, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.
I didn’t pay attaention to all the ingridents before and now I’m more worried. If you can give me your opinon it would be very helpful.
I’ve mostly been told by OB and Derm that glycolic should be avoided, but I have occasionally heard that some consider it fine. I’d talk to your doctor about it.
Ugh! Now I’m v worried. I will bring it up at the next appointment. At this point I’ve been using it on and off for 20 weeks 🤷🏼♀️ Not sure if I can do anything about it now except to just discontinue use.
I’d just talk about it at the next appointment. Glycolic was considered safe before and then slid over into not safe but I don’t know of any new studies that came out, people were just nervous. I’d probably stop using it now and discuss with your doctor. It was on the list my doctor gave me to avoid, but I do know it is sometimes included in safe to use lists.
How about this spray for finishing?
Aqua / Water, Alcohol Denat., PVP, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycereth-5 Lactate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenylpropanol, Parfum / Fragrance, Propanediol, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Poloxamer 407, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Maltodextrin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, BHT.
Hello. Thank you for such an informative website. I’ve looked through all of your pregnancy post and I have a few questions.
Is the ingredient Centella okay? I want to use the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vit C Serum, but it contains Centella which I read somewhere might cause jaundice? I would love your opinion on this. Thank you!
Here is the ingredient list:
Water, Propylen Glycol, Ascorbic Acid(5%), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Centella Asiatica Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Illicium Verum(Anise) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi(Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polysorbate 60, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract, Orange Oil Brazil, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Extract, Larix Europaea Wood Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Asarum Sieboldi Root Extract, Quercus Mongolia Leaf Extract, Persicaria Hydropiper Extract, Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Magnolia Obovata Bark Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Lecithin, Acetyl Glutamine,SH-Olgopeptide-1, SH-Olgopeptide-2, SH-Polypeptide-1, SH-Polypeptide-9, SH-Polypeptide-11, Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol
We don’t have evidence to suggest it shouldn’t be used. This product looks fine to me otherwise. If you’re concerned I’d swap to a different product, it isn’t worth losing sleep over!
Hello! Thank you for your reply!
May I check another product with you? It is the drunken elephant Vit C serum. This product has Licorice Root extract which I saw was on your list. However, I messaged the company who said there is no research supporting that Licorice Root is bad.
Can I ask why you included it on the list?
There isn’t evidence that a lot of things are bad in pregnancy actually. I’ve included it as many of my OB and derm friends are adding it to their lists, they have reasons that they are concerned about licorice root, so I have added it to my list as well.
Thank you so much!
Are these 2 products safe for pregnancy?
Shea Moisture – Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Shampoo
Water, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Cocoyl lsethionate, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycerin (Vegetable), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*†, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Fruit Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Annona Cherimola Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Glycerin, Zea Mays Starch, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate *Certified Organic Ingredient. †Fair Trade Ingrdient.
Shea Moisture – Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Conditioner
Water, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*†, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glycerin (Vegetable), Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Caprylate, Panthenol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Annona Cherimola Fruit Extract, Coconut Alkanes, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe, Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, CocoCaprylate/Caprate, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Zea Mays Starch, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Propanediol, Glyceryl Undecylenate *Certified Organic Ingredient. †Fair Trade Ingrdient
You don’t need to worry about hair products.
Hi! Thanks so much for all of your research efforts & advice. I have a product I’ve been using for-ingrown hairs that has a “consult your doctor if pregnant” stamp on it. I have tried to research the different ingredients to figure out why it may or may not be a good thing but I’m struggling to find anything. And I don’t have any Dr. appointments coming up for months!
Here’s the ingredients: Aqua, propylene glycol, glyceryl stearate, stearic acid, palmitic acid, isopropyl myristate, paraffinum liquid, Cetyl alcohol, triethanolamine, melaleuca alternifolica, leaf oil, lanolin, cetearyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, carbomer, alcohol, retinyl palmitate, methylparaben, PEG-20 stearate, propylparaben, ethylparaben, methyl 2-octyynoate, linalool, CI 19140, CI 14700, CI 42090
I’m wondering if I should just use tea-tree oil instead!?
Thank you in advance!
I’d avoid this due to the retinoid. If you use tea tree oil I would use it very sparingly, oils and extracts are usually fine when used in a formulation but large amounts can be harmful. I would definitely include tea tree oil in that list to be careful with based on my experiences with it. I would likely do some warm compresses instead.
Thanks so much!
Are PEGs ingredients in skincare products safe during pregnancy? I found mixed information online about this ingredient, and most of my cleanser, regular or sleeping masks or even some serums have some kinds of PEG ingredient. If they are, I need to switch all my masks and some cleansers.
polyethylene glycol is too big to be absorbed by the skin (which is a barrier but does absorb some) or your gut (which is actively trying to absorb all it can). I wouldn’t worry about it.
Thank you so much!
I have several questions about products, but I will start slow…
1) Is Rosehip Oil allowed during pregnancy?
2) All chemical sunscreens should be avoided? Or are there some specific ingredients that must be avoided and not necessarily all chemical sunscreens?
Does any of the following list of ingredients present anything that should be avoided?
3) Cleansing gel: Aqua, Uriage Thermal Spring Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-80 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Cocamide, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Laureth-8 Sulfate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycine, Sodium Chloride, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Coco/Isostearamide, Citric Acid, Piroctone Olamine, Sodium Oleth Sulfate, Magnesium Laureth Sulfate, Parfum (Fragrance), Magnesium Laureth-8 Sulfate, Magnesium Oleth Sulfate, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Metabisulfite.
4) Face scrub: Aqua. Polyethylene granules. PEG-23 lauryl ether. Alcohol. Propylen glycol. Lauramine oxide. PEG-4 lauryl ether. Silica. Benzalkonium chloride. Potassium sorbate. Geranyl acetate. Hexy cinnamal. Limonene. Linalool. Linalyl acetate. Parfum. CI 47005.
5) Micelar Water: AQUA / WATER
1) Rosehip is fine
2) All. Many of them are salicylates anyways, but since they’re absorbed into the body I did add them all to my list. I knew enough OBs that were nervous about them that I felt more comfortable if they were all on my list to avoid. They’re pretty easy to avoid anyways.
All of those products look ok to me
Thanks a lot!!
Just to confirm, because I don’t know much about that, but I am dying to try rosehip oil, I’ve read reviews, they say its awesome for the face.
Let me generalize my thoughts after some reading, then you correct me, if you can.
Rosehip oil = vitamin A = retinol = danger
I want to try the rosehip oil, but I don’t want to take chances. Please make me understand, lol.
No, Rosehip Oil = fatty acids, good for hydration and preserving your skin’s barrier function, which makes happy skin. There are vitamins in there, and Vitamin A is included, but it isn’t thought to be close enough (or enough in amount) to really be counted as a retinoid by most dermatologists whenever I’ve talked to them about it. Vitamin A is also Beta Carotene, which is fine in pregnancy.
I’m editing my comment to add that Vitamin A is naturally found in a lot of plants and fruits, and we’ll all go crazy if we start looking at it in each of those. The amount and kind can vary based on when things were harvested, how they were extracted, etc. It’s kind of assumed to not be enough to really “count”. If that makes sense.
What about this product:
Ingredients: Water, Diglycerin, Glycerin, Tranexamic Acid, Butylene Glycol, PEG-8, PEG-6, PEG-32, PPG- 24- Glycereth-24, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Poly- sorbate 20, Styrene/VP Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate
I would avoid that due to the Tranexamic Acid. It’s a lysine derivative thought to maybe improve skin tone, but it is used postpartum to prevent hemorrhage/promote blood clotting. I have no idea what that would do while pregnant, but pregnancy is already a pro-thrombotic state and I don’t think you should be messing with the normal clotting cascade while pregnant.
I have checked your list of The Ordinary products allowed during pregnancy, but these two products are not listed:
1) 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder
Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid
2) Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
Ingredients: Propanediol, Resveratrol, Ferulic Acid.
Is any of those allowed?
Also, I saw that the Ordinary`s Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% is allowed. Is there a restriction (after 3rd or 4th month, for instance) or is it allowed since conception?
Those are both fine, I had only reviewed what was on sephora’s site as the ordinary has hundreds of products. For now anyways…. we’ll see what happens to them! All of the products are fine for all of pregnancy, nothing has restrictions
Your article is super helpful! What do you think about these, in terms of safety?
Simpleza Serums 20% Vitamin C With Vitamin E & Hyaluronic Acid:
Aqua, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide, Carborner, Triethanolamine, Betaglucan, Ascorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Propanediol, Phenylpropanol.
Simpleza Serums 5% Hyaluronic Acid With Vitamin C & Vitamin E:
Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe, Witch Hazel, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid (5%), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, MSM, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Acetate), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethy Hexyl Glycerin.
Both are fine 🙂
Thank you so mich for all this info! What do you think about Renee Rouleau’s Anti-Cyst/Buml Treatment:
Water, Methyl Gluceth-20 (water-binding humectant that facilitates penetration of the acid and alcohol), Ethyl Lactate (Lactic Acid), Ethyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol (antimicrobial preservative), Sodium Citrate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin (skin conditioner) .
Hi! I want to try out Laneige BB Cushion and do you think the ingredients are safe for pregnancy?
Water,Cyclopentasiloxane,Cyclohexasiloxane,Phenyl Trimethicone,PEG-10 Dimethicone,Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate,Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone,Arbutin,Butylene Glycol,Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer,Polyhydroxystearic Acid,Sodium Chloride,Aluminum Hydroxide,Polymethyl Methacrylates,Stearic Acid,Triethoxycaprylylsilane,Phenoxyethanol,Disteardimonium Hectorite,HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer,Isostearic Acid,Ethylhexyl Palmitate,Lecithin,Isopropyl Palmitate,Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate,Ethylhexylglycerin,Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer,Melia Azadirachta Extract,Yeast Extract,Dimethicone,Trimethylsiloxysilicate,Disodium EDTA,Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer,Silica,Manganese Sulfate,Zinc Sulfate,Magnesium Sulfate,Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract,Caprylyl Glycol,1,2-Hexanediol,Fragrance,Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891),Iron Oxides (CI 77492),Iron Oxides (CI 77491),Iron Oxides (CI 77499).
Thanks in advance!
I would avoid this due to the Arbutin
Hi, thank you for the helpful info! Could you kindly tell me if these ingredients are safe to use during pregnancy?
Thanks in advance!
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Lecithin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Vanillin, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol.
Similarly to the above question – I see that Drunk Elephant’s eye serum made the cut, but not the eye cream (c-tango multivitamin eye cream). I also wondered why Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer didn’t make the cut. Both of these products are advertised as pregnancy safe and I know I can’t trust that information, but I wanted to check in on them! I appreciate this site; it’s really informative.
Some brands are not as conservative as I am, to the point that I’ve heard of brands say even retinoids are safe to use, which the medical community uniformly says it is NOT safe.
Juice Beauty’s stem cellular line contains apple stem cells, which the brand claims will penetrate into the skin, and do some magic there basically. First, as a physician, knowing how much of a barrier the skin is for most ingredients, the idea that apple cells will go down into the dermis seems a bit absurd (a dermatologist friend laughed at me when I asked her about it), but even if it actually does do that, how does the apple cell know where to stop? Those are some whacky apple cells. Who knows what/where they’re going. So I haven’t included any of the products from that line.
The Drunk Elephant eye cream didn’t make the cut because of a licorice root extract.
Please know that reviewing a product can take me 10-30 minutes or even longer depending on the ingredient list. I have not made these decisions lightly.
I am in the first trimester of pregnancy, I I live in Dubai, UAE and have been really worried about the right sunscreen to use and finally plan to use SkinCeuticals Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50.. Its ingredients are:
Titanium Dioxide [Nano]
C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate
PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethanol Dimethicone
Can you please confirm if this is safe to use during pregnancy?
Many thanks for your valuable guidance.
I would avoid this due to the salicylate
Thank you so much for replying. In this case I would opt for Mustela bebe-enfant very high protection Sunscreen SPF 50 with Avocado extract. Its ingredients are:
Aqua (Water), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Pentylene Glycol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Tocopherol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Alumina, Xanthan Gum, Jojoba Esters, Propylene Carbonate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract.
Do you think this will be suitable as it is a child’s product? If not can you recommend something? Thanks so much
It looks ok
Hi, thank you for your beneficial information.
I would like to ask you if this cream is okay to be used as daily moisturizer since I’m struggling with hormonal acnes and this cream has been advised as epidermal growth factor.
The cream is Isntree EGF Repair Cream
Water • Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract • Propanediol • Glycerin • Cyclopentasiloxane • Squalane • Cetearyl Alcohol • Cetearyl Glucoside • Leontopodium Alpinum Callus Culture Extract • sh-Oligopeptide-1 • sh-Oligopeptide-2 • sh-Polypeptide-1 • sh-Polypeptide-3 • sh-Polypeptide-22 • Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables • Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract • Poly-glyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate • 1,2-Hexanediol • Caprylhydroxamic Acid • Butylene Glycol • Glyceryl Stearate • Octyldodecanol • Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer • Polysorbate60 • Tocopheryl Acetate • Ethylhexylglycerin • Tocopherol • Adenosine • Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate • Hydrogenated Poly decene • Trideceth-10 • Dextrin • Disodium EDTA
This is fine for pregnancy. Note that “growth factor” they refer to is actually peptides, which don’t have particular actions for acne at all. I would use this as a general anti-aging moisturizer, but it may/may not help blemishes.
I am keen to enquire the following
1) Shampoo and Conditioner: Are Keratin based shampoo and conditioners OK to use. I know keratin treatments are not, but the shampoo and conditioner I use have the following ingredients:
Aqua (Water),Sodium Laureth Sulfate,Coco- Betaine,Cocamide DEA,Glycerin,Glycol Stearate, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polyquaternium-7,PEG-7,Glyceryl Cocoate, Lauryl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol,PEG-150 pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Parfum(Fragrance), Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Disodium EDTA,Hydrolyzed Keratin,Panthenol,Theobroma Cacao(Cocoa)Extract, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
Aqua, cetearyl alcohol, propylene glicol, paraffinum liquidum, petrolatum, cetrimonium chloride, theobraoma cacao seed butter, cyclopentasiloxane, amodimethicone, trideceth-12, TEA-dodecylbenzenesulfonate, dimethiconol, hydroxyethylcellulose, glyceryl stearate, parfum, butylphenyl methylpropional, hexyl cinnamal, linalool, methylparaben, propylparaben, penthenol, disodium EDTA, hydrolyzed keratin, citric acid.
3) MAC Studio Fix Foundation Compact NC 30 is it safe to use? I believe the compact though foundation compact would remain on the surface and not be absorbed in the skin
I am acting paranoid but really could do with your guidance. So grateful for this forum. God Bless you!
Many many thanks.
No need to worry about hair products including the keratin products. Both of those should be fine! And there are so many studio fix products, if you’re referring to the powder foundation then yes, you’er right. It will sit on the surface of the skin and you should be ok 🙂
Thank you sooo much xx
I just want to say thank you for this post and being so active in answering questions in the comments. 🙂
It takes a lot of time, but most people appreciate it 🙂
Hi, I would like to buy a magnesium spray for cramps. This is what is on the website. I’m not sure the percentage of vodka but would you consider it safe to use please?
“This is a topical magnesium spray made from vodka & magnesium chloride flakes. Magnesium oils are used as a source of magnesium, but they can irritate the skin. The use of alcohol is a superior solvent and carrier of magnesium so that it is btter absorbed into the skin.”
I would definitely talk to your OB about this.
Hi, Thank you for this website. How about Vitamin C BB Sheer Tint SPF 30? Thank you.
Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate), PhytoCellTec® Malus Domestica Apple and Solar Vitis Grape Fruit Stem Cells
Zinc Oxide 20.0%
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Vegetable Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive Berry Complex*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract*†, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*†, Tocopherol, Iron Oxides, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*
*Certified Organic Ingredients †Fair Trade Ingredients
This looks fine
Hello . So thankful for this website. May i ask , what about the
1. HIMALAYA HERBALS PURIFYING NEEM FACE WASH . i have read on some website that is one of the safe products to use during pregnancy . I just want to make sure again.
Ingredients : water , ammonium lauryl sulfate , melia azadirachta leaf extract, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium cococyl glutamate, & disodium cocoyl glutamate , glycerin ,acrylates /C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate crosspolymer, curcuma longa root extract , sodium hydroxide , phenoxyethanol , perfume, methylchloroisothiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone , sodium metabisulfite, citric acid , disodium EDTA, tocopheryl acetate , CI 19140 , CI 42090.
2. Iwhite aqua moisturizer whitening vita
( i heard their products are safe for pregnant woman )
But this are the ingredients
Water , sodium hyaluronate, glycerin , dimethiconol, cyclomethicone, allantoin , panthenol, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, tocopheryl acetate, Oryza sativa bran extract , imidazolidinyl urea , ascorbyl palmitate, green floral musk , blue 1
Active ingrediejts : mulberry root extract , panax ginseng root extract , and green tea leaf extract .
I hope you can help me. Thank you so much.
I would not use #1 based upon the Neem as mentioned in the discussion in the post.
#2 is safe, though I’m not certain that mulberry works very well for hyperpigmentation.
Thank you sooo much for your reply Doc. 😀😀 .
So you mean to say mulberry extract does not really help with hyperpigmentation ? Ive read on some website that mulberry extract actually helps in curing hyerpigmentation. Correct me if i am wrong .
Is this product safe too. ?
Iwhite faicial cream whitening vita
( whitening + makeup base + protection : Spf 15 )
Ingredients : water , glycerin , tocopheryl acetate, retinyl acetate , ethythexyl methoxycinnamate, dimethicone , sodium hyaluronate , aloe barbadensis leaf extract, ascorbic acid , methylparaben , fragrance , disodium EDTA.
( it has retinyl acetate. Is that a kind of retinoids. ? Which means i cant use it ? )
2. BYS Setting spray matte finish
Ingredients . : aqua , alcohol , propylene glycol, sodium salicytate , piantago lanceolata leaf extract , mahonia aquifolium root extract , VP/ VA copolymer , phenoxyethanol , disodium EDTA , niacinamide
Thank you soo much .
I haven’t read anything convincing in the medical literature about Mulberry. If it worked that well you’d find it in every hyperpigmentation product, but it isn’t.
Neither of the other products are safe. The retinoid, the chemical sunscreen and the salicylate in the spray.
Thank you for putting together such a thorough article! I recently received some prickly pear oil products as a gift and am wondering if it’s OK for pregnancy / nursing. I’ve read that some essential oils are outright bad but have found very little reputable commentary relating to prickly pear oil, so I’m interested in what your take on it is!
There’s a lot of opinion out there about various essential oils and I can’t seem to find much actual data about most of them. For sure avoid Neem and Willow Bark extracts. Others I wouldn’t use in large quantities, even the “safe” ones such as tea tree oil can cause issues in large amounts. In small amounts in products most are fine. I don’t have any info to suggest you need to avoid prickly pear.
Hi! Is Bio Oil for stretch marks considered safe or no?
No, it has a retinol in it. They make a big deal about it being the best thing for stretch marks (this and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter market on that) but there have been studies about both, nothing really “works” to prevent stretch marks any better than just using a good moisturizer and massaging it in. 🙂
I am looking for an acne spot treatment but I can’t use most because they contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. I know I should avoid salicylic acid but is benzoyl peroxide safe to use? If not, II found Acne Control Spot Treatment from BELLI SKINCARE MATERNITY. The ingredients are: Active: Colloidal Sulfur 3%. Inactive: Caprylyl Glycol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Deionized Water, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium PCA, Xanthan Gum. Would that be safe to use? Thank you!!
You should avoid Benzoyl Peroxide unless directed by your doctor. This one from Belli is fine!
Hi, first of all, thank you for all this information.
I would like to ask if this product is safe:
M.Asam Magic Finish
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum (Fragrance), Silica, Isoceteth-10, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).
What are your thoughts on plant-based retinol products that can substitute for over the counter retinoid creams? Specifically, BIOSSANCE Squalane + Photo-Retinol Serum. The ingredients are from Sephora below. Thank you so much!
Water, Squalane, Niacinamide, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Bakuchiol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Yeast Extract , Soy Amino Acids, Lecithin, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Citric Acid, Linalool, Geraniol, Limonene.
This is fine
Hi there! I’m 19 weeks pregnant and have been using Paulas Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA about once a week. I’ve read that glycolic acid is safe in amounts of 10% or less, but now I’m concerned about the other ingredients specifically Borage Extract. Thank you for your time.
Water (Aqua), Methylpropanediol (hydration), Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice (hydration/skin-soothing), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (skin-soothing), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Extract (antioxidants), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidants), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (skin-soothing), Lamium Album (White Nettle) Flower Extract (antioxidant), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Propylene Glycol (solvent), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
I don’t consider the glycolic to be safe. AS well this has licorice root and willow bark (aka- salicylate).
Can you please take a look at this body lotion and see if it is safe to use after the first trimester?
Dermalogica Body hydrating cream:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Potato Starch Modified, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-8 Stearate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Dimethicone, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Limonene , Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
Thank you so much!
This is ok
Is the neutrogena transparent facial bar (not the fragrance free) safe?
Triethanolamine, TEA Stearate, Sodium Tallowate, Glycerin, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Cocoate, Water, Sodium Ricinoleate, Sodium Oleate, Cetyl Acetate, Cocamide MEA, Sodium Stearate, BHT, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Trisodium HEDTA, Fragrance.
This is ok
I recently found out I’m expecting and had no idea that my skincare regimen could cause harm. I am so thankful I stumbled upon your website. I’ve cut out my retinol and sadly cut my acne wash and astringent which both contained salicylic acid 2%. Would you mind checking two of the other main products I use for safety?
Lancôme’s Advanced Genifique Serum:
Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Faex Extract/Yeast Extract/Extrait De Levure, Peg-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Limonene, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Edta, Octyldodecanol, Citronellol, Fragrance.
Sunday Riley CEO Rapid Flash Brightening Serum:
Water, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Squalane, PEG-8 Beeswax, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Acetamidoethoxyethanol, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycine Soja Sterols, Tocopherol, Glycolic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Phytate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Chlorphenesin, Cera Alba, Glycerin, Isosqualane, C30 Hydrocarbons, Saccharide Isomerate.
Thank you so much!
The first one has Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, which is a chemical related to salicylic acid and should be avoided. The Sunday Riley has glycolic acid the Full lists of which products are safe from both of those brands can be found here in my big list of pregnancy safe skincare products.
This is amazing thank you!!!
Just bought some items from Drew Barrymore’s line- Flower. Would you mind checking safety on the below 3 items?? Thank you in advance!!!!
WATER, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, GLYCERIN, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, BIS-LAURYL COCAMINOPROPYLAMINE/HDI/PEG-100 COPOLYMER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CARBOMER, DIMETHICONOL, DISODIUM EDTA, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, JASMINUM OFFICINALE (JASMINE) EXTRACT, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, TOCOPHEROL, XANTHAN GUM, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, ETHYLENE/PROPYLENE/STYRENE COPOLYMER, SORBITAN OLEATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, MICA, IRON OXIDES.
Heptyl Undecylenate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jojoba Esters, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dextrin Palmitate/Hexyldecanoate, Squalane, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Rosmarinum Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Alo Barbadensis Flower Extract, Tin Oxide, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract.
Talc, mica, caprylic/capric triglyceride, silica, nylon-12, magnesium stearate, dimethicone, boron nitride, isostearyl alcohol, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, caprylyl glycol, microcrystalline wax, paraffin, sodium dehydroacetate, tocopheryl acetate, sorbitan isostearate, calcium aluminum borosilicate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, calcium sodium borosilicate. May contain: iron oxides, titanium dioxide, ultramarines, manganese violet, ferric ferrocyanide, blue 1 lake, yellow 5 lake, carmine.
These all look ok
Thank you so much for all your helps so far with my products!
May I please ask again for the safety of my 2 other products?
Image the max stem cell creme
Aqua, Glycerin, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem Cell Culture, Vigna Radiata Extract, Argania Spinosa Sprout Cell Culture Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Phospholipids, Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract, Algae Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Plankton Extract, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Spiraea Ulmaria Root Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Glycine Soja Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Glycine Soja Sterols, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Isomalt, Dicetyl Phosphate, Linoleic Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Xanthan Gum, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Stearic Acid, Pullulan, Superoxide Dismutase, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Sodium Dextran Sulfate, Biotin, Phenoxyethanol, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, PVP, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin and Hexylene Glycol.
Image skincare the max stem cell eye crème:
Aqua, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem Cell Culture, Argania Spinosa Sprout Cell Culture Extract, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Vitis Vinifera Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Sucrose Palmitate, Cetearyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Glycerin, Sorbitan Olivate, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea Oil Unsaponifiables, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycine Soja Sterols, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Chrysin, Dipeptide-2, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Algae Extract, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Linoleic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Allantoin, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Carbomer, Darutoside, Phospholipids, Glyceryl Linoleate, Pullulan, Isomalt, Steareth-20, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin.
I saw that you mentioned something about stem cell being unsafe for pregnancy.
These two products have stem cell on their name but I found no stem cell ingredient on their ingredient list, so I am wondering if they are safe to use while pregnant.
Thank you again!
I think the stem cell is the Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Vitis Vinifera Fruit Cell Culture Extract and Argania Spinosa Sprout Cell Culture Extract. The other ingredients all look ok to me, but I’d be reluctant to use the stem cells.
Hi there! I love all this information and I was wondering if this product from the ordinary would be okay during pregnancy:
Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
Aqua (Water), Ascorbyl Glucoside, Propanediol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Triethanolamine, Isoceteth-20, Xanthan gum, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.
This is fine
OMG I’m so thankful that I ran into Andrea’s question comment and your comment, Doctor!
The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% works like magic on my skin. It helps brighten and even skin tone.
However, I’ve recently tried to order more The Ordinary products to refill. I only ordered 2 C-derivative product:
– Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
– Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F (I saw this as a safe product on your skin care list).
As I were adding these 2 products into my cart and input my California address, there was this very confusing warning showed up:
“one or more of the products in your bag may expose you to chemicals including lead, bisphenol A, phthalates or cadmium, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer or birth defects. For more information, go to http://www.p65warnings.ca.gov”
I also tried to access the website and searched for ‘ascorbyl’, ‘tetraisopalmitate’ or ‘viatmin F’, but nothing came up. I’m pretty clueless with the chemical names as well, so I dont know if they are listed in different names.
If you could kindly spare a few more minutes answering this post, I would by really thankful!
It is truly amazing of you to spend time and dedication answering all of our comments, especially when you must be very busy yourself!
<3 <3 <3
So, I don’t pay any attention to the California warnings, they’re based on studies that don’t always translate over to humans and include pretty much everything. Instead I rely on reading the medical literature and talking to dermatologists and OBs
Thank you so much for addressing an issue that has been causing me anxiety!! Can you please tell me if these products are safe? Thank you in advance!
LXMI Creme Du Nil
Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Nilotica) Butter, Glycerin, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Olivate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Candililla Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Hydrosol Water, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Hydrosol Water, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Gluconolactone, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Stearoyl Lactylate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance* (*Natural)
Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Vegetable Glycerine.
These are ok
Thank you so much for putting out time to make this list!
Do you think this body wash below is safe to use? It has Sodium Laureth Sulfate so I am hesitating whether it is safe to use or not.
Dermalogical conditioning body wash
Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauramide DEA, Glycol Distearate, Steareth-4,Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Quaternium-75, Sodium PCA, Benzyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Limonene, Linalool.
This looks fine! SLS is fine for pregnancy but can be a little harsh, especially if your skin is dry or sensitive.
Hi can you help me know if this sunscreen is good to use while pregnant:
Biore UV Perfect Bright Face Milk
INGREDIENTS: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Zinc Oxide, Alcohol, Water, Lauryl Methacrylate/Sodium Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate), Talc, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Methicone, Mica, Polysilicone-9, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Peg-3 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl-Pg Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide, Aluminum Hydroxide, Silica, Aluminum Dimyristate, Iron Oxides, Barium Sulfate, Ci 73360
Thanks in advance
no, it has chemical sunscreens
Can you please help me take a look at the following ingredients and see if they are fine while nursing? Thank you.
Diorsnow Essence of light brightening milk serum
Ingredients:water, glycerin, dimethicone, propanediol, butylene glycol, ascorbyl glucoside, pentylene glycol, polyglyceryl-10 myristate,polymethylsilsesquioxane, alcohol, tromethamie, phenoxyethanol, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, cellulose, maltitol, silica, sodium citrate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), parfum, citrus unshiu peel extract, ectoin, sapindus mukurossi peel extract, citrus medica limonum fruit extract, synthetic fluorphlogopite, alcaligenes polysaccharides, biosaccharide gum-1, citric acid, aluminum hydroxide, leontopodium alpinum extract, tremella fuciforms polysaccharide, limonene, potassium sorbate, stearic acid, alpha-isomethyl ionone, kluyveromyces extract, linalool, citronellol, poriacocos sclerotium extract, sodium benzoate, sodium chloride, BHT, sodium DNA, disodium phosphate, ergothioneine, potassium chloride, potassium phosphate.
No, due to licorice root extract
May I know which particular extract refers to the licorice root extract so that I can be aware next time? Thank you.
In this case it is the dipotassium glycyrrhizate. Pretty much anything that has the Glycyrrhiz…. something is going to be related to licorice root.
Is Aveeno shampoo and conditioner safe for pregnancy? I see it has behentrimobium chloride. Is that bad? Also, what about palmers cocoa butter? It has phenoxethanol, survival acid, benzoic acid? Thanks!
You don’t need to worry about shampoo and conditioner, that specific ingredient is ok. Palmers is fine
Never mind found this post I was the one asking about retinyl palmitate and vitamin a palmitate but on another posting that I can’t find now 🤦🏻♀️ So sorry to bother you with a question you already answered thoroughly. I feel ignorant and bad about taking up your time. Have a good one and thanks for the educational posting. It helped clear up my confusion about ingredients and has helped me keep a closer eye on my skin care products.
It is so confusing, isn’t it?? And then there are so many chemical names out there. I’m glad it makes sense now! 🙂
It is definitely confusing! Have you looked into the Hanacure facial? It seems to be all natural (plant extracts and such), but I’m curious if all the ingredients are safe. They seem to think they are, but they suggest asking a physician just in case. Thank you for all your helpful information!! I tried to copy and paste the ingredients, but they only offer a picture of the ingredients on their site, and there’s no way to copy.
I haven’t had time to look into it, sorry
Hello are this ingredients ok to use while pregnant
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Avobenzone 2.5%, Oxybenzone 2%. Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Bis-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Ether, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate , Punica Granatum Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Alnus Firmifolia Fruit Extract, Artemia Extract, Lactic Acid, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Neopentyl Glycol Diisostearate, Polysorbate 80, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum).
Another product has these
Water(Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl OatAmino Acids, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin,Alcohol, Punica Granatum Extract, Alnus Firmifolia Fruit Extract, Glycine, Sodium AscorbylPhosphate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Lactic Acid, Sodium PCA, BoragoOfficinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Copper Gluconate, Artemia Extract, Polysorbate 20, DisodiumEDTA, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Buteth-3, Tributyl Citrate,Tris(Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin,Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum), Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow5 (CI 1914
The first has chemical sunscreens and salicylates, so I would avoid that. The second has salicylates as well.
Hello Doctor. Thank you for being a life-saver to many of us.☺ I really appreciate your blog with all the effort and kindness to answer every questions. And I started to be more cautious and used to reading labels and ingredients because of this.😊 I am just curious about Beta Arbutin. Is it safe for pregnant? I’ve been seeing some of our local brands claiming to be pregnancy safe product containing Beta Arbutin. Thank you!🙂
I would consider Beta Arbutin to be close enough to the Alpha Arbutin discussed above to avoid it.
Ok doctor. Thank you.☺
Hello Doctor, Would you be able to let me know if this eyelash adhesive is safe to use when pregnant?
Tarte Tarteist™ Pro Lash Adhesive
Ingredients: Polyethylhexyl Acrylate, Water.
I am confused about salicylic and citric acids. Isn’t there a lot of them in food anyway? And if we shouldn’t worry about shampoo, why worry about a facial cleanser, since you wash both of them off? How much of these acids can actually be absorbed by the skin?
The shampoo is mostly on your hair, not the scalp. face washes are much more likely to leave some behind. They can all be absorbed. Citric acid is in food, so you don’t need to worry about it, Salicylic acid isn’t in food as much but since salicylates have actual known detrimental effects “extra” should be avoided.
hello doctor,are this ingrediants safe to use use during pregrancy
sodium plamate ,sodium cocoate/sodium palm kernelate,aqua,glycerin,punis palustris wood tar ,sodium chloride,soduim gluconate
These are fine
Are these ingredients safe to use during pregnancy?
Aqua, Cetearyl, Glyceria Stearate, Behentrimonium Methylisothyazolinone and Methylclorisotyazolinone, Polyquaternium 6-7, Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Peg 12- Dimethicone, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Acid Violet 43, Parfummalic acid, Acetic Acid, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid.
A few websites advise that we should avoid anything with a PEG ingredient (regardless of whether it’s something like PEG-16 or PEG-60).
I was wondering what your thoughts were on PEGs?
PEGs are usually very large and can’t be absorbed, no evidence to avoid them. Note, my husband is a PEG expert, he agrees.
Are these ingredients safe during pregnancy
capric triglyceride,tocopherol pentaerythrityl tetra di t butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate limonene linalool
I’ve watched a video on youtube that said the ingredients used in anti-aging products are not good for pregnancy. I wonder if it is true.
Also, I am considering buying this expensive oil Phoenix Cell Regenerating Facial Oil from Herbivore. Could you kindly tell if these these ingredients look ok?
-CoQ10: Supports skin’s natural collagen.
-Rosehip Oil: Supports the look of healthier skin.
-Chia Seed Co2: Smoothes the appearance of fine lines and decreses redness.
-Sea Buckthorn Oil: Soothes and supports skin.
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, CoQ10, Hippophae Rhamnoides L (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract (Rose Extract), Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Oil.
Thank you so very much!
This whole post is about the ingredients, so it’s redundant to readdress that. Many of the best ingredients are NOT safe, such as retinoids. But ingredients such as antioxidants, in particular Vitamin C, and peptides are both anti-aging and perfectly safe.
This product is fine.
Thank you very much Doctor! I am sorry if my question was in any way not suitable for the topic of this thread! <3
Allantoin & glutathione during pregnancy?
Thanks for a great page.
I have always used these water resistent lup colors from p Max Factor, lipfinity colour & gloss and rimmel provocalips, however as i am pregnant now, im worried if i can continue using them, are they safe?
ILLUMINATING FUCHSIA max Factor
BASECOAT: Isododecane Trimethylsiloxysilicate Dimethicone Mica Disteardimonium Hectorite Propylene Carbonate Talc Aqua Propylparaben +/- [CI 15850 Cl 77491 CI 19140 Cl 42090 Cl 73360 Cl 77499 Cl 77891 Cl 75470 Petrolatum Paraffinum Liquidum Oleyl Alcohol Candelilla Cera Tocopheryl Acetate Aroma Benzyl Benzoate Limonene +/- [Cl 77891 Cl 15850 Cl 77499]
Colour Side Isododecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, C9-13 Isoparaffin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Barium Sulfate / Ci 77120, Aluminum Hydroxide, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Benzoic Acid, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), D&C Red No. 28 (Ci 45410), D&C Red No. 36 (Ci 12085), D&C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake (Ci 15850), , Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Carmine (Ci 75470)].
Top Side Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D’abeille, Pentaerythrityl Stearate/Caprate/Caprylate/ Adipate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum/Fragrance, Propylparaben, Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Tocopherol, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Bht.
These look ok
Hello doctor, I use very minimal products on skin,but due to dry weather in the place I stay, I need to keep applying moisturiser.
The product I use currently is Green Cricket 100-Percent Natural Coconut Hand and Body and Lotion or St. Ives Body Lotion 24 Hour Moisture 600mL. Since I am pregnant now ,not sure whether I can continue to use these or any products you can suggest im canada.Appreciate you help.
I’m sorry, I can’t comment on product safety without an ingredient list.
There might a repeat post. Please ignore it. Below are the ingredients
Aqua, glyceryl stearate, emulsifying wax NF, cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, Glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil , Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Riccinus communis (Castor seed ) oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annus ( Sunflower) seed Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Helianthus Annus ( Sunflower) seed, Abies Balsamea ( balsam oil), Natural flavor, GlycerylCaprylate, GlycerylUndecylenate
Aqua, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycol Stearate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Parfum, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Stearamide AMP, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil
This is the only post I see, so the others may have gotten trapped in my spam filter. Both of these look ok to me!
What about Ferulic Acid. I use Skin Ceutucals C&E Ferulic Acid serum.
Ferulic acid is fine
Hi would like to know if the following ingredients are safe during pregnancy.
Water, Glycerin, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Panthenol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stearyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Dimethiconol, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Laureth-7, Propylparaben, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-7, Hexapeptide-3.
Galactomyces ferment filtrate, butylene glycol, pentylene glycol, water, sodium benzoate, methyl paraben, sorbic acid
Galactomyces ferment filtrate, butylene glycol, pentylene glycol, water, sodium pca, glycerin, methyl paraben, sorbic acid, sodium benzoate, glycereth-25 pca isostearate
Vit c serum:
Galactomyces ferment filtrate, butylene glycol, water, sodium benzoate, methyl paraben, sorbic acid, glycerin, hydroxyethyl urea, pentylene glycol, betaine, sodium citrate, triethyl citrate, centella asiatica leaf extract, saccharomyces cerevisiae extract
These are all ok
Please check the this moisturizer
Water, zea mays(corn)oil, mineral oil, ceteareth-3, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, petrolatum, hydrogenated vegetable oil, polysorbate 60, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dimethicone, echinacea angustifolia root extract, hydrolyzed soy protein, fragrance, lactis serum proteinum, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium lauryl sulfate, tetrasodium edta, BHT, PPG-25 laureth-25, BHA, coumarin, limonene, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, linalool
Thank you again and have a nice holiday!
This is fine
can this ingredients are safe for me? i’m 6 months pregnant
Ultra-Hydrating Foam Cleanser
Sodium lauryl ethyl sulfate, Coconut diethylamine, Cocoamidrophyl betaine, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Aloe vera extract, Niacinamide, Carrot extract, Papaine, Vitamin B3, Carbomer, Lactomoist, Azeglyjic, Glycerine, Scent, and Menthol
Skin Perfecting Serum
Aloe vera extract, Niacinamide, Carrot extract, Papaine, Vitamin B3, Carbomer, Lactomoist, Azeglyjic, Glycerine, Scent, and Menthol
Both look ok
• Avène Thermal Spring Water – Soothes and softens
• Biocymentine – Enhances the skin’s hydrolipidic barrier
• Glycerin – Provides added moisture, helps with even application
• Pre-tocopherol (vitamin E) – Powerful photostable antioxidant
• Dihydroxiacetone (DHA) – Self-tanning ingredient
No, if you read the post I say to avoid self tanners.
Hello doctor!Are these ok to use during the pregnancy?
Water (Avene Aqua). Water (Aqua). Sodium Cocoamphoacetate. Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate. Lactic Аcid. Citric Аcid. Disodium Edta. Fragrance (Parfum). Glutamic Аcid. Propylene Glycol. Sodium Benzoate. Sodium Chloride.
Are these ingredient safe during pregnancy?
Innisfree (moisturizing mask)
WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ALCOHOL, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, BIS-PEG-18 METHYL ETHER DIMETHYL SILANE, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, CARBOMER, SILICA, FRAGRANCE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, PROPANEDIOL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, GLYCERIN, BACILLUS/SOYBEAN FERMENT EXTRACT, NELUMBO NUCIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT, PRUNUS MUME FRUIT EXTRACT, LACTIC ACID, CITRIC ACID
This is ok
Hello doctor! Are these ok to use during the pregnancy?
Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Ceteareth-25, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium hydroxide, Citric acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.
This is fine
I’m breastfeeding my 13 months old boy. I’m still avoiding some products, I would like to know if it’s topical body use of Hyaluronic concentrate it’s safe for me?
Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Betaine, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
Thank you so much! I love your posts!
All of the hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, etc. those are all fine for pregnancy and nursing.
Hi! Thank you so much for your posts. Can you help me determine if these are okay? They seem to be, but as a first time mom-to-be I want to confirm! Thank you so much!
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
Water (Aqua/Eau), Decyl Glucoside (Veg. Oils & Sugar), Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate, Coco Glucoside (Coconut and Sunflower Oil), Glyceryl Oleate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Xanthan Gum, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Seed Oil, Lycopene (Tomato), Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate
Naturopathica Vitamin C15 Wrinkle Repair Serum
Water/Aqua/Eau, Propanediol, Ascorbic Acid, Ergothioneine, Glycerin, Beta Glucan, Tocopherol, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum
Both look ok!
Hi! I’ve had a pregnancy with chromosomal complications so I want to be extra careful this time. Can you please check these for me? Thanks so much!
QV Baby Moisturizing Cream
Aqua (Water), Paraffinum Liquidum, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Squalane, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Laureth-3, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylparaben, Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol.
B.Liv Refresh Me Toner
Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Methyl Gluceth-20, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Phenoxyethanol, PVM/MA Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Extract, White Lily (Lilium candidum) Bulb Extract, Sodium Citrate, Methylisothiazolinone
B.Liv Organic rose bloom oil
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C13-15 Alkane, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil
Do you recommend using or not using sunscreen at all during pregnancy since chemical sunscreen is to avoid?
Also I have been applying jojoba oil + avocado oil mixed in with very diluted essential oil of ylang-ylang and frankincense. Is that okay?
And do you have any recommended face moisturizing cream to take during pregnancy? I struggle to find something ‘safe’..
1) All of these products are fine
2) Yes, definitely sunscreen all the time! The hormones are out of control and you’ll be prone to hyperpigmentation/melasma without. I have a list of pregnancy safe sunscreens.
3) I would be careful with all essential oils. Pregnancy is a very “sensitizing” time period (aka- a great time to react to things you haven’t reacted to before and you’ll react to them later too).
4) I have a big list of pregnancy safe skincare products, lots of moisturizing creams in there 🙂
5) Being safe and careful is good while pregnant, but you should know that your previous pregnancy with a chromosomal issue was not your fault, could not have been prevented and has nothing to do with anything you did. Absolutely not. I know it was hard to go through, and makes you treasure the baby you are currently pregnant with even more, and that is wonderful! But if no one has told you yet, it was not your fault. Nothing you did caused it or could have prevented it.
I hope all of this helps!
Thank you so soo much! 🙂
I just learned that ginseng is not a good idea during pregnancy and nursing, but all the sources I’ve found talk only about ingesting it, no info about using it topically. My eye cream contains Panax Ginseng… Is this safe to use? Specific ingredients:
PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, WATER, SQUALANE, GLYCERIN, PROPANEDIOL, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, DIMETHICONE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 METHYLGLUCOSE DISTEARATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, PHYTOSTERYL/BEHENYL/OCTYLDODECYL LAUROYL GLUTAMATE, PHYTOSTERYL ISOSTEARYL DIMER DILINOLEATE, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL ISOSTEARATE, GLYCYRRHIZA URALENSIS (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, PAEONIA ALBIFLORA ROOT EXTRACT, NELUMBO NUCIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT, POLYGONATUM OFFICINALE RHIZOME/ROOT EXTRACT, LILIUM CANDIDUM BULB EXTRACT, REHMANNIA GLUTINOSA ROOT EXTRACT, HONEY, HYDROLYZED GINSENG SAPONINS (ENZYME-TREATED RED GINSENG SAPONINS), PANAX GINSENG FLOWER EXTRACT, CAFFEINE, PHYTOSPHINGOSINE, DEXTRIN, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) EXTRACT, SODIUM POLYASPARTATE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, SODIUM METHYL STEAROYL TAURATE, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, PALMITIC ACID, POLYISOBUTENE, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, METHOXY PEG-114/POLYEPSILON CAPROLACTONE, STEARIC ACID, GLYCERYL STEARATE, POLYSORBATE 20, POLYACRYLATE-13, ALCOHOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE
Ginseng is ok topically while pregnant, but if it causes you any worry then I would just avoid it. I would avoid this specific cream though due to the licorice root extract.
Would licorice root extract be safe to use topically while nursing?
Yes, fine while nursing
is apricot kernel oil OK? As far as I know, it contains a lot of vitamin A, which is recommended to avoid during pregnancy, even topically. Also, I’ve heard that avocado oil is mutagenic, is it safe in cosmetics when pregnant?
Both are fine. The vitamin levels in things like oils and extracts will vary quite a bit depending on the plant, when and how it was harvested and extracted, etc. The levels won’t be high enough to matter. And avocado oil isn’t known to be mutagenic that I know of. I just did a medical literature search and there’s no data to support that.
Thanks for your response, very appreciated!
I just want to ask you about one product for fairness.
Water, stearic acid, glycerin, isopropyl myristate, niacinimide, titanium dioxide, potassium hydroxide, dimethicone, ethlyhexyl, methoxycinnamate, cetanol, carbomer, bht, allantoin, tris citrate, ethlhexlglycerin, dimethicone crosspoltmer, citric acid, lactid acid, calcium pantothenate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, citrus grandis, fruit extrac, pyridoxine hci, tocopheryl acecate, fragrance, phenoxyethanop, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate
Sorry, that Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate is a chemical sunscreen.
Hi doc…is this skin care products ingredients are safe for pregnant…..
Water,ethyl alcohol,propylene glycol,retinyl palmitate, alpha arbutin,niacinamide,vit.c
No, due to the retinyl palmitate and alpha arbutin.
hi Doc, thank you for helping us. I see these ingredients are all organics but I just want to make sure they are all safe to use :
Pure dead sea mud, organic shea butter, organic sunflower oil, organic aloe vera juice, organic vegetable glycerin, organic jojoba oil, hickory bark extract, organic calendula oil, eucalyptus oil, filtered water, xantham gum, chocolate.
Many thanks beforehand Doc!
These are all ok
Thanks so much doc!
Hi Doc, is this deodorant product safe for everyday use?
Ingredients: Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Steareth-20, Perfume, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Steareth-2, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Petrolatum, Hydrolyzed Collagen (fish source)
And i’m used to rub alcohol everytime for disinfecting my hands, wondering if it’s safe to do so as well.
Ingredients: Ethyl Alcohol, Polyhexamethylene Biguanide, Benzalkonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Fragrance
Thanks so much in advance! 🙂
The deodorant is fine. The hand sanitizer is ok too, though I would use it sparingly in the winter (unless you’re in the medical field) just to avoid super drying out your hands.
Are these ok?
Dr. Brandt- needles no more® NO MORE BAGGAGE™ eye de-puffing gel
Water, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Propanediol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Lecithin, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Caffeine, Synthetic, Fluorphlogopite, Acetyl Glutamine, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Caesalpinia Spinosa Fruit Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Steareth-20, Sh-Oligopeptide-1, Sh- Oligopeptide-2, Dipeptide-2, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sh-Polypeptide-1, Sh- Polypeptide-9, Sh-Polypeptide-11, Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Butylene Glycol, Betula Alba Bark Extract, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Tin Oxide, 1,2- Hexanediol, Potassium Sorbate, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492).
Becca- Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer
Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Isohexadecane, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Caffeine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Punica Granatum Extract, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Oleate, Menthoxypropanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Octyldodecanol, Paraffin, Silica, Water, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Neopentanoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492).
Both are fine
Hi Dr Christine
Can I check if the following products are safe for pregnancy:
Dr Jart Ceramidin Balm
-Brazil Nut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil: Provide a moisturizing, softening effect.
-Safflower Seed Oil, Silybum Marianum Seed Oil: Provide antioxidant and skin protectant benefits.
-Patchouli Oil, Scented Geranium Oil, Sage Oil: Soothe and reduce redness.
-Bergamot Fruit Oil: Controls excessive sebum and reduces the appearance of pores.
Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Methyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ceramide NP, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Silybum Marianum Seed Oil, Tocopherol.
Sofina Deep Moisture Cream
Water,, glycerin,, cyclomethicone,, cetyl-PG hydroxyethyl palmitamide,, dimethicone,, hydrogenated polyisobutene,, dimethicone copolyol,, butylene glycol,, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer,, ceramide 2,, eucalyptus globulus extract,, ginger root extract,, citrus junos fruit extract,, polianthes tuberosa polysaccharide,, thujopsis dolabrata extract,, cetyl dimethylbutyl ether,, bis-methoxypropylamido isodocosane,, hydroxyethyl isostearyloxy isopropanolamine,, amidinopropane,, sodium glutamate,, paraffin,, palmitic acid,, cholesterol,, corn oil,, magnesium sulfate,, magsium stearate,, beta-carotene,, alcohol,, tocopherol,, methylparaben,, fragrance.
Both look ok
Cetaphil seems to be a good Go To brand and they have a new facial scrub…. is it ok?
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Heliotropine, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-10, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Citric Acid, Masking Fragrance
The ingredients are safe, but I honestly haven’t included it yet because I’m so picky about scrubs and if they’re sharp or not! I don’t think scrubs with bigger or sharp grit are safe for your face. If you try it let me know how the grit is 🙂
Is Dimethivone safe during pregnancy? I have a cream that says the active ingredient is this. The inactive ingredients are: water, glycerin, distearyldimonim chloride, petrolatum, isopropyl palmitate, cetyl alcohol, avena sativa, kernel flour, benzyl alcohol, sodium chloride, allantoin, citric acid.
Dimethicone is fine, it’s a silicone that sits on the surface of the skin. This product looks ok.
Thank you so much for your reply. I was so scared I might have done something wrong using this product. I feel much better now.
Hi, inhave a product with these ingredients. Are they safe? RH-Oligopeptide- 1, RH-Polypeptide- 1, Butylene Glycol, Vaccinium Angustifolium Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin, Guaiazulene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine
These are fine
That famous Bio-oil, that should be used to avoid stretch marks, including during pregnancy should it be avoided as well?
Check the list of ingredients:
Ingredients: Paraffinum liquidum, trisononanoin, cetearyl ethylnexanoate, isopropyl myristate, retinyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, anthemis nobilis flower oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, calendula officinalis flower extract, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycine soja soybean) oil, BHT, bisabolol, parfum, amyl cinnamal, benzyl salicytate, citronellol, coumarin, eugenol, geraniol, hydroxycitronellal, hydroxisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, limonene, linalool, alpha-isomethyl ionone, CI 26100.
I bought a 100% pure certified rosehip oil, but now I am also afraid of using it due to the box:
100% Pure Organic Rosehip Seed Oil provides exceptional regenerating and anti-aging benefits from its incredible abundance of fatty acids (Omega 3, 6 & 9), Vitamin C, Retinol (Vitamin A) and Beta Carotene.
Should both products be avoided?
Bio-oil has a salicylate and retinoid added, so should be avoided. Rosehip is rich in Vitamin A but the amount varies by the plant, harvesting techniques, etc. We ignore Vitamin A when it is included in oils/extracts, etc. The 100% pure is fine.
Omg i’ve been using bio oil this whole pregnancy and the last. I feel terrible- they market it to pregnant mothers :’(
They do market it to pregnant moms! So many ads in pregnancy magazines 🙁
Hi doc, can u plz let me know whether these 3 products are safe during pregnancy?
Product 1: Water, Red Ginseng Extract, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Panax Ginseng Seed Oil, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Angelica Pubescens Root Extract, Schizonepeta Tenuifolia Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Ethoxydiglycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Hyaluronic Acid, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
Product 2: Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5, Octisalate 2.5, Octocrylene 0.5, Zinc Oxide 7.0. Inactive Ingredients: Water/Eau, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Steareth-21, Cyclopentasiloxane, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Stearyl Alcohol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polyethylene, Behenyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, DMDM Hydantoin, Cetyl Alcohol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, PEG/PPG-20/20 Dimethicone, Laureth-7, Steareth-2, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
Product 3: Water, cetyl palmitate, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl hydroxystearate, stearic acid, steareth-100, Dimethicone, octyldodecyl myristate, potassium hydroxide, fragrance, DMDM hydantoin, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, tetrasodium EDTA, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, carbomer, FD&C red No. 4.
#1 has a licorice root extract
#2 has chemical sunscreens
#3 is fine
Please advise if these ingredients are safe to use?
AQUA/WATER/EAU • CYCLOHEXASILOXANE • GLYCERIN BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE • ALCOHOL DENAT. • PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE • POLYSILICONE-11 • CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE • DIMETHICONE • PTFE • METHYLSILANOL/SILICATE CROSSPOLYMER • CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE • MICA • HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL • SODIUM BENZOATE • PHENOXYETHANOL • STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE • ADENOSINE • CHLORPHENESIN • POLYGONUM FAGOPYRUM EXTRACT/POLYGONUM FAGOPYRUM SEED EXTRACT • SALICYLOYL PHYTOSPHINGOSINE • AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE/AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE • AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/STEARETH-8 METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER • DIMETHICONOL • LIMONENE • PROPYLENE CARBONATE • CARAMEL • DISODIUM EDTA • CITRONELLOL
AQUA/WATER/EAU • BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE • PROPANEDIOL • GLYCERIN • ALCOHOL DENAT. • DIMETHICONE • C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN • ESCIN • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • SODIUM BENZOATE • PHENOXYETHANOL • ADENOSINE • CAFFEINE • POLYACRYLAMIDE • CHLORPHENESIN • POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE • CHLORELLA VULGARIS EXTRACT • SALICYLOYL PHYTOSPHINGOSINE • DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER • AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE/AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE • DIMETHICONOL • PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE • XANTHAN GUM • CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE • BIS-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 DIMETHICONE • BHT • LAURETH-7
Neither are, the SALICYLOYL PHYTOSPHINGOSINE is a salicylate
Can you please check these ingredients for me?
Tarteist Pro Lash Adhesive-
Polyethylhexyl Acrylate, water/aqua/eau, butylene glycol, oleth-10, polysorbate 60, phenoxyethanol, black 2
Thank you so much xx
Thank you so much x
Are these ingredient safe during pregnancy?
Product 1- Ingredients of Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads:
Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Polysorbate 20, Methyl Gluceth-20, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Dehydroacetic Acid, Tromethamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Papain, Saponins, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Poria Cocos Extract, Protease, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf/Root Extract, Subtilisin, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Product 2- Ingredients of Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks:
Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Carrageenan, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Lactobacillus/Scutellaria Baicalensis Root/Camellia Sinensis Leaf/Artemisia Princeps Leaf/Houttuynia Cordata Leaf/Citrus Junos (Yuzu) Fruit Extract Ferment Filtrate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Plankton Extract, Disodium EDTA, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract.
Both look ok
Thank you very much. I really appreciate your response and how much time and effort you put in replying to the comments. I’m so happy that I find your blog. your posts about pregnancy were very helpful.
I am a big Dr Jart fan but not sure if I can use these during my pregnancy?
Thank you a million times over!
The first is: water fuse ultimate hydro gel
Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Niacinamide, Cyclopentasiloxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Olivate, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Sorbitan Olivate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Diisostearyl Malate, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Hydroxyacetophenone, PEG-2M, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sucrose Distearate, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Amino Esters-1, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Aspartate, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Onsen-Sui, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Copper Gluconate, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Maltodextrin, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Sodium Glycerophosphate,Sodium Lactate, Potassium Magnesium Aspartate, Polysorbate 20, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cinchona Succirubra Bark Extract, Abronia Villosa Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Psidium Guajava Leaf Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid.
And my facial wash is dermaclear micro foam cleanser
Water, Myristic Acid, Sorbitol, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Lauric Acid, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glycol Distearate, Polysorbate 20, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-32, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, PEG-100 Stearate, Potassium Cocoate, Polyquaternium-7, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Panthenol, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Myrtus Communis Oil, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Rose Flower Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil.
These look ok to me
Pentylene Glycol? It’s in my rodan and fields active hydration serum and wasn’t sure about that one
Pentylene Glycol is ok
Would this anti hair-loss patch be ok?
Acrylates copolymer, acrylates/va copolymer, serenoa serrulata fruit oil, butyl avocadate, phospolipids, superoxide dismutase, yeast extract, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, tocopheryl acetate, cysteine hci, panthenol, lecithin, linoleamidopropyl, pg-dimonium chloride phosphate, propylene glycol, chondrus crispus extract, xanthan gum, citric acid, caprylyl glycol, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol
Thank You so much and Happy Holidays!
I would review the patch with your doctor. I don’t know any of these patches that actually work, and during pregnancy your hair doesn’t enter telogen (see my hair cycle post), so you shouldn’t be losing any hair really anyways. A patch wouldn’t be able to counteract any hormonal effects during or after pregnancy.
Hi sorry, I should’ve clarified. I am breastfeeding and I started losing hair a couple months before his 1st bday. He is now 16 months. I’ve lost a lot of hair around the top and sides of my head in this period of 6 months.
Mostly want to know if the patch is ok to use during bf.
Thank You Again!
It’s likely fine during nursing, however what you’re experiencing is the normal telogen effluvium, it should end soon and as it is hormonally driven nothing short of another pregnancy would reverse it. You’re losing the hair that should have shed while pregnant and up until this point. Sorry!
Thank you so much for writing this article. Before writing you, I tried to see if some of the ingredients list others listed matched mine but they didn’t quite match up. I would love your opinion on the following ingredients (they are all from Rodan and Fields). Thank you again!
REDEFINE DAILY CLEANSING MASK (AAWA125)
Water/Aqua/Eau, Kaolin, Butylene Glycol, Isododecane, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Bentonite, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Oleth-10 Phosphate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Lactate, Sorbitan Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance/Parfum, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.
REDEFINE PORE MINIMIZING TONER (AATN125)
Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Gluconolactone, Lactobionic Acid, Dimethyl MEA, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Carrageenan, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate 20, Octoxynol-12, Fragrance/Parfum, Citric Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.
REDEFINE TRIPLE DEFENSE TREATMENT SPF 30 (AATT030)
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Avobenzone 3% Homosalate 2.5% Octisalate 5% Octocrylene 2.7% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water/Aqua/Eau, Isododecane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Silica, Tetrapeptide-21, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Resveratrol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Humic Acids, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Talc, Sucrose Stearate, Polyurethane-40, Polysorbate 20, Polyisobutene, Polyacrylate-13, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Fragrance/Parfum, Sorbitan Isostearate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492).
R+F ACTIVE HYDRATION SERUM (ENHEFG1)
Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Bis-PEG-12 Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide EOS, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sea Salt/Maris Sal/Sel Marin, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Calcium PCA, Magnesium PCA, Lecithin, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine, Gellan Gum, Ceteareth-25, Lactic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenic Acid, Cholesterol, Hydrated Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disodium Phosphate, Fragrance/Parfum, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene.
The toner has licorice root extract and the sunscreen has chemical sunscreens. The cleansing mask and hydration serum are fine
Thank you! I was stressing this whole day doing way too much research!
Thank you so much for creating this website. I would love your opinion on the following two items. Thank you again!
OLAY Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream
Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Niacinamide, Isopropyl Isostearate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Sodium Peg-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Fruit Extract, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyethylene, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Dimethiconol, Polyacrylamide, Fragrance, Peg-100 Stearate, Propylparaben, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, C12-13 Pareth-3, Laureth-7, Sodium Hydroxide, Mica.
LANCÔME Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Lifting And Firming Eye Cream
Aqua / Water / Eau, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Alcohol Denat., Squalane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Paraffinum Liquidum / Mineral Oil / Huile Minerale, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-20 Stearate, Cera Alba / Beeswax / Cire Dabeille, Octyldodecanol, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 16035 / Red 40, CI 19140 / Yellow 5, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Mica, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/ Black Tea Ferment, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Caffeine, Silica, Polyacrylamide, Chlorphenesin, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Polyethylene, Dimethiconol, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline, Paraffin, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Citronellol, Laureth-7, Coumarin, Parfum / Fragrance.
Olay is ok, the lancome isn’t due to salicylate
Loved the article, was wondering if the ingredients here are ok to use?
AQUA, GLYCOLIC ACID (AHA), GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG 100 STEARATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM HYROXIDE, CAPRYLIC/ CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, RUMEX OCCIDENTALIS EXTRACT, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, HYDROGANATED POLYDECENE, CERA ALBA, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM, XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM CETEARYL SULFATE, ETHYLGLYCERIN, NIACINAMIDE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E), CHAMOMILLA RETUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, GLUTATHIONE, SODIUM HYALURONATE( HYALURONIC ACID), TETRASODIUM EDTA.
No, sorry there’s glycolic acid
My Hair treatment has willow bark extract – should I avoid?
It’s a 60 second treatment then you wash off!
Thanks so much!
You don’t need to worry about hair products
Thank you for all your efforts in advance.
Is this hair scalp treatment safe during pregnancy?
Kerastase Specifique Cure Anti-Pelliculaire:
Aqua / Water – Alcohol Denat. – Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil – Piroctone Olamine – Rhamnose – Citric Acid – Linalool – Benzyl Alcohol – Carnosine – Glycerin – Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil – Tocopherol – Phenoxyethanol – Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract – Disodium Phosphate – Parfum / Fragrance
This is fine
Hello doctor, please – what about 100% squlane?
Thank you !
Squalene is fine
Are these ingredients safe? This is for an anti-oxidant serum:
ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE (ORGANIC), LACTIC ACID, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FRUIT WATER, BETA VULGARIS (BEET) ROOT EXTRACT, COPPER PCA, POLYSORBATE 20, PEG-7 OLIVATE, GLYCINE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT (ORGANIC), CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT (ORGANIC), SODIUM HYALURONATE, CRITHMUM MARITIMUM EXTRACT, HABERLEA RHODOPENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, ALGAE EXTRACT, ARTEMISIA VULGARIS EXTRACT, CARYA OVATA BARK EXTRACT, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, YEAST EXTRACT, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, ALTHAEA OFFICINALIS ROOT EXTRACT (ORGANIC), PHENOXYETHANOL
Hi Doctor, thank you so much for your posts! These are so helpful. Just to confirm your recommendation is to stay away from all plant cell serums? Below is the ingredient list for a recent Naturopathica product (Plant Stem cell Booster Serum). I thought it was safe but now I’m doubting the purchase, can you please take a look?
Aqua (Water, Eau), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Glycerin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture, Echinacea Angustifolia Meristem Cell Culture, Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Aleurites Moluccana (Kendi) Seed Oil*, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Pulp Oil*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract*, Sambucus Canadensis (Elder) Flower Extract*, Chitin, Beta Glucan, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Flower Oil, Helichrysum Italicum (Helichrysum) Flower Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower/Leaf Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, Tanacetum Annuum (Tanacetum Annuum) Flower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Pullulan, Sclerotium Gum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, P-Anisic Acid
Thank you soo much!
I would avoid serums that specifically state stem cells. I doubt they work the way many brands claim they do, with cells infiltrating the skin and such (dermatologist friends laugh at me when I bring it up), but that sounds like the last thing I would want when pregnant.
Please could you let me know if garden of wisdoms vitamin c serum (UK version ) is safe? Thank you so much in advance.
Distilled Water, L-Ascorbic Acid 23%, Alkyl Benzoate, Panthenol-D, Carbomer, Ferulic Acid, Sclerotium Gum, Optiphen, Hyaluronic acid
This is ok
That’s great, thank you!
I have another one 🙂
Revision Hydrating Serum
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Carrageenan, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Honey, Hydrolyzed Hazelnut Protein, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp) Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Polyacrylate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Citric Acid.
This is fine
Thank you!!!! Your like a preggers skin gift from the gods!
I am currently nursing. I know there are specific essential oils and extracts that are unsafe during pregnancy and nursing, but what about when these oils or extracts are in cosmetic formulations rather than directly applied? So for example, is a face lotion with ginseng extract safe during nursing? What about a body wash with wintergreen oil? Is the concentration low enough that it should be ok or is there room for concern regardless of the dilution in products? Thanks!
Those ones actually are mentioned on a few websites, but I’ve never found “official” recs to avoid them. I don’t recommend using them straight, pretty much ever. Even “safe” ones like tea tree oil can be dangerous (I once had a kid on a ventilator on a coma for a few days in my ICU due to tea tree oil, scary!) But small amounts in products should be fine. The exceptions to that are in the post above, namely willow bark (salicylates) and I would likely avoid Neem.
I stumble across your blog by chance. It’s really very informative, I should have look at it earlier. I am extremely careful this time round It’s really helpful when I see the list. However, I am currently using these two products, it’s not included in your list. I wonder if they are safe.Here is the ingredients list:
1) Laneige water bank hydro essence
Water / AQUA / EAU, PROPANEDIOL, HEXYLDECYL MYRISTOYL METHYLAMINOPROPIONATE, ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, GLYCERIN, METHYL TRIMETHICONE, SEA WATER / MARIS AQUA / EAU DE MER, SACCHARIDE ISOMERATE, DIMETHICONE, POLYACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER-6, TROMETHAMINE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, CARBOMER, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, DISODIUM EDTA, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, FRAGRANCE / PARFUM, CHENOPODIUM QUINOA SEED EXTRACT, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, CALCIUM CHLORIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM CITRATE, CITRIC ACID, T-BUTYL ALCOHOL, BETA VULGARIS (BEET) ROOT EXTRACT / EXTRAIT DE RACINE DE BETTERAVE, MANGANESE SULFATE, ZINC SULFATE, BRASSICA OLERACEA ACEPHALA LEAF EXTRACT, LECITHIN, NASTURTIUM OFFICINALE EXTRACT, TOCOPHEROL, LEPIDIUM SATIVUM SPROUT EXTRACT, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE
2) Lancôme Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate
Aqua/Water/Eau, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Faex Extract/Yeast Extract/Extrait De Levure, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Limonene, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Octyldodecanol, Citronellol, Parfum/Fragrance.
Thank you so much for your help!
For both of those brands every product has been reviewed and only the safe products are included. Products left off the list are not safe. Laneige and Lancome both have their own pages. I do not re-review products, I’ve been through so many products that I don’t remember all of them and some products can take 30-60 minutes each. Thank you.
Hi Doctor. I’m grateful because I found your website. Very helpful and truly eases the worries of mums-to-be regarding skin care during the course of pregnancy.
Can you check if these ingredient of the toner I am using as of now is safe to use during pregnancy? I am not pregant yet but we’re planning to. TIA.
Aqua, Butylene alcohol, Phenyl trimethicone, propylene glycol laureate, ceteryl glucoside, propylene glycol isostereate, cetearyl alcohol, titanium dioxide, glycerin.
Hi! Love your blog!
What about benzyl salicylate?
And what about Biotherm Lait Corporel L’original?
Benzyl salicylate is a salicylate and should be avoided. I don’t answer re: specific products without an ingredient list as I could spend my life tracking down all of the lists each day.
hello! can you please check those, i am really tempted to buy but hesistating. thank you!
cosrx snail mucin cream
Snail Secretion Filtrate, Betaine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic acid, Arginine, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Panthenol, Allantoin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol, Adenosine, Phenoxyethanol.
cosrx snail mucin essence
Snail Secretion Filtrate, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Arginine, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol
cosrx hyaluronic cream
Hippophae Rhamnoides Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Betaine, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, …
As noted above I do not think snail secretion is safe, both of the first 2 are built around those ingredients. The last product only has a partial list so I can’t comment.
Hello!! Can I ask if I can use this korean product to my face AQUA MOISTURIZER WHITENING VITA deeply hydrates with water-based formula. Bio- Nanotechnology ? I’m 21 weeks pregnant now and I have a lot of acne in my face right now and I also used TEA TREE OIL from The Body Shop to keep it dry it is safe to use while pregnant??
This is the ingredients for Aqua moisturizer whitening vita:
Active ingredients: Mulberry Root Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, and Green Tea Leaf Extract.
Also contains: Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Dimenthiconol, Cyclomethicone, Allantoin, Panthenol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Oryza Sativa Bran Extract , Imidazolidinyl Urea , Ascorbyl Palmitate , Green Floral Musk , Blue 1
Thank you! 😊
This product is ok. I would be careful if you’re using the straight tea tree oil. A little is ok, but it does have estrogenic effects and isn’t as safe as many people think
Aveeno max glow infusion drops- is this product safe?
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, lsodecyl Neopentanoate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Chlorphenesin, Dimethicone, Yeast Extract, Succinoglycan, Fragrance, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi), Fruit Water, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Acylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Dimethinconol, Sodium Hydroxide
This looks fine! I’ve never seen these, are they new?
Yes it’s a new line. Thank you.
I am using the tea tree facial wash from the body shop and wondering if safe. Thanks
Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polysorbate 20, Alcohol Denat., Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil/Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Menthol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Limonene, Sodium Hydroxide, Leptospermum Petersonii Oil, Tocopherol, CI 19140/Yellow 5, Caramel, CI 42090/Blue 1.
Unfortunately the Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane is Avobenzone, a chemical sunscreen so I would avoid that one. But you’re right, any liquid primers like that aren’t much different than a face primer.
Hi! Im 2mos pregnant. Ever since im using cruelty free make ups and skin care. Im using natural ingredients. But since im pregnant i want to make sure that this routine in skin care is safe for me and my baby.
Here are the list of product and ingrediates that i use.
– Aqua, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum (Plant Detived), Pentylene Glycol, Glucano Delta Lactonw (Food Grade), Sodium Benzoate (Food Grade), Calcium Gluconate (food grade), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Plant Derived), Fragrance
CPC+ G OIL
-Capric Triglyceride (natural derived), Camelia Japonica (Tsubaki) Seed Oil, OxalisbTriangularis (love plant) oil, Eremanthus Erythropappus Flower/leaf oil, Pentaclethra Macroloba (pracaxi fruit) seed oil, Citrofortunella Microcarpa (Calamamsi) Essential oil, Citrus Paradisi (grapefruit) peel oil, alpha bisabolol, tocopherol, phenoxyethanol (preservatives) Ethylhrxyglycerin (preservatives)
– Copaiba Officinalis (Copaiba Balsam) Resin, Pongamia Glabra (karanja) seed oil (natural preservatives) tocopherol (vitamins)
Thank you so much for your help. GOD Bless
All look ok
Hello! I have Lumafirm Lift & Glow from Pevonia with the following ingredinets. Is it safe during pregnancy?
Water (aqua), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Lecithin, Sodium Oleate, Oligopeptide 68, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptides-3, Steareth-20, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Resveratrol, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate 20, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Trilaurin, Diacetyl Boldine, Ethoxydiglycol, Cetareth-20, Panthenol, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethyl-hexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol.
This is ok!
Hi! you helped me a lot with changing up my face wash, daily face cream, etc etc while I was pregnant. I am wondering if the same creams/products that you didn’t recommend while pregnant are also not recommended when breastfeeding? Thanks in advance!
Nursing is less restrictive than pregnant. On some of the brand pages I’ve started to expand into adding which products are ok for nursing but not pregnancy (I haven’t gotten to all brands though, this is obviously very time consuming). You can learn more in the nursing ingredients post.
Hello! So glad I found your blog. I am a huge fan of The Ordinary products. Would you mind checking the following:
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% (product name)
Aqua (Water), Coco Caprylate/caprate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyglycerol-3 Polyricinoleate, Glycerin, Hexamethyldisiloxane, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin
This is fine! I have a post on pregnancy safe products from The Ordinary.
I would really appreciate you looking over this list of ingredients of this UK based company http://old.clarol.co.uk/sebopure . The product is called Clarol Sebopure for acne and the description says ‘Sebopure contains a natural plant active derived from Wild Mustard Leaf Oil called Pixalia ™ . Pixalia ™ works by both decreasing the amount of serum produced while at the same keeping sebum pure and clean through neutralising the oxidisation process and preventing bacterial build-up’ and contains:
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Aqua (Water), Squalane, Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol,Cleome gynandra leaf extract, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate
I really appreciate your time and expertise. I ahve adult acne on my chin and jaw and have really struggled to find a product that is effective and safe.
All the best,
Should be ok to try
Do you know if it is safe to use face creams with beta carotene in? The product i am unsure of is Liz Earle skin repair light moisturiser combination/ oily and this includes beta carotene.
Beta Carotene is the one form of Vitamin A that it is ok to use
Thanks so much. I have been looking everywhere for an answer to this!
I just want to ask about lactic acid if it’s safe for pregnancy or not !
Please refer to the above discussion under Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Your body makes lactic acid naturally, so you already can’t avoid it.
I got a gift for my pregancy. At the moment I am 2 months pregnant. 🙂
Is it safe during pregnancy?
CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA (BITTER ORANGE) FLOWER WATER*, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, GLYCERIN, CETEA¬RYL ALCOHOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CETYL ALCOHOL, AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT*, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (MARI¬GOLD) FLOWER EXTRACT*, SAMBUCUS NIGRA (ELDER) FLOWER EXTRACT*, ROSA CANINA (ROSEHIP) SEED OIL*, MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA (MACADAMIA) SEED OIL*, BUTYROSPERMUM PAR¬KII (SHEA) BUTTER*, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PRUNUS DOMES¬TICA (PLUM) SEED OIL*, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN CERA (WAX), POTASSIUM PALMITOYL HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, BENZYL ALCOHOL, CITRIC ACID, XANTHAN GUM, AQUA (WATER), POTAS¬SIUM SORBATE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM BENZOATE
Could you please have a look on these ingredients for Okana products that I would like to use? They say it’s all eatable and natural, I’m not sure about the vitamin A contained by these ingredients:
Avocado oil (vit A, D and E), apricot kernel oul( GLA), macadamia oil, hydrogenated Rapeseed oil
Mixed berry juice (vit A, C), macadamia oil, apricot kernel oil, Glyceryl stearate citrate, hidrogenated lecitin glycerin (plant derived)
Carrot juice, tomato juice, apricot kernek oil, olive oil, glycerin (plant derived), glyceryl stearate citrate, polygliceryl-3 stearate, hidrogenated lecitin, sodium levulinate
Vitamin A in oils and such is ok, all 3 look fine to me
Shea Moisture African Black Bar Soap:
Active ingredients: Fucus Vesiculosus Extract (Tinc), Centella Asiatica Extract (Tinc), Melissa Officinalis Extract (Tinc), Aloe Socotrina Extract (1X)…..
Inactive Ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Carbon, Colloidal Oatmeal, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Sodium Gluconate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Alcohol, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract
Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Hydrating Overnight Face Oil:
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Heptyl Undecylenate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Tocopherol, Acaia Senegal Gum Extract, Evening Primrose (Oenothera Biennis) Oil, Ethyl Palmitate, Isononyl Isononanoate
Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Face Lotion:
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin (Vegetable), Cetyl Alcohol , Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Acacia Senegal Gum Extract, Cola Acuminata (Kola Nut) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Bisabolol, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend)
Thayers Witch Hazel:
Purified Water, Certified Organic Witch Hazel Ext Blend (Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (Witch Hazel*), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Filet of Aloe Vera*)), Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract
The african black bar soap has willow bark, which is very high in salicylates so I recommend avoiding that. The rest are ok
Thank you! I read your whole post and saw that willow bark was to be avoided. I didn’t know that until yesterday unfortunately and had been using the soap for about 2-3 weeks.. I am 36 weeks pregnant tomorrow.. do you think I’ve caused harm? I’m worried.
Everything is probably fine, in particular soaps get washed off very quickly and the salicylate danger is with higher doses. Better to avoid it if you can but I wouldn’t worry about it right now.
Thank you so much!
Hi, I am 4 months pregnant and I was wondering if these products are safe
African botanics hand cream
Ingredients: Aqua (Spring Water), Aloe Ferox (Bitter Aloe) Leaf Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula)* Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Decyl Oleate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea)* Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango)* Seed Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Trichilla Emetica (Cape Mahogany Mafura)* Seed Butter, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Lecithin, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab)* Seed Oil, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Globularia Cordifolia Ferment, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Tea Extract, Cyclopia Genistoides (Honeybush) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexapeptide-3, Pelargonium Graveolens (Cape Geranium) Essential Oil, Rosarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Leaf) Essential Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Maltodextrin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E). *Organic and Wild-Harvested Ingredients.
Alpyn Beauty Eye balm
Ingredients: Water, sodium hyaluronate, cetearyl alcohol, squalane, coconut alkanes, glycerin, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, coco-caprylate/caprate, mica, titanium dioxide, bakuchiol, centella asiatica meristem cell culture, xanthan gum, euphrasia officinalis extract, cetearyl glucoside, sorbitan stearate, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, linoleic acid, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, caffeine, tripeptide-29, potassium sorbate, hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate, kappaphycus alvarezii extract, caesalpinia spinosa fruit extract, tocopherol, tin oxide, caesalpinia sappan bark extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, arctostaphylos uva ursi (bearberry) leaf extract, ascorbic acid (vitamin c), ceramide ng, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, arnica montana (arnica) flower extract, borago officinalis (borage) flower extract, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract
The first looks fine to me, the 2nd has a licorice root extract in it
Thank you! what is bad about licorice root extract? Also is rosemary extract/oil safe?
Please read the discussion above about licorice root, it’s an ingredient more OBs are feeling nervous about so I’ve included it in my list. Rosemary is ok.
Hi! I’m so glad I came across your site. You seem so knowledgeable.
I’m wanting to take an oral powder that I’ll mix with water It includes these ingredients:
Collagen peptides (12g)
Hyaluronic acid (from Sodium Hyaluronate) (120mg)
I’m trying to prevent stretch marks and this is said to help. Thank you!
Nothing has been found clinically to prevent stretch marks really, and I would be highly suspicious that taking these orally isn’t going to do anything. Those are both very large molecules, and even if they’re absorbed, will they go exactly where you want them to? Will they be able to get out of the blood stream and then go to the exact place you want them to go? I would caution you about all of those things.
Having said all of that, I don’t comment on the use of oral supplements at all, I would discuss with your OB.
Just came across your page. Such a great resource and I’ve already found the answers to a couple ingredients I wasn’t sure of! One still eludes me though…
I just purchased Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic, which of course has cactus (cereus grandiflorus) flower extract. I can’t seem to find any info on this one, do you know anything about it? Thank you!
Much appreciated, keep up the good work! 🙂
This site is extremely valuable. I’ve shared with all my pregnant and nursing friends.
Are these ingredients safe for preg/nursing? It’s a vitamin c serum by Bella beauty:
Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe, Witch Hazel, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid (5%), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, MSM, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Organic Jojoba Oil, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Geranium Essential Oil, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin 72%
Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing
Please are these ingredients fine to use during pregnancy?
Aqua (Water/Eau), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Methyl Isethionate, Synthetic Wax, Dipropylene Glycol, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Zinc Laurate, Limonene, Polyquaternium-7, Benzophenone-4, Amyl Cinnamal, Citric Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Citral, Methylisothiazolinone, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Maltoderxtrin, CI 73360 (Red 30), CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide), CI 42090 (Blue 1)
I just got two new hair products and I’m curious if the ingredients are safe to use while pregnant?
Garrett Markenson Milk Hair Treatment
Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl alcohol, Dicaprylyl carbonate, Behentrimonium methosulfate, Yeast extract, Cetyl esters, Hydrolyzed sweet almond protein, Pentaclethra macroloba (pracaxi) seed oil, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter, Citrus bergamia (bergamot) peel oil, Lavandula burmati (lavandin) flower/leaf oil, Zingiber officinale (ginger) root oil, Santalum spicatum (sandalwood) wood oil, Dehydroacetic acid, Laurus nobilis (bay laurel) leaf oil, Olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Eugenia caryophyllus (clove) bud oil, Pogostemon cablin (patchouli) leaf oil, Sodium PCA, Salvia officinalis (sage) leaf oil, Sodium lactate, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce (fennel) seed oil, Arginine, Jasminum sambac (jasmine) flower oil, Aspartic acid, Piper nigrum (black pepper) fruit oil, PCA, Vanilla planifolia (bourbon vanilla) bean oil, Vetiveria zizanioides (vetiver) root oil, Glycine, Avena sativa (oat) bran extract, Rosa damascena (rose) flower oil, Alanine, Mentha spicata (spearmint) leaf oil, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Threonine, Proline, Phenylalanine, Histidine, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Benzyl alcohol, *Linalool, *Limonene, *Eugenol, *Citral, *Estragole, *Geraniol.
*Naturally occurring by-product from essential oils
Davines All In One Milk Lotion
ingredients: WATER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, FRAGRANCE, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, TOCOPHEROL, CETYLALCOHOL, AMODIMETHICONE, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, AMODIMETHICONE/SILSESQUIOXANE COPOLYMER, SODIUM BENZOATE, TRIDECETH-5, CITRIC ACID, GLYCERIN, TRIDECETH-12, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CITRONELLOL, GERANIOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, HELIANTHUS ANNUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, LINALOOL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYLIONONE, LIMONENE, BIXA ORELLANA SEED EXTRACT.
thank you so much.
You don’t need to worry about hair productws
Please are these ingredients safe to use while pregnant?
1. L’Occitane Immortelle Reset Night Oil-in-Serum
Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Dextrin Palmitate/Ethylhexanoate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Helichrysum Italicum Flower Oil, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Adenosine, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Maltodextrin, Sodium Hydroxide, Palmitic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Cellulose Gum, Amodimethicone, Tocopherol, Parfum/Fragrance, CI 75130/Beta-Carotene.
2. Eucerin ULTRAWHITE+ SPOTLESS DAY FLUID UVA/UVB SPF30
Ingredients: Aqua Homosalate Alcohol Denat Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane Ethylhexyl Salicylate Ethylhexyl Triazone Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate-Dicaprate Tapioca Starch Distarch Phosphate C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid Isobutylamido Thiazolyl Resorcinol Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract Tocopherol Glucosylrutin Isoquercitrin Glycerine Cetyl Alcohol Stearyl Alcohol Sodium Chloride Xanthan Gum Carbomer Sodium Hydroxide Glyceryl Stearate Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate Dimethicone Phenoxyethanol Trisodium EDTA Parfum
Thank you so much
#1 is fine, #2 has chemical sunscreens, a salicylate and licorice root
Hello, thank you for this incredibly valuable resource, I wish I found it sooner! It is so generous of you to spend your time and expertise on this important topic. My question is about the ingredient “chlorphenesin” . Its a preservative in quite a few products including some of my favorites from “The Ordinary” which otherwise would probably be considered pregnancy safe. (I’ll paste an example below, but I hope this is the right thread because my question is about the ingredient, not the product. I found your page on this brand and it has all the answers I need, thank you for that!) I’m sure you are better equipped than I to determine which information is reliable, but some websites say it is a muscle relaxant that can cause shallow breathing in infants and it should be avoided during pregnancy. My question is, do you think products formulated with chlorphenesin should be avoided during pregnancy?
The Ordinary Niacinamide + Zinc:
Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
I don’t, primarily because the only time anything has been described (and from what I have read it was more of a theoretical risk than any issues with any babies) the babies were actually ingesting large amounts of the product. Eating and applying something to the skin are 2 very different things, the mucosal membranes are built to absorb where the skin’s primary function is to act as a barrier. The amount of the ingredient that can get into the baby is also very different if it is going through your own blood stream first before having to go through the placenta as well…. This isn’t something that is ever mentioned as an ingredient to avoid while pregnant for those reasons, but if you’re worried about it you could certainly avoid using those products. I haven’t seen Chlorphenesin used frequently, mostly The Ordinary as it is a fairly cheap ingredient I think.
Thank you that really clarifies things for me, I appreciate it!
Hi! Have you reviewed any One Love Organics products? I’m curious about an ingredient kaolin in a mask they have.
Kaolin is fine, it’s clay 🙂
I have a question about Arbutin, is is only alpha arbutin dangerous or Arbutin as well?
I also want to check on these products, I would really appreciate your answer:
1. Mineral 89 Vichy
AQUA / WATER, PEG/PPG/POLYBUTYLENE GLYCOL, 8/5/3 GLYCERIN, GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, METHYL GLUCETH-20, CARBOMER, SODIUM HYALURONATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CITRIC ACID, BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1
2. L’occitane Almond oil
PRUNUS AMYGDA- LUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL – CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE – PARFUM/FRAGRANCE – OLEYL ALCOHOL – CAMELINA SATIVA SEED OIL – ROSA CANINA FRUIT OIL – HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL – CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL – DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA (CARROT) SEED OIL – HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES OIL – DIOLEYL TOCOPHERYL METHYLSILANOL – TOCOPHEROL – LIMONENE – COUMARIN – LINALOOL – CITRAL.
3.Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate
CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE
HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID
ACRYLONITRILE/METHYL METHACRYLATE/VINYLIDENE CHLORIDE COPOLYMER
HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID
CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL
CITRUS LIMON PEEL OIL / LEMON PEEL OIL
I know you already had a review on the the third one but not sure if is the last version with 12.5% Vit C.
Thank you so much!
I would consider all arbutin to be unsafe, the alpha doesn’t make a difference for that.
The products listed here are all ok
I just wanted to know if Organic Cold Pressed Castor oil (Ricinus Communis) is safe to use on my skin and eye lashes during pregnancy. I have ZERO intentions of injesting, only topical use. Thank you!
I likely wouldn’t apply large amounts to the skin, but a little that gets on the skin from your lashes is likely ok
What about the Organic Pharmacy self tan that says it’s 100% natural DHA from Sugar Beet?
Water, Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis)*, Alcohol, Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)*, Sesame Seed Oil (Sesamum Indicum), Dihydroxyacetone, Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis)*, Glycerin (vegetable)*, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)*, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteryl Alcohol, Apricot Oil (Prunus Americana)*, Phospholipids, Soybean Sterols (Glycine Soya), Caramel, Xanthan Gum, Essential Oils, Linalool, Geraniol, Vitamin E (Tocopherol).
No, again even the sugars used as sunless tanners are implicated in the liver issues. This product has the regular sunless tanning ingredient Dihydroxyacetone anyways.
Hello!! I might have commented on the wrong spot before so I am reposting here. I was hoping you could speak more on the below ingredients and their safety. I have heard that some of them can be contaminated with other harmful ingredients? Just want to be extra safe!!
-Phenoxyethanol (have read this can be harmful to baby and is banned in some countries skincare)
-Acrylates copolymer (possible contamination of methacrylic acid, acrylic acid, and 2-ethylhexyl acrylate)
-Laureth -7 (possible contamination of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane)
Thank you so much!
I can’t find anything in the medical literature on safety regarding these ingredients (note that is true for pretty much every ingredient). I can’t speak for contamination issues.
How about formaldehyde? Especially the ingredient dmdm hydantoin?
Not contraindicated in pregnancy. Formaldehyde is even made naturally by your body…
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