Pregnancy Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid

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

Pregnancy Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid

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

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

Pregnancy Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid

Chemical Sunscreens:

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

Retin A/Accutane, Retinoids, Vitamin A:

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

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

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

All Hydroxy Acids:

From 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 and beta, have pregnancy categories that recommend avoidance, with 1 exception.

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 if really needed. Personally, I’m avoiding it in everyday skin care items but did let my esthetician use it in my facial a few weeks ago.

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

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

Sunless Tanners:

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

Though I found it in several drug references as safe in pregnancy, these ingredients were listed on enough lists of things to avoid due to unknown risks that I’m avoiding them. Note that Licorice Root Extract and Alpha Arbutin are also in this category. These are all ingredients that more OB/Derms have been adding to their lists of ingredients to avoid.

Kojic Acid:

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

Benzoyl Peroxide:

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

Laser Therapy:

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

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

Salicylates:

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

Neem (Azadirachta indica):

Based on these studies (note, not in humans)- 1, 2, 3. I would avoid Neem extracts while pregnant until more information regarding safety in humans is released.

Chemical Sunscreens:

Many chemical sunscreens are absorbed into your body, and many are derivatives of salicylates. It’s better to swap to physical sunscreens (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) while pregnant.

Snail Secretion:

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 prengnacy. I would avoid it.

Stem Cells/Growth Factors:

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.

Growth Factors

(not peptides, those are different) stimulate cells to do various things. This is a pretty generic term and can encompass a lot of different ingredients. I’d look at those on a case by case basis.

Safe skincare Ingredients During Pregnancy

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

Parabens:

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

Hyaluronic Acid use during pregnancy:

Hyaluronic acid is basically the same thing as Sodium 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!

Sulfur:

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

Various Extracts:

I am frequently asked about specific extracts. Note I’ve only really found convincing evidence that 2 should be avoided during pregnancy (Willow Bark and Neem), 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.

Due to so many comments requesting me to read ingredient lists (of products that I have already put on other posts), I have turned off the comments on this post. Note that reviewing a product can take 10-60 minutes, and requesting me to “quickly look at something” is very time consuming and duplicates a lot of work. If you want to ask about a specific product please check the appropriate post, such as sunscreen, foundation or the appropriate brand from the big post of pregnancy safe skincare.


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450 Comments

  1. Ana
    January 4, 2019 / 6:11 am

    Hello,
    Please could you let me know if garden of wisdoms vitamin c serum (UK version ) is safe? Thank you so much in advance.
    Ingredients:

    Distilled Water, L-Ascorbic Acid 23%, Alkyl Benzoate, Panthenol-D, Carbomer, Ferulic Acid, Sclerotium Gum, Optiphen, Hyaluronic acid

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 4:11 pm

      This is ok

      • Ana
        January 5, 2019 / 3:02 am

        That’s great, thank you!

  2. amanda
    January 5, 2019 / 3:09 pm

    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.

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 5, 2019 / 5:03 pm

      This is fine

      • amanda
        January 5, 2019 / 5:50 pm

        Thank you!!!! Your like a preggers skin gift from the gods!

  3. Anna
    January 5, 2019 / 5:40 pm

    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!

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 5, 2019 / 6:15 pm

      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.

      • Anna
        January 5, 2019 / 7:03 pm

        Thank you!

  4. January 8, 2019 / 8:28 am

    Hi Christine,

    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!

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 9:37 am

      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.

  5. Liza
    January 10, 2019 / 7:27 am

    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.

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 12, 2019 / 11:55 am

      Looks ok

  6. Victoria
    January 10, 2019 / 4:00 pm

    Hi! Love your blog!
    What about benzyl salicylate?

    And what about Biotherm Lait Corporel L’original?

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 10, 2019 / 7:29 pm

      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.

  7. Di
    January 12, 2019 / 3:50 am

    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, …

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 12, 2019 / 11:46 am

      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.

  8. Kristy Kitagawa
    January 12, 2019 / 10:54 am

    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! 😊

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 12, 2019 / 11:42 am

      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

  9. Juliana Elliott
    January 12, 2019 / 5:44 pm

    Aveeno max glow infusion drops- is this product safe?

    Ingredients :
    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

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 12, 2019 / 6:07 pm

      This looks fine! I’ve never seen these, are they new?

      • Juliana Elliott
        January 20, 2019 / 2:57 pm

        Yes it’s a new line. Thank you.

  10. Karlee
    January 14, 2019 / 5:12 pm

    Hi there,
    I am using the tea tree facial wash from the body shop and wondering if safe. Thanks

    ALL INGREDIENTS
    All Ingredients

    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.

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 16, 2019 / 11:03 am

      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.

  11. January 14, 2019 / 7:48 pm

    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.

    TOTAL POTION
    – 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 OIL
    – Copaiba Officinalis (Copaiba Balsam) Resin, Pongamia Glabra (karanja) seed oil (natural preservatives) tocopherol (vitamins)

    Thank you so much for your help. GOD Bless

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 16, 2019 / 10:40 am

      All look ok

  12. Cristina Dita
    January 16, 2019 / 4:35 am

    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.

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 16, 2019 / 10:52 am

      This is ok!

  13. karen
    January 20, 2019 / 8:28 pm

    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!

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 21, 2019 / 12:30 pm

      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.

  14. Krista Wiseman
    January 22, 2019 / 9:36 am

    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

  15. January 22, 2019 / 5:07 pm

    Hello,

    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,
    Claire

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 24, 2019 / 2:57 pm

      Should be ok to try

  16. Nadia
    January 24, 2019 / 4:43 pm

    Hello
    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.

    Many thanks

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 24, 2019 / 6:02 pm

      Beta Carotene is the one form of Vitamin A that it is ok to use

      • Nadia
        January 25, 2019 / 1:44 am

        Thanks so much. I have been looking everywhere for an answer to this!

  17. January 26, 2019 / 2:11 pm

    I just want to ask about lactic acid if it’s safe for pregnancy or not !

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 26, 2019 / 4:27 pm

      Please refer to the above discussion under Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Your body makes lactic acid naturally, so you already can’t avoid it.

  18. Christianna
    January 26, 2019 / 5:26 pm

    Hi
    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

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 26, 2019 / 5:56 pm

      Looks ok

  19. Andrada
    January 27, 2019 / 12:17 am

    Hello!
    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:

    Body butter
    Avocado oil (vit A, D and E), apricot kernel oul( GLA), macadamia oil, hydrogenated Rapeseed oil

    Night moisturiser
    Mixed berry juice (vit A, C), macadamia oil, apricot kernel oil, Glyceryl stearate citrate, hidrogenated lecitin glycerin (plant derived)

    Day mostiriser

    Carrot juice, tomato juice, apricot kernek oil, olive oil, glycerin (plant derived), glyceryl stearate citrate, polygliceryl-3 stearate, hidrogenated lecitin, sodium levulinate

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 27, 2019 / 5:13 pm

      Vitamin A in oils and such is ok, all 3 look fine to me

  20. Peyton
    January 28, 2019 / 2:39 am

    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

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 28, 2019 / 12:59 pm

      The african black bar soap has willow bark, which is very high in salicylates so I recommend avoiding that. The rest are ok

      • Peyton
        January 28, 2019 / 11:22 pm

        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.

        • 15mins
          Author
          January 29, 2019 / 10:49 am

          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.

          • Peyton
            January 29, 2019 / 9:12 pm

            Thank you so much!

  21. Mary Gray Kallmann
    January 29, 2019 / 12:55 am

    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

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 29, 2019 / 10:46 am

      The first looks fine to me, the 2nd has a licorice root extract in it

      • Mary Gray Kallmann
        January 30, 2019 / 12:07 am

        Thank you! what is bad about licorice root extract? Also is rosemary extract/oil safe?

        • 15mins
          Author
          January 30, 2019 / 7:50 am

          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.

  22. Rachel
    January 30, 2019 / 2:39 pm

    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!

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 30, 2019 / 2:56 pm

      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.

  23. Carina
    January 30, 2019 / 6:02 pm

    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!

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 30, 2019 / 7:51 pm

      It’s ok

      • Carina
        January 30, 2019 / 8:20 pm

        Much appreciated, keep up the good work! 🙂

  24. Tiffany
    February 1, 2019 / 8:37 am

    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%

    • 15mins
      Author
      February 1, 2019 / 10:03 am

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

  25. Marie
    February 2, 2019 / 5:33 am

    Hello,

    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)

    • 15mins
      Author
      February 2, 2019 / 7:50 am

      Looks ok

  26. mills
    February 2, 2019 / 3:30 pm

    hey there,
    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

    and

    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.
    xo mills

    • 15mins
      Author
      February 2, 2019 / 5:58 pm

      You don’t need to worry about hair productws

  27. Kate
    February 4, 2019 / 1:35 pm

    Hello,
    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

    • 15mins
      Author
      February 4, 2019 / 2:39 pm

      #1 is fine, #2 has chemical sunscreens, a salicylate and licorice root

  28. Deidre
    February 5, 2019 / 2:10 pm

    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?

    One Example:
    The Ordinary Niacinamide + Zinc:
    Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

    • 15mins
      Author
      February 5, 2019 / 3:16 pm

      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.

      • Deidre
        February 6, 2019 / 2:42 pm

        Thank you that really clarifies things for me, I appreciate it!

  29. Roxy
    February 6, 2019 / 11:46 pm

    Hi! Have you reviewed any One Love Organics products? I’m curious about an ingredient kaolin in a mask they have.
    Thanks!

    • 15mins
      Author
      February 7, 2019 / 9:52 am

      Kaolin is fine, it’s clay 🙂

  30. Andrada Kiss
    February 8, 2019 / 11:57 pm

    Hi Christine,

    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

    PROPYLENE GLYCOL
    DIMETHICONE
    GLYCERIN
    ASCORBIC ACID
    ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE
    CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE
    DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER
    ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE
    CYCLOHEXASILOXANE
    HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID
    LAUROYL LYSINE
    ACRYLONITRILE/METHYL METHACRYLATE/VINYLIDENE CHLORIDE COPOLYMER
    POLYSILICONE-11
    ADENOSINE
    HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID
    LIMONENE
    ISOBUTANE
    CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL
    CITRUS LIMON PEEL OIL / LEMON PEEL OIL
    CITRAL
    PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL
    HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE

    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!

    • 15mins
      Author
      February 9, 2019 / 10:10 am

      I would consider all arbutin to be unsafe, the alpha doesn’t make a difference for that.

      The products listed here are all ok

  31. Ann
    February 9, 2019 / 1:13 pm

    Hi,
    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!

    • 15mins
      Author
      February 9, 2019 / 1:45 pm

      I likely wouldn’t apply large amounts to the skin, but a little that gets on the skin from your lashes is likely ok

  32. Lauren
    February 10, 2019 / 10:41 am

    Hi again!

    What about the Organic Pharmacy self tan that says it’s 100% natural DHA from Sugar Beet?

    Full ingredients:

    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).

    • 15mins
      Author
      February 10, 2019 / 4:21 pm

      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.

  33. Kelly
    February 10, 2019 / 8:01 pm

    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!

    • 15mins
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 11:04 am

      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.

  34. SP
    February 11, 2019 / 9:55 am

    How about formaldehyde? Especially the ingredient dmdm hydantoin?

    • 15mins
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 11:01 am

      Not contraindicated in pregnancy. Formaldehyde is even made naturally by your body…