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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  1. Victoria
    November 4, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    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!

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 11:45 am

      You don’t need to worry about shampoo and conditioner, that specific ingredient is ok. Palmers is fine

      • T froe
        November 27, 2018 / 11:05 pm

        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.

        • 15mins
          Author
          November 29, 2018 / 9:53 am

          It is so confusing, isn’t it?? And then there are so many chemical names out there. I’m glad it makes sense now! 🙂

          • December 23, 2018 / 10:44 am

            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.

          • 15mins
            Author
            December 30, 2018 / 8:54 pm

            I haven’t had time to look into it, sorry

  2. Emma taylor
    November 5, 2018 / 10:19 am

    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

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 11:41 am

      The first has chemical sunscreens and salicylates, so I would avoid that. The second has salicylates as well.

  3. Eunice
    November 6, 2018 / 4:25 am

    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!🙂

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 1:46 pm

      I would consider Beta Arbutin to be close enough to the Alpha Arbutin discussed above to avoid it.

      • Eunice
        November 7, 2018 / 8:03 am

        Ok doctor. Thank you.☺

  4. Linda
    November 6, 2018 / 11:51 pm

    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.

    Thank you!

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      Looks ok

  5. Alex
    November 7, 2018 / 2:00 am

    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?

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      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.

  6. sara
    November 8, 2018 / 3:35 am

    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

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 8:49 am

      These are fine

  7. Katherine Dos Santos
    November 8, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    Hello,

    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.

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 9, 2018 / 10:09 am

      It’s ok.

  8. Nicole
    November 10, 2018 / 3:09 am

    Hi,

    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?

    Thanks,
    Nicole

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 10, 2018 / 2:28 pm

      PEGs are usually very large and can’t be absorbed, no evidence to avoid them. Note, my husband is a PEG expert, he agrees.

  9. Bhumika
    November 13, 2018 / 6:54 am

    Dear doctor
    Are these ingredients safe during pregnancy
    capric triglyceride,tocopherol pentaerythrityl tetra di t butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate limonene linalool
    Thanks
    bhumika

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 13, 2018 / 10:51 am

      They’re fine

  10. Linh T. Pham
    November 13, 2018 / 10:46 am

    Hi Doctor,

    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!

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 13, 2018 / 10:52 am

      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.

      • Linh T. Pham
        December 16, 2018 / 2:30 am

        Thank you very much Doctor! I am sorry if my question was in any way not suitable for the topic of this thread! <3

        • 15mins
          Author
          December 21, 2018 / 6:57 pm

          You’re ok!

  11. Alisha
    November 15, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    Allantoin & glutathione during pregnancy?

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 16, 2018 / 10:43 am

      They’re fine

  12. Sophia N
    November 17, 2018 / 8:09 am

    Hi dear
    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]

    RIMMEL PROVOCALIPS

    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.

    Thanks ❤️

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 17, 2018 / 3:31 pm

      These look ok

  13. Gabby
    November 18, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    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.

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 18, 2018 / 7:57 pm

      I’m sorry, I can’t comment on product safety without an ingredient list.

      • Gabby
        November 18, 2018 / 11:15 pm

        There might a repeat post. Please ignore it. Below are the ingredients
        Green cricket:
        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

        St ives
        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

        • 15mins
          Author
          November 20, 2018 / 10:08 am

          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!

  14. Amy
    November 19, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    Hi Doctor,
    What about Ferulic Acid. I use Skin Ceutucals C&E Ferulic Acid serum.

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 10:09 am

      Ferulic acid is fine

  15. Lala
    November 20, 2018 / 12:31 am

    Hi would like to know if the following ingredients are safe during pregnancy.

    Cleanser:
    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.

    Toner:
    Galactomyces ferment filtrate, butylene glycol, pentylene glycol, water, sodium benzoate, methyl paraben, sorbic acid

    Mist:
    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

    Thanks

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

      These are all ok

  16. Michelle
    November 20, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    Hi doctor,
    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!

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 3:56 pm

      This is fine

  17. camille jane mocon
    November 21, 2018 / 1:54 am

    hi doctor,
    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
    thank you

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 21, 2018 / 3:00 pm

      Both look ok

      • camille jane mocon
        November 24, 2018 / 4:58 am

        thank you

      • Tziporah NEWMAN
        January 2, 2019 / 9:28 pm

        • 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

        • 15mins
          Author
          January 3, 2019 / 9:12 am

          No, if you read the post I say to avoid self tanners.

  18. Meruyert
    November 21, 2018 / 3:16 am

    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.

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 21, 2018 / 3:00 pm

      Looks ok!

  19. Chowchow
    November 22, 2018 / 1:30 am

    Hi doctor,

    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

    Thank you

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 22, 2018 / 10:33 am

      This is ok

  20. Joana
    November 22, 2018 / 6:06 am

    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.

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 22, 2018 / 10:33 am

      This is fine

  21. Andreia pacheco
    November 22, 2018 / 9:05 am

    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!

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 22, 2018 / 10:33 am

      All of the hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, etc. those are all fine for pregnancy and nursing.

  22. Emily
    November 22, 2018 / 11:39 am

    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

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 22, 2018 / 12:18 pm

      Both look ok!

  23. May
    November 25, 2018 / 1:15 am

    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’..

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 12:22 pm

      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!

      • May
        November 25, 2018 / 10:15 pm

        Thank you so soo much! 🙂

  24. Peggy
    November 25, 2018 / 2:46 am

    Hi doc,

    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

    Thanks!

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 12:23 pm

      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.

      • Peggy
        February 12, 2019 / 1:01 am

        Would licorice root extract be safe to use topically while nursing?

        • 15mins
          Author
          February 12, 2019 / 10:23 am

          Yes, fine while nursing

  25. Justine
    November 25, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Dear doc,

    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?

    Thanks!

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 7:27 pm

      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.

      • Justine
        November 26, 2018 / 5:27 am

        Thanks for your response, very appreciated!

  26. Eka
    November 28, 2018 / 9:52 am

    Hi doc,
    I just want to ask you about one product for fairness.
    The ingredients:
    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

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 28, 2018 / 4:42 pm

      Sorry, that Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate is a chemical sunscreen.

  27. Yashmine
    November 29, 2018 / 1:59 am

    Hi doc…is this skin care products ingredients are safe for pregnant…..

    Water,ethyl alcohol,propylene glycol,retinyl palmitate, alpha arbutin,niacinamide,vit.c

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 29, 2018 / 8:34 am

      No, due to the retinyl palmitate and alpha arbutin.

  28. Angie
    December 1, 2018 / 10:45 pm

    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!

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 2, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      These are all ok

      • Angie
        December 3, 2018 / 1:27 am

        Thanks so much doc!

  29. Jepay
    December 2, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    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! 🙂

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 2, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      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.

  30. Kate
    December 4, 2018 / 11:34 am

    Are these ok?

    Thanks!

    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).

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 11:33 am

      Both are fine

  31. Deborah
    December 7, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    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.

    Thank you!

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 9, 2018 / 1:08 pm

      Both look ok

  32. Roshni Charles
    December 7, 2018 / 11:02 pm

    Cetaphil seems to be a good Go To brand and they have a new facial scrub…. is it ok?

    Ingredients
    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

    Thanks!

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 8, 2018 / 12:14 pm

      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 🙂

  33. Miki
    December 8, 2018 / 10:23 pm

    Hello,

    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.

    Thank you

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 9, 2018 / 12:55 pm

      Dimethicone is fine, it’s a silicone that sits on the surface of the skin. This product looks ok.

      • Miki
        December 9, 2018 / 3:45 pm

        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.

  34. Lee
    December 10, 2018 / 2:27 am

    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

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 10, 2018 / 11:43 am

      These are fine

  35. lyv
    December 10, 2018 / 3:35 am

    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?

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 10, 2018 / 11:42 am

      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.

      • Stefanie Carpenter
        December 20, 2018 / 5:04 am

        Omg i’ve been using bio oil this whole pregnancy and the last. I feel terrible- they market it to pregnant mothers :’(

        • 15mins
          Author
          December 21, 2018 / 6:24 pm

          They do market it to pregnant moms! So many ads in pregnancy magazines 🙁

  36. Deboshri Tripura
    December 11, 2018 / 12:04 am

    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.

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 12, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      #1 has a licorice root extract
      #2 has chemical sunscreens
      #3 is fine

  37. Irina
    December 11, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    Please advise if these ingredients are safe to use?

    INGREDIENTS

    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

    #2

    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

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 12, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      Neither are, the SALICYLOYL PHYTOSPHINGOSINE is a salicylate

  38. Brittany
    December 11, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    Hi,

    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

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 12, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      It’s ok

      • Brittany
        December 26, 2018 / 6:15 am

        Thank you so much x

  39. Sultanah
    December 12, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    Hi doctor,

    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.

    Thank you

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 13, 2018 / 10:37 am

      Both look ok

      • Sultanah
        December 13, 2018 / 2:21 pm

        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.

  40. Emily Anne
    December 19, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    Hi,
    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.

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 21, 2018 / 6:28 pm

      These look ok to me

  41. Stefanie
    December 20, 2018 / 4:59 am

    Pentylene Glycol? It’s in my rodan and fields active hydration serum and wasn’t sure about that one

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 21, 2018 / 6:25 pm

      Pentylene Glycol is ok

  42. Joanna
    December 21, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    Hi,

    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!

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 21, 2018 / 7:10 pm

      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.

      • Joanna
        December 22, 2018 / 12:23 pm

        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!

        • 15mins
          Author
          December 22, 2018 / 3:00 pm

          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!

  43. Jenna
    December 21, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    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.

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 21, 2018 / 6:52 pm

      The toner has licorice root extract and the sunscreen has chemical sunscreens. The cleansing mask and hydration serum are fine

      • Jenna
        December 21, 2018 / 6:57 pm

        Thank you! I was stressing this whole day doing way too much research!

  44. Melissa
    December 26, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    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

    Ingredients:
    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

    Ingredients:
    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.

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 8:44 pm

      Olay is ok, the lancome isn’t due to salicylate

  45. vanessa
    December 27, 2018 / 4:28 am

    Hey,
    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.

    thank you

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      No, sorry there’s glycolic acid

  46. Jessica
    December 29, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    Hi there,
    My Hair treatment has willow bark extract – should I avoid?
    It’s a 60 second treatment then you wash off!
    Thanks so much!

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      You don’t need to worry about hair products

  47. aleece
    December 30, 2018 / 2:12 am

    Hello,

    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

    thank you,

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 8:36 pm

      This is fine

  48. Eva
    December 30, 2018 / 4:59 am

    Hello doctor, please – what about 100% squlane?
    Thank you !

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      Squalene is fine

  49. B Daniel
    December 30, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    Doctor,

    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

    • 15mins
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      looks ok

  50. Jane
    January 1, 2019 / 9:53 pm

    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!
    Jane

    • 15mins
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 9:19 am

      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.