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Pregnancy Safe Products from ZO Obagi

Pregnancy Safe Products from ZO Obagi

Pregnancy safe beauty products can be super difficult and confusing. I have an entire guide devoted to what products are safe to use while pregnant including information on what ingredients to avoid while pregnant and a huge list of pregnancy safe skincare products. The list has gotten so large that I’ve decided to start listing brands in their own individual posts.

Here you’ll find pregnancy safe products from ZO Obagi as of 6/27/2020. If it is not safe, I’ll tell you why. All of the products meet my pregnancy safe criteria. If they release a new product that is not listed here, please comment below and I will add it. Note I will link to every product directly to avoid confusion. You’ll know exactly which product I mean.

Please refer to my post on pregnancy safe makeup, where I explain why you don’t need to worry about your mascara, powders, eyeliners, brow products, etc. I do not review these products.

Please note, it can take up to an hour to review the ingredient lists of each product. I review with my own list of pregnancy safe criteria. I obtain my ingredient lists from the brands and major retailers (typically Nordstrom and Sephora), and I review the US versions. Please do not ask me to re-review the same products over and over, I do not have the time to do so, and many people have been rude about this. For more brands, please head over to the list of pregnancy safe products.

Pregnancy and Nursing Safe Products from ZO Obagi

10% VITAMIN C SELF-ACTIVATING
CELLULITE CONTROL
GENTLE CLEANSER
HYDRATING CLEANSER
SULFUR MASQUE

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

ACNE CONTROL: Benzoyl Peroxide
CALMING TONER: Glycolic Acid, Salicylate
COMPLEXION RENEWAL PADS: Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid
EXFOLIATING CLEANSER: Salicylic Acid
ENZYMATIC PEEL: Glycolic Acid
GROWTH FACTOR SERUM: Stem Cells
OIL CONTROL PADS ACNE TREATMENT: Mandelic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid
ROZATROL: Stem Cell

Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

Note I’m including products with retinoids here, as those are a bit iffy. It depends on how conservative you want to be while nursing (still absolutely contraindicated while pregnant). Refer to my post on ingredients to avoid while nursing for more discussion.

BODY EMULSION: Retinoid
BRIGHTALIVE: Retinoid, Licorice Root
BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN SPF 50: Retinoid
DAILY POWER DEFENSE: Retinoid
DAILY SHEER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50: Retinoid, Chemical Sunscreen, Salicylate
DUAL ACTION SCRUB: Retinoid, Salicylic Acid
EXFOLIATION ACCELERATOR: Retinoid, Glycolic Acid
EXFOLIATING POLISH: Retinoid, Licorice Root
EYE BRIGHTENING CRÈME: Retinoid, Kojic Acid, Stem Cell
FIRMING SERUM: Retinoid, Stem Cell
INSTANT PORE REFINER: Retinoid, Salicylic Acid Derivative, Stem Cell
INTENSE EYE CRÈME: Retinoid
PIGMENT CONTROL + BRIGHTENING CRÈME 4% HQ – RX: Hydroquinone
PIGMENT CONTROL CRÈME 4% HQ – RX: Hydroquinone, Glycolic Acid
RADICAL NIGHT REPAIR: Retinoid, Stem Cell
RECOVERY CRÈME: Retinoid
RENEWAL CRÈME: Retinoid
RETINOL SKIN BRIGHTENER .25%: Retinoid
RETINOL SKIN BRIGHTENER .5%: Retinoid
RETINOL SKIN BRIGHTENER 1%: Retinoid
SMART TONE BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50: Retinoid, Chemical Sunscreen, Salicylate
SUNSCREEN + PRIMER SPF 30: Retinoid, Licorice Root
WRINKLE + TEXTURE REPAIR: Retinoid, Stem Cell

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3 Comments

  1. 6.30.20
    Kate said:

    I’ve been waiting for this review! Thank you!

  2. 8.16.20
    Gem said:

    Wondered if you could confirm your view on the ZO BrightAlive product. I see it is listed on your no list, but on their website it states it is non-retinol and I can’t see liquorice root as an ingredient. Please could you confirm if you think this is unsafe during pregnancy. It so confusing as there are is so much conflicting information and I’m wanting to find something for my pigmentation. Thank you so much.

    • 8.16.20
      Christine said:

      I just reviewed this product on their brand page recently. You can’t rely on information in key ingredients or descriptions unfortunately. I have put the retinoid (retinyl palmitate) and licorice root (which they call out in both the scientific and regular names) in bold for you to see.

      Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Caprylyl Methicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-12 Dimethicone/PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Acrylamide/Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyisobutene, Acetyl Glucosamine, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate, Disodium EDTA, Hexylresorcinol, Acetyl Tyrosine, Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Nonapeptide-1, Proline, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine Triphosphate, Lecithin, Ubiquinone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Carbomer, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Maltodextrin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Papain, Dextran, Stachys Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Algin, Beta-Glucan, Fragrance (Parfum), Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Soy Isoflavones, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Oligopeptide-68, Sodium Oleate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.