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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.

Here you’ll find pregnancy safe products from ZO Obagi as of 4/16/2022. If it is not safe, I’ll tell you why. All of the products meet my pregnancy safe criteria. Note I will link to every product directly to avoid confusion. You’ll know exactly which product I mean.

Don’t See Your Product? Read This Before You Ask About It…

Please read the Pregnancy Beauty Guide intro first, where you will learn which products you actually need to worry about (spoiler alert, you don’t need to worry about all makeup or hair products). I will not review products that fall into the “don’t worry about it” categories. If you want to ask about a specific product, I require that you follow these guidelines for asking about pregnancy/nursing safety. You can also learn more about how to use these pregnancy safety lists. I will delete questions that don’t follow the guidelines or are rude.

Pregnancy and Nursing Safe Products from ZO Obagi

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

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

ACNE CONTROL: Benzoyl Peroxide
CALMING TONER: Glycolic Acid, Salicylate
COMPLEXION RENEWAL PADS: Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid
CORRECT + CONCEAL: Salicylic Acid, ? Stem Cells
DAILY SHEER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50: Retinoid, Chemical Sunscreens, Salicylate
ENZYMATIC PEEL: Glycolic Acid
EXFOLIATING CLEANSER: Salicylic Acid
FIRMING SERUM ACCELERATED: Stem Cells
GROWTH FACTOR EYE SERUM: Licorice Root, Stem Cells
GROWTH FACTOR SERUM: ? Stem Cells
OIL CONTROL PADS ACNE TREATMENT: Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Mandelic Acid
ROZATROL: Stem Cells
ROZATROL® SERUM ACCELERATED: Stem Cells

Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

BODY EMULSION: Retinoid
BROAD-SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN SPF 50: Retinoid
BRIGHTALIVE: Retinoid, Bidens Pilosa, Licorice Root, Glycolic Acid
DAILY POWER DEFENSE: Retinoid, Stem Cells
DUAL ACTION SCRUB: Retinoid, Stem Cells, Salicylic Acid
EXFOLIATING POLISH: Retinoid, Licorice Root
EXFOLIATION ACCELERATOR: Retinoid, Glycolic Acid
EYE BRIGHTENING CRÈME: Retinoid, Kojic Acid Derivative, Stem Cells
FIRMING SERUM: Retinoid, Stem Cells
HYDRATING CRÈME: Retinoid, Licorice Root
ILLUMINATING AOX SERUM: Retinoid, Stem Cells
INSTANT PORE REFINER: Retinoid, Stem Cells, Salicylic Acid Derivative
INTENSE EYE CRÈME: Retinoid
RADICAL NIGHT REPAIR: Retinoid, Stem Cells
RECOVERY CRÈME: Retinoids
RENEWAL CRÈME: Retinoid
RETINOL SKIN BRIGHTENER .25%: Retinoid, Bakuchiol
RETINOL SKIN BRIGHTENER .5%: Retinoid, Bakuchiol
RETINOL SKIN BRIGHTENER 1%: Retinoid, Bakuchiol
SMART TONE BROAD-SPECTRUM SPF 50: Retinoid, Chemical Sunscreens, Salicylate
SUNSCREEN + PRIMER SPF 30: Retinoid, Licorice Root
WRINKLE + TEXTURE REPAIR: Retinoid, ? Stem Cells

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35 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.

  3. 10.8.20
    Diana said:

    Is zo exfoliating polish safe for pregnant women. I’ve read other places it is and on here that it isn’t. Thank you

    • 10.8.20
      Christine said:

      No, it isn’t safe for pregnancy.

      • 4.16.21
        Darka said:

        I want to ask if Hydrating creme ZO is safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. I have not find it on the list of safe and non safe products

        • 4.16.21
          Christine said:

          I have already reviewed all products in this brand that I have access to their ingredient list, please refer to the post about how to request a product review. I need a full ingredient list to review your product, more info here: why I need an ingredient list to comment on product safety and in the post under the heading, How to Request a Product Review.

  4. 12.10.20
    Jessica Johnson said:

    Hi!
    Zo recently came out with a Growth Factor Eye Serum and I was hoping you could review it.

    Ingredients:
    Aqua/Water/Eau, Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Lupinus Albus Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, PEG-35 Castor Oil, Hieracium Pilosella Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Cordyceps Militaris Mycelium Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Angelica Polymorpha Sinesis Root Extract, Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture, Lactobacillus/Panax Ginseng Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lactobacillus Ferment, Phospholipids, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Tocopheryl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Sericin, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Acetyl Tyrosine, Ethyl Linoleate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Proline, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Oleyl Alcohol, Trisodium Citrate Dihydrate, Silica, Silica Silylate, Beta-Glucan, Tocopherol, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate, Adenosine Triphosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, PEG-12 Glyceryl Laurate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, PVP, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.

    Thank you for what you do! Your reviews of these products are extremely helpful!
    Take care,
    Jessica Johnson

    • 12.10.20
      Christine said:

      This has licorice root, and possible stem cells (Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture). Ok for nursing but not pregnancy.

    • 11.10.21
      Catherine Vallejo said:

      Hi if I cannot use the zo daily defense while pregnant what can I use instead?

      • 11.10.21
        Christine said:

        Which benefits are you looking to still have?

  5. 1.15.21
    Monica said:

    Can you let us know about the ZO Complexion Clearing Masque? Thank you so much for doing this!

    • 1.16.21
      Christine said:

      I have already reviewed all products in this brand that I have access to their ingredient list, please refer to the post about how to request a product review. I need a full ingredient list to review your product, more info here: why I need an ingredient list to comment on product safety

      • 5.22.21
        Kinan said:

        Hi, this is the ingredients complexion clearing masque.

        KEY INGREDIENTS
        Sulfur: Treats and prevents acne; reduces sebum and calms irritation
        Glycerin: Replenishes hydration to restore skin barrier function
        Kaolin and bentonite: Absorb surface oils and removes debris to help keep pores clear
        Aqua/Water/Eau, Talc, Sulfur, Kaolin, Glycerin, Bentonite, Propylene Glycol, Ethylene Brassylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzyl Alcohol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Ultramarines (CI 77007).
        Please review 🙂 thank you

        • 5.22.21
          Christine said:

          Safe for pregnancy and nursing

      • 6.9.21
        Dorothy said:

        Before reading your post, I have been using the ZO products which are not suitable for pregnancy. I’m at 6 weeks pregnant so how bad is the effect on the fetus? Thanks

  6. 3.5.21
    Christina said:

    Hi I was wondering about ZO hydrating creme if it was safe or not during pregnancy or breastfeeding

    • 3.5.21
      Christine said:

      I have already reviewed all products in this brand that I have access to their ingredient list, please refer to the post about how to request a product review. I need a full ingredient list to review your product, more info here: why I need an ingredient list to comment on product safety

  7. 3.22.21
    Jenezz said:

    Brightalive is safe for pregnancy and BF.


    Size: 50 ML / 1.7 Fl. Oz.
    A technologically advanced skin brightener clinically proven to increase luminosity, visibly improve skin clarity and fade the appearance of dark spots for a brighter, more even complexion. Non-hydroquinone and non-retinol”
    It is retinol free.

    • 3.22.21
      Christine said:

      These are the full ingredients per Obagi:
      Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Caprylyl Methicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Acrylamide/Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-12 Dimethicone/PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Tranexamic Acid, Acetyl Glucosamine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Papain, Lactic Acid/Glycolic Acid Copolymer, Palmitoyl sh-Octapeptide-24 Amide, Palmitoyl sh-Tripeptide-5 Norisoleucyl sh-Nonapeptide-1, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Bidens Pilosa Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Bisulfite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, XanthanGum, Polyisobutene, PolymethylMethacrylate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Carbomer, Algin, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance/Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Pentylene Glycol.

      There is a retinoid, it is the Retinyl Palmitate. It just isn’t retinol. It still needs to be avoided.

  8. 3.27.21
    Jemma said:

    I would like to know please as I am breastfeeding and have been using already the ZO Obagi oil control pads I’ve read they are not suitable is this true?

    • 3.27.21
      Christine said:

      I’ve listed them as ok for nursing but not pregnancy. I have no idea where you read it or what information they were using for that, but I think they’re ok.

  9. 4.11.21
    Yelena said:

    Hello, could you please review Hydrating Creme from ZO Obagi, here’s the full ingredient list, thank you!

    Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Colloidal Oatmeal, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Tetrapeptide-21, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-11, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Maltodextrin, Benzalkonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol.

    • 4.11.21
      Christine said:

      This has a retinoid. Avoid in pregnancy and in nursing if you’re conservative.
      Also there is licorice root to avoid in pregnancy.

  10. 11.5.21
    Vanessa Saiz said:

    I have a question about my hydrator, Zo Skin Health Hydrating Creme. These are the ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Colloidal Oatmeal, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Tetrapeptide-21, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-11, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Maltodextrin, Benzalkonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol.

    • 11.5.21
      Christine said:

      This has a retinoid. Avoid in pregnancy and in nursing if you’re conservative. It also has licorice root.

  11. 1.26.22
    Liz said:

    Question re: the Growth Factor – this is in the “not safe for pregnancy” category because of the growth factors. Other products (for example, Skin Medica TNS Advanced) has growth factors but is in the “ok for pregnancy” category. What is the difference here? I have read that Zo Obaji’s growth factor is plant based. Just trying to understand the differentiation. Thanks!

    • 1.26.22
      Christine said:

      The issue is just peptides (which some copywriters will state are growth factors) vs other chemokines. However, I’m confused about why you’re saying I’m stating these products aren’t safe for pregnancy due to growth factors, when none of them in the list have been noted to have an issue with growth factors? I haven’t pointed that out as an issue in this list…

  12. 4.3.22
    Mary Seabron said:

    Is the ZO hydrating cream safe

  13. 4.3.22
    Ann said:

    Hydrating creme?

  14. 4.5.22
    C. said:

    Hello I was just wondering about the ZO Illuminating AOX serum

    Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Mica, Glycerin, Safflower Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem Cell Culture, Marrubium Vulgare Meristem Cell Culture, Galactoarabinan, Schizophyllan, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, Pullulan, Hexylene Glycol, Silica, Polyglutamic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Beta-Glucan, Micrococcus Lysate, Polysorbate 60, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetearyl Glucoside, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, SclerotiumGum, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Maltodextrin, Tin Oxide,Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance/Parfum,Limonene,Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891),Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

    Thank you

    • 4.5.22
      Christine said:

      This has a retinoid. Avoid in pregnancy and nursing. It also has salicylates

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