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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.

How to Request a Product Review

I try to review all of the products that I can when I publish a list. Note, I am in the US and I only have access to US products. Please don’t be rude if I skipped your favorite cleanser, when items are out of stock sometimes they aren’t on the brand’s site, or maybe you are in Asia and I am in the US.

I reserve the comments on each post for reviews of product from that brand, this makes it easier for others to find products later. Please only ask about ZO Obagi on this post, I will delete other product questions. You can find other brands here. If your brand is not included, please ask on the brand list post.

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

BODY EMULSION: Retinoid
BRIGHTALIVE: Retinoid, Licorice Root, Glycolic Acid
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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19 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.

  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

  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.

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