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Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid While Nursing

While I’m sure you know by now that you need to change your skin care routine while pregnant, but how does this translate over to breasting feeding? Are there skin care ingredients to avoid while nursing? Do not use this post to ask about nursing safety. Nursing safety of specific products is address in my pregnancy safety products lists, I delete all questions here about pregnancy safety.

Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid While Nursing

Luckily, it turns out that breast feeding is very different than being pregnant. The placenta is basically a big sieve, it filters out a lot of stuff but since it is non-specific it does allow a lot of stuff to cross over. A lot of the ingredients to avoid while pregnant are because of the timing of the exposure, your baby was busy making organs!

When nursing, the body is pretty specific about what goes into breast milk. It isn’t filtering everything into the breast milk, instead things are much more specific. The timing of exposure (and potential side effects) is just very different once the baby is out! Those organs have been made, and the baby is also just a lot bigger. So, the list of skin care ingredients to avoid while nursing is much shorter than the list of ingredients to avoid while pregnant.

Medications and Nursing

One thing you need to be worried about are your medications. Nursing safety is a bit different than pregnancy safety for medications. Everything should be looked up in a lactation safety book (Medications and Mother’s Milk or Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation) and discussed with your physician. L1-L3 are considered safe, L4 and above is not safe.

Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid While Nursing

Retin A/Accutane, Retinoids, Vitamin A: Used topically, Retinoids are a category L3, but orally (as with Accutane) they fall to L4. So, topical is ok, systemic is not. Having said that, over the last 4-5 years there’s been a big trend toward recommending avoidance of retinoids while nursing. I’ve heard this from OB, Derm and Peds. I am very conservative in my recommendations and I’m currently recommending avoidance and I screen it out in my product reviews. I am also currently screening Bakuchiol as a retinoid as there is no evidence regarding safety.

Hydroquinone and other skin lighteners: While there is no data on Hydroquinone in humans, it is absorbed and quite water soluble, and based on some pharmacodynamics (the pKa, which is too complicated to get into here as it was a many hour discussion when I was in medical school), it may be trapped in the breast milk if it reaches it. So, it is recommended to avoid. I would include Arbutin and Kojic Acid as ingredients to avoid.

Hemp/Cannabis: Similar to the discussion on the ingredients to avoid while pregnant page, we just don’t have enough info about the safety of hemp and cannabis while pregnant or nursing, so I currently recommend avoidance.

Pretty much everything else: Safe!

Guide to Skin Care while Pregnant or Nursing
Don’t forget to check out the other articles in my Pregnancy and Nursing Skin Care Guide!

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  1. 1.3.18
    Lindsey said:

    Thanks so much for doing these posts! They are SO helpful! I’m wondering if you could offer any advice or a resource on how to read ingredient lists? For example, will glycolic acid always be listed that way? I’m currently using a cetaphil moisturizer and I don’t see anything in the ingredients listed as “glycolic acid” but I do see “butylene glycol” and “caprylyl glycol.” Are those the same as “glycolic acid”?

    • 1.6.18
      15mins said:

      There are a couple of ingredients that will be listed different ways, but I”m afraid it would be pretty difficult for me to create a post about that. When in doubt, google is your friend. Glycolic Acid is always listed that way, the “butylene glycol” and “caprylyl glycol” are different and are fine 🙂

      • 3.19.18
        Rebecca Easley Li said:

        Is Glycolic Acid not ok? It’s not mentioned in your post above, but this comment thread confused me.

        • 3.19.18
          15mins said:

          It’s fine while nursing, but not while pregnant, which I think is why she was asking about it. This was just a thread about reading the ingredient lists basically 🙂

  2. 2.5.18
    Karina said:

    So all in all a majority of skin care is safe while nursing?

    • 2.6.18
      15mins said:

      Yes! Pretty much everything is safe while nursing.

  3. 3.6.18
    Michelle said:

    Hi! I would like to try the estee lauder skin activating lotion if it is safe for nursing moms like me. Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau; Bifida Ferment Lysate; Peg-75; Propanediol; Butylene Glycol; Betaine; Pentylene Glycol; Lactobacillus Ferment; Acetyl Hexapeptide-8; Acetyl Glucosamine; Trehalose; Caffeine; Sodium Hyaluronate; Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile); Caprylyl Glycol; Carbomer; Ppg-5-Ceteth-20; Citric Acid; Potassium Sorbate; Sodium Citrate; Tromethamine; Disodium Edta; Phenoxyethanol

    Thank you so much! Love your blogs! 🙂

    • 3.6.18
      15mins said:

      This looks good to me!!

  4. 3.8.18
    Madz said:

    Hi! Are BHA products safe while nursing?.For example,facial toner contains betaine salicylic?

    • 3.8.18
      15mins said:

      BHAs are fine while nursing

  5. 3.8.18
    Madz said:

    Hi!my toner has 10% of willow bark water is it safe while nursing?

    • 3.8.18
      15mins said:

      Willow bark is fine while nursing

  6. 3.16.18
    Caylee said:

    Thank you so much for these helpful posts! Do you consider skincare products with Retinyl Palmitate safe for breast feeding? The IT Cosmetics CC cream (which I would love to be able to use again) had this listed and was wondering if it was safe while nursing?

    • 3.16.18
      15mins said:

      I’ve always read that it is safe and I don’t know of anything that says differently, but there are some dermatologists that say not to use it while nursing. I’m not sure why though? It’s a recent thing that I’ve noticed over the last year or so in my medical groups. I used that one wile nursing!

  7. 3.28.18
    Oluchi said:

    I love this. Greetings from Nigeria. You have just answered a lot of questions for me.thanks

    • 3.30.18
      15mins said:

      I’m glad it was helpful to you!

  8. 4.10.18
    Brittney said:

    Hi there I bough OZ natural vitamin c + aha and after applying it… it dawned on me that it may have unsafe ingredients to use while breastfeeding… i was hoping you could clairfy whether or not they’re safe to use… 98.2% NATURAL. AQUA (WATER), 1,3,PROPANEDIOL, SODIUM MAGNESIUM SILICATE, GLYCOLIC ACID, SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, ARRABIDAEA CHICA LEAF EXTRACT, GLYCERIN, XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM ASCORBATE, PHENYLPROPANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TOCOPHEROL, P ANISIC ACID, MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM CITRATE, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE

    Thanks in advance!

    • 4.10.18
      15mins said:

      I would avoid this one during pregnancy due to the glycolic acid. It should be fine for nursing!

      • 4.10.18
        Brittney said:


  9. 4.21.18
    Megan said:

    Do you know if skin medica vitamin c&e complex is safe while nursing ?

    • 4.23.18
      15mins said:

      That’s fine for pregnancy and nursing!

  10. 5.6.18
    Julianne Lai said:


    So glad I found your post. I wanted to use an eyelash serum and the ingredients listed are:
    Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Rhizobian Gum, Sodium Hyaluranoate, Biotin, Panthenol, Pantethine, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Allantoin, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Maris Aqua/Sea Water, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Octapeptide-2, Copper Tripeptide-1, sh-Polypeptide-1, Glycine Soja (Soybean) oil, Black Sea Rod Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sorbic Acid.

    Is this safe to use during breastfeeding? Thank you

    • 5.7.18
      15mins said:

      It’s fine while nursing!

      • 12.19.18
        Amanda said:

        Hello, this is the Rodan+Fields eyelash serum. Is this safe for breastfeeding?

        Ingredients are: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Biotin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Isopropyl Cloprostenate, Octapeptide-2, Allantoin, Panthenol, Copper Tripeptide-1, Pantethine, Polypeptide-23, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Glycerin, Sea Water, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Rhizobian Gum, Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, PVP, Lecithin, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide.

        So practically, when the baby is out, we can go back to more regular skin care. If this is okay, I wanna use this the day after I give birth! 🙂

        Thank you again in advance!!!

        • 12.21.18
          15mins said:

          For breast feeding is ok, not for pregnancy. I brought this in my hospital bag, I am crazy!!

  11. 5.23.18
    cristine mmirabuna said:

    Glycolic soap and toner safe for nursing mom?

    • 5.23.18
      15mins said:

      Gylolic acid doesn’t need to be avoided while nursing, it’s much easier to avoid things while nursing than while pregnant!

  12. 5.24.18
    Aakanksha tiwari said:

    Could u plz tell me whether I use skin lightening cream during breastfeeding bcoz it contain hydroquinone.

    • 5.24.18
      15mins said:

      You shouldn’t, it is the biggest ingredient to avoid while nursing.

      • 9.16.18
        Kate said:

        Want to double check. In the original post you state “hydroquinone is likely safe to use during nursing“, but in the comments above and below say that it should be avoided. I have melasma that I would love to start treating, but not sure if it’s safe or not. Thanks!

        • 9.16.18
          15mins said:

          I think some thing strange reverted back to a previous version of this post (a few years ago actually), because I swear I had updated that to say to avoid it during nursing some time ago. And yes, I’ve been telling people in comments for years to avoid it. I’ve reupdated above, it should be avoided. I’d look at using a vitamin C product instead!

  13. 6.6.18
    LYNN said:

    So anything topical will be safe ? No need to check the ingredients ?

    • 6.7.18
      15mins said:

      You need to avoid hydroquinone and arbutin still.

  14. 6.8.18
    Chaya K said:

    Is it safe using salicylic acid twice a day(not sure 2% of more) while nursing?

    • 6.8.18
      15mins said:

      It’s fine while nursing

  15. 6.11.18
    swapna said:

    Is Augustinus Bader rich cream safe while nursing? Ingredients are Aqua (Water), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Squalane, Octyldodecanol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tribehenin, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Sorbitan Oleate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sorbitol, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, TFC-8, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Lactic Acid, Lanolin Alcohol, Zinc PCA, Dextran, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8, Citric Acid

    • 6.11.18
      15mins said:

      Looks ok!

  16. 6.14.18
    Nicole said:

    I’m planning on using Tend Skin soon but seen it wasn’t tested on pregnant or nursing women. Do these ingredients look safe while breastfeeding?

    Isopropyl alcohol, butylene glycol, acetysalicylic acid, cyclomethicone, glycerin, diglycerin, polysorbate 80.

    • 6.14.18
      15mins said:

      Safe for breastfeeding, but not while pregnant.

  17. 6.19.18
    Mey said:

    Hi,i’m planning to use klairs midnight blue youth activating drop as my antiaging serum. Are these ingredients safe to use while breastfeeding?

    Sh-oligopeptide -1, sh polypeptide-1, butylene glycol, vaccinium angustifoliun (blueberry), fruit extract, sorbitan sesquioleate, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, chlorphenesin, guaiazulene, ethythexylglycerin, adenosine.

    • 6.19.18
      15mins said:

      fine while nursing

      • 6.19.18
        Mey said:

        Thankyou for your information 😘

      • 1.5.19
        Anne Rendon said:

        Is it also safe to use while pregnant?

        • 1.5.19
          15mins said:


  18. 6.24.18
    Jm said:

    I have been using a topical oil on my stretch marks for several months and just read retinol is not safe for nursing. It has retinoid complex (1%). Baby is over a year and on solids. Should I be worried?

    • 6.24.18
      15mins said:

      At this point no, your baby is mostly getting calories and nutrition from the food anyways. Retinoids in nursing some think are fine, I haven’t heard a convincing argument that they aren’t other than “we avoid it in pregnancy”…

  19. 7.6.18
    Toni said:

    Your blog is brilliant! I’m a nursing mum wondering if it’s safe to use the following products.. please share your advice regarding these,

    Klairs supple preparation toner

    Klairs Freshly Juiced vitamin drops Serum:

    Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum :

    Estée Lauder Advanced night repair Eye Cream

    **Ingredients removed to help the page load faster

    • 7.7.18
      15mins said:

      Nursing is much less restrictive than during pregnancy 🙂 For nursing these are all ok!

  20. 8.20.18
    Joti said:

    Hi, I have just purchased the Charlotte tilbury day cream, night cream and eye cream.
    Please can you advise of the night and eye cream are suitable to use whilst nursing.
    Thank you so much

    Magic Eye Rescue

    Aqua/Water/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Olus Oil (Vegetable Oil/Huile Vegetale), PEG-8, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sorbitan Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Olive il PEG-7 Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Saccharide Isomerate, C12-16 Alcohols, Cera Alba )Beeswax/Cire D’Abeille), Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Squalane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Hyrogenated Castor Oil, Squalane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlophenesin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Palmitic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Disodium Edta, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Superoxide Dsmutase, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium PCA, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinol, Daphne Odora Callus Extract, Sodium Dextran Sulfate, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Aluminum Hydroxide, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascrobic Acid, Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492).

    Magic Night Cream:

    Glycerin, Aqua/Water/Eau, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil , Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Stearate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Olus Oil (Vegetable Oil/Huile Vegetale), Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides, C20-40 Alcohols, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cera Alba (Beeswax/Cire D’Abeille), Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Parfum (Fragrance), Titanium Dioxide, Xantham Gum, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Squalane, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Retinol, PEG-8, Caramel, Tocopherol, Daphne Odora Callus Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Ubiquinone, Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Ascorbyl Teraisopalmitate, Benzoic Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).

    • 8.20.18
      15mins said:

      Anything that is ok while pregnant is fine while nursing, Charlotte Tilbury was actually added to the big list of pregnancy safe products over the weekend. There are some products that weren’t safe while pregnant, but they were all fine while nursing.

      • 8.22.18
        Joti said:

        Thank you. As both products have retinol in them are they still safe, as I am getting mixed feedback from people.

        • 8.22.18
          15mins said:

          I consider retinol fine during nursing based upon all the reading I’ve done and people I’ve talked to (derms and OBs). However over the last year or so I’ve heard more doctors say to avoid retinol while nursing, not because of any new studies that have come out, but just as an extension of avoidance while pregnant.

  21. 8.22.18
    Kalyn said:

    Hi, I absolutely love your post. I was planning on buying the ziip nano current device and wanted to see if either of their conductive gels were safe for nursing my 7 month old. Thank you so much!

    Golden Gel Ingredients
    Water (Aqua)
    Dimethyl Isosorbide
    μconotoxin Cn CIII.
    Acetyl Glutamine
    Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment
    Chondrus Crispus Extract
    Hydrolyzed Chondrus Crispus Extract
    Sodium Hyaluronate
    Glycine (Soybean) Soja Extract
    Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
    Hematite Extract
    Magnesium Aspartate
    Zinc gluconate
    Copper gluconate
    Jasminum Officinalis Extract
    Xanthan Gum

    Silver Gel Ingredients
    Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
    Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract
    Butylene Glycol
    Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract
    Boswellia Serrata Extract
    Camellia Sinensis (Tea) Extract
    Chondrus Crispus Extract
    Copper Gluconate
    Honey Extract
    Hydrolyzed Chondrus Crispus Extract
    Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate
    Magnesium Aspartate
    Pearl Powder
    Sodium Hyaluronate
    Zinc Gluconate
    Xanthan Gum
    Sodium Dihydroacetate
    Citric Acid
    Dimethyl Isosorbide
    Potassium Sorbate
    Sodium Benzoate

    • 8.23.18
      15mins said:

      Looks ok!

  22. 8.31.18
    Marsha said:

    Hello, I’m a nursing mom. I recently purchased an organic, wholesome, vegan anit-aging whitening creme. Is it safe?
    Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis, cocos nucifera glycerin, simmondsia chinensis, ascorbyl palmitate, vitis vinefera, persea gratissima, prunus amygdalus dulcis, hyaluronic acid, hamamelis virginiana, tocopherol, helianthus annuus, panthenol, lavandula angustifolia, anthemis nobilis, soluble collagen, camellia sinensis, urtica dioica, stellaria media, ulmus fulva, silybum marianum.

    • 8.31.18
      15mins said:

      This looks fine

  23. 9.2.18
    May Wang said:

    How about sodium hyaluronate is one of the ingredients on my toner n my moisturizer it is safe to used while I’m breastfeeding?

    • 9.2.18
      15mins said:

      It’s fine! It’s a salt of hyaluronic acid, a HUGE molecule that is too big to penetrate much or move around in your body. It holds moisture in certain areas, you’ll find it in a lot of moisturizers. It’s naturally made by your body.

  24. 9.4.18
    Jaimie Macari said:

    Hi there! 1st time mom here. I have pregnancy mask on my check bone lines and am looking for something to reduce the dark appearance of them. Do you have any suggestions? The girls at Ulta pointed me towards the dermatologist developed Exuviance Performance Peel AP25. It has glycolic avid, mandelic acid and gluconolactone as the main ingredients. Do you think it’s safe to try? Thank you!

    • 9.6.18
      15mins said:

      If you’re postpartum it should be fine. I’d also add in a Vitamin C serum and go crazy with sunscreen

    • 9.18.18
      15mins said:

      My OB had said yes, and I haven’t found anything specifically about it.

      • 9.26.18
        Erin said:

        Thank you so much for your reply!
        One more question please- what about the adhesive for professional eyelash extensions?

        Are lash extensions safe while nursing ?


        • 9.26.18
          15mins said:

          Should be fine!

          • 11.21.18
            Amanda said:

            What about lash extensions while pregnant? Do you think this is okay?

          • 11.22.18
            15mins said:

            I don’t know anything about lash extensions and how they’re put on. I would think the estheticians are taught if it is safe or not, I’d call and ask?

  25. 9.21.18
    May said:

    Hi! My baby is 8 months old and i am planning to use skinceuticals 0.5. Is it safe while breastfeeding?
    Thank you so much
    Skinceuticals retinol ingredients: aqua / water / eau, cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane, dimethiconol, alcohol denat., pentylene glycol, allyl methacrylates crosspolymer, dimethicone peg-7 isostearate, sodium polyacrylate, dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethicone, cyclomethicone, glycerin, retinol, hydrogenated lecithin, polysorbate 20, polyacrylamide, c13-14 isoparaffin, laureth-23, laureth-4, bisabolol, bht, laureth-7, trisodium edta, propylene glycol, salvia officinalis leaf / sage leaf extract, chamomilla recutita flower extract / matricaria flower extract, propyl gallate

    • 9.21.18
      15mins said:

      For nursing I think it is fine. Note there have been more dermatologists/OBs who have been saying to avoid retinol in nursing but I don’t know (and can’t find) and new information to support this. They just are uneasy about it, from all the discussions I’ve had.

  26. 9.26.18
    Franki said:

    Hi thank you so much for this amazing blog and guidance! This is seriously easing my anxiety.. Can’t leave house without at least tinted moisturizer and mascara. I feel so much better reading the safe foundation list!

    Are these ingredients safe while breastfeeding? My baby is 2 1/2 months old.

    1)Glow oil Ingredients

    Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Erythrulose, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, PEG-10 Sunflower Glycerides, PEG-16 Macadamia Glycerides, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Dimethyl Isosorbide, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Acetyl Hexapeptide-1, Superoxide Dismutase, Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract, Sphagnum Magellanicum Extract, Dextran, Citric Acid, Phytic Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethoxydiglycol, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Linalool.

    2)Water/Aqua/Eau, dihydroxyacetone, propylene glycol, ethoxydiglycol, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, decyl glucoside, phenoxyethanol, erythrulose, ethylhexylglycerin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, panthenol, sodium bisulfite, phytic acid, juglans nigra (black walnut) shell extract, sodium chloride, yellow 5 (CI 19140), red 40 (CI 16035), red 33 (CI 17200), blue 1 (CI 42090), red 4 (CI 14700).

    Thank you!

    • 9.26.18
      15mins said:

      These are fine for nursing

      • 9.27.18

        Hi! Would you be so kind to tell me if the following ingredients are okay for breastfeeding (an Estee Lauder serum product!)? Thank you so much!

        Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau , Dimethicone , Butylene Glycol , Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Glycerin , Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane , Polysorbate 20 , Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone , Polysilicone-11 , Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter , Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract , Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract , Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract , Crithmum Maritimum Extract , Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract , Commiphora Mukul Resin Extract , Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract , Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract , Chlorella Vulgaris Extract , Laminaria Saccharina Extract , Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract , Algae Extract , Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract , Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’S Wort) Extract , Nymphaea Alba (Water Lily) Flower Extract , Acetyl Glucosamine , Caffeine , Gellidiella Acerosa Extract , Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract , Sodium Hyaluronate , Lactic Acid , Propylene Glycol Dicaprate , Saccharide Isomerate , Methyl Gluceth-20 , Ethylhexylglycerin , Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake , Caprylyl Glycol , Isohexadecane , Tocopheryl Acetate , Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer , Glyceryl Polymethacrylate , Sodium Polyacrylate Starch , Squalane , Sodium Pca , Urea , Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract , Whey Protein\Lactis Protein\Proteine Du Petit-Lait , Palmaria Palmata Extract , Polysorbate 80 , Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 , Triolein , Hydrolyzed Rice Extract , Linoleic Acid , Trehalose , Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein , Glucosamine Hcl , Phospholipids , Laminaria Digitata Extract , Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D’Orge , Polyquaternium-51 , Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 , Ergothioneine , Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate , Peg-8 , Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides , Pentylene Glycol , Oleic Acid , Palmitic Acid , Xanthan Gum , Fragrance (Parfum) , Sodium Hydroxide , Citric Acid , Silica , Calcium Chloride , Stearic Acid , Dipropylene Glycol , Sodium Palmitoyl Proline , Disodium Edta , Bht , Potassium Sorbate , Phenoxyethanol , Mica , Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)

        • 9.28.18
          15mins said:

          Looks ok!

  27. 9.28.18
    Nenz said:

    Hi please my baby is one month plus and I want to use the dermamelan maintenance cream could you please tell me if the ingredients are safe.
    Agua, Propylene, Glycol Dicapryiate, Dicaprate, Ethylhexy Methoxycinamate, Polyglyceryl 4 Isostearate, Cetil Peg./ppg1q1, Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Kojic Acid, Sorbitan Stearate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycirhiza, Butyl Methoxydibenzoyimethane, Stearyl Alchol, Phosphatidyl Choline, Lanolin, Niacinamde, orus Nigra, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cyclopentasioxane, Dimethicone, Arbutin, Sodium Chloride, Retinyl Palmtate, Stearl Dimethicone, Cer Alba, Disodium Edita Tochopheryl, Bht, Polysorbare 60, Ascorbyl Palmtate, Xanthan Gum. Citric Acid, Methylchicroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone, Parfum

    • 9.28.18
      15mins said:

      I would likely avoid this due to the Arbutin, it is thought to be very similar to the Hydroquinone.

  28. 10.2.18
    Jessica Canales said:

    hi i’m also a nursing mom . i would like to ask if these ingredients are safe? Thank you so much 🙂

    Mineral Oil, Talc, Petrolatum , Bees Wax , Zinc Oxidw , Squalane , Titanium Dioxide , Kojic Acid , Carnauba , Candelilla Wax , Calcium Carbonate , Bismuth Subnitrate , Paraffin Salicylic Acid , Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate , Arbutin , Tocopheryl Acetate , BHT , Methyl Paraben , Propyl Paraben , Retinol , Ascorbic Acid , Iron Oxide Yellow , Iron Oxide Red

    • 10.2.18
      15mins said:

      Fine for nursing

      • 10.2.18
        Jessica Canales said:

        Wow thank you so much for your quick response 🙂 feel so ease right now

  29. 10.2.18
    Marla H Bitterlin said:

    I was wondering if there is a breast firming cream that you can recommend while breastfeeding. Something to protect working boobs haha thanks!!!

    • 10.2.18
      15mins said:

      Unfortunately none of them actually work. I’d just use your anti-aging serum or moisturizer for your face down there, I apply mine to my face, neck and chest!

      • 10.26.18
        marla said:

        thanks! is Hydroxyproline fine during nursing?

        • 10.27.18
          15mins said:


  30. 10.2.18
    Rabia said:

    Hi, can i have vit c serum+ vit e and ferulic acid while breast feeding.
    Actives in bold): Deionized water, vitamin C (sodium ascorbyl phosphate), alkyl benzoate, vegetable glycerin, water, glycerin, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, clary sage (salvia sclarea), grapefruit (citrus grandis), hyaluronic acid, amorphophallus konjac root powder, aloe barbadensis leaf, vitamin E (tocotrienol), ferulic acid, chamomile flower extract (recutita matricaria), sodium phytate, xanthan gum, hydroxyethylcellulose.

    • 10.3.18
      15mins said:

      You can! This looks fine to me.

  31. 10.9.18
    Chantal said:


    I can’t seem to find anything on acetyl hexapeptide-8? Do you have any info?


    • 10.10.18
      15mins said:

      Peptides are all safe!

  32. 10.11.18
    Ana86 said:

    Hi, could you please tell me if I can use the OSKIA RENAISSANCE CLEANSING GEL? These are the ingredient list:
    Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aqua, Cetearyl Olivate, Sucrose Laurate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Sucrose Palmitate, Parfum (Natural), Geraniol*, Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM), Citronellol**, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lactobacillus/Cucurbita Pepo Fruit Ferment Extract, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Sucrose Stearate, Linalool**, Retinyl Palmitate, CI77491 (natural iron oxide), Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

    Thank you so much!!!!

    • 10.11.18
      15mins said:

      Sorry, this has a retinoid.

      • 10.15.18
        Ana86 said:

        Ohh, but I thought that retinol was fine for nursing… Is it the retinyl palmitate that is worse???
        Thank you!!!

        • 10.16.18
          15mins said:

          Retinols are all up in the air. I’ve only in the last few years started hearing them mentioned as something to avoid while nursing, I’ve been debating about adding it on to my “avoid in nursing” list. Retinyl Palmitate is one of the over the counter, less active versions (and weaker). It’s kind of up to you how conservative you want to be with it. I used retinoids while nursing, if that helps.

          • 10.17.18
            Ana86 said:

            Thank you for you response!! I just got confused because in other comments with products with some form of retinols you said from the beginning that it was fine and with this product you said that the retinol was a problem… maybe for safety I will not use it… thank you!

          • 10.17.18
            15mins said:

            If you continue to read the comments through this entire thread you’ll note that things evolve. Science and medicine are always changing. Initially it was thought to be safe, but over the last few years more doctors have felt this should be avoided, as I mentioned in my comment.

          • 10.17.18
            Ana86 said:

            I really apreciate your knowledge and your help with this topic. As a new mom, I worry a lot for the safety of my baby, thats why I was asking so much. Thank you very much!!!

  33. 10.12.18
    Claudia said:

    Hello! I’m wondering if these are safe to use if you nurse, I tried looking through all the posts and I copied and pasted all the ingredients into word and deleted the ones you said were safe but there are still some I couldn’t find. This is Rodan and Fields New Active Hydration Body Replenish: Thank you so very much !!!!
    Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Steareth-2, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide EOS, Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, Calcium PCA, Magnesium PCA, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine, Fragrance/Parfum, Behenic Acid, Carbomer, Ceteareth-25, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cholesterol, Dimethiconol, Gellan Gum, Hydrated Silica, Lecithin, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Sea Salt/Maris Sal/Sel Marin, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Disodium Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Phytate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Tin Oxide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

    • 10.13.18
      15mins said:

      Looks fine!

      • 10.13.18
        Claudia said:

        You are amazing Thank you so very much I really appreciate it!!!

        • 10.13.18
          15mins said:

          You’re welcome! 🙂

  34. 10.14.18
    Jaime said:

    Are face products with Phytic Acid and sulfur okay while nursing?

    • 10.15.18
      15mins said:

      Should be ok

  35. 10.15.18
    Anusha Malhotra said:

    Hello!! Thank you for this a amazing post:)
    Please suggest can I use Bioderma Photoderm Spot SPF 50+ Sunscreen while breastfeeding, My daughter is 3 months old.
    These are the ingredient list:-

    Aqua/Water/Eau, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Octocrylene, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dipropylene Glycol, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Ectoin, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, C20-22 Alcohols, Decyl Glucoside, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. [Bi 482]

    • 10.15.18
      15mins said:

      Ok while nursing, not while pregnant due to licorice root. Congratulations on your little one!

  36. 10.17.18
    Kate said:

    I’ve read that there’s not enough known about hyaluronic acid so I’m surprised to see you believe it is safe. Rxlist.com says: “There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking hyaluronic acid by mouth or applying it to the skin if you are breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.” https://www.rxlist.com/hyaluronic_acid/supplements.htm Can you explain your basis? I’d love to use my products that contain it.

    • 10.18.18
      15mins said:

      1) It isn’t an acid as you think of it, it’s an extremely large molecule also called Sodium Hyaluronate. The difference is if a hydrogen or sodium is attached to something.
      2) This molecule is so large that it can’t penetrate into the skin. There are companies that claim that they have smaller versions that can penetrate into the skin. The problem is that none of those brands ever have data showing that it actually does penetrate, they just claim it does. That always gets a side eye from me given #1.
      3) Even if it DOES penetrate into the skin, it doesn’t really matter. Why? Because your skin (and esp your dermis) already makes this molecule on its own. If it is too dangerous to apply, why is your skin also making it?? That is why there isn’t information about it. Your skin is making it. Applying it topically (where it will likely sits on the surface of this skin) shouldn’t be a problem if it is already found IN YOUR SKIN.

  37. 10.29.18
    Deepthymanu said:

    Hi I am nursing… I am planning to use product with arbutus, Jokic acid and nicotinamide.. Is it safe during breast feeding

    • 10.30.18
      15mins said:

      I can’t comment without a full ingredient list

  38. 11.5.18
    Jane said:

    Hi, i purchased an anti aging organic soap with these ingredients:
    Papaya extract
    Virgin coconut oil
    African palm kernel oil
    Water caustic soda
    Parfum oil
    Is this soap safe while breastfeeding? Im planning to use it only on face.
    Then another soap im planning to use on my body, its also organic whitening soap.
    Ingredients are:
    Glutathione, kojic acid, alpha arbutin,and vitamin c.

    • 11.5.18
      15mins said:

      The first is Ok while nursing, not while pregnant, the 2nd I would avoid while nursing

      • 11.9.18

        Hi im planning to use luxxe white product w/c has engrdnts of
        L-Glutamic acid – 180mg
        Glycine – 200mg
        L-Cysteine – 120mg
        NAC – 100mg
        Vitamin C – 100mg
        Alpha Lipoic Acid – 50mg
        Grapeseed Extract – 25mg
        Total: 1 Capsule (775mg) per Capsule

        Other Ingredients: Vegetable Capsule

        Each capsule of Luxxe White Enhanced Glutathione (775mg) contains:
        Glutathione Blend- L-Glutamic Acid (180mg), Glycine (200mg), L-Cysteine (120mg).
        Vitamin C 100mg-
        N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) 100mg
        Grapeseed Extract
        Is it safe for lactating mom? Thank you

        • 11.9.18
          15mins said:

          I do not comment on supplements such as this, you should discuss with your physician.

  39. 11.14.18
    Aliya said:

    Is pixi glow tonic safe for nursing?

    • 11.14.18
      15mins said:

      It’s fine for nursing

  40. 11.27.18
    Shi said:

    Hello! My little one is here – he is 6 weeks old! I’m exclusively nursing. With no sleep and constant feedings, I look drained and disheveled. I’ve been looking into eye masks for quick fix. I saw one that caught my eye — Bio Beauty Colloidal Silver & Collagen Eye Masks. I wasn’t sure about colloidal silver even though it’s not for ingesting and only topical. I know nursing allows more freedom in skincare products, but I wanted your input. Here is their ingredient list:

    Water, Glycerin, Colloidal Silver, Propylene Glycol, Betaine, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Mica, Niacinamide, Glucomannan, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Yohjyu Matsu Ekisu, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Algin, Potassium Chloride, Citric Acid, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pearl Powder, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance.


    • 11.27.18
      15mins said:

      Honestly the colloidal silver makes me nervous. It doesn’t have skin care benefits, and doing pubmed searches brings up a bunch of articles only on toxicity.

      • 11.27.18
        Shi said:

        I’ve been trying to read more on that ingredient online and there’s so much conflicting information. I did read about liver toxicity and how it goes into the bloodstream. I figure I run it by you and I’m glad I did! Do you have any eye masks you can recommend?

        • 11.29.18
          15mins said:

          I don’t, but I’ll start looking!

  41. 12.29.18
    Daveena said:

    Hello! Do you know if Latisse or generic careprost/bimatoprost is safe while nursing? Most just say to avoid it because they aren’t sure if it safe or not. Thank you

    • 12.30.18
      15mins said:

      It isn’t

  42. 1.2.19
    Melissa said:

    Hello, thank you for the very helpful list!

    Is the Drunk elephant sukari babyfacial safe while nursing? I know it’s not while pregnant. Thanks!

    Water, Glycolic Acid, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Silybum Marianum Seed Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Cicer Arietinum Seed Powder, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Dextrin, Polydextrose, Sorbitan Isostearate, Amylopectin, Niacinamide, Phytosphingosine, Lactic Acid, Propanediol, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.

    • 1.2.19
      15mins said:

      Ok while nursing!

      • 1.3.19
        Melissa Wilson said:

        Thank you so much!

  43. 1.14.19
    mayang said:

    Hi, I’m mayang from Australia , I want to know if skincare who contain licorice root extract safe for breastfeeding?
    I just bought organic serum , all the ingredients is from herbs/natural but its contain licorice root extract on it. when I searching on internet they says should avoid licorice root for consuming during pregnant or nursing, but I couldn’t find the answer about the safety licorice root extract on skincare for breastfeeding/pregnant,
    Hope you can help me
    Thank you

    Kind regards,

    • 1.14.19
      15mins said:

      I haven’t found anything convincing for avoidance during nursing. I do have it on my list to avoid while pregnant. If you’re concerned at all it’s easy enough to avoid in other products.

      • 1.20.19
        mayang said:

        Hi, what about this ingredients :
        Water, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic acid, Glycerine, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Macadamia Oil, Mica, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Kakadu Plum Extract, Bilberry Extract, Sunflower Oil, Calendula Extract, Xanthan Gum, Jojoba Oil, Rose Otto Oil, Red Reef Clay.
        Is it ok for breastfeeding ?
        Thank you

        • 1.21.19
          15mins said:

          Ok for nursing and pregnant

  44. 1.16.19
    Angel Antonio said:

    Hello. Can i add this to my query if ok for nursing?

    Kiehl’s Super Fluid Daily UV Defense SPF 50+

    HOMOSALATE 10.72%
    OCTISALATE 3.21%
    OXYBENZONE 3.86%


    Thanks so much!!!

    • 1.16.19
      15mins said:

      No, this has chemical sunscreens.

      • 1.16.19
        Angel Garces - Antonio said:

        Thank you 🙂 how about the Kiehl’s avocado eye treatment and Calendula cleansing foam?

        Avocado Eye Cream:
        Butyrospermum Parkii
        Butter/Shea Butter
        Butylene Glycol
        Tridecyl Stearate
        Isodecyl Salicylate
        Tridecyl Trimellitate
        Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil
        Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate
        Propylene Glycol
        Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate
        Sorbitan Sesquioleate
        Magnesium Sulfate
        Hydrogenated Castor Oil
        Sodium PCA
        Tocopheryl Acetate
        Isopropyl Palmitate
        Disodium EDTA
        Copper PCA
        Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil
        CI 75130/Beta-Carotene
        Citric Acid

        Calendula Cleansing Foam Wash
        AQUA / WATER

        Thank you

  45. 1.18.19
    Magdalena said:

    Hi, is this toner safe while nursing?
    I read somewhere that BHA ( salicylic acid ) are not safe while nursing. Is that true?
    Aqua (Water), Acetic Acid (Apple Cider Vinegar), Lactic Acid , Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract (Bilberry Fruit), Benzyl Alcohol, Saccharum Officinarum Extract (Sugar Cane), Salix Alba Bark Extract (White Willow), Lavandula Angustifolia Oil Lavender Flower Oil), Ananas Sativus Fruit Extract (Pineapple Fruit), Acer Saccharum Extract (Sugar Maple), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract, Salicylic Acid, Arctium Lappa Root Extract (Burdock Root), Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf Extract (Witch Hazel Leaf), Citrus Limon Fruit Extract Lemon), Sorbic Acid, Glycerin. d-Limonene, Geraniol, Linalol

    • 1.19.19
      15mins said:

      It’s fine while nursing, the risks of using salicylates while pregnant and therefore the subsequent issues in baby are non-issues after delivery. This is fine while nursing, I would avoid it while pregnant due to the willow bark and the salicylic acid.

  46. 1.20.19
    Lala said:

    Hi, love your blog! I’m nursing and found a natural face cleanser I would like to try and hope you look at it!
    Aqua, Decyl Glucoside*, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine*, Shea Butteramidopropyl Betaine*, Glycerin*, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate*, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate*, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate*, Propanediol*, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate**, Coco-Glucoside*, Glyceryl Oleate*, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate*, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters*, Lactic Acid*, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate*, Xanthan Gum*, Sclerotium Gum*, Hydroxyacetophenone**, Caprylhydroxamic Acid*, Glyceryl Caprylate*, Limonene*

    • 1.21.19
      15mins said:

      This is fine for nursing but due to the Willow Bark I wouldn’t use it if pregnant.

  47. 1.21.19
    Mayang said:

    Hello again thanks for your response the other day,
    now I wanna ask about these ingredients :
    Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Milk Protein Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceramide NP, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethiconol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Trideceth-10, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance

    Is it safe for nursing?
    Thank you

    • 1.21.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok for pregnancy and nursing

  48. 1.21.19
    Samantha lavergne said:

    Hello I got this new eyebrow enhancing serum to help my brows grow thick and dark . It said it was all natural when I bought it then it said on the back if you are pregnant or nursing . I am nursing but my daughter is a year and two months and the ingredients are :

    Purified water, sodium chloride, benzalkonium chloride, citric acid, disodium phosphate, cellulose gum.

    Thought it was natural and I’m pretty upset I googled each individual ingredient and it didn’t seem to be harmful I just want to know is it safe while I’m nursing. She’s not an infant anymore so I feel like it’s OK but I just want to be safe can you please help

    • 1.21.19
      15mins said:

      I think it’s ok too!

  49. 1.30.19
    Allison said:

    Hello, is it okay to use glam glow super mud and the Glow recipe watermelon sleeping mask while nursing?

    Glam glow ingredients:Water\aqua\eau, kaolin, magnesium aluminum silicate, mandelic acid, carbon, eucalyptus globulus leaf, tartaric acid, pyruvic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, eucalyptus globulus leaf powder, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, hedera helix (ivy) extract, symphytum officinale (comfrey) leaf extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) extract, peg-12 dimethicone, caprylyl glycol, sodium hydroxide, butylene glycol, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, hectorite, hexylene glycol, glycerin, calendula officinalis extract, maltodextrin, ethylhexylglycerin, xanthan gum, fragrance (parfum), limonene, benzyl benzoate, linalool, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, iron oxides (ci 77499).
    Sephora’s website would not let me cut and past the ingredients for there Glow recipe watermelon mask

    • 1.30.19
      15mins said:

      ok while nursing, but not while pregnant

  50. 1.30.19
    Sana said:

    Thank you for this post! Are AHA’s and ALAs ok to use topically while nursing?

    • 1.30.19
      15mins said:

      While nursing is ok

      • 1.30.19
        Sana said:

        Thank you so much!

  51. 2.1.19
    Zmaragda said:

    Hi is it safe to take orally by gel capsules hyalouronic acid(injuv) while breastfeeding a toddler?

    • 2.1.19
      15mins said:

      I don’t comment on things taken topically, I would talk to your kid’s pediatrician (we have this great book that looks everything up). Oral hyaluronic acid is unlikely to be able to help much at all….

  52. 2.2.19
    Meg Pontino said:

    Is it safe to use AHA, BHA and PHA toner and serum while breastfeeding a 4months old baby?

    • 2.2.19
      15mins said:

      I can’t comment on safety without a list but please read above for which ingredients you need to avoid. It’s only hydroquinone/arbutin and maybe retinol if you’re being very conservative, hydroxy acids are fine.

  53. 2.9.19
    yurgo said:

    Hi, please enlighten me if i could use rejuvanating set. specifically fairy skin derma set. I am hesitating from the ingredients which alpha arbutin and retinol. Im currently breastfeeding my 1 year old baby.

    • 2.9.19
      15mins said:

      I wouldn’t use Arbutin until after nursing.

  54. 2.9.19
    Courtney said:

    I am breastfeeding and wondering if this product is safe. Thank you!!!

    Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Polyacrylate-13, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Tranexamic Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Flower Cell Extract, Plankton Extract, Tetrapeptide-30, Artemisia Capillaris Flower Extract, Vibrio Alginolyticus Ferment Filtrate, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxyacetophenone, Phytic Acid, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol

    • 2.9.19
      15mins said:

      So typically the “skin whiteners” such as hydroquinone and arbutin are recommended to avoid during pregnancy and nursing. Not much is known about the Phenylethyl Resorcinol, I would likely recommend avoiding it.

  55. 2.16.19
    Sheri said:

    Thanks for the info! I was concerned if I’d have to avoid the same ingredients in nursing as for pregnancy. I found a lot of this info online. I wish my doctors had discussed this in my first pregnancy. I was only told no salicylic acid. That’s all. Not helpful. You, on the other hand, are *too* helpful! You have these ingredient lists for ladies to check their products, but one after the other still post the ingredients of their products for *you* to check for them! I’m going crazy just seeing their posts! You’re too nice, but thank you for your professional knowledge!

  56. 2.17.19
    Amanda said:

    Hello Doc! Finally, nursing! 🙂 what do you think about these products for nursing:

    1) Somebymi Miracle Toner
    Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Melaleuca Alternifolie (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Caprate, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Seed Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witcn Hazel) Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fructan, Allantoin, Adenosine, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Xylitol, Salicylic Acid, Lactobionic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Benzyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Raspberry Ketone, Mentha Piperita (Peppermin) Oil

    2) Dear Klairs SPF 50 Airy UV essence
    Water (Aqua), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Butylene Glycol, Dibutyl Adipate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Silica, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Panthenol, Beta-Glucan, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluornate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Allantoin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil

    3) Tatcha Violet C Serum
    Aqua/Water/Eau, Bis-Glyceryl Ascorbate, Saccharomyces/Camellia Sinensis Leaf/Cladosiphon Okamuranus/Rice Ferment Filtrate*, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Callicarpa Japonica Fruit Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Crataegus Cuneata Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Juice, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Juice, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Juice, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Artemisia Capillaris Flower Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Ziziphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Carboxyethyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Ppg-6-Decyltetradeceth-30, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol

    * Hadasei-3

    • 2.17.19
      15mins said:

      All are ok for nursing

      • 2.17.19
        Amanda said:

        Thank you so much! 🙂 The articles I read are conflicting and confusing about BHA! Whats the deal with BHA anyway? And there are even articles that say chemical sunscreens are not good. Help please…

        • 2.17.19
          15mins said:

          They’re not good while pregnant for sure, and chemical sunscreens are absorbed into your body but not into the breast milk to my knowledge. I’ve never heard anything about avoiding AHA or BHA while pregnant and can’t find anything from my sources.

          • 2.17.19
            Amanda said:

            Thank you so much! 😊

            In other news, I’m just too excited also to use the MD LASH FACTOR eyelash serum! I know you like the Rodan and Fields version, and that’s next on my list. I abstained from these eyelash serums while nursing in the past, but SO GRATEFUL that you cleared them for nursing!!

  57. 2.21.19
    Jay said:

    Hi. Thank you very much for such an informative article. I am in my 3rd trimester and my skin has discoloration , Brown spots and dullness due to pregnancy. My friend has gifted me a vit c serum which is a hit on Amazon. It’s ingredients looks safe to me but still I am doubtful if I should use it during pregnancy or should I better use it post pregnancy (I.e while nursing). I would be really thankful if u could please look into ingredients and clarify me when is the best time to use it. Ingredients are below…
    Purified water, organic aloe, sodium ascorbic phosphate (vit c), botanical hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, ferulic acid, carbomer, kosher vegetable glycerine, organic jojoba oil, phenoxyethanol, ethyl hexyl glycerine

    • 2.21.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok for both nursing and pregnancy I think.

  58. 2.25.19
    Sana said:

    Hello again! Is the Iris Extract Activating Essence Treatment safe to use while nursing (and/or pregnancy)?
    -Lipo Hydroxy Acid
    -Sodium Hyaluronate

    Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Methyl Gluceth-10, Phenoxyethanol, PPG-6-decyltetradeceth-30, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Iris Florentina/Iris Florentina Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Adenosine, Limonene.

    Also, the Sunday Riley Turneric and Vitamin C oil?
    Rubus Idaeus (Cold Pressed Red Raspberry) Seed Oil, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate, Simmondsia Chineses (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cold Pressed Cranberry) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (Cold Pressed Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Octyldodecanol, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Pentylene Glycol, 4-t-Butylcyclohexanol, Ribes Nigrum (Black Current) Seed Oil, Bisabolol, Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Hexyldecanol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Stearic Acid, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/ Leaf/ Vine Extract, Zingiber Officinale, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract

    Thank you!!

    • 2.25.19
      15mins said:

      Sunday Riley already has a post addressing nursing and pregnancy safety. The other product is ok while nursing but not while pregnant due to salicylic acid

      • 2.25.19
        Sana said:

        Thank you so much! I did check the list for Sunday Riley prior to posting. However, I didn’t see the vitamin C + Turmeric oil on the list. Perhaps because It’s fairly new?

        • 2.26.19
          15mins said:

          I’ve included all of the products listed on their US site, which is the only one I can check.

          • 2.26.19
            Sana said:

            Thank you!

  59. 2.26.19
    Steph said:

    Hi there! Do you know if the Acure Radically rejuvenating whipped nightcream is safe?


    • 2.27.19
      15mins said:

      Sorry, this has salicylic acid

  60. 2.27.19
    Neelam said:

    Hi ..can Tata Harper clarifying mask be used while breastfeeding..the ingredients are:

    Mel/Honey/Miel, Kaolin, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Lactobacillis / Rye Flour / Ferment, L (+) Lactic Acid, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Water*, Maranta Arundinacea Root Extract, Bentonite, Aroma**, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Seed Oil, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Seed Oil, Lannea Microcarpa Fruit Extract, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Chlorella Pyrenoidosa, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit / Leaf Extract, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Oil, Arnica Montana (Arnica) Extract*, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract*, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract*, Sambucus, Nigra Fruit Extract, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Phytate, CI7288, Linalool, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol, Citral, Eugenol, Methyl Eugenol*Ingredients from Organic farming **Clinical grade essential oils blend

  61. 2.27.19
    Jen said:

    Hello. Thanks for the info. Can you tell me if this product is breastfeeding safe? I’m getting conflicting information on the internet.

    OhK Peeling Foot Mask

    Aqua (Water Eau), Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Salicylic Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium EDTA, Urea, Tocopheryl Acetate. Benzyl Salicylate.

    Thank you!

    • 3.1.19
      15mins said:

      Ok while nursing but not while pregnant.

  62. 3.4.19
    Melissa said:

    Hi! What a great article!! I was wondering if the following cream and serum is safe to use while nursing?

    1) Water/Eau, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1,2-Hexanediol, 1,2-Octanediol, Tropolone, Panthenol.

    2) Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Ethoxydiglycol, Fragrance, Hydrolyzed Casein, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, L-Ascorbic Acid USP, Lysine HCl, Propylene Glycol, Water/Eau

    • 3.4.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok

  63. 3.5.19
    Kar said:

    Hi. Can I use the m-61 power glow peel while breastfeeeding?

    Ingredients are :

    Water, Alcohol Denat., Glycolic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Salicylic Acid, Phytonadione, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Glycerin, Superoxide Dismutase, Ammonium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Zinc PCA

    • 3.6.19
      15mins said:

      Ok while nursing, not while pregnant due to glycolic acid and salicylic acid

  64. 3.7.19
    Amanda said:

    Hi doc, Heliocare Purewhite Radiance is an oral sunblock that is recommended for those with melasma. It’s a capsule that is taken orally. Do you mind checking if the ingredients are safe for nursing?

    Ingredients of one capsule:

    P.leucotomos, L-Cystine, Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid), Niacine (Nicotinamide). Anti-caking agent: Magnesium Stearate.

    • 3.7.19
      15mins said:

      I don’t comment on anything you take orally, I would speak to your physician. Note that as far as I know this is simply a supplement and there are not any actual oral sunblocks. The ingredients listed here would not confer any sun protection.

      • 3.9.19
        Amanda said:

        Thank you for this. Will speak to my doctor.

  65. 3.7.19
    Sue Zan said:

    Hello, I just came across your pages and I am happy to have found you! I am nursing my 7 month old and want to make sure whatever I use is 100% safe while breastfeeding. Hope you can help and thank you for your time.
    I am wanting to get a keratin treatment using the Cocochoco complex professional brand.
    Aqua, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Keratin/Hydrolysed Keratin, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Behentrimonium Chloride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Salt), Dehydroacetic Acid, Aloe (Vera) Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Squalane, Ascorbic Acid, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Retinyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Glycolic Acid, Coumarin, Linalool, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate.

    I also want to do an eyebrow tint using Hairpearl cream eyebrow dye.

    BROWN Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, p-Phenylenediamine, Ammonium Hydroxide, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, p-Aminophenol, o-Aminophenol, Lanolin, Parfum, Sodium Sulfite, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol
    MIDDLE BROWN Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Ammonium Hydroxide, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, p-Aminophenol, p-Phenylenediamine, o-Aminophenol, Lanolin, Parfum, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Resorcinol, Sodium Sulfite, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol
    GRAPHITE Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Ammonium Hydroxide, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, p-Aminophenol, p-Phenylenediamine, o-Aminophenol, Lanolin, Parfum, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, 2,6-Diaminopyridine, Sodium Sulfite, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol

    6% Developer Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-25, Hydrogen Peroxide, Etidronic Acid

    3% Sensitive Developer Ingredients: Aqua, Hydrogen Peroxide, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Liquidum, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycerin, Etidronic Acid

    Ingredients: Aqua, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Citric Acid, Parfum, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

    • 3.7.19
      15mins said:

      I would speak to your hair stylist and physician about these services. Note hair dying is fine while pregnant/nursing, but I don’t know if this somehow differs from other hair dyes (likely not), but the keratin treatment I don’t know about.

  66. 3.18.19
    Zenia said:

    Hello doc,
    I have a lot of facial hair and I’d like to use this face serum that inhibits hair growth. Following os the list of ingredients. Pls advise if they’re safe during pregnancy and/or nursing.

    Propanediol, Aqua (Water), Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Dihydromyricetin, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ppg-26-buteth-26, Subtilisin, Larrea Divaricata Extract, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Saccharide Isomerate, Betaine, Pentylene Glycol, Lecithin, Gellan Gum, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Disodium Edta, Sodium Bisulfite , Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Phytic Acid, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool.

    • 3.18.19
      15mins said:

      I’m pretty unsure about that Dihydromyricetin, which is likely the active ingredient. In my experience products like this don’t work well at all, if that helps. However I would talk to your OB about it.

  67. 3.23.19
    Geraldine said:

    I am currentlt nursing my 2 weeks old child. I was wondering if its okay to use the following products while nursing.

    CosrX Centella Blemish Cream
    Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Zinc Oxide, Dimethicone, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Viola Yedoensis Extract, Elaeis Guineensis(Palm) oil, Elaeis Guineensis(Palm) Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Zinc PCA, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract.

    Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence
    Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Panthenol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol, Adenosine

    Thank you

    • 3.25.19
      15mins said:

      Both look ok

  68. 3.30.19
    Brittany said:

    Hello I’m currently nursing and looking into the new Bellame line and was wondering if you have heard of inflacin which is one of their main ingredients?

    • 3.30.19
      15mins said:

      I hadn’t heard of it, a quick google search says those are liposomes, it’s their proprietary name for them. Liposomes are basically little pockets that can penetrate more deeply into the skin, and companies will put different active ingredients inside of them.

      • 3.30.19
        Brittany said:

        Thank you! I had tried researching them and couldn’t find anything except a site that talked about inflacin and how it works for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases and Bellame says it decreases redness and inflammatory response on face caused by sun, pollutants, etc 🤷‍♀️ So I wasn’t sure about safety with breastfeeding. A lot of the ladies said their OB approved and all but I’m just super cautious because I’m a worry wart when it comes to my children 🙃

        • 3.30.19
          15mins said:

          I can’t figure out based on their website what they’re delivering with it, especially since they talk separately about Soluxomes? A bunch of stuff isn’t quite adding up on their “about our ingredients” page, I feel like they’re glossing over things and I can’t quite figure out what exactly the ingredients really are because they’ve renamed stuff.

  69. 4.2.19
    Karina said:

    Hi, I’m 3 months postpartum. I bought a gel to use on my stomach that helps with fading stretch marks, tightens skin and helps with cellulite. I am nursing but I would like to know if these ingredients are okay to use topical while nursing.
    Sea weed, ocean water, aloe Vera, microcrystalline cellulose barbadensis leaf extract, propanediol, fisetin, raspberry ketone, lecithin, caffeine, ruscus aculeatus (butcherbroom root extract) tea-hydroidide, herdera helix (ivy extract) crispus (carrageenans), centella asistica (goto kola) extract, camellia sinensis, propylene glycol and diazolidinyl urea and iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, methyl nicotinater, citric acid

    • 4.2.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok to me!

  70. 4.11.19
    Natasha said:

    Are these ingredients safe while breastfeeding while applied topically to belly l? Ingredients: Water, Sqaulene, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycerin, Allantoin, Ginseng, White Tea, Rhodiola.

    • 4.11.19
      15mins said:

      This is fine

  71. 4.19.19
    Suganiya Vijay said:

    Hi there. Thank you for this awesome blog.
    i’m breastfeeding my 2 month old baby girl. Can i use the dermalogica’s multivitamin power recovery mask? these are the ingredients.
    Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Linoleic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Lactic Acid, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Dimethicone, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Symphytum Officinale Root Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Sodium PCA, Allantoin Decylene Glycol, Menthoxypropanediol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether Benzoate, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Schlerotium Gum, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Annatto (CI 75120)

    Can i also use the multivitamin power serum from dermalogica?
    The ingredients are : Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Tricaprylin, Tribehenin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Boron Nitride, Nylon-12, Silica, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydrogenated Phosphatidyl Choline, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-14, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Cera Alba, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Linoleic Acid, Beta-Sitosterol, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Stearoxymethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Limonene.

    • 4.19.19
      15mins said:

      Both have retinoids, which some avoid while nursing if they’re being conservative. The first also has licorice root to avoid while pregnant, but isn’t a concern while nursing.

  72. 4.20.19
    Wein said:

    Thank you so much for your post. Can I ask if I can use this product while nursing? (eyelash growth serum)
    Here are the ingredients:
    Purified water, sodium chloride, benzalkonium, chloride, citric acid, disodium phosphate, cellulose gum. Thank you in advance if you will answer this!

    • 4.20.19
      15mins said:

      That’s fine for nursing

      • 4.21.19
        Wein said:

        Thank you so much! Another product I would like to ask if it is okay to use while nursing. It’s a moisturizer, the ingredients are:
        Niacinamide, isohexadecane, dimethicone, isopropyl isosthearte, stearyl alcohol, panthenol, tocopheryl acetate, cetyl alcohol, polyacrylamide, behenyl alcohol, titanium dioxide, c13-14 isoparaffin, caprylyl glycol, 1-2 hexadeniol, laureth-7, sodium benzoate, sodoum ascorbyl phosphate, peg-100 stearate, cetearyl glucoside, cetearyl alcohol, disodium edta, stearic acid, palmitic acid, bht, zinc oxide, camella sinesis leaf extract, triethoxycaprylylsilane, ci 19140, ci 16035.

        And do you happen to know if it is okay to use myrrh topically? Not the oil itself but is a main ingredient in an ampoule i want to use. Thank you so much in advance!

        • 4.21.19
          15mins said:

          I’ve been told myrrh is ok topical, and this product looks ok to me!

          • 4.23.19
            Wein said:

            Thank you thank youuuuu! 🥰

  73. 4.25.19
    Vanessa said:


    Are Ole Henriksen Truth Revealed Brightening SPF 15 moisturizer and Ole Henriksen Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum ok while breastfeeding?

    Thank you so much

  74. 4.26.19
    Erica said:

    Hello! Wanted to know if these ingredients are safe to use topically while nursing. They come from a product that grows eyelashes and eyebrows. Thanks!

    Aqua, Glycerol, Glycosaminoglycans, Hyaluronic Acid, Butanamide, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, 2-Hydroxypropanoic Acid, Sodium PCA, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, L – Proline, Acathopanax Senticosus (Eleuthero) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva URSI Extract, Actiphyte Of Chamomile GL, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sorbitan, Gluconolactone, Triethanolamine, D-Glucitol, Leucidal Liquid, Geogard Ultra, Cloprostenol isopropyl ester

    • 4.26.19
      15mins said:

      This is ok to use while nursing

  75. 4.27.19
    Holly said:

    Good morning Dr. –

    I will start nursing next week. Can you review these 11 products for nursing purpose? Many thanks! Plus – Can I use perfume?

    Pure Argan Oil
    -Argan Oil: Extremely rich in tocopherols (vitamin E), essential fatty acids, and antioxidants, this natural oil helps to hydrate and nourish to help improve skin texture and tone.

    Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil.

    KIEHL’S SINCE 1851
    Midnight Recovery Concentrate
    Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Oenothera Biennis Oil/Evening Primrose Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil/Jojoba Seed Oil, Coriandrum Sativum Oil/Coriander Seed Oil, Tocopherol Lavandula Angustifolia Oil/Lavender Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Linalool, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil/Rosemary Leaf Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Cucumis Sativus Extract/Cucumber Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa Extract/Turmeric Root Extract, Limonene, Citral, Sclareolide Rosa Spp/Rose Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale Extract/Jasmine Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil.

    Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Mask
    Water, Saccharomyces/Camellia Sinensis Leaf/Cladosiphon Okamuranus/Rice Ferment Filtrate*, Propanediol, Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Squalane, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Sericin, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Thymus Serpyllum Extract, Ziziphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Carboxyethyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Edta, Fragrance, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.


    The Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser
    -Japanese Luffa fruit Exfoliant: Hydrates, clarifies, and soothes damaged skin for a visibly healthier look.
    -Japanese Wild Rose: Balances skin and diminishes the look of pores while providing antioxidants.
    -Tatcha’s Signature Hadasei-3 (a trinity of anti-aging Japanese superfoods born from nourishing Green Tea, Rice and Algae): Restores a healthy-looking, youthful radiance.

    Water, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Coco-Betaine, Saccharomyces/Camellia Sinensis Leaf/Cladosiphonokamuranus/Rice Ferment Filtrate*, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit, Sodium Lauroyl Hydrolyzed Silk, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Belamcanda Chinensis Root Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrasodium Edta, Fragrance, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.

    * Hadasei-3

    Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum
    Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Faex Extract/Yeast Extract/Extrait De Levure, Peg-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Limonene, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Edta, Octyldodecanol, Citronellol, Fragrance.

    Grape Water
    -Grape Water 98%: Desensitizes.
    -Grape Juice 2%: Moisturize and softens; rich in polysaccharides and mineral salts.

    Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Water*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice*, Nitrogen. *Plant origin.

    Gold Camellia Beauty Oil
    -Japanese Camellia Oil (Tsubaki): Seals in moisture and nourishes with of Vitamins A, B, D and E and nourishing Omegas 3, 6, and 9; this featherweight botanical oil is richer in oleic acid than olive oil.
    -Rice Bran Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, and Squalane: Provide antioxidant protection and are blended together with camellia oil to make it a perfect match for all skin types.

    Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Squalane (Olive Origin), Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Fragrance (Natural), Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate (Macadamia), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Water, Tocopherol, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (Licorice Extract), Oryzanol (Rice Bran Oil Extract), Inositol (Rice Extract), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Alcohol, Glycerin, Algae Extract, Gold, Phenoxyethanol.

    Ultra Repair® Cream Intense Hydration
    -Colloidal Oatmeal (OTC): FDA-designated skin protectant that relieves itching and minor irritation caused by eczema, rashes, and other skin conditions.
    -Shea Butter: Moisturizes and protects the skin barrier with vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.
    -Allantoin: Calms and soothes skin.
    -Ceramides: Strengthens the skin barrier and moisturizes skin.

    Water, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Dimethicone, Squalane, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceramide 3, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract, Colloidal Oatmeal, Disodium EDTA, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol.

    T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum
    -T.L.C. Framboos™ AHA Blend 12%: Exfoliates dead skin cells, resurfacing dull, uneven skin for a smoother, brighter, more even-looking complexion.
    -Salicylic Acid (BHA) 1%: Loosens sebum to unclog pores while soothing skin.
    -Raspberry Fruit Extract: Rehydrates and soothes damaged skin.
    -Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer: Hydrates and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while promoting firmness.

    Water, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Galactoarabinan, Propanediol, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Nitrate, Potassium Sorbate, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate.

    This product is vegan and gluten-free.

    C-Firma™ Vitamin C Day Serum
    -Chronocyclin: Mimics the antioxidant benefits of vitamin D for more youthful-looking skin.
    -Pumpkin Ferment and Pomegranate Extract: Work together to enzymatically dissolve dead surface skin cells, minimizing the appearance of pores.
    -Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer: Hydrates, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and promotes firmness.

    Water, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ascorbic Acid, Laureth-23, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Phytosterols, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Ferulic Acid, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Glycine, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sucrose, Maltodextrin, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorphenesin, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin.

    Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%
    Water , Ascorbic Acid , Glycerin , Dimethicone , Squalane , Butylene Glycol , Dipropylene Glycol , Acetyl Glucosamine , Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract , Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract/Extrait D’Orge , Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Root Extract , Molasses Extract/Saccharum Officinarum/Extrait De Melasse , Laminaria Digitata Extract , Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract , Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 , Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract , Algae Extract , Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 , Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 , Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 , Alcaligenes Polysaccharides , Caffeine , Sucrose , Whey Protein/Lactis Protein/Proteine Du Petit-Lait , Betaine , Salicylic Acid , Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein , Sodium Hyaluronate , Caprylyl Glycol , Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’S Wort) Extract , Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane , Propylene Glycol Dicaprate , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake , Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer , Carbomer , Glyceryl Polymethacrylate , Tromethamine , Xanthan Gum , Potassium Sorbate , Peg-8 , Polysorbate 20 , Sodium Citrate , Disodium Edta , Phenoxyethanol

  76. 4.27.19
    Holly said:

    Good morning Dr. –

    One more product… Please let me know if it’s ok for nursing. Thanks.

    Luna Retinol Sleeping Night Oil
    -Trans-Retinol Ester: Supports healthy skin with the power of retinoids, but without the irritation of traditional retinol; helps fight the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, promote skin elasticity, and stimulate surface exfoliation for clearer, smoother looking skin.
    – Blue Tansy and German Chamomile: Deep blue-green oils, rich in potent azulene; wonderful for soothing the look of surface redness.
    – Chia Seed Oil: The richest botanical source of omega 3; powerful source of ALA, which helps minimize the appearance of lines.

    Persea Gratissima (Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Organic, Cold Pressed Concord Grape) Seed Oil, Rubus Fruticosus (Cold Pressed Blackberry) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Cold Pressed Chia) Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide (and) Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Chamomila Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Tanacetum annuum (Blue Tansy) oil, Anthemis nobilis (English Chamomile) oil, Eriocephalus punctualatus (Cape Chamomile) oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Blood Orange) oil, Cananga Odorata Flower (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Vetivera zizanoides (Vetiver) oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (and) Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, CI 61565 (Green 6), CI 60725 (Violet 2).

  77. 4.29.19
    Amanda said:

    Hi Doc! Contractubex is a scar ointment that’s quite popular. Is this safe for nursing?

    The ingredients are:
    Each gram of Contractubex® Gel contains 100 mg Extractum Cepae, 50 IU Heparin and 10 mg Allantoin. It also contains Sorbic acid, p- Methylhydroxybenzoate, Xanthine gum,
    Polyethylen glycol 200, Parfume and Distilled water as excipients.

    • 4.29.19
      15mins said:

      I would be leery of this due to the heparin, I would discuss with your doctor.

  78. 5.4.19
    Carla Smith said:

    You are amazing and thanks to you I used only pregnancy safe products and my baby was born strong and healthy. My skin broke out badly and now that I am nursing I would like to know if this Peace Out pore strips are safe. Thank you so much for your help and I will be contacting you soon to offer my help organizing a list of products that has been reviewed by you in the comments but not added to the Big List. Here are the ingredients: Hydrocolloid Bandage: Absorbs sebum, oil, and dead skin trapped deep within pores.
    -DMAE: Helps visibly shrink enlarged pores.
    -Vitamin A: Refines skin texture and prevents blackheads from forming.

    There’s no more info on Sephora.com or their website.

    • 5.4.19
      15mins said:

      That’s all the ingredients listed on the brand’s site too. They don’t specify what type of vitamin A is in there, and if it is a retinoid some people would still avoid that while nursing. Beta-Carotene would be ok though. So, up to you!

  79. 5.15.19
    Jessica said:

    Hi there!

    Just wondering if these ingredients are safe for use during nursing? I was able to check a few of them but unable to find the last few on the list. Thanks so much for your help!

    Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmodsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide C13-14 Isopariffin Laureth-7, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

    • 5.15.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

  80. 5.19.19
    Asli said:


    Thank you for this site! Very much needed! I recently started to look into the Swedish products called “Idun Minerals” it is a mineral based line and seems to be good but it is hard for me to understand what those terms mean. Therefore I wanted to ask you about them. Specifically about their eye cream. Another question is the Korean products one of them being “moistfull collagen cream” . Have you heard of these? Are they safe to use during breastfeeding? Thank you for your response in advance.

    All the best,


    • 5.19.19
      15mins said:

      Please read my post on how to ask about product safety and why I require ingredient lists and names to comment on safety.

      • 5.21.19
        Asli said:


        Thabk you for your quick revolt. I will check them and post them here this evening.

        Best wishes,


        • 5.31.19
          Asli said:

          I meant quick response not revolt 🙂

          I have now checked the ingredients and posting them here for your review. I would very much appreciate your comments on this. This is a swedish brand and they claim to be producing mineral based products. It is called IDUN Minerals. The ingredients for the moisturizing eye cream are as follows:

          Aqua [Water], Sorbitan Stearate, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Shea Butter Oleyl Esters, Glycerin, Canola Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol, Sucrose Cocoate, Avena Sativa Kernel Oil, Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Xanthan Gum, Sodium PCA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Magnesium PCA, Manganese PCA, Zinc PCA, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Folic Acid.

          • 5.31.19
            15mins said:

            This looks ok

          • 6.1.19
            Asli said:

            Thank you for the quick response! <3

  81. 5.23.19
    Chrissy said:
    • 5.24.19
      15mins said:

      Both of those ingredients you mentioned are fine, but the tingling was likely due to the retinoid. A lot of OBs recommend avoiding retinoids while nursing

  82. 5.24.19
    Em said:

    Hello, Doc..
    Would like to ask if The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Serum is ok for nursing? Here’s the list of ingredients:

    Aqua, Alcohol Denat., Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Medicago Sativa Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Limonene, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citral, t-Butyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Citronellol, Leptospermum Petersonii Oil, Tocopherol.

    • 5.24.19
      15mins said:

      It’s ok for nursing but not pregnancy due to the salicylic acid

  83. 5.25.19
    Kay said:

    Hi I wanted to try this A’PIEU – Madecassoside Cream is this ingredients safe during pregnancy?
    Centella Asiatica Leaf Water (40%), Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Propanediol, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Niacinamide, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethoxydiglycol, Panthenol, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Madecassoside (0.1%), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Rubus Suavissimus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Pinus Densiflora Leaf Extract, Sodium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Serine, Urea, Sorbitol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Adenosine, Allantoin, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol

    • 5.25.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok

  84. 5.28.19
    Jen said:

    Hi! Why is glycolic acid not safe for pregnancy but okay for nursing? Caudalie states “In the early months of pregnancy and when breastfeeding, as a precaution we recommend avoiding products concentrated in essential oils and containing glycolic acid.” Just wondering if okay to use during breastfeeding.

    • 5.30.19
      15mins said:

      It’s ok for nursing, but not during pregnancy as it is highly absorbed and we think it crosses much more easily across the placenta. We don’t have hard proof that it causes any issues, but it makes everyone nervous! Those of us that are more conservative would recommend using only pregnancy safe products while nursing as well as we’re more restrictive then, but the creation of breast milk is more restrictive than the placenta so…. that’s kind of where we’re at. No hard evidence, just different degrees of worry if that makes sense!

      • 5.30.19
        Jen said:

        Got it, thank you so much for the explanation!

      • 5.30.19
        Jen said:

        Hi again! I had one more question – I couldn’t find this product on the Shiseido list. Is the Purifying Mask safe for nursing?


        These are the ingredients from the website:

        Thank you so much!

        • 5.30.19
          15mins said:

          Looks ok!

          • 5.30.19
            Jen said:

            Thank you again for the help and the quick response!!

  85. 6.1.19
    Kristin Harris said:

    Could you tell me if the keeva organically acne cream is safe for nursing?

    Deionized Water, Stearic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Shea Butter, Rosehip Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Olive Oil , Extracts of White Willow, Burdock, Milk Thistle, Hops, Sophora Root Extract, Squalene, Isooctyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Polydimethylsiloxane, Salicylic Acid, Vitamin E, Argan Oil, Phenoxyethanol, DL-Menthol, Hyaluronic Acid and Grape Seed Extract.

    Thank you so so much!

    • 6.3.19
      15mins said:

      I wouldn’t use this while pregnant due to the willow bark and salicylic acid. Ok for nursing.

  86. 6.10.19
    sarah said:

    Hi I just bought aveeno daily moisturizing lotion and I read in an article that Isopropyl is not safe while breastfeeding… I know that this is a “dumb” question but one of the ingredients is Isopropyl palmitate… is that the same thing? Is this product unsafe to use 🙁
    thank you in advance

    • 6.10.19
      15mins said:

      I haven’t heard that isopropyl anything is unsafe for pregnancy or nursing. I hope that helps 🙂

  87. 6.28.19
    Daxi said:

    Hi 🙂 is this lotion okay to use while nursing? Thank you

    Cerave SA renewing lotion

    Medicinal Ingredient: 3% Salicylic acid

    Non-Medicinal ingredients : Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ammonium Lactate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, PEG-100 Stearate, Corn Oil, Vitamin D3, Dimethicone, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

    • 6.28.19
      15mins said:

      That’s the SA Lotion for Bumpy skin, it’s under safe for nursing but not pregnancy on the Cerave Pregnancy Safety page

      • 6.29.19
        Daxi said:

        Thank you 🙂

  88. 6.29.19
    Daxi said:

    Hi Doctor,

    I was wondering if the Vasanti glow boosting serum is okay to use while nursing?

    INGREDIENTS: Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Propanediol, Glycerin, Isoamyl Cocoate, Aqua, Lecithin, Arbutin, Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glutathione, Polysorbate 20, Aloe Vera oil, Tocopherol, Glyceryl caprylate, Glyceryl undecylenate, Parfum.

    • 6.29.19
      15mins said:

      I would avoid it while nursing due to the Arbutin

  89. 6.30.19
    melanie said:

    Sodium Hyaluronate liquid (90%), Glycerin, Water, 1,2-Hexanediot, Niacinamide RH Cligopeptide 1.Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Tuber Magnatum Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Laclobacillus/Kelp Ferment, Filtate Chlorella Fermernt

    Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Rose), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Water, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract.
    Made of extract from the Witch Hazel shrub (Hamamelis Virginiana) and a blend of other time-tested ingredients

    Caprylic/capric triglyceride (coconut-derived), Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Rosa canina (rosehip) oil, Passiflora edulis (passion fruit) oil, Glycine soja (soybean) oil, diheptyl succinate, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer, Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, olus (vegetable) oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil, Canarium luzonicum (elemi) gum nonvolatiles, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) essential oil, glyceryl caprylate (coconut, palm and glycerin-derived), farnesol, linalool, Rosa centifolia (rose petal) flower essential oil

    Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Glucose, Maltose, Fructose, Trehalose, Sodium PCA, PCA, Sodium Lactate, Urea, Allantoin, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Lecithin, Triolein, Tocopherol, Carbomer, Isoceteth-20, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Pentylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin

    Aqua; Aloe barbadensis Leaf Water; Alcohol; Butylene Glycol; Glycerin; Cyclopentasiloxane; Panthenol; Palmitic Acid; Stearic Acid; Glyceryl Stearate; PEG-100 Stearate; Sodium Polyacrylate Starch; Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer; Phenoxyethanol; Parfum; Methylparaben; Disodium EDTA; C14-22 Alcohols; C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside

    I am breastfeeding for 7 months now, I don’t put anything on my face because I’m scared.. and my skin is so dull and dehydrated.
    what do you think of this ingredients doc? and is it safe to drink collagen tablets while breastfeeding?

    • 7.1.19
      15mins said:

      I can’t tell for sure where one product starts and another starts, but all of the ingredients here look ok. I can’t comment on drinking collagen tablets, there aren’t proven benefits over a diet with enough protein and each tablet is different, so may or may not be safe.

  90. 7.3.19
    Holly said:

    Hello Dr. –

    I bought this cream from Amazon hoping to burn fat faster. Please review if this is safe for nursing. Thank you!

    Hot Cream Cellulite Treatment – Belly Fat Burner for Women and Men – Natural Anti Aging Cream with Antioxidants and Essential Oils Rosemary Lavender Aloe

    Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Mentha Arvensis (Menthol) Crystals, Capsicum (Capsicum Annuum) Oleoresin, Cinnamomum Camphora (White Camphor) Essential Oil,Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract (Frangipani), Hedychium Spicatum Extract (Ginger Lily Extract) , Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit , Citrus\Clementina Fruit Extract , Calendula Officinalis Flower (Calendula) Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Mango Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armecniac (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract) , Citrus Grandis(Grapefruit)Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Extract Pinus Sylvestris (Pine) Needle Essential Oil, Ravensara Aromatica (Ravensara) Essential Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Essential Oil, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Essential Oil, Origanum Vulgare (Wild Oregano) Essential Oil, Glycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine (TEA), Tetrasodium EDTA.

    • 7.3.19
      15mins said:

      It looks ok, but note there aren’t any topical products that will actually burn fat faster.

  91. 7.4.19
    Jamie said:

    Hello Dr,

    I saw this oil online and wanted to try for ezcema currently spread all over my body. I am breastfeeding.

    Is it safe?

    Advanced Clinicals Turmeric Oil
    Made in Chicago

    Caprylic/capric triglyceride, curcuma longa (turmeric) root extract, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, acetyl hexapeptide-8, capryloyl salicylic acid, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, lavandula hybrida oil, anthemis nobilis flower oil, boswellia carterii oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, silica, fragrance, oryza sativa (rice) bran extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, helianthus annuus (sunflower) extract, tocopherol.

    Thanks Dr.

    • 7.5.19
      15mins said:

      I wouldn’t use this while pregnant due to the salicylic acid. It would be ok for nursing.

  92. 7.8.19
    Kathy said:

    Hi! Thanks for the post! I am currently breastfeeding my 3 months old baby and would like to know if it’s safe for me to get a semi-permanent colour treatment on my brows and lash lines.

    glycerin, propylenykol, Hamamelis Virginiana, CI 77492, CI 200310, CI 77266, PVP, PEG-8, ISO-propylis palamitas

    Much appreciate for your reply. Thank you!

    • 7.8.19
      15mins said:

      Those ingredients are ok, though note the medical community isn’t very excited about the eyelash dyeing as I think there’s a risk of eye damage? You might want to talk to your eye doctor about it.

  93. 7.10.19
    Anne said:

    Hi I am currently nursing. I was wondering if this product is safe

    Niacid (Post acne scar and indentation distillate

    Ferment Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Tranexamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Brassica Oleracea Capitata Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Sodium Guaiazulene Sulfonate}distillated

    • 8.14.19
      Anne said:

      Thank you doc.

  94. 8.16.19
    Kate said:

    Hi Christine,
    I have a question: I guess you must know the popular product called Bio Oil. Everyone uses it for stretch mark prevention. However it contains BenzylSalicylate which we should avoid during pregnancy. People don’t really know about it or it is ok to use while pregnant?

    Thank you Christine

    • 8.16.19
      15mins said:

      It also has a retinoid, so I would avoid during pregnancy AND nursing

      • 8.17.19
        Kate said:

        Thank you Christine

        Can you write a post of recommending oil for stretch mark during pregnancy?

        Appreciate it!

        • 8.18.19
          15mins said:

          I have one mostly written, I’ll try to finish it up!

  95. 10.15.19
    Lizzie Duszynski said:

    Hi there, thank you so much for this post! Do these two products from MUN Skincare sound safe to you for nursing? I’m thinking yes, as they don’t seem to include your ingredients to avoid, but just want to double-check in case I don’t understand something. THANKS!

    1.) Aknari Serum:
    Prickly Pear Seed Oil*
    Argan Oil*
    Rose Flower Essential Oil

    2.) Moisturizer
    Prickly Pear Seed Oil*
    Kalahari Melon Seed Oil
    Black Cumin Seed Oil
    Desert Quandong Extract,
    Desert Lime Extract,
    Wattleseed Extract
    Hyaluronic acid
    Licorice Root Extract
    Aloe Leaf Juice*
    Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract
    Vitamin E
    Neroli Flower Oil*
    Cetearyl Alcohol,
    Glyceryl Stearate,
    Sodium Olivoyl Glutamate,
    Sodium Phytate, Alcohol
    Xanthan Gum
    Diheptyl Succinate,
    Capryloyl Glycerin / Sebacic Acid,
    Lactobacillus Ferment,
    Coconut Fruit Extract Lactobacillus
    Citric Acid
    Rose Flower Essential Oil

    • 10.15.19
      15mins said:

      #1 is ok but #2 has licorice root that I would avoid during pregnancy, should be ok for nursing

  96. 10.25.19
    Vanessa said:

    Hi, can you let me know if the following product is safe for nursing? Is willow bark extract safe for nursing?

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Behenic Acid, Lauric Acid, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Stearic Acid, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus (Arctic Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Oxycoccus Palustris (Arctic Cranberry) Seed Oil, Luffa Cylindrica Seed Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Angelica Archangelica Root Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Laminaria Digitata Powder, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Propylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Disodium EDTA, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Lecithin, Peg-75 Shea Butter Glycerides, Pentylene Glycol, Perfluorodecalin, Glycosphingolipids, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Phosphate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Potassium Sorbate, 1,2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, BHT, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Limonene, Citronellol, Eugenol, Parfum (Fragrance), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 33 (CI 17200)

    Thank you!

    • 10.26.19
      15mins said:

      Willow bark is ok for nursing. This has chemical sunscreens, the willow bark, a salicylate, all of which are ok for nursing but not pregnancy. There’s also retinol, definitely not safe for pregnancy, and if you’re on the conservative side people avoid that during nursing as well.

      • 10.29.19
        Vanessa said:

        Thank you!!

  97. 10.29.19
    Candace Smith said:

    Hi! I’ve been told By my Rodan and Fields consultant that last boost is safe, but she was getting her info from other consultants. I just want to know is it REALLY?

    • 10.30.19
      15mins said:

      It’s fine for nursing but not pregnancy

  98. 11.6.19
    Neelam Postel said:

    Hello doc… I don’t know if I can ask this here… but is a yellow peel containing Retinoic acid safe while breastfeeding?

    • 11.6.19
      15mins said:

      It’s one of those up to you things. I don’t know of any studies specifically looking at it in nursing, but I know OBs who say you can use it and others that say you can’t. I personally did use it, but I’ve seen more and more OBs say not to since then. So it depends on how conservative you are.

  99. 11.11.19
    Mills Killa said:

    hey there, curious if my face serum is ok now that I’m not pregnant, but I am nursing.
    it’s IS clinical Youth Serum…

    Water, PVP, Caffeine, Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ceratonia Siliqua (Locust Bean) Gum, Hydrolyzed Casein, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Tripeptide-1, Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract [Extrait De Racine De Betterave], Haberlea Rhodopensis Leaf Extract, Faex (Yeast) Extract [Extrait De Levure], Acetyl Tyrosine, Proline, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, AdenosineTriphosphate, Ergothioneine, Saccharide Isomerate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, VP/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate Copolymer, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol.

    thank you!
    xo mills

  100. 11.12.19
    Angeli Benico said:

    Rejuvenating serum is this safe during breastfeeding,,it contains alpha- oxidants and alpha arbutin… while nursing

    • 11.17.19
      15mins said:

      You need to avoid arbutin while pregnant and nursing

      • 4.26.20
        Sneha nandala said:

        Hi I just wanna is it ok to use Neutrogena ultra sheer dry touch sunscreen broad spectrum spf 55 which has a one zone homosalate octisalate octocrylene oxybenzone which are active ingredients and it is a chemical sunscreen didn’t used in pregnancy used today on face breastfeeding only at night is it ok I think it’s not ok during breastfeeding too and plz help me to find something good for my combination dry flaky uneven skin skin.

        • 4.27.20
          15mins said:

          Chemical sunscreens are ok fo nursing. Nursing is much less restrictive than pregnancy

  101. 1.17.20
    Staci said:

    Is Phenylethyl Resorcinol safe for breastfeeding? Thanks!

    • 1.17.20
      15mins said:


  102. 1.22.20
    Annie said:

    Hello, I am wondering if you can tell me about a foot peel? I’m not sure if this is something you can help with or not. I am currently breastfeeding an almost 1 year old. I used this foot peel during a girls night and am now concerned as I see it has retinol in it.

    It is the Al’iver Lavender Exfoliating Foot Mask, the ingredients are:
    Hydrogenated olive oil-lavender extract-chamomilla recutita flower extract-citrus aurantium dulcis fruit extract- pyrus malus fruit extract- aqua- glycerin- glyceryl stearate- squaline- petrolatum- butyrospermum parki nut extract- hydrogenated polydecene- ethylhexyl isopalmitate- phytonadione- triethanolamine- carbomer- phenoxyethanol- allantoin-retinol-disodium EDTA- fragrance

    • 1.22.20
      15mins said:

      The retinoid is something to avoid for sure during pregnancy, but I haven’t seen any evidence that you absolutely must avoid it during nursing. There have recently been more and more OBs that suggest avoiding it during nursing as well, almost as an extension of the pregnancy avoidance. But really, the reason to avoid it while pregnant is to avoid certain birth defects, which can’t suddenly form after birth. Long story short, I wouldn’t worry about it in your case! 🙂 I hope that helps.

  103. 1.28.20
    Laura E said:

    So is this to say Retinyl Palmitate is “safe” while nursing as it is L3?

    • 1.28.20
      15mins said:

      There’s a lot of ongoing debate about this. When screening products I’ve been cautioning against the use of retinoids while nursing, but there isn’t strong evidence either way. Some physicians say it is fine, some say you should exercise caution.

      As well, you need to remember what L3 stands for: “L3 MODERATELY SAFE – Studies in breastfeeding have shown evidence for mild non-threatening adverse effects OR there are no studies in breastfeeding for a drug with possible adverse effects”

      The cautions during pregnancy are due to birth defects, which can’t occur/develop after birth.

  104. 2.7.20
    Brittney said:

    Would you mind scanning through these ingredients and telling me if this is a safe product to use while Breastfeeding? I would really appreciate it. The product is B Flat belly firming cream.

    Pink PepperSlim™: Boosts fat burn and tightens the look of skin.
    -Bentonite: Helps fade stretch marks and reduce their appearance.
    -Hyaluronic Acid: For smoother and younger-looking skin.

    Water, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycol Stearate, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Vanillyl Butyl Ether, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Chlorphenesin, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Bentonite, Schinus Terebinthifolia Seed Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Peresea Americana (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Limonene, Geraniol, Benzyl Salicylate, CI 14720, Acid Yellow 3 (CI 47005).

    • 2.10.20
      15mins said:

      This has a salicylate, I would avoid it in pregnancy but it is ok for nursing

  105. 2.8.20
    Abri said:

    Hi Dr – Is dandruff shampoo safe while breastfeeding? Thanks!

    • 2.10.20
      15mins said:

      It depends on the product. The head and shoulders green apple is ok for pregnancy and nursing.

  106. 2.14.20
    Ada said:

    Hi! Is betaine salicylate safe while nursing, such as COSRX BHA Power Liquid? In general, are (korean) alpha acids safe for topical use while breastfeeding? Thank you!

    • 2.14.20
      15mins said:

      alpha hydroxy acids are ok while nursing

  107. 2.16.20
    Genevieve said:

    Is 100mg hyaluronic acid safe to consume in power Form while breastfeeding ?

    • 2.17.20
      15mins said:

      I don’t comment on things you consume/take orally.

  108. 2.19.20
    LMW said:

    Hi there! I’m considering using the Sofia Alblanc Medicated skin care line where chamomile tea is used as the active ingredient for preventing melanin production and further development of blemishes and freckles, alongside eucalyptus, althaea, yuzu extracts and ceramide. Are these ingredients safe during nursing? Thank you!

    • 2.19.20
      15mins said:

      Those ingredients are but I can’t comment on overall product safety without seeing an entire ingredient list.

  109. 2.19.20
    Madalene said:

    Hi Christine! I was wondering if there was something in the Wotnot sunscreen primer that I should avoid while nursing? Here are the ingredients :

    Active ingredient: zinc oxide 250mg/g

    Other ingredients: Purified water, certified organic aloe vera leaf juice, diisopropyl adipate, coco caprylate, glycerin, jojoba oil, galactoarabinan, camellia oil, vitamin e, vp/eicosene copolymer, silica, polyglyceryl-3 polyricinoleate, polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, polyhydroxystearic acid, Sorbitan Olivate, xanthan gum, green tea extract, iron oxide, epsom salt, cetyl palmitate, sorbitan palmitate, 1,2-dihydroxyoctane, octanohydroxamic acid, natural fragrance

    • 2.19.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok for pregnancy and nursing

  110. 2.19.20
    Sana said:

    Hi there! Could you please tell me if the Dr Dennis gross alpha beta extra strength daily peel is safe to use while nursing? I know you mentioned AHA’s are safe but I was wondering about BHA’s because I keep finding conflicting information.

    -Glycolic Acid (AHA): Reduces visible signs of aging.
    -Salicylic Acid (BHA): Reduces pore blockages and supports natural collagen.
    -Lactic Acid (AHA): A naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acid that supports natural cell renewal.

  111. 2.22.20
    Jhean Marquez said:

    Hi is this ok for nursing?
    Im from ginseng mask
    Glycerin, Red Ginseng Extract, Butylene Glycol, 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, Malt Extract, Ethoxydiglycol, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Hyaluronic Acid, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Fragrance

    • 2.22.20
      15mins said:

      Ok for nursing but not pregnancy due to the licorice root

  112. 2.26.20
    Amanda said:

    Hi there I’m wondering if you can tell me if it is safe to use this cream while breastfeeding.

    It is DN 24 Hydracreme

    Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate) -Firms, nourishes, retards / reverses skin damage caused by aging and environmental stresses. Vitamin C -Used as an anti-oxidant to aid in firming and toning. Vitamin E -(Tocopherol Acetate) Used as a primary anti-oxidant to aid in firming and toning. Vitamin B (Panthenol) -Anti-oxidant reverses visible signs of aging. Aloe Vera -Used to soothe and protect the skin. Sesame Oil -Contains heavy moisturizing benefits. Safflower Oil -Moisturizing content. Avocado Oil -Contains heavy moisturizing benefits

    • 2.26.20
      15mins said:

      This isn’t a full ingredient list so I can’t fully comment and say it is safe. The Retinoid listed first is sometimes avoided during nursing, it depends on how conservative you want to be.

  113. 3.2.20
    Chris said:

    Are these ingredients safe for nursing? propylene glycol, urea, glycerin, lactic acid, water, sodium hydroxide, disodium EDTA
    Thank you for your time!

    • 3.3.20
      15mins said:

      They’re fine

  114. 3.3.20
    Jillene said:

    Hi there,

    Is it ok to use castor oil topically on my eyelashes while nursing?? My poor lashes went so thin when pregnant!

    • 3.3.20
      15mins said:

      It is!

  115. 3.25.20
    Amy said:


    My sister is breastfeeding my niece who is only a few days old. She used a foot mask with the following ingredients:

    Water, Glycerol, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Sorbitol, Butylene Glycol, Papain, Aloe Vera Extract, Peach Kernel Extract, Citric Acid, Salicylic Acid

    She realised after 35 mins of it being on so took it off and washed it off but is now really worried about breastfeeding. She can’t find how long to wait before and issue will have left her milk (she’s doing combination feeding so can use some formula until it’s out of her system). Could you please advise about the ingredients and how long she should wait for it to be out of her milk please? Thank you

    • 3.25.20
      15mins said:

      It’s fine for nursing, but not for pregnancy.

  116. 3.29.20
    Georgia Móia said:

    Good afternoon,
    I just purchased the products under The Ordinary and am I breastfeeding any of them that are unsafe?

    Thank you!

    Ácido hialurônico comum 2% + B5
    Niacinamida Comum 10% + Zinco 1%
    Alpha Arbutin Comum 2% + HA
    solução de peeling comum AHA 30% + BHA 2%
    solução de tonificação 7% de ácido glicólico comum

  117. 4.13.20
    Laura said:

    Hi Doc,

    Is this safe for breastfeeding? Thanks!

    Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Poly (C6-14 Olefin), Glycerin, Diisostearyl Malate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Squalane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-100 Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethicone, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Fragrance(Parfum), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Disodium EDTA, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Betaine, Propanediol, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Hyaluronate, Benzyl Glycol, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Raspberry Ketone.

    • 4.13.20
      15mins said:

      This looks fine for pregnancy and nursing

  118. 4.21.20
    Nurul said:

    Sorry, Doc. i have one more.

    4. Wonder Bath Super Vegitoks Cleanser
    All ingredients: purified water, glycerin, lauryl glucoside, sodium laureth sulfate, acrylate copolymer, cocamidopropyl betaine, butylene glycol, potassium cocoyl (3ppm), celery extract (6ppm), cabbage leaf extract (6ppm), cola extract (6ppm), broccoli number (6ppm), green tea extract, (2ppm), pepper leaf extract (6ppm), chicory leaf extract (6ppm), carrot juice (6ppm), tomato juice (6ppm), potato extract (6ppm) (1ppm), Lime Extract (0.7ppm), etc.

    Thank You!

    • 4.24.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok

  119. 4.23.20
    Mummy Anis said:

    Hi. Im a breastfeed mom for 15-months old baby. I have an oily with acne prone skin. Im wondering if there is any product from hada labo that’s suit with my skin yet safe for nursing. Thank u for your time.

  120. 5.3.20
    Taylor said:

    Hey! I was wondering if Phenoxyethanol is okay to use while breastfeeding? Thanks!

    • 5.3.20
      15mins said:

      It’s fine

  121. 5.5.20
    Ashley Libring said:

    What about Thamidiol or b- resorcinol
    Are they safe to use in pregnancy or breastfeeding?

    I’m using the Eucerin antipigment face line and I’m eight months pregnant.

    • 5.5.20
      15mins said:

      Fine for both

  122. 5.19.20
    Megan said:

    I’m reading conflicting info on phenoxyethanol in nursing. I’ve been using skincare with it (when my son was first born and again now at almost 10 months) and I’m reading about a German study (I cannot find study) about chromosomal mutations in the nursing infant. 3 of the 4 products I use contain it and I’m wondering if I should stop.

    • 5.19.20
      15mins said:

      It isn’t an ingredient that has enough evidence in it for the medical community to say it needs to be avoiding in nursing or pregnancy. But if you’re that worried about it, I would just avoid it. Note you can’t suddenly develop chromosomal mutations in such a manner, it’s something that would have been determined by the genetics of the egg and sperm, not post-birth exposure.

      • 5.19.20
        Meg said:

        That’s why I was confused why it even said that since a chromosomal mutation wouldn’t happen and was hoping I couldn’t find the original study. Thank you for your response. I appreciate it.

        • 5.19.20
          15mins said:

          Yes, you’re right!

  123. 5.20.20
    Lesley said:

    Hi is product with Niacinamide safe for breastfeeding? It’s a body wash.

    Thank You.

    • 5.20.20
      15mins said:

      That ingredient itself is ok for nursing, but I don’t know if the rest of the product is fine.

  124. 5.21.20
    Danielle Sabelli said:

    Hello! I would like to use this product on my bikini line after I have delivered my baby. Since it is for hyperpigmentation, I wanted to ask – Is it safe for breastfeeding?

    Thank you so much for your time, I love your blog and pass it along to all of my pregnant friends!

    Product: PFB Vanish + Chromabright

    Ingredients: Water, SD Alcohol-40b, Isopropanol, Glycerin, Acetyl Salicylic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate, Tetrhydrodiferuloylmethane, Salicylic Acid 0.05%, Glycolic Acid 0.10%, Lactic Acid 0.10%, Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) Leaf Oil 0.15%, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phentoxyethanol.

    • 5.22.20
      15mins said:

      Ok for nursing but not pregnancy due to the salicylic acid, glycolic acid and willow bark

  125. 5.21.20
    Mel said:

    Hi there,
    I was previously using JS Health supplements for my skin and hair with fantastic results.
    However am unsure if the ingredients are safe now that I’m breastfeeding.
    Can you please advise if the ingredients below are ok? It’s a large list so I understand if you don’t have time 😊

    Active ingredients per film coated tablet: Aloe vera (Aloe vera) extract dry 2 mg, derived from leaf 400 mg; Arctium lappa (Burdock) extract dry 50 mg, derived from root 1 g; Calendula officinalis (Marigold) extract dry 40 mg, derived from flower 400 mg; Curcuma longa (Turmeric) extract dry 75 mg, derived from rhizome 750 mg; Gentiana lutea (Gentian) extract dry 7.5 mg, derived from root 75 mg; Zingiber officinale (Ginger) extract dry 20 mg, derived from root 200 mg; Riboflavin sodium phosphate 26.67 mg, Equiv. Riboflavin (vitamin B2) 20 mg; Calcium Pantothenate 21.84 mg, Equiv. Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) 20 mg; Pyridoxine hydrochloride 12.16 mg, Equiv. Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) 10 mg; Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) 50 mg; Quercetin dihydrate 56 mg, Equiv. Quercetin 50 mg; d-alpha-Tocopheryl acetate 36.77 mg, Equiv. d-alpha-Tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E) 25 IU; Silica Colloidal anhydrous 215 mg, Equiv. Silicon 100 mg; Zinc citrate dihydrate 46.74 mg, Equiv. Zinc 15 mg; Glutamine 250 mg, Lysine hydrochloride 187.5 mg, Equiv. Lysine 150 mg; Pectin (Apple Pectin) 50 mg

    • 5.22.20
      15mins said:

      I don’t review supplements like this, I would speak with your doctor.

  126. 5.22.20
    sadaf said:

    I was prescribed a sun screen for some bad hyperpigmentation it contains L-glutathione and Kojic acid. Can I use that while breast feeding. I can’t seem to find anything about l glutathione side effects . I didn’t use it during pregnancy but I want to use it now if it’s safe. Thanks in advance!

    • 5.22.20
      15mins said:

      Most people recommend avoiding Kojic Acid/Hydroquinone and similar skin lightners while nursing

    • 6.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Thank you for helping breast feeding mamas while working hard too. I don’t know where you find the time. But I appreciate it
      My Question is from a product called
      Admire my skin 2% Hydroquinone Dark Spot Corrector Remover For Face & Melasma Treatment Fade Cream – Contains Vitamin C, Salicylic Acid, Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Lactic Acid Peel (1oz

      • 6.3.20
        15mins said:

        That product won’t be safe for nursing with the hydroquinone and kojic acid, those are both unsafe for nursing. Sorry!

  127. 5.25.20
    Andrea said:

    hi there, how do you feel about phenoxyethanol? it’s used in a lot of ‘natural’ beauty brands as a preservative but I’ve read some reports saying to avoid it in skincare if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Thank you!

    • 5.25.20
      15mins said:

      It isn’t an ingredient that is necessary to avoid

  128. 6.8.20
    Kirsty said:

    I just ordered this stretch mark/skin firming cream. Now I’m not sure if I can even use it 🙁 I’m currently breastfeeding. I would love to know if these ingredients are safe.

    Water, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycol Stearate, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Vanillyl Butyl Ether, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Chlorphenesin, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Bentonite, Schinus Terebinthifolia Seed Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Peresea Americana (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Limonene, Geraniol, Benzyl Salicylate, CI 14720, Acid Yellow 3 (CI 47005).

    • 6.9.20
      15mins said:

      Ok for nursing but not pregnancy due to the salicylate

  129. 6.12.20
    Mary said:

    Dear Doctor,

    Desperate for a skincare that will help resuce my acne, I have found this Japanese brand FANCL. They have an Acne Care line and would like to check if it is safe for nursing.

    Thank you for your time.

    FANCL Acne Care Lotion:
    Licorice Derivatives, Chinese Herbal Extracts (Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Peach Kernel Extract, Perilla Leaf Extract), Akebia Stem Extract, Hydrolyzed Prunus Domestica, Mallow Flower Extract

    FANCL Acne Care Washing Cream:
    Chinese Herbal Extracts (Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Perilla Leaf Extract, Peach Kernel Extract), Licorice Derivatives, Pore Cleansing Formula (Hydrolyzed Prunus Domestica, Agar

    FANCL Acne Care Essence:
    Chinese Herbal Extracts (Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Perilla Leaf Extract, Peach Kernel Extract), Licorice Derivatives, Pore Cleansing Formula (Hydrolyzed Prunus Domestica, Agar)

    • 6.12.20
      15mins said:

      These aren’t full ingredient lists, but with the licorice derivatives none will be ok for pregnancy, I can’t comment on nursing.

      • 6.12.20
        Mart said:

        I appreciate your time. I will look for the complete list of ingredients. I am not sure if the box or papers that comes with it has the list because it is all in Japanese. 🙁 Anyway, thank you very much.

        • 6.13.20
          15mins said:

          I can’t read Japanese, sorry!

  130. 6.16.20
    Sofie said:

    You were my saving grace whilst pregnant and I’ve been nursing now for a year just wanted to know if this sunscreen is ok? I’m SO relieved to read I can use glycolic acid and Salicylic acid as there’s so much contradiction online about percentages…does this matter? If you could check these ingredients for me in the sunscreen it would be much appreciated thank you! (The company said it’s fine but I wanted to double check with you!)

    Isododecane, Octocrylene, Dimethicone/​Bis-Isobutyl Ppg-20 Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Dibutyl Adipate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Bisabolol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Disodium Uridine Phosphate, Ethyl Ferulate, Dimethicone/​Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Glass Beads, Polyglyceryl-5 Trioleate, Silica

    • 6.16.20
      Christine said:

      It’s fine for nursing 🙂

      • 6.16.20
        Sofie said:

        Thank you so much! And any percentage is fine for the two acids? I have 2% in the Salicyic and the other one I think is 5% x

        • 6.17.20
          Christine said:

          Yes, we don’t have any info that you need to target specific %.

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