When it comes to pregnancy, lots of things in your life must adapt as your body prepares for your little one to arrive. One thing that might surprise you is that your skincare routine needs an overhaul. Certain ingredients are unsuitable for pregnant women and should be temporarily stripped from your skincare routine during pregnancy and any period of nursing. We have found some of the best facial cleansers safe for pregnancy. As always, it is recommended to check with your doctor before using new products.
Skincare Ingredients to Avoid During Pregnancy
- Retinols, including Retin-A and Retinyl Palmitate
- Essential Oils
- Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic acids
- Tazorac and Accutane
Best Facial Cleansers Safe for Pregnancy
If you’re looking for a pregnancy-safe cleanser to keep your skin clean and nourished during those important nine months, then look no further! We’ve curated a list of the best face washes to keep your skincare routine baby-safe and your mom-to-be complexion glowing:
Pregnancy-Safe Cleanser for Dry Skin
Our Pick: Pink Cloud Creamy Jelly Cleanser by Herbivore
If you struggle with dry patches and tight skin, Herbivore’s Pink Cloud Creamy Jelly Cleanser is a great pregnancy-safe facial cleanser. This non-stripping formula contains Tremella Mushroom to hydrate the skin. Tremella Mushroom holds 1,000x its weight in water! The Pink Cloud Creamy Jelly Cleanser also contains Rose Hydrosol to soothe redness and calm the skin. This cleanser is vegan and cruelty-free, so it checks every box!
Pregnancy-Safe Cleanser for Oily Skin
Our Pick: “Cleanse” by Romer
If you’re prone to oily skin, steer clear of any stripping formulas during your pregnancy. Opt for a soothing, balancing cleanser such as Romer’s “Cleanse.” Suitable for all skin types but ideal for keeping oil at bay, this cleanser is enriched with Calendula, Aloe, and manuka honey. This cleanser is gentle enough to be used in the morning and at night. It also makes for a great go-to make-up remover!
Pregnancy-Safe Cleanser for Sensitive Skin
Our Pick: Milky Jelly Cleanser by Glossier
If you have sensitive skin susceptible to inflammation and redness, Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser is a great pregnancy-safe cleanser. Formulated with five nourishing skin conditioners and without soap, this formula won’t sting your skin. It will leave your skin smooth, clean, and baby soft. Vegan and cruelty-free, this cleanser is also affordable. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, this cleanser is a great low-budget option.
Pregnancy-Safe Cleanser with a Gentle Formula
Our Pick: Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser by Drunk Elephant
If you’re looking to cleanse the skin of dirt, makeup, and oil without stripping the skin, we have the cleanser for you. Drunk Elephant’s Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser offers a gentle formula enriched with Virgin Marula Oil and Cantaloupe Fruit Extract. This antioxidant-packed cleanser glides on easily with its jelly formula, leaving the skin feeling soft and refreshed after use.
Pregnancy-Safe Cleansers for Removing Makeup
Our Pick: Plenaire Rose Jelly Gentle Makeup Remover & Hydrating Cleanser
If you’re looking for a simple, pregnancy-safe make-up remover, try Plenaire’s vegan formula. This gentle cleanser uses steam-distilled rosewater to lift any dirt, oil, and bacteria. The result gives your skin a clean and soft base for any moisturizer or make-up. You can also use this cleanser as step 1 in a double cleanse – simply make sure cleanser #2 is also pregnancy safe!