Dermatologists Share The Product They’re Obsessed With

When you’re looking for something new to try at home to improve or shake up your skin care routine, you’ll most likely ask your friends for advice. While we’re sure they have good taste, it’s more appropriate to seek the advice of a dermatologist.

After all, they are the experts in the product and they can provide unbiased (and effective) wisdom. Here, we interviewed 14 dermatologists from around the country about the skincare products they’re obsessed with right now.

Root Skin Serum, $180.
“This product goes far beyond growth factors, as it is a stem cell-derived product, a clear, odorless and beautiful serum with over 600 different growth factors that stimulate collagen production. It also contains antioxidants to fight free radicals and prevent oxidative damage, anti-inflammatories to reduce irritation, amino acids to promote healing and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump the skin.”

“It is suitable for all skin types, it is hypoallergenic, paraben-free and fragrance-free. It is great for fine lines as well as skin tone and texture. This is one of the best products I’ve come across and is part of my skincare routine. More importantly, all proceeds go to ovarian cancer research.” – Dr. Peterson Pierre of the Pierre Skin Institute in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Skinbetter Scientific Sunscreen Smart Sunscreen SPF68 Sunscreen Serum, $55.
“The formula of this sunscreen is perfect! This universal color sunscreen is formulated as a physical mineral based sunscreen with non-nano particles. It provides beautiful, lightweight coverage while giving you broad spectrum UV coverage. It comes in a compact package, which means no messy spills and easy reapplication.” – Deanne Robinson, MD, PhD, FAAAD, Modern Dermatology of Connecticut

Tatcha The Serum Stick, $48.
“This product is available in: hyaluronic acid, squalane, Japanese lemon balm and cool packaging. You don’t need to use your hands to apply the product, the tube is an applicator. Hyaluronic acid is good for moisturizing dry skin and fine lines, wrinkles and wrinkles. Squalane and Japanese lemon balm help moisturize the skin and have antioxidant properties.” – Dr. Gary Goldenberg of Goldenberg Dermatology in New York City.

DefenAge 8-in-1 Bioserum, $220
“DefenAge improves signs of aging worldwide, including dryness, texture, fine lines and wrinkles, sagging, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation and redness. In addition, it is non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores or cause them to break. It’s also super easy to use. You can have a complete anti-aging regimen with DefenAge’s other products – including the 24/7 barrier balancing cream and 3D eye cream – as well as a broad-spectrum physical sunscreen.” – Natalie M. Curcio, MD, MPH, of Curcio Dermatology.

Alastin Skincare HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36, $55
“This is a lightweight sunscreen that not only protects against the sun, but is also rich in antioxidants and improves hydration. Active ingredients include zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protective components. Its hue provides a natural glow, and because it contains camomile, a green tea extract that defends against free radicals, it also does a good job of shielding the skin from pollution.” – Marina I. Peredo, MD, PhD, of the Skin Impact Center in New York City

Regular mandarins 10% + HA, $6.80.
“I mix it with my moisturizer every other night, although I can use it every day if I can stand it. I really like that the regular product is clean and residue free. It’s a great daily skin lightener to improve skin texture and tone, gently fight fine lines, reverse sun damage and fade discoloration.”

“What makes mandaric acid suitable for sensitive skin and rosacea-prone skin is that it has a larger molecular weight and penetrates more slowly into the skin compared to other AHAs. And, the added bonus is that it’s at a price point! Under $10! I have recommended this product to many patients and they have come back raving about it and their new glow. This is a game-changing product.” – Dr. Blair Murphy-Rose, FAAD, MDCS Medical Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery and Clinical Assistant Professor at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Color Balm SPF 50 Series, $69.
“This product trio is simply incredible. It’s a sticky sunscreen that applies silky smoothly and works almost as well as the cult classic, Nars Multiple Sticks.”

“What makes this product even better is that its physical sunscreen, zinc oxide, combines added ingredients such as ferrous oxide, vitamin E, and trade name lipofuscin to provide incredible broad-spectrum sun protection, all of which protect against free radicals and the high-energy blue/visible light emitted by smart devices.”

“The bronze, blush and berry shades are beautiful and have just the right amount of shine to use on so many areas of the face to brighten, accentuate and top coat. The cream also contains ingredients like plant-based squalane and triglycerides for powerful hydration.” – Dr. Melanie Palm, a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon from The Art of Skin, said

Vivatia Brightening 10 Brightening Complex, $99.
“I like Vivatia’s Brighten 10 because it really works. Pigmentation and discoloration is one of the most common complaints I hear from patients, and there are many whitening creams that frankly don’t work.”

“This product works well, and the results are relatively quick to see. I tell patients that they should start to see improvement within four weeks. It helps improve melasma and melasma.Brighten 10 does contain hydroquinone, which is not safe to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.” – Skylar Souyoul, MD, PhD, of the Lupo Center for Cosmetic and General Dermatology in New Orleans, LA

“I love the fact that this exfoliating pad contains a combination of three main hydroxy acids, including lactic, salicylic and glycolic acids, plus AlphaRet, a proprietary retinoid. This product is very easy to use and is a great choice for those looking for an exfoliating product to help brighten and improve their skin tone. Through the combination of ingredients, it helps remove dead skin cells, helps unclog pores, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and helps fade discoloration. All in all, it’s a great glowing product, even if it’s only used a few times a week, without causing too much irritation to the skin.” – Dr. Marisa Garshick, MDCS: FAAD MD, Medical Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Weill Cornell Medical College

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Serum, $17.99.
“For years, in advising patients on anti-aging strategies, I have struggled with balancing the dryness and exfoliation caused by many products with finding hydration solutions for their skin. This lightweight serum works to hydrate the skin and improve the overall tone and appearance of the skin. It effectively fights the dry peeling caused by many anti-aging ingredients, leaving skin with a supple appearance and radiance.” – Erum Ilyas, MD, MBD, FAAD, PhD, CEO and Founder of Montgomery Dermatology.

Isdin Eryfotona Eryfotona Ageless, $66
“Isdin Eryfotona Actinica has been very popular with my patients as a reliable and elegant mineral sunscreen product. When Isdin launched Eryfotona Ageless, I simply had patients waiting to get their hands on this 100% mineral-based SPF sunscreen with universal shade and even more elegance.”

“Like Eryfotona Actinica, Eryfotona Ageless has a DNA repair enzyme called Repairsomes that targets UV-induced sun damage, as well as antioxidants and peptides, by stimulating the body to synthesize coenzyme Q10 to counteract free radical formation caused by IR, heat and pollution. As a board-certified dermatologist who has treated many acne and rosacea patients, this sunscreen won’t clog pores, but it still provides elegant coverage for all skin types.” – Melissa K. Levin, M.D., Ph.D., founder of Entiere Dermatology

Saint Skin Repair Cream, $158
“Cent Skin Repair Cream” contains an ingredient similar to liver sulfate oil, a unique ingredient that has been shown to increase the appearance of skin. It is acne free, hypoallergenic and fragrance free. Most products with active ingredients can cause dryness and irritation, but Cent Skin Repair Cream is well tolerated by my patients without these side effects. It can be used with other products, or after medical procedures such as lasers and dermabrasion.” – Jeanette M. Black, M.D., from Beverly Hills Skin Care and Laser Physicians, Inc.

La Roche-Posay 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum, $39.99
“Vitamin C is one of the best anti-aging products out there. It is an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory effects. It’s now available from a trusted brand and at a great price. This product helps to improve wrinkles and lines as well as pigmentation, such as melasma.” – Dr. Kristina Goldenberg of Goldenberg Dermatology in New York City said.

EpiMD Hydrating Body Milk, $28
“In 2020, the new products I’m most interested in are not fancy, flashy anti-aging serums. It is actually a moisturizer formulated specifically for older, wrinkle-prone skin. Anyway, as we age, our skin thins, loses its ability to retain water and becomes saggy and saggy, and EpiMD Moisturizer, formulated by a brilliant dermatologist who spent years reviewing anti-aging products on FDA review panels, fills that missing gap.”

“It contains ceramides, which are missing in the skin of older women, which, along with other ingredients, work to thicken and plump up the skin, It also boosts the metabolism of the cells, resulting in a stronger natural exfoliation capacity, which decreases with age. This can also help marks and discoloration disappear faster. This product is meant for the body, but can be used with caution on the face for those with less sensitive skin. Every patient I’ve recommended it to has loved it and said it’s a game changer.” – Dr. Jessica Krant of the New York Laser and Dermatologic Surgery Center.