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14 Dermatologist-Owned Skin-Care Products Our Editors Swear By

Jul 26 2022 - 4:40pm

If there's one group of people you can trust most with your skin [2], it's dermatologists. They come with years of expertise and medical knowledge, making them not only the best source for all of your most burning skin-care questions [3] but also product recommendations [4]. The market is oversaturated with skin-care brands, but dermatologist-owned skin-care brands are more few and far between.

As far as derm-owned brands go, you have the big ones like Murad, Dr. Brandt Skincare, Dr. Barbara Sturm, and Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, which have been around for years, but more recently, more doctors have been launching their own lines, and our editors have been very impressed with the results. From ultrahydrating cleansers [5] that melt away every trace of makeup to at-home peels [6] that reveal brighter, smoother skin and serums that banish breakouts seemingly overnight, we all have our favorite dermatologist beauty products we can't get enough of.

If you're in the market for some new products, we have just the thing for you. Ahead, our editors are sharing the best products from dermatologists' brands that deserve a spot in your vanity. Keep scrolling to shop the product picks.

Dr. Brandt Skincare Oxygen Facial

"The Dr. Brandt Skincare Oxygen Facial [7] ($65) is an oldie but a goodie: I remember trying it years (ahem, many years) ago during my baby beauty-editor days. I couldn't believe the brighter, softer, far smoother skin that was on the other side of this foaming, fizzy bubble mask, which uses tiny oxygen microspheres that froth up when you apply it, crackling like Pop Rocks for five minutes until it's time to rinse. I know it sounds gimmicky, but because it's formulated with dermatologist-backed ingredients like kaolin clay (to sop up oil) and apple extract (to smooth), you can trust that it's giving more to your face than a fun time." — Kelsey Castañon, beauty director

Whitney Bowe's Bowe Glow Microbiome Nourishing Cream

"No hate to the other night creams collecting dust and living rent-free in my medicine cabinet, but nothing has changed my skin the way Whitney Bowe's Bowe Glow Microbiome Nourishing Cream [8] ($95) has. I've been using this cream before bed for about two months now, and I'm genuinely surprised at how healthy and glowy my skin looks when I wake up in the morning. The squalane, ceramide, hyaluronic acid, and prebiotic cocktail is to blame for my new baby-soft skin, but truth be told, Dr. Bowe could've put her own blood in this cream and I'd still recommend it to everyone who will listen. And before you cringe at the price, I've come to accept that it's technically more affordable than the other ceramide night cream — SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore [9] — I love and still tear up about finishing." — Samantha Sasso, editor, branded content

Jori Acne & Oil Control Primer

"The Jori Acne & Oil Control Primer [10] ($70) is perfect for people with oily, blemish-prone skin. One of the causes of a lot of my acne is oil production, and when I wear this primer, I notice a big difference in the feeling of 'greasiness' on my face when wearing makeup — so much so that I sometimes even just wear the primer by itself as a finishing touch to my skin-care routine. I really love that this is a true makeup and skin-care hybrid, which is why it's earned a permanent spot in my beauty cabinet." — Ariel Baker, assistant beauty editor

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

"I love Dr. Dennis Gross's products. One of my favorites is the bestselling Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel Pads [11] ($88), which give my skin the boost it needs and fades my dark spots and hyperpigmentation better than so many other serums I've tried. I use it once to twice a week to help deeply exfoliate. With consistent use, I notice how much it helps in preventing congestion and breakouts from occurring, too." — Anvita Reddy, assistant editor, commerce

Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream

"I know, the Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream [12] ($215) is pricy, but I can't help but love it. The moisturizer is perfect for all skin types and addresses fine lines, dullness, and uneven texture but in a gentle, ultracomforting way. The formula simply feels good on the skin and coats your skin like icing on top of a cake. The key ingredients — purslane (an antioxidant), skullcap (for supporting skin renewal), and shea butter (to hydrate) — make it just as every bit effective as it is enjoyable to put on." — Jessica Harrington, beauty editor

Murad Deep Relief Acne Treatment

"When I was a teenager, I definitely thought I'd grow out of my hormonal breakouts by the time I hit my 30s, but alas — here we are, and here I am recommending one of my new favorite solutions: the Murad Deep Relief Acne Treatment [13] ($44). It's loaded with two percent salicylic acid — my personal favorite acne ingredient [14] — which gently treats those undergrounders as soon as they pop up. Just dab it on as needed with a Q-tip, and step away from the magnifying mirror . . . " — KC

MM Skincare MMRepose Serum

"NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Ellen Marmur is a brilliant doctor who splits her time between making people look and feel their best and fighting skin cancer — both surgically and charitably. She could tell me to put mayonnaise on my face and I'd do it, but fortunately, she created her own line of skin care and LED light devices. The MMRepose Serum [15] ($85) is a does-it-all blend for tired skin (raises hand) with peptides and calming, hydrating ingredients that create a dewy, glass-skin effect. Basically, it's a visit to her office in a bottle, which makes it as brilliant as the doctor herself." — Dawn Davis, executive director, beauty

SLMD Acne System

"My skin can have some really funky moments in the summer. I think it's a combo of all the sweat, oil, and occasional makeup creating a less-than-ideal environment for staying acne-free. I recently got my hands on the SLMD Acne System [16] ($50), and I'm a believer. Founded by Dr. Sandra Lee — yup, Dr. Pimple Popper herself — the line includes a bunch of the ingredients that I reach for when my acne-prone skin starts to misbehave. I love how the cleanser is so lightweight, yet my skin feels clean when I'm done using it. And I appreciate how the moisturizer, which also has a barely there feel, doesn't make my face oily. I recently traveled from New York to Salt Lake City with the entire system (thank you, travel-friendly packaging), and it kept my skin looking and feeling healthy and breakout-free in 100-degree weather. I love it so much, I just got one for a friend." — Shalwah Evans, associate director, Beauty Magazine

Lancer Skincare Caviar Lime Acid Peel

"At-home peels and exfoliating masks can be a hit or miss for me, but by far my favorite is the Lancer Skincare Caviar Lime Acid Peel [17] ($97). Whenever my skin is looking dull, congested, or tired and needs a boost, I put this on for just 10 minutes, and it completely transforms my skin. It contains a blend of 10 percent glycolic acid, 10 percent phytic acid, and retinol to address a myriad of skin concerns, but don't let that potent concoction scare you away. Aside from a light tingling sensation, it's super gentle." — JH

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Vitamin C Lactic 15% Firm & Bright Serum

"I've never tried a Dr. Dennis Gross product I didn't, at the very least, moderately enjoy, so when the brand launched the new Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Vitamin C Lactic 15% Firm & Bright Serum [18] ($85), I was embarrassingly giddy. Vitamin C is the one ingredient I don't go a day without using, and I run through serums like it's my job (it technically is). I also used to love lactic acid but could never find a place to squeeze it into my routine, so the fact that this serum safely combines both is a blessing I didn't see coming. I'm only about a week into using it, but so far, I'm happy about how quickly it sinks into my skin, its lack of funky smell, and the way it immediately makes my skin glow." — SS

Dr. Zenovia Skincare Hyaluronic Acid + Peptide Serum

"Dr. Zenovia's brand was founded as a solution for hormonal acne, and as someone who experiences the occasional hormonal breakout, I love the products. The Dr. Zenovia Skincare Hyaluronic Acid + Peptide Serum [19] ($72) is a treat for your skin. It is super hydrating and gives your skin a dewy glow, but it is also lightweight and layers well under other skin-care products. The blend of hyaluronic acid and peptides leaves my skin feeling plump, soft, and comforted immediately after use." — JH

Dr. Barbara Sturm The Better B Niacinimide Serum

"The Dr. Barbara Sturm The Better B Niacinimide Serum [20] ($145) is worth every penny. The first night I used it, I swear my skin looked more radiant by the next morning. With continued use, my skin has become noticeably softer, smoother, and still more glowy, with more refined texture on areas such as my cheeks and forehead. The combination of antioxidant-rich, hydrating ingredients, including marine plankton extract, and vitamin B5 keeps my dry, sensitive skin soothed and moisturized." — Ariel Wodarcyk, editor, Makeup.com and Skincare.com

Ro Derm Custom Rx Treatment

"Ro Derm is a personalized skin-care brand designed by dermatologists. To get your Custom Rx Treatment [21] ($30), you answer some online questions about your skin, then a provider creates the best treatment plan for you and a custom product formulation is mixed. It brings a visit to a dermatology office to you from the comfort of your home." — JH

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-Physical Lightweight Wrinkle Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30

"I love the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-Physical Lightweight Wrinkle Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 [22] ($42) because it is lightweight and feels elegant on the skin. It doesn't leave a white cast, is nonirritating and reapplication-friendly, and doesn't pill. It absorbs easily and doesn't feel like I'm wearing sunscreen at all. It's one of my favorites for everyday wear." — AR


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