The best thing about being a beauty editor is that I get the opportunity to speak with some of the world’s top beauty experts basically every single day. From celebrity makeup artists to Harley Street surgeons, I am forever picking the brains of experts in a bid to learn everything there is to know about beauty. And while picking up different makeup tips and tricks is wonderful, the one thing I am always most fascinated by is the sort of products skin experts swear by.
There’s no doubt that shopping for skincare can be daunting and often frustrating, and not just because of the abundance of choice. All too often we are let down by miracle claims that don’t live up to their promises. And while most medical skin experts and dermatologists insist that if you have serious skin concerns, you should always seek expert advice, there are a handful of accessible skincare brands that they wax lyrical about.
From super-affordable cleansers and SPFs to clinical-grade serums, there are a number of brands and products that come highly recommended time and again. With expert-approved ingredients, when it comes to the skincare brands that derms love, you better believe you’ll see results. Keep scrolling to discover the brands and products that dermatologists always recommend.
French skincare is known for its glowing results, but La Roche-Posay really is in a league of its own. Much like all of the products to follow, its formulas are fuss-free and contain very few what I like to call “luxe additions,” meaning there’s little fragrance and no expensive-feeling slip to the products. They just work.
Possibly the most highly recommended skincare product of all time, this moisturiser is regularly recommended for those who suffer from blemish- and breakout-prone complexions. With niacinamide to reduce the redness and appearance of blemishes, it also contains lipo hydroxy acid and salicylic acid to unclog pores and is great for sensitive skin, too. It’s virtually impossible to have a conversation with a dermatologist about breakouts without this moisturiser cropping up at least once.
If you’re experiencing any sort of skin problem (with the exception of perhaps extreme dryness and sensitivity), this cleanser always comes highly recommended. Simple yet effective, it works to deeply cleanse without drying.
If you struggle with wearing SPF daily, this is one to add to your radar. It’s lightweight, seriously protecting and, most importantly, a wonderful choice for sensitive skin types. As someone with naturally oily, congested skin, every time I moan about greasy SPF formulas, a dermatologist pulls out the Anthelios card to show that really, there is no excuse.
For years, dermatologists raved about CeraVe as the affordable skincare brand that everyone should know about, but it was only available in the U.S. Now, though, you can buy the hero products on British soil too. Again, with incredibly simple formulas that promote skin health in every way, it’s hard to go wrong.
For those with dry, irritation-prone skin, this hydrating cleanser shouldn’t be overlooked. With essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid, it’s designed to repair and protect the skin barrier while removing daily buildup.
This tiny little tube holds one hell of a formula. It’s deeply nourishing and hydrating but is also fragrance-free and noncomedogenic so you can use it without the risk of irritation or blocked pores.
When dry skin needs a real helping hand, this hardworking moisturiser comes highly recommended. Again, relying on CeraVe’s signature ceramide and hyaluronic acid combination, it offers serious non-irritating hydration that, over time, will have skin looking and feeling its best again.
While most of the other brands on this list can be purchased either in-store or via mainstream retailers, Exuviance is very much a clinical brand, and you may have to hunt a little harder to find it. It’s likely that you may not have heard of it before, but the shelves of some of the best aesthetics clinics around usually boast an impressive selection of Exuviance products.
This stuff means business. If you suffer with congestion and blackheads, a thin layer left on for one minute will do the trick. With professional-grade crystals, glycolic acid and papaya enzymes to slough away at dead skin cells, dissolve build-up and minimise the appearance of pores, it can’t be beaten.
Vitamin C is one of those ingredients that every dermatologist insists everyone should use (as well as retinol and SPF). Unlike so many other vitamin C products on the market, these capsules ensure that the formula remains potent and stable for maximum results.
You may notice that this pot looks a little different to the others. Recently, Exuviance had a rebrand, and this is just its old packaging. You see, this particular product is so amazing that it’s hard to catch it in stock. The renamed Skinrise Morning Glow Pads are already sold out, but the same formula in the old packaging is (thankfully) still available in some places. With polyhydroxy acids which work to deeply exfoliate with minimal irritation, these simple pads will have skin youthfully glowing beyond belief.
While dermatologists do have some seriously great affordable recommendations up their sleeves, that’s not to say that the more expensive options are no good. In fact, SkinCeuticals is a brand that dermatologists continue to recommend despite its eye-watering prices. Loved by doctors, aestheticians and facialists, its highly potent formulas are some of the best that money can buy.
Probably one of the most well-known products in its offering, the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum delivers a hearty dose of vitamin C, which gives skin a glowing radiance that has beauty editors and celebs weak at the knees. Beyond that, skin experts rave about the antioxidant benefits of this serum which work to protect skin from ageing aggressors.
Another universally adored SPF. Not only is the protection factor on this stuff great, but it’s also really lightweight and gives skin a lovely subtle glow, making it a great everyday option.
Similar to C E Ferulic, this serum also contains vitamin C and ferulic acid, but this time with the added antioxidant benefits of phloretin. While C E Ferulic is all about protection from the signs of ageing, this serum is more about improving the skin’s overall appearance, minimising pigmentation and improving texture.
If you haven’t already guessed, French pharmaceutical brands are a big hit among dermatologists. With simple, fuss-free formulas, they are a go-to for those with problem skin. Bioderma might be best known for its makeup artist–approved micellar water, but dermatologists and skin experts also swear by its Sébium range for controlling breakouts.
Bioderma’s famous Sensibio H2O micellar water is a great non-irritating way to remove makeup at the end of the day. Simply apply to a cotton pad and swipe over the face to dissolve makeup. Just be sure to cleanse properly afterward too.
Ideal for those with breakout-prone, oily skin that still requires a bit of daily moisture, not only does this moisturiser regulate sebum production and shine, but it is also noncomedogenic so won’t contribute to any further breakouts.
From the same range is this foaming cleanser. Ideal for oily skin types, it cleanses and purifies the skin and limits sebum production at the same time. The best bit? While it’s foaming, it’s also soap-free so doesn’t overly dry out the skin either.