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Expert Roundup: Famous Dermatologists Reveal Their Best Skin Care Routines

Learn what skin care products do dermatologists use? We asked dermatologists to share their best skin care routines, here's what they said.
By Dermspotlight Staff,
Updated March 9, 2021
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Dermatologists Reveal Their Skincare Secrets

Have you ever wondered what creams and serums make up a dermatologist skincare routine, in the privacy of their own homes? We were curious too, so we spoke to the top skin doctors and experts in the field.

In this article, top dermatologists share their skin care routine tricks and secrets about the best products for a clear complexion with few blemishes, lines, or wrinkles. We share the best morning skin care routine and the best evening skin care routine, according to dermatologists. Read on to find out exactly what top dermatologists use on their skin each morning and night.

What Do Dermatologists Use on their Skin?

We wanted to find out which products they use on their skin, what are the most enriching ingredients, and what their top recommendations would be for each of the skincare routine steps. The results were enlightening and provided some luxurious suggestions for the best skincare products on the market to enhance your complexion.

Dermatologists outlined some of the skincare routine steps they think are most important, and at which time of day. Many pointed out that day and night care differ, as skincare routine products for the daytime focus on protection. However, active skin repair, intense moisturizing, and serums are more important at night.

Many dermatologists pointed out the importance of a skincare routine for men. There are many men who see skincare products as being solely the domain of women. However, it’s just as important for men to take care of their skin and protect it from the elements.

In this article, we’ll give you the best advice dermatologists have to offer about what products you should include in the best skincare routine.

Joanna McGetrick

Joanna McGetrick

MD, FAAD (Board Certified Dermatologist In Florida, United States)

About Dr. McGetrick - Experienced board certified dermatologist who specializes in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Practicing in Florida means that sun protection and skin cancer prevention are at the forefront of tailoring all skincare regimens.

Morning:

The basics of every morning routine should include a cleanser and a sunscreen. There are many great skin care products out there for cleansers, and this is not an area where you need to spend a lot of money on your product. I personally prefer SkinMedica’s AHA/BHA cleanser, but have used many good basic products over the years. I do apply treatment products (antioxidants) in the morning, but this is a bonus step. I use antioxidants from SkinMedica’s TNS serum and Lumevive AM to help combat the UV exposure we get here in Florida. I then follow with a Hyaluronidase based moisturizer, SkinMedica’s HA5. This step can be combined with a sunscreen if you want to simplify and use a combination product of a moisturizer with sunscreen (there are many out there). The most important part of your morning routine is last, the sunscreen. My personal favorite is EltaMD clear tinted sunscreen. I have tried many sunscreens over the years and always go back to this one. Using a sunscreen with some tint actually provides some additional protection. Remember that all of these products should be brought onto your neck and décolletage as well.

For my body, I use Eucerin Daily Hydration Body Cream with SPF 30 every day. If I am going to be outside at the beach or swimming, I add EltaMD Active SPF 50+ about 30 minutes prior to going out. I keep Colorescience Unforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50 in my purse and my car for touchups.

Night:

The most important parts of your nighttime routine are making sure that you take off your makeup and use a retinoid. I use the same SkinMedica AHA/BHA cleanser at night after using Neutrogena oil free makeup remover. I follow this with antioxidants again (remember that these are bonus), specifically SkinMedica’s TNS serum and Lumevive night. I then use either prescription strength Retin A or SkinMedica Retinol depending on what I have at the time. I finish with SkinMedica’s HA5 again as a moisturizer. For the eye area, I apply SkinMedica TNS illuminating eye cream.

Remember that if you are new to retinol, start out only using it a few nights a week and then increase as tolerated. Again, the most important part of your night routine is taking off your makeup religiously every night and trying to get retinol in at least a few times a week!


Erum Ilyas

Erum Ilyas

MD, MBE, FAAD (Board Certified Dermatologist In Pennsylvania, United States)

About Erum - Experienced Dermatologist with a demonstrated history of caring for patients. Skilled in Medicine, Administration, Teledermatology, Research, Bioethics, Fashion Design, Healthcare, and Healthcare Management. Dr Ilyas has built a practice of over 30,000 patients in addition to creating and launching a line of women's contemporary clothing with sun protection in every textiles and adaptive features.

The basics of my skin care routine are very simple: cleanser and sunblock in the morning, cleanser and retinol at night.

For a cleanser, most days I choose CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser. If I do find that my skin is a bit more on the oily side at times, I may use Neutrogena’s Oil Free Acne Wash.

Morning:

Every morning I apply a sunblock. I tend to choose Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue for my face and the Mineral Sunscreen Lotion by my line, AmberSkinCare by AmberNoon for my body. For days that I will be in the sun and not just at work I will often use my Tinted Sunscreen Lotion from my line as well for my face.

Night:

At night, I use retinoids. Most times of the year I use the prescription strength version but in the winter my skin can get too dry and irritated. I tend to use CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Serum in the winter when this is the case. If I do use this at night, I may supplement the effects with Oil of Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 in the morning.

The Extras:

The other add-on’s, especially with mask wearing, are Niacinamide containing serums on the days I work. I find it can help lessen the irritation and maskne I have been experiencing. I use The Ordinary’s Niacinamide Serum in the morning and the Detox Night Wear cream by my line, AmberSkinCare by AmberNoon at night. I also get irritation around my eyes from wearing a mask and find the Cucumber Herbal Eye Gel from my line as soothing.

By keeping my routine simple and straightforward and focused on the needs of my skin at the time, I avoid excess use of unnecessary products!


Renata M. Block, MMS, PA-C

Renata M. Block, MMS, PA-C

Dermatology PA-C at Advanced Dermatology & Aesthetic Medicine, LLC. Greater Chicago Area

About Renata - I am a Board Certified Physician Assistant who has been practicing in dermatology since 2004. I have experience in managing and treating dermatological conditions such as acne, rashes, warts, eczema and psoriasis. I am highly skilled at detecting and treating skin cancers. I enjoy cosmetic procedures including skin tightening treatments and lasers. I am an avid believer in patient education and enjoy teaching patients about skin care, cosmetics and product use including anti-aging formulations. Please visit my blog at savvydermdiva.com

Morning:

Waking up early in the morning for my workouts, I make sure I wash my face with water and follow it up with an RX Onexton Gel with BPO and clindamycin before breaking a sweat.

Once my workout is finished, I wash with a gentle cleanser such as Dove Bar soap to face, and Dermalogica’s Body wash with the perfect aromatic oils combination; both have been a favorite of mine for 20 years. My skin routine is essential to me, and I never miss a beat in the morning when prepping with a powerful Vitamin C Serum such as ISDIN's Flavo-C Ultra Glycan, a powerful antioxidant with moisturizers to help fight free radical damage from UV radiation, pollution, and stress. Eye cream is a necessity for delicate skin, and my current fave is Lumiere Firm Riche formulated with growth factors to help boost repair. ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless then follows a rich moisturizer such as EltaMD Ceramide and Enzyme repair, a tinted 100% Mineral Sunscreen formulation to help protect me against UVA/UVB and Blue Light while repairing my skin with a patented enzyme formulation. Lastly, Epionce Lip Balm is my current go-to for lip hydration and protection.

Night:

My Nighttime skincare routine is always my favorite because it is the most time I spend on my routine, and I consider it a pampering session. If I wear make-up during the day, it gets washed off immediately when I get home with Olay Cleansing Cloths which takes it off beautifully. I follow this with my ISDIN Sunscreen. I have a separate routine before I go to bed with a SkinCeuticals hydrating cleanser, followed by an RX Arazlo lotion 0.045% to my full face for my acne, pores, oil-control, and anti-aging, of course. Eye cream is vital to the skin, and I never skip it due to the eye area being very delicate; and when applied before my Arazlo, it can help buffer the migration of the product to the area, which can cause dryness. I repeat my EltaMD moisturizer, and voila, I am ready for my beauty sleep. Sleeping on a special pillow to combat wrinkles such as Sleep and Glow helps me keep the wrinkles at bay.


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Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD

By Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, is an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.