Dermatologists’ Top Picks for Your Skin

by Leigh Ann Otte

Choosing skin-care products can be daunting. There are so many claims, ingredients, formulations—and prices!

So we went straight to the experts. We asked three dermatologists which products they’d recommend—brand names and all. And they said there are plenty of great finds right in your neighborhood drugstore.

They like retinol and peptides for fine lines, glycolic acid for smoothing and softening facial texture, and kojic acid for blotchiness. Looking for an effective lotion? Consider Vaseline Intensive Rescue Clinical Therapy Lotion or, for trouble spots, Aquaphor Healing Ointment—both from the drugstore.

Of course, if you really want quality, you’ll go for the department store picks, right? … Nope. Say Will Kirby, D.O., FAOCD, a board-certified dermatologist in Beverly Hills, who has his own skin-care line and has been featured on Dr. 90210 and The Doctors:

“You can spend a lot of money on a good product or a small amount of money on a good product. If you are a shopper and like the department-store experience then by all means feel free to shop there; they carry excellent products. By the same token, the same quality of products are available at any drugstore and are a much better value.”

What’s your favorite skin-care product?

You can read the full article, with lots more recommendations, here. (As with all our articles, none of this information is meant as individual advice.)

Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of

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2 Responses to “Dermatologists’ Top Picks for Your Skin”

  1. Judy Rodman Says:

    Great subject- awesome to have the most effective product ingredients listed! My favorite skin care product continues to be Shiseido. It is indeed expensive and I bet there are others which are as effective. The biggest thing for my skin, however, has been to use something to clear dead cells- which enables any skin care product the ability to access the skin below and be much more effective in moisturizing, etc. I’m using a Clarisonic skin brush with my cleanser and Clinique’s “Even Better” dark spot corrector (I have sun damage)… both are making a ton of difference. Thx again for the topic!

  2. Leigh Ann Otte Says:

    Thank you, Judy, for sharing your recommendations–and for the kudos!

    Leigh Ann Otte
    Managing Editor

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