The Best Skincare Routines and Products Dermatologists Actually Use

There’s no doubt that discovering the best skincare routine is quite a challenge, whether you’re a long-time enthusiast or a novice. Even those with years of experience will share that the journey to clear, glowing skin hasn’t been without some trial and error.

Plus, there seems to be an endless amount of skincare advice out there these days, especially now that so many of us can learn new tips and tricks on TikTok. But how do you know what to trust? As we seek to answer this question ourselves, we thought we’d take a look at the routines of our favorite dermatologists. They are, after all, the ultimate experts in the field who can provide medical advice to get your best skin yet. And while it may seem obvious, they just like us have the typical skin issues like acne, sensitivity, eczema, hyperpigmentation, etc.

So we asked three top dermatologists to share their morning-to-night skincare regimens. Below, read on to shop their beauty cabinets and learn some useful information to light up your routine.

Dr. Karen Kagha

Dr. Karen Kagha

  • Meet the expert: Dr. Karen Kagha is a Harvard-trained cosmetic and laser dermatologist specializing in hyperpigmentation, acne, and colored skin.
  • skin type“I’m naturally oilier, prone to acne,” Kagha explains. “With my skin type, slight hyperpigmentation can occur.”


The first step: “In the morning, I use a mild detergent. Depending on the condition of my skin, I alternate between CeraVe Acne Cream Foaming Cleanser, Senté Exfoliating Cleanser, and Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Cleanser. While Senté and Revision Skincare’s formulas are powered by exfoliating acids to brighten and remove impurities, CeraVe’s are infused with benzoyl peroxide to draw out excess dirt and oil and prevent new breakouts.

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CeraVe Foaming Acne Cream Cleanser

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Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Cleanser

Second step“Next, I apply a vitamin C serum; I am currently using SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF. Formulated for oily, acne-prone skin, it contains a cocktail of silymarin (milk thistle extract), l-ascorbic acid, ferulic and salicylic acid to reduce oiliness, breakouts and skin texture. skin.

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SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF

Third stepNext is the moisturizer, which at the moment is Alastin Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer. It contains linoleic acid, oat kernel and silver mushroom to soothe and nourish the skin.

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Alastin Ultra Nourishing Moisturizing Cream

Step 4: “Finally, I apply sunscreen. Currently, I use EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44,” she says of the tinted mineral sunscreen, which provides universal sheer coverage for most skin types. skin types, as well as UV protection.”For fancier days, if I want more coverage, I can mix a drop of Dermablend Flawless Creator Foundation with my sunscreen.”

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Elta® Broad Spectrum SPF 44 UV Elements

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Dermablend Flawless Creator Lightweight Foundation


“At night, I alternate between the same washes mentioned in my morning routine,” she says. “I then use a small, pea-sized amount of Arazlo Lotion 0.045%. Finally, I apply a moisturizer, which is sometimes La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer. This drugstore find coveted French is known to be incredibly soft and nourishing thanks to its ceramides, niacinamide and prebiotic thermal water.

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La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer

More to know“Depending on active breakouts, I have a prescription benzoyl peroxide/clindamycin lotion that I apply intermittently to problem areas,” she said of what completes her routine. In light of her specialties in aesthetics and lasers, she often treats her diverse clientele and her own skin with this approach. “One of the most common complaints of my personal skin type is hyperpigmentation,” she notes. “To do this, I like to combine other less common options in the office, including non-ablative fractional lasers and chemical peels for more stubborn areas. I always encourage patients to take a more preventative approach and start early. take care of their skin for best results.

Dr. Whitney Bowe

Dr. Whitney Bowe

  • Meet the expert: Dr. Whitney Bowe is a New York-based board-certified dermatologist and founder of her eponymous line of beauty products, which seeks to address concerns from the inside and the outside.
  • skin type“My skin is sensitive, dry and I’m prone to occasional breakouts,” says Bowe.


“My morning skincare routine is consistent and streamlined — I don’t do a morning skin cycle,” she explains. “My goal is to protect my skin from everyday stressors that can generate free radicals, like ultraviolet rays and pollution.”

The first step“Cleanse with a mild cleanser and warm (not hot) water,” she advises. “One of my longtime favorites is La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Moisturizing Gentle Cleanser, which is milky and leaves my skin hydrated and nourished, not stripped and tight.”

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La Roche-Posay Toleriane Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser

Second step: Next, the vitamin C serum. “I use Phloretin CF from SkinCeuticals because their CE Ferulic tends to make me break out, but I’m really excited about the newer, more stable vitamin C derivatives like tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate because we know that L-ascorbic acid, the most traditional form of Vit C, is very unstable.

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SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF

Third step“I hydrate with Bowe Glowe Microbiome Nourishing Cream, which has been clinically tested using an instrument called the Tewameter to measure ‘TEWL’ or ‘transepidermal water loss’. tell how much water evaporates from the skin’s surface,” she says. “It’s powered by an exclusive blend of deeply hydrating and repairing ingredients, including prebiotics, postbiotics, ceramides, hyaluronic acid and squalane.”

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Dr. Whitney Bowe Beauty Bowe Glowe Microbiome Nourishing Cream



Step 4:For sun protection, she opts for Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun Rice + Probiotics Sunscreen, a lightweight K-beauty cream powered with rice extract and fermented grain extracts to be ultra hydrating. Otherwise, she loves Supergoop!’s Glowscreen for a dewy, sun-kissed glow.

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Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun Rice + Probiotics Sunscreen

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Super goof! Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40

Fifth step“The last and final step in my morning routine is to drink my Bowe Growe,” she says to target inner skincare, what she considers the missing layer of your skincare routine. “Bowe Growe is a vegan elixir made with a blend of polyphenols which are powerful plant-based nutrients that help rebalance your gut microbiome and support healthy skin from the inside out. I treat skin from the inside out. outside and outside in as part of my three-dimensional approach to skin health, and while I eat an incredibly healthy diet, I also believe in smart, strategic supplementation. to three drops of the elixir in four ounces of water once a day.

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Dr. Whitney Bowe Beauty Bowe Growe Pomegranate Microbiome Water Enhancing Elixir




“My nighttime routine, called Skin Cycling, has gone viral on social media over the past few weeks,” she explains of her approach to a balanced nighttime diet. “I introduced the skin cycle as a ‘less is more’ approach, being thoughtful and deliberate about your skincare routine. Rather than adding more products on top of each other, the skin cycle encourages you to use products strategically to complement each other and set you up for success while easing unnecessary irritation.Her skin cycle routine is four nights, then repeats: exfoliation, retinoid, then recovery.

Night One-Exfoliation“I use chemical exfoliants rather than harsh physical scrubs. This type of exfoliation gives your skin an immediate glow but also prepares you to get the most out of Night 2, the Retinoid Night,” she explains. “In addition to your exfoliating product, you want to apply a fragrance-free moisturizer that specifically rebalances the skin microbiome and repairs the skin barrier, but you [also] I don’t want to use a product that’s too heavy or greasy because that can drive the exfoliating acid into the skin unpredictably and create unnecessary irritation. For the same reason, advise against using petroleum jelly or occlusive oils (like coconut oil) on exfoliation nights as the skin is more vulnerable. “Bowe Glowe Moisturizing Cream is an ideal final step on exfoliation night, after any tingling sensation from the exfoliating serum has faded.”

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