The 5 Best Dermatologist Approved Skincare for 2024

We all know that the doctor knows best, so trust these recommendations for the best dermatologist-approved skincare of 2024.
AuthorBy Amira Nouh, MD

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2024

There has been a distinct shift in the skincare community over the last few years. This shift has not been one of price or product orientation; it has been one that’s moved the skincare community toward using more brands and products endorsed by dermatologists.

Since doctors spend a long time studying their trade and have an immense amount of knowledge compared to the average skincare aficionado, choosing brands and products they recommend makes sense.

If you’re looking for a replacement for a few products that aren’t doing the trick, try these dermatologist-approved skincare brands and products when you restock your bathroom cabinet.

Fresh | Soy pH-Balanced Hydrating Face Wash

Fresh, best known for its luxury facial moisturizers and serums, is a brand recommended by Dr Daniel Sugai. He recently posted a video on TikTok after his sister recommended the soy face wash as one of her new favorites.

Dr Sugai loves this product because it brings balance to the skin instead of cleansing too harshly. The formula’s soy proteins and cucumber extract are proven to soften all skin types.

He further reports that the formula is scientifically proven to maintain skin pH and increase hydration immediately by 10%.

Take off dirt and makeup and tone your face simultaneously with this best-selling formula.


Soy pH-Balanced Hydrating Face Wash

Tatcha | The Water Cream

Tacha has emerged as a buzz-brand this year, with several celebrities and skincare fanatics trying it out.

This Allure Reader’s Choice Hall of Fame product is also highly recommended by The Derm Review — a website run by dermatologists who want you to know which skincare products are worth the hype.

This oil-free face cream really delivers what it promises: it floods the skin with long-lasting hydration and reveals a smooth and clarified complexion after continuous use.

This cream has also been clinically proven to refine the appearance of large pores and smooth, uneven texture with continuous use.


Tatcha | The Water Cream

Skinfix | Barrier+ Skin Barrier Niacinamide Refillable Restoring Gel Cream

Skinfix is a brand that focuses on pharmaceutically verified recipes and dermatologist testing.

Five clinical studies the brand has carried out have already been published in peer-reviewed dermatology journals by genuine, certified derms.

The Barrier+ Skin Barrier Niacinamide Refillable Restoring Gel Cream is one of their best sellers — and for good reason.

Not only is the brand completely clean and plant-positive (meaning the brand meets standards for climate commitments, sustainable sourcing, responsible packaging, and environmental giving), but this product is reviewed by both customers and professionals as being good for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, dryness, and loss of elasticity.

Skinfix | Barrier+ Skin Barrier Niacinamide Refillable Restoring Gel Cream

Skinfix | Barrier+ Skin Barrier Niacinamide Refillable Restoring Gel Cream

Dr. Whitney Bowe | Bowe Glow Microbiome Nourishing Cream

This product goes a step further than just being recommended by a dermatologist; it was created by one.

Dr Whitney Bowe’s skincare nourishing face cream is proven to help strengthen the skin barrier, visibly reduce fine lines, deeply hydrate, and balance the skin’s microbiome. It’s also refillable, cruelty-free, and vegan.

100% of the test group in their study said that their skin felt moisturized and hydrated all day, and 97% said that they felt far more confident in their skin.

Her ingredients — like squalane, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, prebiotics, and postbiotics — come together to create a formula that is second to none.


Bowe Glow Microbiome Nourishing Cream

Obagi | Professional–C Serum 20%

Ogabi’s products aren’t just recommended by dermatologists; the Obagi site also has a portal to help you find a skincare professional (these doctors partner with the brand) to help with further personalized guidance.

The 20% part of this serum is a 20% bppt of L-ascorbic acid and sodium hyaluronate, which work wonders for dark spots, strengthen the skin’s antioxidant levels, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

If you’re looking for skin with a hydrated glow all day long, this is the serum for you.


Obagi | Professional–C Serum 20%

MZ Skin | Reviving Antioxidant Facial Oil

Another dermatologist-created brand on our list is MZ Skin.

It was created by Dr Maryam Zamani, a globally renowned oculoplastic surgeon and facial aesthetics doctor. Founded on Dr Zamani’s medical expertise, this brand has shown an incredible dedication to high-grade skincare.

All the products in the range are geared towards skin health, but it’s the antioxidant facial oil that has people talking.

Similar to only a handful of best facial oils, this product is crafted specifically for stressed-out skin. Its light, luxurious, and quick-absorbing formula works to restore calm and balance.

Once absorbed, the formula delivers omegas, antioxidants, and several other skin barrier boosters to keep your skin strong and healthy.


MZ Skin | Reviving Antioxidant Facial Oil

Doctor Knows Best

These brands and products are not only on best-seller lists but also on dermatologist’s hot lists.

If a brand or a product is well-reviewed or recommended by someone who knows the science behind caring for your skin, there is a good chance it’s worth the hype.


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