19 Dermatologist-Approved Skin Staples You Can Buy on Amazon

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When it comes to shopping, few retailers beat the convenience of Amazon. For better or worse, the online retailer is already my go-to shop for everything from kitchen supplies to tech. What I was less aware of is that Amazon’s skin-care offerings aren’t just plentiful, so many of them are reccomended by top dermatologists.

Amazon’s skin-care landscape is full of brands and products top dermatologists recommend to others and use themselves. From tried-and-true drugstore staples to splurge-worthy favorites, these are 19 skin-care products green-lighted by experts you can buy on Amazon.

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Caudalie Vinoclean Instant Foaming Cleanser (28.50)

New York dermatologist Heidi A. Waldorf, MD considers this antioxidant-rich, soap- and sulfate-free cleanser one of her favorites. “It uses several non-sulfate surfactant ingredients like sodium cocoyl glutamate to remove oil and dirt gently along with anti-inflammatory naturals. As a foam, it clears completely with water leaving the skin feeling clean, but not tight.”

Size: 5 oz | Key Ingredients: sage extract, chamomile extract, grape water | Best for: dryness, redness, dullness

BUY NOW – 28.50

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RoC Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Anti-Aging Night Face Moisturizer ($18)

Rochester, NY dermatologist Lesley Loss, MD calls this night cream a “great drugstore retinol.” According to the brand, it reduces the appearance of deep wrinkles by up to 50% while you sleep and is clinically proven to make skin look 10 years younger by fading dark spots, evening skin tone and visibly firming and lifting sagging skin.

Size: 1 oz | Key Ingredients: shea butter, glycolic acid, retinol, glycerin | Best for: mature skin

BUY NOW – $18

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ALASTIN Skincare HydraTint Pro Mineral Sunscreen SPF 36 ($78)

Martha Stewart and NewBeauty‘s executive editor, Liz Ritter, love this SPF-infused skin tint and so does Delray Beach, FL dermatologist Dr. Janet Allenby—especially for skin over 50. “Mature skin tends to need products to be more emollient, as the skin barrier is not as good as we age. Meanwhile they also must rub in well to be elegant. My patients and myself all really like this Alastin product because it acts as not only an excellent physical sunscreen, but also doubles as a light foundation.”

Size: 3.2 oz | Key Ingredients: zinc oxide, antioxidants, ectoin | Best for: all skin types

BUY NOW – $78

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Avène Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream ($28)

I switched my nighttime moisturizer to this multi-use restorative cream and my skin went from dull to glowy overnight. Dallas dermatologist Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand, MD, shares similar sentiments: “It makes skin look so dewy.” In addition to soothing burns, razor burn, redness, irritation dryness post-procedure skin, Dr. Houshmand also recommends using it as a highlighter to accentuate your cheekbones.

Size: 1.3 oz | Key Ingredients: postbiotics, castor, shea and jojoba oils, thermal spring water | Best for: all skin types, safe for infants and children

BUY NOW – $28

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SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum ($295)

Washington, D.C., dermatologist Sarika Snell, MD, and Bay Harbor Islands, FL dermatologists Stacy Chimento, MD and Lucy L. Chen, MD, all recommend this wrinkle-smoothing serum. Its two-chamber system encourages skin cell renewal and supports collagen and elastin levels.

Size: 1 oz | Key Ingredients: growth factors, peptides, French flax seed, marine extract, green microalgae | Best for: all skin types

BUY NOW – $295

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Herbivore Orchid Antioxidant Beauty Face Oil ($67)

Brookline, MA dermatologist Papri Sarkar, MD, likes to gift this clean facial oil to family and friends. It supports a youthful appearance by defending against free radicals, supporting elasticity and replenishing hydration with vitamins and fatty acids, such as omega 3 and 6. Floral oils also leave a bright glow.

Size: 1.7 oz | Key ingredients: orchid extract, jasmine sambac, Japanese camellia flower oil  | Best for: normal skin, sensitive skin, combination skin

BUY NOW – $67

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EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40 ($37)

EltaMD is beloved dermatologist brand because the entire product catalog is effective, gentle, and non-irritating, making them a great choice for all skin types and tones. Houston dermatologist Jennifer Segal, MD calls UV Daily “an excellent emollient” and adds: “This sunscreen is mineral-based, making it less-irritating and ideal for mature skin, which becomes more sensitive with age.”

Size: 1.7 oz | Key Ingredients: zinc oxide, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E | Best for: dry, combination skin, dehydrated skin, mature skin

BUY NOW – $37

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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($13.50)

Dr. Loss recommends this creamy cleanser “if you have sensitive skin,” because it’s gentle, but “gets the job done.” The soap-free formula provides continuous hydration so skin is comfortable and clean after using, while also strengthening the skin barrier and protecting it against future skin sensitivities.

Size: 20 oz | Key Ingredients: niacinamide, panthenol (vitamin B5), glycerin | Best for: dry, normal, sensitive skin

BUY NOW – $13.50

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L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 0.3% Pure Retinol Night Serum ($31)

West Palm Beach, FL dermatologist Kenneth Beer, MD says his favorite retinol is this one from L’Oréal. “It’s well priced, and I think it delivers a good amount of retinol,” he says. The potent formula contains 0.3 percent pure retinol to visibly reduce wrinkles and smooth skin texture, and also includes powerhouse hydrators hyaluronic acid and glycerin.

Size: 1 oz | Key Ingredients: pure retinol, hyaluronic acid, glycerin | Best for: aging skin

BUY NOW – $31

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Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50 ($66)

“A powder sunscreen like this one makes SPF touch-ups really easy, even if you’re already wearing makeup,” says Toronto dermatologist Geeta Yadav, MD. The natural-looking finish is thanks to lightweight mineral powder, antioxidants and botanicals.

Size: | Key Ingredients: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide | Best for: sensitive skin, acne-prone skin, melasma

BUY NOW – $66

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La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer ($23)

Flushing, NY dermatologist Dr. Winifred Chu struggles with sensitive, eczema-prone skin. This face moisturizer from La-Roche Posay is “one of [her] favorites” because of its ingredients. “It contains ceramide-3, niacinamide and prebiotic thermal water, which has a unique prebiotic action on the skin microbiome, helping to replenish moisture up to 48 hours, as well as restoring skin’s natural barrier. It’s also oil-free and noncomedogenic, so it’s a great product for my acne-prone patients, as it doesn’t clog the pores and will not cause breakouts.”

Size: 3.38 oz | Key Ingredients: prebiotic thermal water, ceramides, niacinamide | Best for: all skin types

BUY NOW – $23

12 / 19

Nécessaire The Deodorant Gel ($39)

Nécessaire uses 5% AHA and niacinamide to combat under-arm odor, treat hyperpigmentation and minimize bumps. “It’s an aluminum-free deodorant and dries quickly, leaving zero residue behind,” adds Dallas dermatologist Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand, MD. It’s also a go-to brand for celebs like Courteney Cox and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Size: 1.7 oz | Key Ingredients: alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), niacinamide, chamomile flower extract | Best for: all skin types

BUY NOW – $29

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St. Tropez Tan Luxe Whipped Crème Mousse ($48)

Fort Lauderdale, FL dermatologist Dr. Matthew Elias recommends this self-tanner because it “dries fast and has amazing professional-grade skin-care components in it like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide that soothe the skin and keep it moisturized.” Pigment appears in seconds with a powder-soft finish and color deepens over the next eight hours.

Size: 6.7 oz | Key Ingredients: niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, echinacea, vitamin E | Best for: all skin types

BUY NOW – $48

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Neutrogena Stubborn Acne Pimple Patches ($8)

Dr. Beer says these ultra-thin acne patches are “nonirritating and priced affordably.” You’ll know they’re working when the translucent patch turns white—that means it’s actively absorbing fluid from the blemish. After one use pimples look visibly smaller and flatter.

Size: 24-count pack | Key Ingredients: hydrocolloid | Best for: acne

BUY NOW – $8

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Avène RetinAL 0.1 Intensive Cream ($79)

Dr. Allenby says her skin “can’t tolerate anything too strong,” so she uses this gentle formula from Avène. “I don’t get irritated, and it still helps with my fine wrinkles and sun discoloration.” The smoothing, brightening and firming cream contains retinaldehyde, a retinoid the brand says is clinically shown to be more effective than retinol.

Size: 1.01 oz | Key Ingredients: retinaldehyde, thermal spring water, vitamin E, peptides | Best for: sensitive skin, aging skin

BUY NOW – $79

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CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($16)

Several dermatologists praise CeraVe’s Moisturizing Cream because it’s a powerful hydrator for dry, aging, sensitive and eczema-prone skin types. Davie, FL dermatologist Marianna Blyumin-Karasik, MD, says she’s “sworn by” it for over 10 years “to protect and reinforce the skin barrier.” The rich moisturizer can be used on the face and body and hold National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance.

Size: 19 oz | Key Ingredients: ceramides, hyaluronic acid | Best for: normal skin, dry skin

BUY NOW – $16

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La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C Face Serum ($38)

Dr. Blyumin-Karasik says this vitamin C serum is “one of [her] favorites to recommend to patients” because the formula contains humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which can offset potential irritation from pure vitamin C. After using skin looks brighter, more even toned and radiant.

Size: 1.0 oz | Key Ingredients: pure vitamin C, salicylic acid, neurosensine, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, thermal spring water | Best for: all skin types

BUY NOW – $38

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Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream ($56)

Campbell, CA dermatologist Amelia K. Hausauer, MD, calls this moisturizer from viral brand Drunk Elephant “a dermatologist favorite for luxe, deeply hydrating products.” This airy, whipped formula contains African oils, a plant-based ceramide complex and antioxidants to provide daily moisture, defend against the effects of everyday stressors and combat signs of aging.

Size: 1.69 oz | Key Ingredients: African-oil blend, ceramides, lipids | Best for: normal, dry, combination, oily skin types

BUY NOW – $56

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum ($15)

The star of this drugstore favorite serum is hyaluronic acid. New York dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, explains that hyaluronic acid “acts like a sponge that pulls hydration into the skin to offer both moisturizing and plumping benefits and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

Size: 1 oz | Key Ingredients: hyaluronic acid | Best for: dry skin

BUY NOW – $15

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