10 Avène Products Dermatologists Swear By

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One of the best parts of my job is sorting through skin-care recommendations from dermatologists. Not only do I learn about breakthrough innovations and buzzy ingredients, I get a clear picture of the brands derms rave about over and over again. One of those said brands? Avène. The legendary French pharmacy staple is trusted by skin-care experts for everything from fading melasma and sun protection to full-body moisturizers and retinols.

If you have yet to try Avène, or are just looking for the perfect time to stock up, now is the perfect time to snag an array of these French fan favorites. For a limited time you can get 25% off all orders over $70 with the code WINTER25. Make sure you act fast: This sale ends Tuesday, January 23.

10 Avène products dermatologists recommend

1 / 10

A Favorite Cleanser for Hormonal Acne

Cleansing Foam ($22)

A gentle option for those with sensitive skin, Beverly Hills, CA dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD recommends this product to treat hormonal acne as it “cleanses with Avène thermal spring water, non-sulfated surfactants, glycerin, and diglycerin to calm and clean.”

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2 / 10

A Self-Tanner So Good Derms Use It

Moisturizing Self-Tanner ($13)

Louisville, KY, dermatologist Tami Buss Cassis, MD, loves Avène Moisturizing Self-Tanner. However, she notes that the product has a bit of a learning curve. She mixes it with her daily moisturizer to “slowly build a tan as the weather gets warmer.”

This is also a favorite of Houston dermatologist Jennifer Segal, MD, although she notes it’s been discontinued in the States, so it can be challenging to get your hands on. She loves this product “not only because it gave a lovely bronze glow but especially because it was not irritating and perfect for sensitive skin.”

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3 / 10

Brightening Vitamin C Serum Gentle Enough for Sensitive Skin

A-OXitive Antioxidant Defense Serum ($50)

According to Davie, FL dermatologist Lesley Clark-Loeser, MD, “This antioxidant formula contains ascorbyl glucoside, a vitamin C precursor. The serum is formulated with a time-release technology for its active ingredients, and this seems to be agreeable even in my most sensitive-skinned patients.”

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4 / 10

Hydrating Moisturizer for Mature Skin

Tolérance Extremely Gentle Cleanser ($27)

“Avène’s Gentle Cleanser is my over-50 go-to product that works on the face and eyes. Alastin and SkinCeuticals also have gentle-wash face cleansers that my patients like,” says Delray Beach, FL dermatologist Janet Allenby, MD.

“Mature skin—those age 50 and up—on the face tends to be more fragile and dry. The goal is not to degrease the skin because there are rarely acne issues, but rather to remove makeup without being too aggressive with the skin barrier. The skin should be washed gently with either water or a wipe on/off-type cleanser with no water.”

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5 / 10

No-Rinse Option for Dry Cleansing

Gentle Milk Cleanser ($22)

Cleansing the skin twice daily facilitates healthy skin, says Dr. Segal. If you’re averse to basic cleansing with water, dry cleansing may be a good option. Her favorite cleanser for this is Avène Gentle Milk Cleanser, which is designed with no-rinse in mind. “The gentleness of the product (where they are unlikely to over dry or strip and irritate the skin) is key,” says Dr. Segal.

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6 / 10

Superstar SPF for Mature Skin, Acne-Prone Skin and Melasma

Mineral Tinted Compact SPF 50 ($42)

Recommended by Miami dermatologist Deborah Longwill, MD, the Avène Compact is a perfect marriage of high-quality sun protection and skin-perfecting pigment. “I like to suggest tinted sunscreen to act as a foundation or makeup,” Dr. Longwill says. “I love the Avène Compact for that.”

Dr. Longwill also recommends the Mineral Tinted Compact for melasma sufferers “because it is hypoallergenic, has the physical blocks needed—titanium dioxide and zinc oxide—and it covers your skin beautifully! What more can a melasma patient ask for?”

Dr. Segal agrees. “The Avène SPF 50 mineral-based compact is absolutely essential and has been a particular favorite of mine for years. It is a cosmetically elegant, non-irritating sunblock with superb coverage and easy to reapply throughout the day.”

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7 / 10

Family-Friendly Fragrance-Free Full-Body Moisturizer

XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cream ($36)

“I love this cream. It’s fragrance-free, preservative-free, dye-free, and noncomedogenic! It’s particularly great for people who are prone to eczema flare-ups, but it’s a wonderful moisturizer for the entire family!” exclaims Harrison, NY dermatologist Jennifer Silverman Kitchin, MD.

While describing the benefits of this skin-silkening cream, Dr. Longwill pins this product as her “all-time favorite.” “The Lipid-Replenishing Cream helps moisturize and soothe the skin while strengthening the skin’s barrier over time. This lotion is also great for all skin types and helps with inflammatory skin issues,” she explains.

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8 / 10

Gentle Retinol

RetrinAL 0.1 Intensive Cream ($79)

This gentle retinol is known for visibly reducing the appearance of deep wrinkles and furrows while smoothing and renewing skin. Ypsilanti, MI plastic surgeon Daniel Sherick, MD recommends it to his patients because it “gently softens fine lines, evens out skin tone and texture and restores vibrancy to the skin without redness or irritation.”

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9 / 10

Highlighter Dupe

Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream ($42)

“I love hydrating my skin with a spray of thermal spring water and then applying an emollient like Avène Cicalfate like a highlighter on my cheekbones,” says Dallas dermatologist Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand, MD. “It makes skin look so dewy.”

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10 / 10

Best Treatment for Angular Cheilitis

Cicalfate LIPS Restorative Lip Cream ($20)

Coral Gables, FL dermatologist Janice Lima-Maribona, MD, says the best way to prevent an angular cheilitis flare-up is by wearing a lip balm like Avène Cicalfate LIPS Restorative Lip Cream. “It prevents the contact and accumulation of saliva in those corners and having it on can remind you to close your mouth more often,” advises Dr. Maribona.

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