It’s Official: These are the Medical-Grade Skin-Care Brands Our Readers Love Most

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In a survey of over 1,000 NewBeauty readers*, we delved into the world of medical grade skin care to discover which brands our beauty-obsessed audience loves the most. Each of these respondents has received an in-office procedure in the past, so they know their stuff, and their feedback highlights the brands that stand out in their skin-care routines. Ahead, real, raw responses you can trust.

EltaMD: A Sensitive Skin Savior

46% of our readers rave about EltaMD

One 53-year-old reviewer couldn’t sing enough praises for EltaMD, especially its UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46: “I have extremely sensitive skin and actively breakout to everything!! This product is amazing!! It is the only sunscreen I have ever used that I have never had any adverse effects. It’s lightweight, effective, and provides full protection. I recommend it to everyone!!!”

elta md UV clear spf 46

BUY NOW – $43

SkinCeuticals: Fighting Discoloration with Determination

39% of readers favor SkinCeuticals

A 39-year-old respondent shared her experience with SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense: “The discoloration defense is amazing. I have damaged and discolored skin on my face from tanning. I am able to lighten the spots, but they always come back with any sun exposure despite the use of SPF. Since I have added this to my routine my dark spots don’t get as dark. It works better than anything else I’ve used.”

BUY NOW – $110

SkinMedica: Essential for Anti-Aging

24.6% of readers trust SkinMedica

A 54-year-old user swears by SkinMedica’s TNS Advanced+ Essential Serum: “This product is a MUST HAVE! It helps with the overall health of your skin as well as fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation!”

skinmedica tns advanced serum

BUY NOW – $295

Obagi: Hydration at Its Best

24.4% of readers love Obagi

A 57-year-old reviewer had this to say about Obagi Hydrate: “It is definitely hydrating and doesn’t have a strong smell. My skin looks and feels plumper. The lines on my face are slightly less noticeable since my skin is more hydrated.”

obagi hydrate

BUY NOW – $58

PCA Skin: The Hyaluronic Acid Hero

24.4% of readers recommend PCA Skin

A 50-year-old shared her positive experience with PCA Skin’s Hyaluronic Acid: “This is the best hyaluronic acid I’ve used, and I’ve tried quite a few. Emollient texture but sinks in quickly without leaving a sticky residue. Plumps fine lines and leaves skin feeling hydrated. It’s been a game-changer for my skin. I sandwich it between serum and a heavier moisturizer in the evenings.”

BUY NOW – $125

Influencing Purchase Decisions for Medical Grade Skin Care

When it comes to purchasing these medical grade skin-care products, our readers rely on several key influences:

  • 74% say aesthetician recommendation
  • 58% say doctor recommendation
  • 44% say family/friend recommendations
  • 39% say online sources such as blog posts and reviews

*Source: BeautyEngine Advanced Research, 2024

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