12 Dermatologists Share the Skin-Care Products They’ve Been Using for 10-Plus Years

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Dermatologists are among the most reliable sources for skin-care advice, so when they tell us they’ve been using a specific product or brand for 10-plus years, we know it’s the best of the best.

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“I have been using the Skinfluence Alpha Cleanser ($30) for the past 20 years—it’s one of our best sellers. It’s formulated with papaya extract and alpha-hydroxy acids, it’s gentle, it does not irritate the skin, it’s great for removing makeup, and it can be used on normal, sensitive skin and acne-prone skin. I also layer the Skinfluence CE Ferulic Serum ($149) under other products. Lastly, the SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum ($253) has been a staple product when it comes to growth factors. I think I was the first one on Long Island to start using and selling this product at my office and now, with the new formulation—it’s white and has no sent—I absolutely love it.”

—New York dermatologist Marina Peredo, MD

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“I have kept my skin-care routine fairly the same for many years because I love my products and I think it is best for the skin to continually use the same ingredients. All of the products I use are from my line, Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC. In the morning, I cleanse with either our Antioxidant Foaming Cleanser (in the summer/spring/fall) or our Antioxidant Soap-Free Cleanser (in the winter). I then tone with our Age Defense Treatment Pads in the summer. In the coldest part of the winter when my skin is more dry, I skip this part. For moisturizer, I use our Antioxidant Moisturizer and Sunscreen SPF 50+.

I also love our Turnaround Cream. It contains 20-percent glycolic acid and can be used for anti-aging and for acne. Apply nightly or every other night—it can be combined with your favorite night moisturizer or used on top of an acne prescription agent, such as a retinoid or other acne prescription.”

New York dermatologist Jody Levine, MD

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Skinceuticals CE Ferulic ($166), Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel ($24) and Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen ($39), which is excellent and feels so good on the skin, are all my favorites. I also enjoy the Dr. Haberman Luxe Acne Pads and Dr. Haberman Light Moisturizer.

—Saddle Brooke, NJ dermatologist Dr. Fredric Haberman

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“My favorite product is one that I actually invented with my son, Dr. Daniel Schlessinger, FixMySkin 1% Hydrocortisone Healing Balm ($16). This balm comes in a lip and body size and effectively delivers 1-percent hydrocortisone. It treats a wide range of conditions including eczema, psoriasis, bug bites, chapped lips and dry areas of skin. Best of all, it is easily carried in a purse or pocket!”

—Omaha, NE dermatologist Joel Schlessinger, MD

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“The EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 ($37) is a more recent version of their physical sunscreens that I have been using for the past five years. This product has never let me down. As a physical sunscreen, it works from the moment I apply it. Living in South Florida, I can’t express enough how much this reliability means.”

— Davie, FL dermatologist Lesley Clark-Loeser, MD

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“One of my favorite products I have been using for over 10 years is Revision Skincare Intellishade ($76). This daily skin-care product is loaded with antioxidants and peptides for anti-aging all mixed in a tinted moisturizing base with SPF 45 sun protection.

Another essential skin-care product I have been using for years is RX: Needle-free Serum from my own Hopkins Dermatology skin-care collection. This serum contains Vitamin B3 and other potent antioxidants that protect the skin and boost collagen production.”

—Southlake, TX dermatologist Janine Hopkins, MD

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“There are three products that I’ve sworn by for over 10 years. EltaMD UV Restore Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 ($37) is cosmetically-elegant, sheer, safe and clean—I use it on my neck, chest and hands as well as my face. I also use SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic ($166) under my sunscreen every morning. Finally, I use CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($19) daily all over the body with hydrating cermaides to protect and reinforce the skin barrier.”

—Davie, FL dermatologist Marianna Blyumin-Karasik, MD 

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“I use sunscreen daily. I love Colorscience Sunforgettable Total Protection SPF 50 ($65), which is chemical-free and so easy to reapply every two to three hours. The powder is easy to apply, leaves no grease, and is perfect for travel.

For eye cream, I love Neocutis Lumiere Firm Riche Eye Cream ($118), as it contains growth factors and peptides to reduce fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. I also love Neocutis Bio Serum Firm Rejuvenating Growth Factor & Peptide Treatment ($275) because it has improves the texture, tone and firmness of my skin.”

—Fresno, CA dermatologist Kathleen Behr, MD

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“Different forms of retinoids have been my tried-and-true friend since starting my dermatology studies. It’s the science-backed treatment for fine lines, discoloration, tone, texture, and it even helps prevent and treat precancerous lesions. Retinoids and sunscreen are the best foundation to any skin-care program.”

—Miami dermatologist Diane Walder, MD

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“I have been using SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum ($253) for 10-plus years and really think it has helped sustain my completion. I have genetically oily, pore-prone skin and this has helped maintain and improve luminosity without exacerbating any of those issues.”

—Charlotte, NC dermatologist Gilly Munavalli, MD.

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“The best anti-aging and most important product I have been using for 10-plus years is sunscreen, and while the brands and technology may have changed over the years, the importance of sun protection hasn’t. Currently, my favorite is ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless ($66). The technology packed into this sunscreen is revolutionary—it not only protects against the damaging sun’s UV rays using gold standard zinc oxide, but it also includes peptides, antioxidants, and the secret sauce: DNA repairsomes. These actively work to repair and reverse sun damage, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and essentially creating the best in class photoaging protection and treatment.

I love pairing this with ISDIN SUNISDIN ($50) supplements, which contain polypodium leucotomos and other antioxidants. Together, they help protect against the aging free radical damage caused by the sun, ultimately boosting the skin’s appearance. Combining these two products daily helps to maintain a youthful appearance and are the most important products I have been using for 10-plus years.”

—Fort Lauderdale, FL dermatologist Dr. Matthew Elias

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“I’ve been using my Aesthetic Dermatology Vitamin C Serum-15% ($125). It provides visible anti-aging benefits, brightens skin, and helps protect against oxidative stress.”

Baton Rouge, LA dermatologist Ann Zedlitz, MD

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