There is something reassuring about a doctor, nay, a dermatologist who has their personal skincare line. Dermatologist-backed skincare labels have been vouched for by the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Priyanka Chopra, and Instagrammers who just won an acne battle. So, I did my research to bring you 9 skincare labels backed by dermatologists in both India and other countries.
With ‘dermatologist’ in its name, Dermalogica is a post-millennial brand that started in 1986 thanks to Jane Wurwand, a trained therapist from the UK who migrated to America. Over the last 30 years, the International Dermal Institute has been home to licensed skin geniuses who went on to launch Dermalogica as a brand. With a clear agenda of staying clear of parabens, mineral oils, and SD alcohol, it’s also one of the first brands in India to address face mapping and different skin textures.
Star Product/s: One of my favourite physical exfoliant, Dermalogica Microfoliant (Rs 3,495) doesn’t leave you with open or enlarged pores. Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair (Rs 7,495) is a top best-seller too.
Perricone MD By Dr Perricone
The brainchild of Dr Perricone MD, this beauty and wellness brand has often talked about the connection between inflammation and ageing/breakout-prone skin. And he is one of the few dermatologists who recommends diet with whole foods, high in fats, and seasonal vegetables along with skincare products.
Star Product/s: Perricone MD High Potency Classics: Face Finishing & Firming Moisturizer (Rs 4,898) has his favourite ingredient Alpha Lipoic Acid (400 times more effective than vitamin C and E) that shows clinical improvements in redness, firmness, and hydration.
RA Beauty Supplements by Dr Rashmi Shetty
Closer to home, there is another cosmetic dermatologist who speaks passionately about supplements. Dr Rashmi Shetty has her own collection of supplements that can reduce inflammation, hair fall, and boost immunity.
Star Product/s: RA Anagen (Rs 960), ideally named after the anagen hair phase has L-taurine, yeast, amino acids, and more.
Murad by Dr Murad
Another post-millennial brand, Dr Murad launched Murad.Inc in 1989. He was one of the few doctors to speak about the ‘Cellular Water Principle’ and how most common skin problems occur due to cellular dehydration. Over the years, it has helped in curing acne, spots, and acne scars.
Star Product/s: Murad Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel (Rs 3,720) is a two-step peel at home with AHAs like lactic acid to exfoliate your skin followed by a moisture mask with hyaluronic acid and botanical ingredients for hydration. Murad Rapid Relief Spot Treatment (Rs 1,860) has been an OG favourite to zap those zits overnight.
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare by Dr Dennis Gross
Started by an NYC-based dermatologist Dr Dennis, the brand has a cult following for its acne-fighting products.
Star Product/s: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel (Rs 10,769) is expensive but worth it. Most users are in love with the sorcery of these travel-sized peel strips that get rid of whiteheads and blackheads. His Ferulic + Retinol Fortifying Neck Emulsion (Rs 5,386) is one of the few products in the market for neck and decolletage.
Dr Sheth’s by Dr Aneesh Sheth and Dr Rekha Sheth
One of the most accomplished cosmetic dermatologists in Mumbai Dr Rekha Sheth along with her son Dr Aneesh Sheth of Yuva Skin Clinics launched their own skincare line in 2018, exclusively for Indian Skin.
Star Product/s: Dr Sheth’s Basic Brightening Daily Peel (Rs 849) makes glycolic acid, lactic acid for exfoliation and Dr Sheth’s Basic Brightening Vitamin Glotion, (Rs 799) gets rid of pollution and stimulates collagen production.
Dr Jart+ by Dr Jart
Founded in 2004 by dermatologist Dr Sung Jae Jung, the Korean brand Dr Jart + is celebrated for its beautiful packaging that’s just enough colour for flatlays and rubber masks that have been game-changing in the business of beauty.
Star Product/s: Dr Jart+ Dermask Rubber Mask (Rs 1,294) is derived from algae that lower skin temperature and allows deeper penetration of active ingredients.
Peter Thomas Roth By Dr Peter Thomas Roth
Started in 1994 by the man himself, Dr Roth thrives on unique ingredients and using them in powerful formulations that addresses specific concerns. This was also one of the first dermat-backed brand to come to India with Sephora.
Star Product/s: Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Hydra-Gel Eye Masks (Rs 3,813) are found in most stars’ beauty routines, Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask (Rs 6,324) is a godsend anti-ageing product. With 24 carat gold, caffeine, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin, it’s one of a kind.
Skinceuticals By Dr Sheldon R. Pinnel
A scientist, teacher, dermatologist, and chemist – Dr. Pinnel’s legacy continues with Skinceuticals that was one of the first brands to use Vitamin C in skincare.
Star Product (s): Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Acid with 15% L-Ascorbic Acid (Rs 13,719) is pricey but shows reduction in fine lines, wrinkles and protects skin from environmental damage.