When it comes to choosing a dermatologist—or any medical professional, for that matter—information is key. From acne to a suspicious mole to injectables like Botox, dermatologic concerns penetrate far deeper than their "surface-level" associations. Plus, as the body's largest organ, our skin can be an accurate and important indicator of our overall health and well-being.
In fact, from an evolutionary standpoint, our skin's appearance (and how healthy it does or doesn't look) can even play a roll in attractability, and we already know firsthand—and more importantly—the impact it can have on our self-esteem. So whether you're contemplating a cosmetic procedure, chemical peel, or just want a consultation for a grievance like skin tags or psoriasis, it's vital to find a dermatologist who not only knows their stuff (backward, forward, diagonal, and back again), but who you feel comfortable confiding in, as well.
Since we're rather skin-obsessed here at Byrdie (and often have the opportunity to pick the minds of some of the best dermatologists in the industry), we decided to create an editor-curated list of some of the best dermatologists in Los Angeles. (As in, world-renowned, published, and with educational and professional résumés to truly knock your socks off.)
Coveting radiantly healthy skin? Keep reading for Team Byrdie's official list of the best dermatologists in Los Angeles.
Based in Beverly Hills, Jennifer Herrmann, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, earned her medical degree from Harvard University, and completed her Mohs micrographic and cosmetic surgery fellowship from the University of California, San Francisco.
Her philosophy: Keep it simple. "I treat my patients with the same compassion and commitment that I would my family and friends. Every treatment plan is individualized. When my patients look in the mirror, I want them to see the best version of themselves." Now you can find her practicing at Moy-Fincher-Chipps Facial Plastics & Dermatology.
Specialties: Mohs micrographic surgery (removes skin cancer), facial reconstructive surgery, laser treatments for wrinkles and discoloration, facial cosmetic procedures like fillers and Botox, and specialized treatments for veins and scarring
Address: 421 N. Rodeo Drive, 2nd Floor
Contact: (310) 274-5372
A dermatologic genius and co-founder of Facile Dermatology + Boutique, Nancy Samolitis, MD, caters to her glowing clientele in the heart of West Hollywood. The mantra: "Good skin should be easy." After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, she completed an internship at Northwestern University and her dermatology residency at the University of Utah.
With Facile, she brings a personalized, simplistic, results-driven approach to her dermatology practice. You can expect a beautiful atmosphere, advanced technology, and industry-leading skincare experts and products.
Specialties: Facial rejuvenation using specialized injectable and laser techniques to treat head-to-toe aging and other discoloration-related conditions like rosacea, facials, and peels
Address: 638 1/2 N. Robertson Blvd.
Contact: (310) 929-2220
Not only is Harold Lancer, MD, the Kardashians' go-to for radiant, clear complexions, but he also has plenty of experience under his belt, eventually culminating in his cutting-edge skincare line, The Lancer Method (which, by the way, Kim Kardashian West describes as "perfection"). His belief: "Beautiful skin is a two-way street. Illuminated, radiant skin is as contingent upon the patient's dedication to a regimen as it is on in-office procedures."
Lancer is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center—Los Angeles and UCLA Medical Center. He graduated from Brandeis; earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego; and finished his dermatology residency at Harvard Medical School, which is just the tip of the iceberg where his street cred is concerned. Now you can find his private practice in Beverly Hills—a 30-year-strong celebrity flocking point.
Specialties: Depigmentation treatments, LED treatments, placenta facials, micro-needling, radio frequency skin firming treatments, and more. Note: Each treatment is customized to the patient's skin by Lancer and the attending aesthetician.
Address: 440 N. Rodeo Drive
Contact: (310) 278-8444
Though incredibly skilled in a multitude of dermatologic specialties, Naissan Wesley, MD, is especially known and respected for her work in diagnosing and treating skin disorders. In addition to practicing at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills, she also serves as the clinical instructor of medicine at UCLA and is largely affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Graduating with top honors from University of California, San Francisco, she completed an internship in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a dermatologic residency at UCSF. One of the most admired professionals in the industry, she practices general dermatology, cosmetic dermatologic procedures, and Mohs surgery. Plus, she regularly contributes to medical journals, textbook publications, and lectures all over the country.
Specialties: Diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders, injectables, laser resurfacing, reconstructive surgery, Mohs surgery, chemical peels, and sclerotherapy.
Address: 9201 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 602
Contact: (310) 246-0495
A true pioneer in the industry of dermatology, Zein Obagi, MD, is another beloved celebrity favorite. In addition to his well-respected reputation among the A-list and medical professionals alike, he's the founder of the Obagi Health Institute (which opened in 1985) as well as ZO Skin Health, his game-changing line of products. He provides care in Beverly Hills but also practices at ZO Skin Centre locations in San Diego, Laguna Beach, and Newport Beach.
An all-around skin whisperer, Obagi is a board-certified practicing dermatologist, skincare expert, award-winning inventor, educator, and author. He received his medical degree from Damascus Medical School, completed his pathology residency at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, and completed his residency in obstetrics at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He's credited with conceiving the notion of "skin health" as "science" and defines healthy skin on his website as "naturally smooth, strong, firm, even-toned, hydrated and free of disease."
Specialties: Industry-leading skincare products, facials, therapeutic peels, injectables, and more.
Address: 270 N. Canon Drive, Suite 100
Contact: (800) dr-obagi
As the creator of DNAEGF Renewal skincare products and senior vice president of The Skin Cancer Foundation, Ronald Moy, MD, is impressive, to say the least. For an additional taste of his résumé, he's authored more than 200 articles on the topics of cosmetic and dermatologic surgery and treatments, gives lectures worldwide, and has degrees from UCLA and University of Pittsburgh Center for Health Services.
Interestingly, Moy often discourages his patients from surgery and instead incorporates other science-backed solutions like bio-identical hormones, nutrition, stem cells, and anti-aging treatments to achieve skin-transforming results from the inside-out. With over 25 years of experience, he practices at Moy-Fincher-Chipps Facial Plastics & Dermatology in Beverly Hills. (The practice also has locations, in Encino and Torrance.)
Specialties: Cosmetic and facial plastic surgery, face-lifts, neck-lifts, liposuction, laser skin resurfacing, eye-lifts, Mohs micrographic surgery, and bio ID hormones program.
Address: 421 N. Rodeo Drive, 2nd Floor
Contact: (310) 274-5372
Jessica Wu, MD, has been a leading name in industry years and works with her celebrity (and non-celebrity!) clients with caring, hands-on intention and the goal to help pave her patients' journey to healthy, beautiful skin. She earned her medical degree from Harvard University and went on to complete her residency at the USC Medical Center.
In 2004, she created and debuted her own line of power-packed skincare (Dr. Jessica Wu Cosmeceuticals), and in addition to her private practice, she devotes time to lecturing, clinical research. In fact, she's been a key investigator in several game-changing studies involving cosmetic products and devices that were eventually approved by the FDA, such as Juvéderm and Latisse. You can find Wu at her private medical practice in Brentwood.
Specialties: Lasers, peels, injectables, skin, hair, and nail conditions (acne, rosacea, pigmentation, etc.); topical anti-aging treatments; skin cancer; and moles.
Address: 11620 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700
Contact: (310) 473-5878
World-renowned for his specialty in lasers and skin cancer, Ben Behnam, MD, brings best-in-class care and consideration to each and every patient. Dedicated to research and innovation, he's widely published (think virtually every scholarly dermatologic medical journal) and graduated summa cum laude from UCLA before attending UC Irvine School of Medicine, where he graduated at the top of his class with an American Osteopathic Association distinction.
He's also known for his own proprietary chilling technology, which makes his laser scar and wrinkle removal virtually painless and is consistently involved in influential, industry-changing clinical trials and research.
Specialties: The treatment of skin conditions such as acne and skin rashes; the removal of skin tags, warts, and moles (resurfacing of the face, wrinkle, and scar removal); cosmetic injectables; hair transplants; and early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.
Address: 2825 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 303
Contact: (310) 315-4989
Content within this article is for information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. This roundup is based on our own opinions. When considering a new medical expert, it's important to do your own research.