The Skincare Products a Dermatologist Would Buy at the Drugstore

Finding effective skincare products at the drugstore is like finding a stylish winter coat at Goodwill—you have to do a little digging, but it can be done. "Generally, it's okay to buy cleansers, body washes, moisturizers, and lip balms at drugstores, as long as you check the ingredients before," says board-certified NYC dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD. That is to say, you want to reserve your big spending for intensive treatments: serums packed with active ingredients that have many years of research behind them as well as in-office products and procedures. But for the rest of your skincare routine, dermatologists agree: You can head to the drugstore. 

"I feel that drugstore companies have really stepped up their game when it comes to skincare products," says board certified dermatologist and RealSelf contributor Sejal Shah, MD. But with any skincare product on the market, whether it's drugstore or high-end, it pays to look into the ingredients

No one is as discerning about ingredients as dermatologists, so we consulted a trusted panel of them to find out which drugstore products are made with the best. Keep scrolling to shop the nine best drugstore skincare products, according to dermatologists!