The One Skincare Brand All Dermatologists Recommend

It seemed like every time I'd leave the dermatologist's office, the doctor would send me off with samples of Neutrogena moisturizer, a high-praised staple for my prescribed routine. Then, when I became a beauty editor, most all derms I'd interview for stories spanning a variety of topics would recommend a Neutrogena product. The constant availability of the samples in the dermatologists' offices and the fact that it's such a mass brand made me wonder if there were some sort of contract in the game. But even off-the-record chats with dermatologist friends involved mention of the skincare giant. I personally do enjoy Hydroboost's deeply hydrating and smoothing prowess, but I feel as though I'm getting more insurance using medical-grade and esthetician-developed products, even though Neutrogena is touted as the number one dermatologist-recommended skincare brand. Perhaps the fact that it's drugstore gives me pause, but if swapping out some of my pricier go-tos for the brand's fan-favorite offerings means good skin and saving a great deal of money in the process, I'm game. So to figure out if I should make the switch and why doctors seem to be so in love with the brand, I asked three NYC-based dermatologists for their unfiltered opinions.