As unfair as it might be, most non–medical professionals, like you and me, simply expect dermatologists to have picture-perfect skin. And 9 times out of 10, they do — but not without putting the work in. Sure, some dermatologists might be blessed with naturally cooperative complexions, but countless others struggle with common skin woes, like acne and eczema, just like the rest of us. Perhaps you’re wondering: Well, can’t they just use their fancy-schmancy in-office services to sort out their issues?
The answer is yes, sometimes. It definitely helps to have access to treatments like lasers, peels, and the laundry list of injectables available, but every dermatologist will tell you that determining — and sticking to — a core routine that caters to your skin type is crucial in order to maintain optimal skin health.
After speaking with six top aestheticians about their tried-and-true regimens, I couldn’t help but get curious about how other skin experts care for their own complexions. So I tapped eight dermatologists to learn more about the products and treatments they use to keep their skin clear and radiant.
After diagnosing and treating countless patients’ skin on a daily basis, Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical Research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, likes to keep his routine simple (or relatively so). “I know I need to take care of my skin but do not have the patience for a multistep routine,” he says.