We Asked 12 Dermatologists to Share Their Exact Skincare Routines, Here's What They Said

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Melanie D. Palm, MD, MBA 


Skin type: Combination; acne-prone (with focus on anti-aging).

Approach: I’m in my 40s now and suffer from adult female hormonal acne, so anti-aging and balancing skincare products that prevent breakouts and wrinkles are key! I believe in a topical and systemic approach to healing the skin so I am careful in both my skincare selection, as well as dietary and active lifestyle choices. I also use oral supplementations to support healthy skin and shift towards anti-inflammatory tendencies.


  1. Wash with the Clarisonic Mia Smart and glycolic and alpha-hydroxy acid cleanser to treat both acne and boost skin tone and cell turnover (this is left on for three minutes while I shower).
  2. For the face, apply HA toning pads from Topix for melasma, followed by Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex 30%, Replenix Power of Three Serum and a hydrator (such as SkinMedica HA5 Hydrator) for added moisture. 
  3. Top with an eye cream. I use both ALASTIN Skincare Restorative Eye Treatment and Neocutis Lumiere Riche to encourage healthy fat around aging eyes, stimulate collagen and elastin, and reduce puffiness.
  4. For the body, combine Revision Skincare BodiFirm and ALASTIN Skincare TransFORM Body Treatment to help firm skin, moisturize, and encourage healthy fat distribution.


  1. Re-wash (same cleanser), followed by Sakura Silk Regenerating Exfoliant to gently remove keratin and exfoliating pads with HQ for melasma. 
  2. Apply a tretinoin with hyaluronic acid and a collagen base (Obagi Tretinoin or Altreno) to the face and bakuchiol/retinol mixture (such as Revision Skincare D.E.J Night Face Cream) to the neck and chest.
  3. Follow with ALASTIN Skincare Restorative Complex (contains tri-hex peptides to build collagen and elastic fibers, as well as hexapeptide-38, which encourages more youthful-appearing fat for thinning/hallowing skin) 


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