When it comes to skincare, what do you usually look out for? Most of the time, having the word “dermatologist” or “doctor” on the label or website lets us feel a million times better about our purchase and commitment to the product.
Some may say that medical-grade skincare products are a luxury and not exactly very affordable, but if you’re in it for the long haul for your skin’s health, it could be time to start looking at and investing in them.
After all, you’ll know for sure that dermatologist-owned skincare brands have certified stamps of approval from dermatologists themselves (and also from those who did not create the product).
Keep your eyes peeled as we list down 10 doctor-owned skincare brands that are worth exploring, including ones from Singapore, Korea, the United States, and more.
This medical-grade skincare brand was founded by a reputable Taiwanese dermatology professor, Ying-Chin Wu, in 1978 and later fully established in 2003.
With over 50 years of expertise to its name and backed by 200,000 clinical studies, DR.WU is known for its less skin-sensitive products that target various skin conditions. Simultaneously, the products are also designed to reproduce the effects of in-clinic skincare treatments.
One of DR.WU’s latest products, the Hyalucmplx Ultimate Hydrating Serum, is a one-stop solution for addressing six common skin irritations. Packed with botanical ingredients, patented Hyalucmplx technology, novel micro-molecular hyaluronic acid, and more, it calms inflammation and effectively tackles dehydration.
DR.WU Hyalucmplx Ultimate Hydrating Serum retails for RM242.10 instead of RM269 on Shopee.
Founded in 2016 by a Singaporean sibling duo, pharmaceutical engineer Justin Teo and dermatologist Dr Teo Wan Lin, Dr.TWL Dermaceuticals is a specialist cosmeceutical skincare line.
With its focus on product tolerability and efficacy, the cosmeceutical range uses only the purest bioactive ingredients and is developed with state-of-the-art technologies.
Other than practising at TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre, the esteemed and accredited Dr Teo is also a key opinion leader on cosmeceuticals and skincare or makeup formulation.
And in partnership with a top chemist, the brother-sister duo created skincare for anti-ageing, sensitive skin, and skin rejuvenation.
One of the best-selling products is the Hyaluronic Acid (in-house formula). The serum is constructed with 1% laboratory-grade hyaluronic acid, the highest you can find commercially, for absolute skin hydration.
Hyaluronic Acid (in-house formula) retails for about RM369.39 on Dr.TWL.
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Dr. Perricone, with over two decades of experience in the industry, is one of the most renowned and celebrated names in skincare.
Perricone MD’s ethos places emphasis on a holistic approach to skincare that starts from the inside out — the ‘Three-Tier Philosophy’ which includes a healthy diet, nutritional supplements, and potent topical skincare.
Other than skincare products, the brand also offers a range of supplements and skincare-infused makeup.
Currently, its best-selling product is the Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Advanced Serum Concentrate which promotes visibly youthful-looking skin.
This multi-tasking serum employs a proprietary liquid crystal delivery system for faster and deeper penetration of key ingredients into the skin surface. Hence, enhancing the feel and appearance of lines, wrinkles, redness, discolouration, enlarged pores, uneven tone and texture, loss of radiance, and loss of firmness.
Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Advanced Serum Concentrate retails for RM537 instead of RM716 on Lookfantastic.
Dr. Dennis Gross
A board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross has been in the skincare game for 25 years. His philosophy and approach boil down to creating “a brand that one should never need or want to switch from”.
Dr. Dennis Gross’ research background on skin cancer gives a deeper perspective on both medical and cosmetic dermatology, and because of that his products that feature optimised active ingredients for results without downtime have gained a cult following.
While the brand is known for several products (you probably would have seen its bright orange packaging in stores before), the universal daily peel remains on top.
Known as the peel that’s safe and effective for all ages and skin types, the patented Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel promises smooth, radiant skin in just two minutes.
In the long run, the peels combat ageing by preventing collagen breakdown and stimulating new collagen production. It also helps with reducing sebum and achieving a better skin texture.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel (30 treatments) retails for RM465 on Sephora.
Hailing from Singapore and created by medical doctor and aesthetic doctor Dr SK Tan, IDS Skincare serves to deliver innovative standards in skincare. Amongst many other achievements, Dr Tan has a Diploma in Dermatology and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD).
The skincare line is made to provide highly visible results that surpass those achieved by most prescription products, and without the usual side effects.
With over 20 years of experience and collaborating with global experts, Dr Tan designed IDS Skincare’s products to address prevalent problems he has encountered in his years of practice — pigmentation disorders, acne and blemishes, as well as wrinkles and sagging caused by natural ageing and sun exposure.
A popular product from IDS Skincare will be its multiple award-winning and skin cancer foundation-approved sunscreen. The IDS Non-Tinted Sunscreen (with Extra Blue Light Protection) has an ultra-lightweight texture and is suitable for all skin types.
Your skin will have the ultimate protection from the sun with its anti-oxidant enhancement, broad-spectrum, mineral-based sun protection, and patented pollution and blue light protection.
IDS Non-Tinted Sunscreen (with Extra Blue Light Protection) retails for about RM250.30 on JYX.
For the unfamiliar, CNP Laboratory is the brainchild of 50 Korean dermatologists at the CNP Skin Clinic.
The skincare line was originally made for CNP Skin Clinic patients for after-treatment care at home and consists of high-quality pharmaceutical-grade products.
Today, the brand has several fans across the world, including K-pop stars like BoA and Girls’ Generation‘s Yuri.
And highly recommended by BoA is the Propolis Energy Ampule! She’s known to mix it with her makeup base for a dewy and glowy effect on her skin.
The concentrated propolis extract acts as a rich antioxidant and has moisturising properties to revitalise the skin. Meanwhile, hyaluronic acid helps to maintain firm and healthy skin.
CNP Laboratory Propolis Energy Ampule retails for RM107.87 instead of RM126.90 on Shopee.
Since 1994, SkinCeuticals have been promising “to provide advanced skincare backed by science”.
Founding scientist Dr. Sheldon Pinnell changed the face of topical antioxidants with his pivotal research on skin cancer — positioning SkinCeuticals as the antioxidant authority in the industry.
One of the top favourites amongst beauty lovers, the brand offers high-potency formulas that are concentrated in pure actives and proven to be optimally absorbed by the skin.
Highly recommended by dermatologists and also highly raved by its users, the C E Ferulic with 15% l-ascorbic acid (the most powerful form of Vitamin C) is the “gold standard of all antioxidants”.
This patented daytime Vitamin C serum has a synergistic antioxidant combination that enhances protection against environmental damage caused by free radicals. On top of that, it brightens the skin’s complexion while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic with 15% l-ascorbic acid retails for RM788.80 on Shopee.
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A “farm-to-face” skincare brand, Macrene Actives was founded by double-board-certified dermatologist and scientist Macrene Alexiades.
Said to be “the first luxury skincare to deliver the medicinal properties of Greece cultivated over thousands of years”, the brand uses plant and sea-sourced ingredients from farms in upstate New York and Greece.
You can be assured that each product is organic, scientifically proven, clinically tested, and delivers dermatologic-grade efficacy to diminish signs of ageing.
It’s important to not neglect your neck as well for your skincare routine. Macrene Active’s award-winning High Performance Neck and Décolletage Treatment is what you’ll need to target elasticity and reverse sun damage.
Its luxurious formula includes highly potent anti-ageing actives that will reduce the appearance of fine lines and allow for supple, hydrated, and evenly toned skin.
Macrene Actives High Performance Neck and Décolletage Treatment retails for about RM1333.25 on Macrene Actives.
Founded by board-certified dermatologist Purvisha Patel in 2014, Visha Skincare provides safe and simple products that give quick, effective results against the early signs of ageing and more.
The brand has three lines: the Advanced Line, suitable for all skin types; the Mommy Line, best for dry and sensitive skin; and the Fitness Line, made for active lifestyles.
Patel’s mission has always been “to create beautiful skin efficiently and affordably for all skin types, genders, ethnicities, and ages”. Her products are designed to be a simple addition to our skincare routines, but one that can effectively address several issues at once.
The top best-selling product, the Advanced Correcting Serum with Illuminotex™, is a 5-in-1 anti-ageing power serum.
It can boost collagen production, fade the appearance of scars, diminish sun spots and hyperpigmentation, minimise the appearance of large pores, and soften wrinkles and fine lines.
Visha Skincare Advanced Correcting Serum with Illuminotex™ retails for about RM293.77 on Visha Skincare.
EIGHTH DAY was developed by Dr. Antony Nakhla, a dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon and a leading authority in skin cancer treatment.
Inspired by his experience in caring for over 10,000 surgical patients, Dr. Nakhla studied the innate healing and regenerative powers of human skin.
EIGHTH DAY utilises blends of synthetic peptides, growth factors, and amino acids to imitate the healing effects naturally seen in human skin cells.
Dubbed a youth serum, EIGHTH DAY’s The Regenerative Serum has received a lot of hype and sold out up to five times now.
This supercharged serum contains Peptide-Rich Plasma®, a proprietary, patent-pending stem cell technology made up of 24 peptides, growth factors and amino acids.
Amongst its ingredients is GABA, also known as γ-Aminobutyric Acid, which is an anti-ageing ingredient and an active neuropeptide for healing and repair.
EIGHTH DAY The Regenerative Serum retails for about RM1468.84 (30ml) on EIGHTH DAY.
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