Experts weigh in on the all-time best serums for acne, anti-aging, redness, and more.
It may seem like an unnecessary step in your nighttime skincare routine, but trust us: the right serum has the power to transform your face. But with so many different ones on the market, shopping for a face serum (and knowing which active ingredients are best for your skin type) can be a little overwhelming, so we asked top dermatologists to share their personal favorites. Here, the best ones they recommend for every skincare concern, from dryness to sensitive skin to acne.
The best serum for dry skin: Skinfix Moisture Boost Serum
"I use this daily to give my skin a hydration boost. It doesn't leave me feeling oily or sticky."
—Kavita Mariwalla, MD, West Islip, New York
The best serum for sensitive skin: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer
"The list of ingredients is minimal, reducing the possibility of adverse reactions."
—Ted Lain, MD, Austin, Texas
The best serum for overall aging: SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Serum
"The combination of ferulic acid and vitamins C and E fights off free radicals, which lead to skin aging."
—Anne Chapas, MD, New York City
The best serum for hyperpigmentation: Murad Rapid Lightening Serum
"Glycolic acid exfoliates skin to prep for the dark-spot-fading powerhouse hydroquinone."
—Shereene Idriss, MD, New York City
The best serum for fine lines: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum
"It's a splurge, but for patients who need extra help with anti-aging, this is my go-to."
—Bradley Bloom, MD, New York City
The best serum for acne: Differin Gel Acne Treatment
"This OTC acne-treating retinoid is gentle enough for everyday use."
—Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD, New York City