Top 10 Skincare Brands in the World

Written by: Dr. Leslie Baumann



Time to read 6 min

Skin care is a huge industry, with people investing more and more in quality products to keep their skin looking youthful and healthy.  There are over 25,000 skin care brands in the USA alone. But which skin care brands are the best in the world?  I am going to look at skin care brands from the viewpoint of a dermatologist and which brands I see my patients from around the world using.  In this blog, I'll discuss some of the top skincare brands that are popular worldwide for their effective formulas and innovative ingredients. Remember- just because the brand is a bestselling brand does not mean it actually works. I will look at bestselling brands around the world and tell you which are dermatologist recommended and considered medical grade.

Bestselling skincare brands in the world

Bestselling Skincare Brands in the World

 Some of the most popular skincare brands worldwide include Skinceuticals, La Roche-Posay, Vichy, CeraVe, Rationale, SkinMedica, and Elta MD. Depending on the country, these medical grade skin care solutions are sold online, in dermatologist's offices, in drugstores and pharmacies, and in skin care retail stores like Sephora, Ulta, Gee Beauty and Blue Mercury. They offer clinical-quality formulas backed by research and technology.

Skinceuticals is known for its vitamin C serums and antioxidant formulas. La Roche-Posay features mineral sunscreens and products ideal for sensitive skin. Vichy has spa-inspired skincare with ingredients like volcanic water. CeraVe uses ceramides to strengthen the skin's barrier. Rationale, an Australian brand, provides customized skincare prescriptions. SkinMedica offers medical-grade formulas like TNS essential serum. Elta MD is popular for its sunscreens that are gentle on acne-prone skin.

Other top global skincare brands include  iS Clinical, SkinBetter Science, ZO Skin Health, and Obagi.


Whether you are looking for luxury skin care, or affordable drugstore brands, you can find brands that really work well if you make sure you are using skin care that is right for your Baumann Skin Type.  (There are 16 skin types!)

Top 10 Skincare Brands in the World

There are many best selling skin care brands around the world listed above. But which work best?  In my dermatology practice in Miami I choose to use medical grade skin care brands for my patients. 

 These are my top 10 dermatologist recommended skin care brands in alphabetical order:

  1. Alastin Skincare- unique antiaging technology
  2. Cyspera- newest hyperpigmentation technology
  3. Elta MD- Affordable wide rang of physical and chemical sunscreens
  4. Medature- popular in USA and China
  5. PCA Skin -most affordable
  6. Plated Skin Science- best exosome brand
  7. Sente- great for sensitive skin
  8. Skinceuticals - luxury brand
  9. SkinMedica- best growth factors
  10. VMV Hypoallergenics- best for allergic skin
  11. Zerafite- best brand for dry skin

Bestselling Acne Skincare Brands

For those struggling with acne, properly formulated skincare can help reduce breakouts and restore clarity. Some of the top acne skincare brands worldwide include Proactiv, Murad, CeraVe, La Roche-Posay, Paula's Choice, Clinique, Neutrogena, and Differin.

Proactiv offers multi-step acne treatment systems with benzoyl peroxide to kill acne bacteria. Murad has acne kits with salicylic acid and sulfur to clear pores. CeraVe and La Roche-Posay use non-comedogenic formulas ideal for acne-prone skin. Paula's Choice features BHAs like salicylic acid to gently exfoliate. Clinique's acne solutions line dries up excess oil. Neutrogena has acne washes with micronized benzoyl peroxide. And Differin contains prescription-strength adapalene to prevent breakouts.


These are our dermatologist's favorite acne treatment products:

best skincare brands to lighten skin

Bestselling Skincare Brands To Lighten Skin

For those looking to fade dark spots and discoloration, these global skincare brands offer effective skin lightening solutions.  Cyspera is the newest and most unique of the bestselling skin lightening products.  This hydroquinone free product uses a new ingredient called cysteamine to lighten skin.


Obagi uses skin lightening ingredients  to inhibit melanin production


SkinCeuticals has a potent vitamin C serum with ferulic acid to brighten skin and protect from free radicals. 

NeoStrata contains glycolic acid peels to exfoliate and reveal fresher skin.


Some other top options are SkinMedica Lytera system, Neocutis Brightening Line, and Jan Marini.  


PCA Skin offers many affordable skin lightening products.


These products can be used to treat forms of hyperpigmentation such as melasma.


When choosing a good skin care brand to lighten skin, make sure that every product is right for your Baumann Skin Type because using the wrong skin care products for your skin type can lead to inflammation which worsens skin pigmentation.


The best skin care brands in the world for melasma will not work unless they are properly combined into a skin care routine that maximizes how well each product works.  

For example, the fatty acids in your moisturizer can inactivate skin lightening ingredients- so even the moisturizer you chose matters.  My favorite moisturizer to use with skin lightening products in my dry skin patient's skin lightening regimens is Zerafite Skin Brightening Barrier Cream because it has unsaturated fatty acids that help inhibit tyrosinase and helps skin lightening products work better.


These are the best skin lightening products in the world to treat melasma and dark spots on the skin.

Best Antiaging Skincare Brands in the World

As we get older, using quality skincare can make a visible difference in reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. The best antiaging skin care products target the causes of skin aging and firm skin by rebuilding and restoring lost collage with antiaging ingredients. 


Some top anti-aging skincare brands worldwide include:


SkinCeuticals, known for its vitamin C serums and antioxidant defense against aging free radicals. They make very strong retinol serums too.

SkinMedica, popular for its TNS line with growth factors and cytokines to stimulate collagen.

 Revision Skincare contains probiotics and prebiotic ferments to improve the skin microbiome and peptides to firm the skin.


 Zerafite Wrinkle Defense Barrier Cream, made in S Korea,   has antiaging ingredients to address cellular senescence in dry skin and protect from pollution. 


Defensins in DefenAge stimulate  LGR6+ stem cell s to repopulate the epidermis with young cells.


Plated Skin Science has exosomes.


You can learn more about exosomes, vs stem cells vs growth factors here.


Retinol is considered the gold standard antiaging ingredient. Find the best retinol for beginnesr here.


Some top retinol brands from around the world include:

Investing in professional-quality skincare really can help maintain a more youthful appearance long-term. Consult a dermatologist to develop an anti-aging regimen tailored to your individual skin needs. With consistent use of the right formulas containing proven ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, peptides, and antioxidants, your skin's glow will keep improving with age.

Bestselling Sunscreen Brands

Elta MD started out in a few dermatologist's offices and now is one of the bestselling sunscreen brands because they have so many different options that everyone can find a sunscreen for their needs. Reef safe? Tinted or untinted? Chemical or physical? They have many options including a new aerosol spray.

Other good sunscreen brands:

La Roche-Posay Anthelios is one of the best selling skincare brands.  However, the Anthelios SPF in the USSSA is not eh same as the ones you can find in french pharmacies.

MD Solarsciences- we like their lip balm with SPF

Pavise- They make a vegan sunscreen that contains diamonds and is SPF 30 and reef safe.

Rationale is an Australian brand known for their elegant sunscreens.

SkinMedica- They are known for their growth factors but their sunscreens are top sellers too.

Wondering which top products are best for you? Take our skin type quiz.  Once you identify your Baumann Skin Type, you can look for your skin type octagon next to products that are right for you.

Level up your skin care knowledge with medical advice from dermatologists

References on Best Skincare Brands:

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