9 Top TikTok Skincare Influencers You Can Actually Trust
Slugging. Skin cycling. Soak your face in a bowl of ice water first thing in the morning. TikTok is awash with skincare tips, advice, and trends, delivered straight from the bathrooms of people with perfect skin (and matching gym sets, always). But when you’re not an expert, it can be hard to tell who is spreading dangerous skincare lies and who is trustworthy.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. While you probably don’t want to gamble with your heart health to test a social media trend, you might not hesitate to subject your skin to experiments in the hopes that it will make it glow more, breakout less and reverse wrinkles. But following the advice of anyone, regardless of their number of subscribers, can lead to rashes, bad reactions and more.
Most TikTok skinfluencers mean well. In fact, they often convey important messages.
“They do an amazing job emphasizing the importance of taking care of your skin, protecting yourself from the sun, and establishing a skincare routine,” said Dr. Azadeh Shirazi, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology based in La Jolla, California (@skinbydrazi on TikTok). “Watching them share their personal experience or journey with a particular product or routine can be helpful for consumers, but they don’t represent scientific evidence.”
But some are reckless. So how to spot a knowledgeable TikTok creator? You can check out their bio to see if they’re a licensed esthetician or dermatologist, do a quick Google search to check their name, and even double-check that they are certified by the board of directors by the American Board of Dermatology. Also pay attention to whether the creator cites scientific evidence in its content.
“I share scientific studies and highlight clinical trials that show support for a trending hack,” Shirazi said. “Making reaction videos is useful for deciphering what is real and what is fictional, noting the lack of evidence behind the information circulating on social media. You must be honest, transparent and provide valuable information.
Many dermatologists on social media are creating content specifically to combat dangerous trends and to reach those who may not have a skin specialist in their area.
“As dermatologists and medical experts, we have a social responsibility to maintain a voice on social platforms. Otherwise, total dependence and naive trust in skinfluencers will lead to more and more misinformation,” Shirazi said. “The way I see it is I’m here to educate, they’re here to influence.”
Shirazi’s most important skincare tip is? If your skin problems won’t go away, find a doctor you can trust, offline.
Skinfluencers who know their stuff
“Resting on [skinfluencers] because education can prevent people from seeking real medical advice and care. I think it’s important to always consult a medical professional before incorporating recommendations from someone who is not a true expert with the necessary training and experience,” she explained.
Along with Shirazi, here are some TikTok skinfluencers who are experts in their field and worth following.
Dr. Camille Howard-Verovic (@dermbeautydoc)
Howard is a board-certified dermatologist, founder of the natural haircare line Girl + Hair, and an all-around gem to have in your TikTok feed (she brings the humor and skincare advice). Check out her account for all kinds of advice, from color correcting your mineral sunscreen to removing blackheads in your ears.
Dr. Suchismita Paul (@drpaulderm)
Paul is a Harvard-educated dermatologist, so to say she’s more qualified than the average skin influencer is an understatement. She’s particularly good at explaining how to effectively try on popular trends, like the skin cycle. Her page is also an amazing resource for brown skincare tips, like exfoliants and retinol that get her endorsement.
Dr. Joyce Park (@teawithmd)
Park is a board-certified dermatologist whose account is the destination for all things SPF, whether it’s how to reapply at the pool, how to use a stick, spray or lotion formulas or her favorite face sunscreens. She also posts a lot of information about skincare trends on TikTok, such as whether or not you should use deodorant as a primer.
Dr. Muneeb Shah (@dermdoctor)
If you like a side of relativity with your skincare ideas, Shah is the skinfluencer for you. He’s a practicing dermatologist who isn’t afraid to post silly videos from time to time. But more often than not, you’ll see him react to trends from skin influencers, breaking down which ingredients work for which skin types and explaining skin conditions.
Dr. Adeline Kikam (@brownskinderm)
Kikam is another board-certified dermatologist who has great content for followers getting into skincare (like how to create your skincare routine) and videos addressing common complaints, like dry skin in winter. But its focus is on skincare for black and brown people, with plenty to watch for when it comes to finding white cast-free sunscreens, why you still need SPF, and natural hair and scalp care.
Dr. Chris Tomassian (@dr.tomassian)
Tomassian has 1.6 million subscribers for a reason – his videos are fast, accurate and easy to digest (essentially his account is the best to reference when you’re in Target and not sure what to buy for your acne hormonal). He makes product recommendations and responds to common concerns. You can find answers to so many questions by quickly browsing through its archives.
Dr. Angelo Landriscina (@dermangelo)
If your “For You” page involves skincare, you probably recognize this board-certified dermatologist. He’s a self-proclaimed “derm dad” and posts reaction videos to other skinfluencers’ routines, product recommendations and more. This is the creator you need if you want a yes or a no on trending topics.
Dr. Lindsey Zubritsky (@dermguru)
Zubritsky is a board-certified dermatologist who posts numerous “if you have this, try that” videos, identifying common skin concerns and making product recommendations to help. She also shares tips for taking care of your skin like a dermatologist, busting myths, and sharing other advice you want to hear.