The Top 5 Vitamin C Serums According To Dermatologists

Aug 09, 2020
09:06 A.M.
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Vitamin C has long been touted as the powerhouse skin-care ingredient. Known for its abilities to reduce inflammation, fight free-radical damage, brighten skin, treat fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and dark spots.


However, Dr. Tara Rao of Schweiger Dermatology Group points out that "one should keep in mind that not all vitamin C is created equal."Here are five Vitamin C serums that are recommended by dermatologists.

1. C Serum 22


Price: $35.00

The Serumtologie C Serum 22 is highly recommended by Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse, a board-certified dermatologist in Los Angeles. The serum formula contains a potent 22 percent dose of vitamin C.

Thus it is no surprise that it stands out amongst most other serums. It is suitable for all skin types and nearly 2,000 Amazon users rated the product 5 stars.

2. SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic


Price: $166

The Skinceuticals CE Ferulic is recommended by multiple dermatologists as the standard for vitamin C serum. Another serum suitable for all skin types, this one is more expensive. However, the formula contains 15% L-ascorbic acid which is water-soluble and thus effectively penetrates the skin, unlike other less stable formulas.

“I think it’s the best out there,”

declares Dr. Kenneth Howe of the Wexler Dermatology Group.

The formula also boasts a much higher pH level than its competitors. Thus the formula may be less irritating to the skin than other vitamin C serums. Dr. Julie Russak, the founder of the Russak Dermatology Group, explains that it can “deliver vitamin C through the top layer without disrupting the protective barrier of the skin.”

3. Maelove Glow Maker


Price: $28

If you're looking for a luxurious but more affordable serum consider the Maelove Glow Maker. The serum is created by MIT scientists and boasts “a straightforward formula which has been proven to protect, hydrate, and nourish the skin.”

The serum which is recommended by Dr. Julie Russak, founder of the Russak Dermatology Group, combined L-ascorbic and ferulic acids to brighten the skin with a soothing botanical blend of aloe, grape, magnolia, and orange peel to nourish the skin. It can also be used as a makeup primer.

4. Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum Brightening Skin Corrector


Price: $29.00

Another relatively affordable but good quality Vitamin C serum is the Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum Brightening Skin Corrector. The product is known for its light formula that contains 11 clean ingredients.

It proudly boasts no parabens, silicones, or artificial fragrances. Erin Gilbert, a board-certified dermatologist in NYC, revealed that the product will not sting or burn upon application while delivering potent firming and brightening results.

5. L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Vitamin C Serum


Price: $30

Dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital, recommends the L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Vitamin C Serum. The most budget-friendly option on our list is formulated with 10 percent ascorbic acid.

“It has been clinically studied and is available at your local drugstore at a very reasonable price.”

says Dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner.

The serum formula contains no fragrance, parabens, mineral oils, and synthetic dyes. Thus it is extremely gentle on the skin.