Top Skincare Influencers on TikTok

These top skincare influencers on TikTok not only change the way we talk about self care, they also have great recommendations.

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January 24, 2023

When it comes to beauty content, social media sees its ebbs and flows. In the early 2010s, YouTube and Instagram were flooded with colorful, saturated fashion content. Our subscriptions were full of influencers showing their favorite OOTDs and seasonal lookbooks. Later, we saw YouTube beauty gurus like James Charles, Jeffree Star, and Nikkitutorials taking the Internet by storm with makeup tutorials and sponsored content that defined the later 2010s. Now, skincare influencers on TikTok are growing in popularity.

Although many of those content creators are still going strong, there’s been a new wave breaking onto the shores of the beauty world. Since March 2020, TikTok skincare influencers have been taking the Internet by storm. Back when we couldn’t go outside the house, trying on our newest makeup look or outfit of the day was rendered useless. Taking care of and investing in your skin has become the newest trend.

Here are Tensor’s top skincare influencers on TikTok.

1. @dermdoctor

  • Dr. Shah
  • 17.3 million followers

From gross pimple poppings to “satisfying” skincare reactions, Dr. Shah’s content isn’t for those easily made queasy. 17.3 million people watch Dr. Shah’s viral videos reacting to the most grave and, yes, gross aspects of dermatology. With over 479.5 million likes, Dr. Shah shares his reactions to various dermatological maladies, while giving advice and product recommendations.

@dermdoctor Holiday Gifts (Part 1) @Kiehl’s Since 1851 is the best at holiday sets! #DermDoctor #Dermatologist #KiehlsPartner #HolidaySkincare #KiehlsUS ♬ Eagle Arms - Chris Alan Lee

Apart from entertaining and satisfying videos, there’s more to his content that meets the eye. Dr. Shah wants his audience to learn from mistakes that he has made. As a teenager he spent a lot of time tanning, which eventually led to a skin cancer that had to be removed from his chest. In October of 2021, Dr. Shah shared with ABC news “I just want people to know what I didn’t know as a teenager.”  Later that month in New York City, he was honored with the Influencer Award presented by the Melanoma Research Foundation.

Dr. Shah’s account is on a slight downward trend. This account has an engagement rate of 2.02%. 65% of his audience is female, 34% of whom are between the ages of 18 and 24. Over half his following hails from the United States, followed by the United Kingdom and Canada.

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2. @hyram

  • Hyram Yarbro

Perhaps the most well-known skincare influencer is Hyram Yarbro, known as Skincare by Hyram on Instagram, YouTube and of course, TikTok.

@hyram not me judging in a crop top 🤧 #sunscreen ♬ BIZCOCHITO - ROSALÍA

Hyram blew up on both YouTube and TikTok in March of 2020. Back when we were stuck in our homes, our newest form of entertainment and self-improvement was Hyram’s skincare content. Between March of 2020 and September 2020 he went from 100,000 TikTok followers to over six million.

Hyram’s mantra is “ingredients don’t lie,” and he is quick to condemn ingredients he feels are harmful to the skin. He is quite popular with Gen Z audiences who, since watching his videos, swear by the Ordinary Company and the brand Cera Ve. Despite this, he is not actually a dermatologist, clinician or esthetician. Hyam is a former Saks Fifth Avenue makeup artist who has spent the last six years (and counting!) studying ingredients in skincare products. He follows and has friendly working relationships with other influencers who are dermatologists, aestheticians and chemists. They call him out when he is wrong on something, and he always expresses his gratitude.

Hyram said to The New York Times, ““It was great for them to be able to say: ‘OK, Hyram, no. You do not know about these ingredients,’ or, ‘You need to know how they’re potentially harmful to the skin.’”

With honesty and humor, Hyram has an incredible ability to bash a brand, such as Rihanna’s skin care line, without making enemies (or as the internet says, without “having beef” with anyone.) His audience wants the truth, and his brutal honesty has skyrocketed him to fame.

This TikTok skincare influencer’s hard work has paid off! In June of 2021 he launched his own skincare line, called Selfless by Hyram. With each product, some of the profits are donated to organizations that promote social change and environmental protection.

Hyram’s account is on a slight downward trend, with an engagement rate of 1.4% 93% of his followers are female, 46% of whom are between the ages of 18 and 24, and 32% of whom are between the ages of 25 and 34. Most of his audience comes from the United States, followed by the United Kingdom, then Canada.

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3. @doctordustinportela

  • Dr. Dustin Portela

These videos aren’t for the faint of heart. Similar to Dr. Shah, Dr. Portela reacts to different skincare maladies posted on the internet. He is a board certified dermatologist with degrees from Des Moines University and Michigan State University. From analyzing warts to judging people’s skincare routines, Dr. Portela shares his knowledge with his audience of over 2 million people.

Outside of TikTok, he is the founder of Treasure Valley Dermatology in Boise, Idaho. Patients and viewers alike can shop his medical grade skincare line.

This account is on a slight downward trend, with an engagement rate of 1.77%. 69% of his audience is female, 40% of whom are between the ages of 18 and 24. 70% of his audience comes from the United States, followed by Canada and the United Kingdom.

4. @glowwithava

  • Ava

With over 80M likes, TikTok skincare influencer Ava shares her and her mother’s love for skincare. Though she is based in the United States, she has Korean roots and shares her culture’s appreciation for beauty and skincare by reviewing and recommending her favorite products, as well as raiding her mom’s skincare stash and sharing her favorite products with the world.

@glowwithava she never forgets the texture of an eye cream she likes. Getting our eyes lifted with @Clarins USA Total Eye Lift. #ClarinsPartner #MamiandMe #momratingthings ♬ original sound - AVA

Not only is Ava a passionate TikToker, but she has also started a brand called “byAva.” Ava is known for her concept of “jello-skin,” which is the “plump and bouncy” look achieved in one’s cheeks when one has a face full of healthy collagen. Ava says that as we age, we lose the collagen in our skin, so it is important to maintain collagen through a healthy lifestyle. Ava’s #Jelloskin is a journey of “eating balanced meals, laughing and aging gracefully.”

Ava’s account is on a slight downward trend, with an engagement rate of 2.84%. 86% of her audience is female, nearly 50% of whom are between the ages of 18 and 24. Most of her audience is from the United States, followed by the Philippines and the United Kingdom.

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Blog by Ava Fischer