Thanks to the rise of skincare TikTok—a popular destination on the short-form content app where users can discover new product recommendations, skincare tips, and debunked myths from skin experts—it’s becoming increasingly difficult to determine who you should be investing your time and money into. Do I trust the skincare influencer with 6.7 million followers whose feed is chock full of product reviews, recommendations, and sponsored ads? What about the dermatologists and estheticians who debunk skin care myths in between taking appointments? It’s the hotly debated topic that gets resurrected every few weeks: Do I see a dermatologist or an esthetician?

Ahead, I polled a few skin experts to weigh in on the dermatologist vs. esthetician debate.

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