Back in the stone age of skincare in 2013, I was practicing dermatology in New Mexico. New patients often showed up in my office after years of battling acne with drugstore skincare products — and losing. Despite painstaking trial and error, their skincare routines produced no lasting results and left them with a graveyard of failed products.
This was incredibly frustrating to see, because I — and other dermatologists — know that treating acne shouldn’t take so much guesswork and frustration. Decades of clinical trials have shown that a few prescription ingredients really work on acne at a molecular level.
The problem is, over-the-counter acne treatments don’t contain these prescription ingredients, and even if they did there would be no way for an acne sufferer to know which combination of skincare ingredients would work for him or her.
The dilemma in 2013: effective ingredients required a dermatologist’s prescription, meaning they required a in-person visit, dermatologist fees, and the astronomical markup that pharmaceutical companies often charge at the pharmacy.
Why couldn’t my patients access ingredients that worked, and access them affordably? I was determined to find a better way.
I left my dermatology practice and teamed up with my tech nerd brother Glenn. We were later joined by our mother, Nancy, who’s also a dermatologist.
In 2014, the three of us started Curology. Our crazy idea was to make effective skincare accessible for everyone by matching patients with an online provider, and mixing custom formulas in our own lab. Today we’re a small but fast-growing company.
So, welcome! You’ll never be rushed out of this doctor’s office—in part because it might just be your own couch. Our office hours are always open: whether it’s 1pm or 3am, you can visit our blog to see in-depth answers to all your thorniest questions (like should people ever pop their pimples?), or to learn about all-around skin health (like how birth control might affect your skin).
I’ll see you around, here on the blog and maybe on our Instagram.