Curology - Our Story

Our Story

Dermatology shouldn't be a luxury.

While practicing dermatology in suburban New Mexico in 2013, Dr. David Lortscher was having a routine follow-up appointment with a 22-year-old patient, Rachael. She'd been suffering from acne since she was a teenager, and she'd tried almost every drugstore acne product under the sun, with little improvement.

But in six weeks of using prescription acne creams Rachael's skin had completely cleared, and now at this follow-up visit she was almost in tears. For the first time in seven years, she finally felt confident about the way she looked.

Rachael shared that she would have seen a dermatologist sooner but she didn't think she could afford it. In the part of town where she grew up, dermatologists were “just for rich people."

Dr. Lortscher set out to make effective acne treatment accessible to everyone.

From left to right: Glenn, Nancy, David

Dr. Lortscher brought in his technologist brother, Glenn, and their dermatologist mother, Dr. Nancy Satur, in hopes of building an online practice where they could care for patients remotely just as effectively as they cared for patients like Rachael in their in-person dermatology practices. They built their own lab for customized skincare, and they created Curology's secure, proprietary web-based technology that allows for personalized attention without ever setting foot in a doctor's office.

Today, Curology employs over a dozen full-time medical providers, who work together to bring professionally guided acne care to tens of thousands of people who wouldn't otherwise be able to access it or afford it.

Our story began with listening to one patient in New Mexico – and listening is still at the core of what we do.

Each patient has hopes, needs, and even their own quirks. We make a promise to be honest, personal, and affordable, and to treat each patient like the true individual that they are.

The laboratory

Curology's customized prescriptions are made with care, using state-of-the-art equipment at our laboratory in San Diego, California.