I love FutureDerm because it connects science to real people to make their lives better. The FutureDerm blog started in 2007 when I was a pre-medical student working in laboratories in my university. I just couldn’t get over how much science there was behind the ingredients in beauty products. I also couldn’t believe how the relevant information I learned as a budding scientist as part of my medical education didn’t seem to be included when people made products. It was then I decided to do something about it.
On September 24, 2007, I started FutureDerm as a WordPress blog, and by 2011 we were voted the #1 beauty blog by SHAPE Magazine readers and received a quarter of a million views per month. I don’t want to brag, but it was glorious.
That same year, I was an active third-year medical student interested in dermatology. Based on everything I’d learned, I invented a unique sunscreen delivery system and won a business competition at my university with it. The next thing I knew, I was preparing FutureDerm products and sending them out to the market. (By the way, I’m still working on bringing that sunscreen delivery system to the market!)
Today, I like to say that our mission at FutureDerm is to make people well informed, beautiful, and happy. And I truly believe we do that. I’m passionate about being able to teach someone that an ingredient like 0.5% retinol can make skin look better, how to use it, and how it actually works in the skin. That kind of education and interaction is why I was studying to be a dermatologist in the first place.
Devoting myself full time to FutureDerm has resulted in a lot of people asking me whether I’m choosing medicine or business. Honestly, I answer that I’m in the business of helping people, whether that’s through my business or in medicine. I’m still enrolled in medical school on an extended leave of absence. I love FutureDerm, and I love that I’m able to learn incredibly interesting information about skin care, teach it to an engaged audience, and then use that information to create state-of-the-art products. And it’s my job!
Bottom line: I’m loving what I do, and I am here to help. I am probably the most transparent person on earth: I tell you what I know, research what I don’t, and cite references all over the place. I’d love to hear your thoughts on our products, site, brand, and what we’re doing.
Feel free to email me anytime: nicki[at]futurederm[dot]com. And check out our FAQ for more info.
P.S. You can find all the products I’ve been busy creating in our shop.
- My friend Eric and me! Contrary to popular belief, skin is not just skin. Dermatologists even qualify different skin types on a scale known as the Fitzpatrick scale; different types denote different susceptibilities to skin diseases, treatment plans and options. In a prior interview of mine with African-American dermatologist Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, M.D., she informed…
- My friend Boeui, left, and me on a recent Girl's Night Out. I think I've alluded to growing up Asian in America before in my Follow Friday columns - as a child, it could be difficult at times being one of only a few Asian kids at school. Nowadays, I've grown into my own skin, but…