About Us

CEO / Founder

Dear Reader,
I started FutureDerm in 2007. At the time, I was a medical (M.D.) student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, studying to ultimately be a dermatologist and working part-time in laboratories. I couldn’t get over how much science I was learning that closely pertained to beauty products — a lot of the same ingredients like vitamins and minerals, cutting-edge technologies like microencapsulation and micronization, and physiology applied as much to products as they did to science.
I love teaching, so I wanted to share my excitement with everyone. I began with a WordPress blog on September 24, 2007, and it’s been a whirlwind, a dream come true ever since.

Today we have received over seven million views and have been featured in The New York Times, SHAPE, Redbook, Fitness,and many other top publications.
My dream to become a dermatologist has changed for a myriad of reasons, but I am authentically living my dream everyday with FutureDerm. Today I have taken my science-based approach to evaluate a lot of my other interests: Nutrition, fitness, cosmetics, hair care, inspiration and positive thinking (in my “personal” posts). I also have some “just for fun” fashion posts thrown in there for good measure. (And because, let’s face it, I love clothes!)

I hope that FutureDerm is a place to come for well-balanced, analytical, and fun information about some of your favorite topics as well.

Want to chat? The best way to reach me is to write in Comments on any of the posts.

Hope to hear from you soon! Enjoy the site!

About the Team

I create the products and reviews you see here, Meredith Komarek directs our design and illustrations, Erin McCandless captures the majority of our photography and helps run our customer service and shipping, and Jim West runs our operations and inventory management in Pittsburgh, PA.

We have been featured or interviewed for publications such as The New York Times, Redbook Magazine, SHAPE Magazine,Fitness Magazine, Divine Caroline, SHE Knows, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The Pittsburgh Business Times, WHIRL Magazine, Temptalia, and Babble.com. We were once named the top beauty blog by SHAPE Magazine.

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We accept a limited number of sponsorships. Rather than crowding our site with banner ads, we occasionally create sponsored posts for brands whose products align with our health-and science-focused content. We’re also available for limited freelance writing, product development, and photography. Contact us for more info.