Upload a Photo, Download a Prescription: California’s First Acne-Specific Dermatology Web Platform Launches August 1, 2013
MONTEREY, Calif., July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Millenials are constantly connected to the web and almost all of them suffer from the social and emotional impacts of acne. They look online for all of their solutions: shopping, communicating, learning, and even existing. It seems only natural to bring the dermatology consultation online, giving them access to the best treatment available using their computer or smartphone.
YoDerm, a startup located on California’s central coast, is the world’s first acne-specific dermatology web-platform. For $59, you get the best treatment available in 3 easy steps:
- Submit a consultation: Upload photos of your affected areas and answer some simple medical questions. A consultation typically takes less than 10 minutes.
- Dermatologist examination: Within 48 hours, your new YoDerm dermatologist will examine your photos and information and will create a personalized treatment plan for your skin type and acne severity.
- Your plan is ready: Your treatment plan is delivered to your YoDerm profile and if a prescription medication was included, the script is electronically sent to your preferred local pharmacy.
If you have any questions about your treatment you can directly message your dermatologist at any time. When it’s time to follow up, just upload new photos and note any questions or concerns about the treatment. There’s no in-office visit required.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, there’s around 18 million American adolescents that have severe enough acne to require a dermatologist consult. Yet under 1 million actually get into the office. Considering the obstacles to get into the office, this makes sense. The average wait period before an appointment is over 30 days. Taking time off of school or work to commute to the doctor can be too hard for some students or parents. And many acne sufferers express embarrassment keeping them out of the waiting room.
YoDerm tackles each of these barriers by bringing the consultation entirely online. A YoDerm consultation can be performed with any modern computer or smartphone connected to the web, letting the patient stay conveniently and privately at home. Each of the doctors on YoDerm are board-certified dermatologists licensed in the patient’s state. Since acne is a visual condition, the doctors can easily diagnose it through images. In fact, doctors have been doing this for years, the company is now making it available to all Californians.
YoDerm’s co-founders Ben Holber and Ryan Hambley, both 24 years-old, met in the sixth grade and struggled with acne together through high school. Hambley’s father is a local dermatologist, a major factor in the founding of YoDerm. “I was extremely lucky to have my father around,” explains Hambley, “I’ve tried dozens of products and prescription medications to get my skin clear. If I had go into a doctor’s office every time I had a question about the treatment or when I wanted to switch medications, it would have been virtually impossible to quell my acne. Everyone deserves the on-demand treatment I received. And with the internet, it’s now possible.”