Healthy skin is our thing.
About Us

KitavaMD creates clinically-backed skincare, derived from the highest-quality, natural ingredients.  Free of harsh chemicals including sulfates, SLS, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances or artificial dyes, our products are 100% vegan, cruelty free and non-toxic. Founded by two board-certified dermatologists, kitavaMD is on a mission to deliver healthy skin to all.

Our inspiration

Pronounced KHIT-AH-VAA, Kitava is a real tropical island, located off the coast of Papau New Guinea, where acne does not exist amongst its inhabitants. While genetics is likely one of the causes, researchers believe the lack of acne could be attributed to their simplistic, plant-based diets and healthy lifestyles. This island is our inspiration.

Nature. Science. Simplicity.


Our mission

KitavaMD wants you to believe in better. We are on a mission to change the beliefs around natural skincare by creating products that actually work. We believe that there is a perfect balance between science and nature and there shouldn’t be a sacrifice in quality or results.

Our formulas

We only use the highest-quality ingredients, from Tea Tree Oil to Aloe Leaf Juice. Each product’s formula is rigorously tested for efficacy and optimized for maximum tolerability. Even the most active ingredients are safe and gentle for your skin.

Our founding doctors

After training together in residency at Stanford University, Dr. Justin Gordon and Dr. Paru Chaudhari shared a vision to create a new acne skincare regimen for patients seeking a more natural alternative to harsh chemicals and prescription medications. Following three years of extensive research and product development, they founded KitavaMD.

MEET DR. JUSTIN GORDON

Dr. Justin Gordon is a practicing, Board-Certified Dermatologist and is faculty at Stanford University where he delivers comprehensive dermatologic care on a range of skin conditions. He previously served as the Associate Program Director for Stanford's Dermatology Residency where he continues to educate medical students and residents. Dr. Gordon also founded the Acne Specialty Clinic within Stanford Dermatology and is co-founder of the natural skincare brand, KitavaMD. He resides in San Francisco, CA.

Professional Education:

- Board Certification: Dermatology, American Board of Dermatology
- Residency: Stanford University Dermatology Residency, CA
- Medical Education: Emory University School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine (MD), GA

MEET DR. PARU CHAUDHARI

Dr. Paru Chaudhari is a practicing and Board-Certified Dermatologist with a focus on inflammatory conditions such as acne and rosacea. She spent several years in private practice in New York City where she also served as an instructor in Clinical Dermatology at Columbia University. She has been published in several peer-reviewed Dermatology journals and books. Dr. Chaudhari is co-founder of the natural skincare brand, KitavaMD, and also volunteers as a clinical instructor at UCSF. She currently resides and practices in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Professional Education:

- Board Certification: Dermatology, American Board of Dermatology
- Residency: Stanford University Dermatology Residency, CA
- Medical Education: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Doctor of Medicine (MD), NY