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Our Story

Before we created The Humane Company, I enjoyed a long career as a writer and editor specializing in health and beauty for such publications and websites as Self, Health, Marie Claire, Real Simple, EveryDay With Rachael Ray, Prevention and refinery29. From my first job as a copy editor for Glamour magazine to my years as executive editor of Shape, one thing remained consistent—I am, unapologetically, a skincare nerd.

Those positions afforded me the opportunity to meet, interview and befriend many of the top dermatologists in New York and around the country, which fueled my fascination with the science behind skincare. I had a front-row seat to the emergence of the clean beauty movement, and was able to sample and learn about a wide range of products from companies big and small. 

But while the concept of nontoxic skincare gained momentum, I couldn’t help but notice that acne treatments were being left behind. A handful of household names continued to dominate, focusing more on celebrity endorsements, complicated systems and big-budget ad campaigns than on the potentially harmful ingredients hiding in their products.

The Humane Company was created to bring a clean, minimal-ingredient philosophy to the treatment of acne.

Simple

When it comes to skincare, less is definitely more. So we limit our ingredient lists to only those required to do the job really well. Absolutely nothing without a specific purpose, and never anything trendy just for the sake of being, well, trendy.

Clean

We refuse to use toxic, harmful or questionable ingredients in any of our products. That means no SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan or triclocarban.

Cruelty-Free

None of our furry friends were harmed in the making of our skincare products. We’re proud to be a member of PETA’s “Beauty Without Bunnies” program, which is committed to eradicating animal testing for good. Humane is certified vegan as well, which means we'll never use animal byproducts or animal-derived ingredients, such as beeswax, keratin, lanolin, collagen, carmine or casein.

Safe

Humane products are made in the USA at an FDA/cGMP-compliant facility. Our formulas are dermatologist-tested for safety at an independent third-party laboratory and each batch undergoes assay, identity and micro testing to ensure the concentration, quality and purity of the ingredients used.

Effective

Our products don't chase trends. Instead, we harness the healing powers of potent, clinically backed ingredients to get you real results.