Our Founder, Dr. James Fulton

"Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind"

Dr. Fulton’s journey began as a desire to end his own battle with acne and grew into an obsession that propelled him to the forefront of dermatological progress. The name of James E. Fulton Jr. M.D., Ph.D., would undoubtedly appear on every dermatologist’s list of leading innovators in skin care.

In 1969, Dr. Fulton, renowned scientist, dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, co-developed Retin A® setting the gold standard for the treatment of acne and aging, and changing the skin care industry forever.In addition to the Retin A® breakthrough, he is responsible for the most widely used acne treatment available, Benzoyl Peroxide. A member of the American Board of Dermatology and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Fulton authored more than 300 medical articles and the definitive text on the treatment of acne, Acne RX. He opened the first line of dermatology clinics and was the first to employ an aesthetician in a dermatology office. He also pioneered surgical treatments and patented vitamin A therapies that now form the basis of the Vivant line.

In the field of dermatology, Dr. James Fulton is renowned as an innovator and pioneer responsible for scientific advances relied upon by the industry for more than forty years. Dr. Fulton earned Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Tulane University in 1965.He was inducted into Tulane’s prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Phi Beta Kappa Society.During his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania he met the noted dermatologist and researcher Dr. Albert Kligman.Dr. Fulton’s work with Dr. Kligman led to the development of Retin-A®, a topical form of Vitamin A that revolutionized the treatment of acne and aging skin. Dr. Fulton earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in the early 1970's under the noted dermatologist Harvey Blank, M.D.

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