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I am a board certified Dermatologist in Central Massachusetts. I started my Dermatology studies in 1989 at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to my undergraduate studies (Bio-Chemistry) and Medical school, I always loved chemistry, even playing with my toy chemistry kit as a child.
As a skin doctor I have treated thousands of patients with severe chapped lips due to a variety of causes, including as a side effect of the anti-acne drug Isotretinoin (commonly known as Accutane). One day a patient on Isotretinoin came to see me. She was suffering with painfully chapped lips and had tried multiple greasy prescription ointments, creams, and lip balms to no effect. Out of desperation I recommended an “organic” natural lip balm; after using it, she returned a day later with giant swollen lips and almost had to be admitted to the hospital! She got better with high doses of oral steroids, but I was taken aback. I set out to solve this problem, that afflicted so many, once and for all.
I hit the books in August 1998. Turns out, nearly all lip balms have chemicals that make chapped lips worse. This was the eureka moment, the turning point and the epiphany that set the stage. Realizing this, I set out to develop a chemical-free lip balm, and started mixing late at night like the proverbial mad scientist. I also knew from my training that a little Cortisone could go a long way towards soothing the inflammation of severe chapped lips. After trying for years, and experiencing a few close calls – figuring out the chemistry of Hydrocortisone in hot wax was scary to say the least – I finally hit upon the perfect combination of natural yellow bee’s wax, mineral oil, petroleum jelly and Hydrocortisone.
"Nearly all lip balms have chemicals that make chapped lips worse. This was the eureka moment, the turning point and the epiphany that set the stage."
- Dr. Dan Viders
At first the U.S. Patent Office was skeptical of this simple yet eloquent formula; but after trying a sample, the grateful, former-sufferer-of-chapped-lips patent examiner granted me U.S. Patent # 6,228,351 in May 2001. The name CortiBalm came to me from above, and the rest is history. I started giving away samples to my colleagues, patients, selling online, and currently we are moving into the retail market due to popular demand.
But wait! The story doesn’t end here. Unfortunately, impostors – bad ones at that – have sprung up, but my hard work and research continue. We at Dr. Dan’s continue to be grateful to our loyal customers and Doctors who recommend our products!
High School: Cherry Creek HS., Englewood CO, graduated with honors
College: Claremont McKenna College, Claremont CA, B.A. Bio-Chem. 5/84
Medical: Univ. of Health Sciences Chicago Med. School, N: Chicago IL, 5/84-9/86; Univ. of Colorado Health Sciences, Denver, CO, 9/86-5/88 (M.D.)
Internship: Pres. St. Lukes Hospital, Rotating, Denver, CO, 7/88-6/89
Residency: Washington University, Dermatology, St. Louis, MO, 7/89-7/92
Dean's List: Claremont McKenna College, 1980-1984
Graduated Cum Laude: Claremont McKenna College, 1984
Department of Medicine Outstanding Student Research Award: University of Colorado School of Medicine Research Forum, January 1988
Dr. Goltz Award for the Outstanding Medical Student in Dermatology: University of Colorado, May 1988
American College of Physicians: First Place Research Presentation: Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, 1989
Diplomat National Board of Medical Examiners, 1990
Member: American Academy of Dermatology, 1993
Diplomat: American Academy of Dermatology, 1997
Viders, Topical Treatment with Hydrogen Peroxide..., Letter to the Editor, Accepted JAAD, April 1996.
Viders, et al, Basement Membrane Thickening in Diabetic Blood Vessels..., American Federation for Clinical Research, 1988
Folkeord, Viders et al, Optimization of lmmunohistochemical Tech.., The Journal of History and Cyto-, 37:105-113, 1989.
Grosso, Viders, et al, Local Skin Burn Causes Systemic Endothelial..., Surgery, August 1989, 310-316.
Grosso, Brown, Viders et al, Xanthine Oxidase Derived Oxygen Radicals..., Journal of Surgical Research, 1989, 45:355-360.
Smith, Clark, Viders, Basement Membrane Zone Thickening in Diabetes..., American Federation for Clinical Research, 1988