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I’m Sarah Otto, a dermatology nurse practitioner who discovered that less is more when it comes to skincare.

I have always felt like an outsider when it comes to beauty: I don’t love make-up, I can’t stay consistent with a routine and I forget to wash my face frequently. After working in dermatology as a nurse practitioner you would think I would finally get it together and figure out a skincare routine. But, what I discovered is surprising: Less is actually better.

The truth? Many of us use products that are too strong, too harsh or with too many active ingredients.

The more you use, layer and cover up... the worse your skin can get because everything you do impacts your skin barrier’s health. Consistency with skincare vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin B3 (Niacinaimde) is great but if you make it complicated, you won’t stick with it, especially if you are low-maintenance like myself.

We create gentle, well-made products that give the skin what it needs, when it needs it— no more, no less.

We don’t follow trends. We only use ingredients that are clinically proven to work with your skin, not change it. Pure, potent, multitasking skin care that takes very little effort. Using less but better quality ingredients. Our skincare is designed to stop controlling your skin and simply allow it to function better.

Above all: Let's prioritize skin health, not perfection.

Your skin doesn't need much to function at its best—so let's be concise about what you put on it. The solution? A simple routine with fewer ingredients that target real concerns. Because your skincare should work with your skin, not against it. Let's prioritize skin health, not perfection.

Simple is better for your skin and for our planet.

We are dedicated to sustainability at Otto Skin Goods. In addition to sourcing packaging, bottles and shipping materials that are recyclable, we source ethical ingredients and craft our products in small batches for less waste. You can feel good knowing that your own commitment to minimal skincare is creating a minimal impact for our world, too.

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