Our Contributors

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Rachel Kossman

Lead Editor

Rachel Kossman is the Lead Editor of The Pretty Pimple.A graduate of Northeastern University's School of Journalism, Rachel has always held a passion for writing and editing. Over the last few years, Rachel has developed a background in skincare and skin health writing; she previously worked as the Senior Editor at DAYSPA Magazine, a print publication for spa industry professionals.Passionate about all subjects related to skin care, skin health, wellness and dermatology, Rachel is so excited to be launching The Pretty Pimple to bring readers a go-to guide on skin care & dermatology – from a voice they can trust!

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Dr. Sandra Lee aka Dr. Pimple Popper

Dermatologist

Dr. Sandra Lee aka Dr. Pimple Popper is a board-certified dermatologist who practices in Upland, California.

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Akhila Jerripothula

Contributor

Akhila is a passionate beauty industry student and digital media associate at Skin PS Brands. She is a recent graduate of the Beauty Industry Merchandising and Marketing major, and is continuing her education at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Business Management. Through her experience in various beauty internships and assistant positions, Akhila has acclaimed a background in digital marketing by content creating for social media, as well as, traditional marketing by maintaining relationships and pitching to editors and broadcast for brand placements.

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Karie Lynn Frost

Contributor

Karie Lynn Frost is an award-winning freelance editor and writer, and has more than 16 years’ experience writing about all facets of beauty — from makeup to hair to nails, and, of course, skin! She's helped launch several beauty-focused magazines, including Beauty Launchpad, Beauty Etc. and Nail It!; has written beauty tips for Elle.com, Makeup.com and MarthaStewartWeddings.com; and has been tapped by beauty brands, like Dermelect Cosmeceuticals, Wella, Luxury Brand Partners and Redken, for her expertise. Frost has dealt with her own skin issues — acne and eczema, among them — and is constantly seeking new products, treatments and expert advice to help her — and her readers — put their best (and most confident) face forward.

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Kerry J Heckman

Contributor

Kerry J. Heckman is a freelance writer and therapist based in Chicago. She writes about health, mental health, chronic illness, and travel. Her wellness & lifestyle blog blog, Body Mind Lyme (www.bodymindlyme.com), provides a positive message for those with chronic illness. She is a regular contributor to the Global Lyme Alliance blog and The Pretty Pimple. Her interest and knowledge of skin care stems from personal experience. As a strong advocate of yearly skin checks, she hopes to raise awareness of the importance of having a dermatologist on your medical team.

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Mary Kate Miller

Contributor

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Laura Pearson-Smith

Contributor

Laura Pearson-Smith is an experienced beauty journalist and blogger from the UK. She has written about all things skincare and makeup for nearly a decade - through her own blog A Life With Frills and for other publications such as Yahoo! Style UK, Metro UK, The Daily Mail and Fashion Fix Daily. She's a true skincare junkie!

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Krista Xavier

Contributor

Krista Xavier is a contributing author who is thrilled to be working with The Pretty Pimple! With a 6-year background in all aspects of the beauty industry including retail, spa, and content creation, Krista is a true skincare junkie whose true passion is providing consumers with accurate, scientifically-grounded skincare information. Krista has been contributing skincare and beauty content to numerous blogs and sites for 2 years, most notably partnering with Adore Beauty, an Australian beauty retailer, to provide full product and ingredient guides to help consumers make the best choices for them. Krista also has a personal blog, www.yeshoneybeauty.com, in which she takes a comedic and lighthearted look at the skincare industry. Krista is truly passionate about the mission of The Pretty Pimple - to give consumers a guide to skincare and dermatology that they can trust!

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Lauren Rearick

Contributor

Lauren Rearick is a freelance writer for places including Teen Vogue, Reader's Digest and more. She also founded a music blog called The Grey Estates. You can visit her at laurenrearick.com.

Lisa Fields

Contributor

Lisa Fields is a full-time freelance writer who primarily writes about health, including skin health. She has written about skin problems ranging from dandruff and eczema to melanoma. Her work has been published by WebMD, Reader's Digest, Shape, Women's Health, Self, Ladies' Home Journal and other magazines and websites.

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Tessa Knight

Contributor

Tessa is a freelance writer and Media student at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She is a die-hard popaholic who loves all things skin care related, and often falls asleep in the middle of having a facial. As a student, Tessa loves finding products at a bargain and goes out of her way to try new things, especially cool sunscreens that protect her incredibly pale skin. She is excited to be a member of a team that helps people feel more confident in their (beautiful) skin.

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Corinne O’Keefe Osborn

Contributor

Corinne is an award-winning freelance writer dedicated to the promotion of women’s health. As a long-time feminist, Corinne’s goal is to bring women the information they need to make the best decisions possible for themselves and their families. Corinne, who studied journalism at Boston University’s Graduate School of Communications, writes about chronic pain, psychology, addiction, eating disorders, dermatology and nutrition. She is a regular contributor to Healthline, ProjectKnow and Drugabuse.com. Corinne is thrilled to be joining the team at The Pretty Pimple and hopes that she can help women make dermatological care a priority.

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Tori Bilcik

Contributor

Tori Bilcik is a freelance writer and a recent graduate of Emerson College. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Substream Magazine, THINX's Periodical, The Radical Notion, and Culture Magazine, covering everything from politics to healthcare to punk music to cheese. Outside of writing, she interns at the nonprofit organization Community Catalyst, works at a delicious local bakery in Boston, and loves binge-watching Netflix originals. Her other interests include photography, traveling, books, cuddling her cat, and a good cup of tea.

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Helen Lee

Helen, a freelance writer based in the Chicago area, has been writing about hair and skincare since 2001. She’s passionate about helping women feel beautiful. Helen studied journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and is now working on a second Masters degree in biology. She also writes about pop culture, food, science, and her city.

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Rabeeia Choudhry

Rabeeia Choudhry is freelance writer with experience writing about health and wellness; she is a final year medical student from Pakistan. She has particular interest in skin care and has found writing about skin health a perfect combination of both her passions. During her medical rotations she has observed and assisted various skin care and aesthetic procedures and takes an active interest in giving the readers the down and dirty about them.

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Jenn Sinrich

Contributor

Jenn Sinrich is a freelance writer, editor and content strategist in NYC. Her work can be found in Women’s Health, SELF, Reader's Digest, Health, PureWow and more. When she's not putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), she can be found traveling the world and discovering more about the big apple of a city she's always dreamed of calling home.

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Carrie Horn

Carrie Horn is the CEO of Adverbium Editorial Services, where she provides a wide array of freelance services, including writing, editing, designing, and content management.

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Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana

Contributor

Marisa Zeppieri is a journalist, author, and former Mrs. New York 2015. Her verticals include health, nutrition, food, recipe creation, and food photography. She is also the founder of LupusChick.com, a New York-based nonprofit that helps patients and families dealing with incurable autoimmune diseases. Marisa is currently working on her second book, and enjoys road tripping with her husband and rescued terrier, Bogey.

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Rasheda Abdullah

Rasheda Abdullah is a freelance writer specializing in fashion, entertainment and beauty. Rasheda holds a master’s degree in corporate communication and a bachelor's degree in public relations. She has been writing for over ten years and takes great joy and pride in the work that she does. Her passion for writing stems from her love of storytelling and her way with words. Rasheda lives in Los Angeles, CA where she regularly lends her writing talents to various publications.

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Madeleine Deliee

Madeleine Deliee has written recently for the Washington Post, PopSugar, Woman's Day, and SheKnows. She survived a year working for a well-known luxury spa company and misses only the free massages.

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Christina Heiser

Contributor

By day, Christina Heiser is a senior editor for L’Oréal Paris. By night, she’s a freelance beauty, health, and wellness writer for a variety of online publications like Total Beauty, DermStore, Livestrong, and NBC News. Outside of the office, you can find Christina hitting up boutique fitness classes in NYC (hot yoga, FTW) and cheering on her favorite sports teams (let's go Mets!).

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Jacqueline Weiss

Contributor

Jacqueline Weiss is a blogger, freelance writer and social media consultant based in Los Angeles. A recent Emerson College graduate, she is passionate about wellness, fitness, and beauty.

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Mary Alusin

Contributor

Mary Alusin graduated at the University of the Philippines with a degree in Mass Communications. She is a content writer and editor, the same time, manages CostAide, a website that provides prices to certain products and services. Before working as a full-time online writer, she wrote for a local newspaper and tutored Korean students.

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