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Long story short, I randomly started breaking out all over my face. Cystic acne, closed comedones, reoccurring breakouts in the same spots ... You name it :( I had no idea why I was breaking out, so naturally I resorted to google and started thinking I had to incorporate all these products to fix my skin. I knew I had disrupted my natural skin barrier by introducing new products too quickly due to panicking -- that was the worst thing I could've possibly done because I just exacerbated my already irritated skin !
Fast forwarding to a year later ... I had heard about Curology for a while now. I first saw it on Michelle Phan's channel, and then reviews on IG and Youtube. I was still skeptical because I thought, "What if this doesn't fix my face? What if it just makes it worse like all the other products?" What if, what if ! My face got so bad to the point I got desperate and decided to just try the one month free subscription of Curology.
Thing is, as you progress through your skincare journey, you'll learn that it takes at least a month to really figure out if a skincare product is working for you due to your skin turnover rate. I didn't see any results in the first month of using Curology, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to keep trying. I was so desperate that I figured prescription topical skincare would hopefully help me.
My skin heavily purged for a good 2-3 months. This was the worst I've ever seen my face. Again with the reoccuring breakouts, cystic acne popping up EVERYWHERE (not just hormonal spots, but on my cheeks, sides of my face, pimples, JAWLINE, you name it). There were so many times I broke down and embarrassingly messaged my provider on Curology in desperation. She reassured to me to continue with my skin regimen and wait it out to see if there was any improvement in the next month.
THANK GOODNESS that I was patient because it certainly paid off !! After my 2-3 months of purging, I finally saw results ! My skin started clearing up, reoccuring acne FINALLY STOPPED, and closed comedones slowly disappearing. I was SO excited and this break through pushed me to continue staying on Curology and keeping my skincare regimen simple.
I used the same skincare routine since I first started Curology.
AM Skincare: Splash my face with water, gently pat dry my face with a towel, put a simple moisturizer on, which at the time was CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion, and my sunscreen of choice (Derma E Mineral Sunscreen)
PM Skincare: Remove mascara with mascara remover, cleansing balm to remove leftover eye makeup, cleanse face with simple cleanser (Hada Labo Cleansing Foam), gently pat dry with towel, Curology Prescription (4% Clindamycin, 1% Azelaic Acid, 4% Niacinamide)
Something that really helped me from picking at my pimples or even being tempted to TOUCH my face was to stay away from mirrors. Naturally that's hard when you're in the bathroom or you have to wash your face, but I'd make sure to not stay in the bathroom or get too close to the mirror than I needed because I knew if I kept staring at my face, that I'd resort to wanting to pick at my skin.
It's been 9-10 months since I've started Curology. It took a while for my acne scars to fade away, but I can gladly say I've been acne and acne scar free for around 3ish months, which is huge for me since I had such deep acne scars due to reoccurring acne in the same spots.
LONG LONG post, but I'd recommend Curology to anyone ! It's definitely worth a shot, and the providers are there for you 100% to answer all your questions, concerns, and to even reassure you if you have a skin panic attack (like I did many a time LOL).
Some people might think Curology is expensive, but if you're cutting out all the other extra things such as toners, serums, or a night time moisturizer, the price seems to equal out. This is different for everyone though. I'm more than willing to spend $40 for a two month supply of my Curology if it's going to keep me acne free !
I've had only maybe 2-3 pimples since December, but I noticed that they disappeared quickly. If I didn't pick at it and naturally let it run its course, it wouldn't leave any type of acne scar :)
Anywho, I think it's still a great option, especially for people who are underinsured, and may not have an option to visit a dermatologist! I've used the service twice, and I did appreciate my second time a lot more, as I think I connected with my provider a lot better. Having access to a dermatology specialist, and especially one with cosmetic specialty, is really nice! Also, I did like having a one step actives routine. Despite my issues with it, the base lotion is really nice, and moisturizing, without being greasy, which is a nice change from a lot of RX topical formulas.
Some things I didn't like: the azelaic acid can only go up to 9%. Considering I can buy up 20% OTC (although that strength may be too much for some people), I found it frustrating that Curology was constrained to such a low number. I also don't really like how there was no option for Spironolactone or Accutane. I'm aware that these therapies require bloodwork and check ups, but I feel like this sort of thing could be handled at contracted labs. For example, the providers at Curology could send lab orders over, the patient/client, could get that taken care of, and the Curology providers could go from there. Considering that a lot of acne patients often need more than topicals, I feel like this would have been a great way to retain more patients. I also feel like the formulas don't ALWAYS need to have three ingredients. Some patients don't need the Vit C or have a sensitivity to Niacinamide. I feel like it would have been better for some people to only have one ingredient.
Overall, I think it's a great place to start, especially if you are clueless about treating your skin conditions, or if you don't have access to a derm. It didn't really work for me as my needs involved something the service didn't provide, but I still would recommend it to others.
The packaging is beautiful and I love that the box had my name on it. The little jar is lovely and the pump is easy to use. The doctor I spoke to was so helpful and gave me so much information and responded shockingly quickly. You're really getting more than just the product itself.
Speaking of the product, I started my prescription every other night to get my skin used to it, as recommended. I noticed a light burning, but no redness or irritation, so I stuck with it. After a week I began using it daily, and the results were really something else. Every morning when I wash my face, my pores are visibly smaller and lighter. The night cream is lifting the dirt out of my skin and it just comes right off when I wash it. I look forward to washing my face every morning because it's just so satisfying to see my pores get small and light. I never even thought my skin could look this good. My chin isn't constantly red anymore. The formula exfoliated my skin without drying it. Even after a month, my skin keeps getting more even. I can't say enough how much I never expected my skin to look like this. Ever. Try it. There's a good chance you won't regret this.
I suffer with acne since I was 15 and I use to use Proactive for the longest bcuz there was nothing bk then on the market that I could get my hands on outside A dermatologist office that was affordable and to me was a quick fix solution.
Then I came across this ad on Facebook of Curology and I saw all the claims and all the testimonies from real people, I saw all the pictures and it looked like a lot of people suffered with the same type of acne I suffered with so I took a chance I order the free trial and oh my God in the first month my skin improved and cleared up so much I literally was in tears because I hadn’t seen my own skin in a healthy state for a long time almost 15 years after month number 2 my skin kept improving by the day by the night I literally would stop and stare at myself in the mirror in disbelief that Curology is curing my skin and has done more of a better job than Proactive has ever did, I am six months into my using Curology and my skin is clear I do not break out anymore the only thing I have is some acne scars but even those are looking softer and softer as the months pass! If you suffer from acne I beg you please give this a try you will not be disappointed the reason why Curology works is because they’re real dermatologist that are issuing this prescription to you it’s affordable you do not have to go and pay the co-pay in the dermatologist office or wait long hours this comes delivered right to you simply by sending 5 to 6 pictures to them and they could automatically know which prescription to give you and they hit my type of skin right on the money and of course you check in’s every four months with pictures and if they need to tweak your prescription they let you know ITS JUST AWESOME!!!
So they use the same three "active" ingredients for everyone. They say its prescription strength and that you need a prescription for it which is why you talk to the online doctor.
Unfortunately that isn't exactly true. I looked up each ingredient and their rules for prescription or over the counter. The percentages they give you are too low for recommended acne treatment and are something you can get easily over the counter or online. No prescription needed. Only once you get into higher percentages and oral medications with these ingredients will you need a prescription and they won't take you up that far. Also if your acne is hormonal and you need antibiotics or somethimg prescribed they tell you to go to a doctor or dermatologist so this is not like the online doctor you go to for ailments where they can prescribe medications online to your pharmacy. The fact that they act like this is what they are is a little underhanded and sneaky if you ask me.
Now this has nothing to do with whether or not the product is effective. This will depend on your skin type, your type of acne and how your acne and skin react to the very low amounts of "medicine" in this. Unfortunately for me it didnt do a thing. It didn't make it better or worse but it didn't make it worse and clog my pores so it didn't hurt me to try it and for 5 dollars and a cancellation it was worth it. They say it can take 6 to 8 weeks to see full results and that you will probably purge (break out bad) in the meantime. None of this happened for me and I have two bottles. I use one pump each because that's more than enough to cover my face in a thin layer and each bottle has 60 pumps in it. They say the average user uses 2 pumps and so they send a new one out every 30 days. If you need more or less you just contact them. I actually just cancelled my card and got a new one for other reasons and they started writing me a week before the second bottle was to be mailed and said I needed to update my payment info and then sent out the second bottle anyway 7 days later so I didn't pay anything for it but have used this long enough to get a good feel for the product ajd the company.
Overall I do recommend it because it may work for you and can't hurt to try. But be wary of the sales pitches because they lie. And the 6 to 8 week Mark dor it working is a convenient time frame as you would have to pay full price plus shipping during that time so they are making money so I don't fully trust that. If you have acne you know how long it takes to start seeing changes from a product good or bad. Usually 2 to 3 weeks for noticeable results of some sort to start so don't fall for it just because they say it.
I am so impressed with Curology! I never imagined I would get these results and I am so so happy I gave it a shot! If you decide to try it be patient! Your skin may initially get worse and it will take time to see major results but you'll be so happy you stuck with it!
*Photo shows progress from day 1 to month 13
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