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My Curology Experience

I’ll start out by saying I’m so glad I tried Curology. I’ve been using Curology since Septemter 2015 (7 months ago as of this writing) and I’ve learned so much that’s helped me to clear my skin, not to mention access to a dermatologist and prescription medication that its given me.

If you’re not familiar with Curology, I’ll quickly explain. Curology is a dermatology service that you can access through the internet (teledermatology). For $20 a month, you’ll have unlimited access to message your personal dermatologist, and you’ll be sent a customized prescription topical cream every 3 months.

It’s not available everywhere, so head to the site and make sure they are available in your state before you get too excited.

If you want to see how your skin type relates to mine, and therefore how your experience might be the same/differ, please refer to this post!


How to Get Started

Sign up here (with that link, you’ll get the first month free and I’ll get a referral bonus!). Create your account and fill out the skin and health questionnaire. Upload a few good pictures of your skin, and they’ll be sent to the dermatologist you’re matched up with.

At the point, you can also send in a message to your derm. I let her know a little of my history, my current problems, and the products I was using. She got back to me and prescribed my medication.

The medication I’ve prescribed for your face/neck contains three ingredients:

– 4% azelaic acid (antibacterial; reduces redness, hyperpigmentation and blocked pores)
– 1% clindamycin (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory)
– 4% niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3 that fights inflammation and hyperpigmentation)

Your main problem areas are in a “hormonal pattern,” as acne involving the chin and jaw areas tends to be associated with an excessive response of the oil glands to normal female hormones. This commonly worsens with the menstrual cycle. Most patients do well with topical medication only, but we can explore other additional options for hormonal breakouts if needed.

I think we can get you clear without antibiotic pills, but we can keep that as a backup option for the future if necessary.

The Process

Every month, you are charged $19.95, and every 3 months a new medication ships out to you. For the cost, you can message your provider as much as you need to. I’ve sent desperate please help me I have a huge breakout, and she usually gets back to me within 24 hours, along with helpful advice (like the life changing spearmint tea trick).

You can also request your medicine be shipped out more quickly if you end up running out. I’ve done this a couple times, but in general the 3 month time frame is perfect for the amount of medicine you’re given.

Each month, I upload photos of my face – it’s not only for my derm to see, but I love being able to scroll through and track my progress myself. If you would also like your derm to take a look, you can message them and let them know you’ve updated.

If somewhere along the way you feel like you aren’t seeing progress, you or your dermatologist may suggest changing up the prescription.

My Progress

I’m happy to say that I’m excited about the direction my skin since starting Curology. It’s not all the way clear, but I can tell that I’m on my way.

When I first started 7 month ago, there was hardly a day when I couldn’t have a breakout somewhere. My chin and jaw line had clusters of pimples and I was really not happy with it.

I started with prescription of 4% Azelaic Acid, 1% Clindamycin, 4% Niacinamide. Less than a month ago, I changed to .009% Tretinoin, 1% Clindamycin, and 9% Azelaic Acid. I made the change because although I was progressing, I was still breaking out often. Fortunately, days where I’m clear still out way those that I am not. It’s still been too soon to see how the addition of tretinoin will work out, but I’m optimistic.

Final Thoughts

If you’re struggling with acne and Curology is available in your area, I highly suggest trying it for yourself. If you find it’s not right for you, you can cancel anytime – but from my experience I doubt this will be the case.

I’ve really loved the whole experience and while I’m not to my best skin yet, I’ve learned a lot. Besides the benefits from my Curology medication, drinking spearmint tea and cutting out products with SLS has helped my skin so much, along with cutting out unnecessary products. Without Curology, I would have never learned so much or come so far.

Please let me know if you have any other questions, I’d love to help answer them and see if Curology might be right for you.

See how I’m doing one year later! Read my updated Curology post.

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  • Reply Nooria Saleem July 11, 2018 at 5:21 am

    After they changed your formula did you purge intially?
    did tretinoin help with closed comedones if you had any?

    • Reply Joline April 30, 2019 at 5:09 pm

      I know this is a super old comment but I haven’t check up in a while, and I thought I’d reply for anyone who was wondering the same thing…

      I didn’t purge! Which was surprising because I totally expected to. I know some people do purge, but I think it depends on how well your previous skincare routine was turning over skin cells.

      As for your other question, it’s been so long that I honestly don’t remember. I do remember being happy with the switch though.

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