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Curology Skincare Box Review + Coupon- January 2017


Curology is a unique prescription skincare subscription service that pairs you with a licensed dermatologist and sends you prescription medication every three months.

The licensed healthcare providers are based in San Diego, and the list of states Curology is licensed in is here. Curology medication targets acne. Not only do you receive prescription medication tailored to your skincare needs, but you also get one-on-one access to your medical provider. Prescription bottles are defaulted to ship every 90 days (three months). However, if you run out early or need it sooner, you simply request an earlier next shipment in your account.

Note: Curology used to market themselves as anti-aging medication as well, but that has since stopped.


Upon signing up for Curology you’ll be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your skin and skincare needs. Next, upload photos of your bare face so your provider can assess the skin and determine the appropriate medications.

Curology uses multiple active ingredients, but each person gets a combination of three. This combo is determined by your provider. The formulation can be changed at your and your provider’s discretion.

I’ve had Curology for almost a year, so it’s time to check in on my progress.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


The Subscription Box: Curology

The Cost: $19.95 per month + free shipping (prescription medication ships once every three months but you can request to receive it earlier at no additional cost)

COUPON: Get your first box free! No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Products: Acne or Anti-aging prescription medication cream sent every three months + access to your dermatologist at all times

Ships to: Curology providers are licensed in the following U.S. states listed here.

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Each shipment comes with a little fold-out card containing some useful instructions.


The prescription medication arrives in the mail once every three months. Like I stated above, you can always request to receive it earlier at no additional cost.

The bottle lists your name, your provider’s name, three active ingredients, and the expiration date on the back. Active ingredients and percentages differ for each person. Since my medication is targeted at reducing acne and hyperpigmentation, my bottle contains 4% azelaic acid, 1% clindamycin, and 4% niacinamide. More information on the ingredients can be found here.

I have been using the same active ingredients for the whole time that I’ve been with Curology. I haven’t felt the need to change anything. However, you can tweak the active ingredients for the next bottle by discussing it with your provider.

Verdict: Curology is not a cure-all but it’s a wonderful catalyst to better skin. Recently, my face has been on a rampage with constant breakouts on my cheeks and chin. It’s hard to pinpoint the cause, but I think it’s a combination of traveling and stress. It could also be a skincare product that’s causing a reaction, and if so, it won’t be easy to isolate the culprit.

What I’m trying to say is that Curology can’t resolve all my acne issues. What it succeeds in doing, however, is lowering my chances of getting pimples and whiteheads. I used to have perpetual whiteheads on my forehead before Curology, but they’re nonexistent now. Angry cystic acne used to be commonplace too, but no longer. They only appear once every several months or due to factors that can’t be controlled for.

While I may ask my provider to try other active ingredients in the future, I will not be giving up Curology anytime soon. The confidence I get from (mostly) acne-free skin is priceless.

If you are interested in signing up, check here to make sure Curology is available in your state.

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Written by Nancy Su

Nancy Su

Nancy began her subscription box adventure in 2014 and never looked back. She loves Asian beauty and is constantly in search of skincare holy grails. She hoards lipsticks. Her favorites are beauty, lifestyle, and jewelry subscriptions.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Curology Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: curology | 18 comments

Comments (18)

  1. It does have prescription medicine which is awesome. Clindamycin you’d can’t just buy off of any website. Also, target is now selling some prescription acne treatments for around $10. It’s a retin-a type product but it zaps zits and helps with scars. I combine a dot of it(it’s very strong) with holika aloe and use that with a serum as my nightly routine and my skin is improving. I’ve found less is more. I would consider trying this option as well. I’m glad they’re over this kind of thing monthly instead of the dreaded derm appts. Which are costly..

  2. I just signed my husband up. The worst that could happen is after a month, no change. It’s worth the risk to try.

  3. Wow.. that a lot of money for only 1 fl oz! I’ve been checking out Skin actives site. You can buy all your own skin care ingredients and mix them together yourself. They even have different recipes on their site if you need help knowing what to mix and what ingredient is good for different skin concerns. It’s definitely a lot cheaper to just mix your own. But all in all.. it is an interesting box and would probably order if the price wasn’t so high for such a small bottle.

  4. I have been wanting to try them badly but their service is not available in my state of Oregon right now, hasnt been for awhile.

  5. This bottle is 30ml, which approximately 1oz and this bottle cost $60?

    • I wish they offered an upfront payment. I’m not too thrilled with paying for something for three months and only getting it once in those 3 months. I’d rather pay 460 per month if it works.

    • Oops I meant $60 per month not 460 lol

    • Yes, that’s what the cost boils down to. However, it includes contact with dermatologist and you can request to get a new bottle earlier if you run out faster! Hope that makes sense 🙂

      • If you run out earlier, do you have to pay more money then, or do they just give it to you? This is confusing me…

      • I mentioned this in the beginning of my review as well– no additional cost 🙂 The $19.95 per month is an all inclusive fee.

      • Thanks! That definitely makes it seem more worth it…

      • 30ml does not go to far, definitely not for three month. So if I request to refill it every month, I can get three bottles for $60 instead one?

      • @Svetlana7e I’ve never tried it but yes that seems to be the case. To be honest I actually have a hard time finishing my tube before the next one ships. You only need 1-2 pumps every night. I use it nightly and haven’t had the need to request extra shipments.

      • I need a bottle about every six weeks and it’s no problem to schedule the earlier delivery through the website. And there is no additional cost. It makes sense- they say to use 1-2 pumps, so if you use two pumps, you’ll run out twice as fast as someone that uses only one.

        If you have hormonal acne, the provider will in an RX to your pharmacy for spiro, if she thinks that’s something you need.

        They make everything very easy. AdThey even found me a provider that’s licensed in two states since my mailing address is in California, but the closest pharmacy is an hour away so I get my RX filled in Arizona.

      • I know it is late, but I just want to post this for posterity and clarity. I have been a paid subscriber to Curology for 3 months. You get a new 30 mL (1 oz.) bottle every month. You can tweak it between months easily by messaging your derm through the site (for example, if you want a stronger formula or different combinations of ingredients.)

        So one 1 oz. bottle every month costs $20, not $60. The review is incorrect on this point.

        Also, this has made a substantial difference in my skin and I love being able to customize the product by simply messaging them. I am 100% satisfied, probably my best use of sub box dollars.

      • Thank you for clearing that up! Makes so much more sense. I do have another question though.. if your able to help. Do they have prescription retinol that you can get every month? Thank you!

      • Melissa,

        Yes. Their formulations are customized to your needs. My personal formulation is 0.02% tretinoin, 5% vitamin C, 4% niacinamide. I asked for higher concentrations of tretinoin and will ask for another boost since my skin seems to tolerate it well. It is as simple as messaging them through their site.

        Other tidbits about this sub: You regularly upload photos of your face (front and both sides) to the site so your derm can see the progress or lack thereof. This helps when you are messaging them with questions and requests.

        Also, they recommend that you use 2 pumps per application and I have found that when I do this, the bottle lasts exactly 30 days. I have never run out, and 2 pumps per night has been sufficient to cover my face.


      • Thank you Calli for such detail about Curology! You have answered all of my questions. I think I am going to give them a try. It sounds amazing!

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