Curology is a unique prescription skincare subscription service that targets acne and pairs you with a licensed dermatologist and sends you prescription medication every month or every other month. However, if you run out early or need it sooner, you can request an earlier next shipment in your account. Not only do you receive prescription medication tailored to your skincare needs, but you also get one-on-one access to your medical provider.
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The Subscription Box: Curology
The Cost: Monthly bottle $19.95 + 4.95 shipping or 2-month bottle $39.90 + free shipping ($19.95 a month)
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The Products: Customized prescription skincare delivered to your doorstep + access to your dermatologist at all times
Ships to: Curology is currently licensed in 37 US states.
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Upon signing up, I was asked to answer a short questionnaire to let my dermatologist understand my skin concerns and goals I want to achieve. Although I don’t have a lot of visible acne and only get occasional pimples before that time of the month, I’m never satisfied with my skin texture, pores, and discoloration. I also have a TON of blackheads that I want to get rid of!
Similar to last month, there was a little fold-out card containing some useful instructions on how to apply the product.
After my trial period ran out, I subscribed to the bi-monthly plan, and now receive a bottle every other month. This bottle is 27 ml., almost twice as big as the trial bottle (14 ml.). The bottle stated my name, my provider, and the 3 active ingredients in my formulation (each user’s personalized prescription consists of 3 of Curology’s 6 basic ingredients, which you can read about here).
My formulation includes:
- Azelaic acid 4% - antibacterial, reduces redness, hyperpigmentation, and blocked pores
- Clindamycin 1% - antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
- Niacinamide 4% - fights inflammation and hyperpigmentation/dark spots/post-acne marks
I’ve been using it every day for almost 5 months now (since 5/12). The cream is fast-absorbing and dries almost instantly, leaving zero oiliness and residue. I did break out a bit during the second week as my provider warned, but the breakout receded relatively quickly.
Since July, I’ve been extremely busy with work, so I kept my nighttime routine to a minimum. Curology is, most of the time, the only product I’ve been using at night, and I find the results satisfying. My skin felt hydrated but not oily - even without extra moisturizer, and it saved me a TON of time. I’ve had very little if any, breakouts during these two months. I also noticed that my skin is a little smoother - and there’s not as much redness/discoloration as before. I feel like my skin has gotten used to the product and the result is quite stable now, so I might contact my provider to change the formulation soon.
Verdict: For $39.90, I receive a skincare solution that is customized for my skin, together with access to my Curology provider at all times. I think this subscription is definitely worth the price, especially because I tend to use the product by itself as my nighttime moisturizer and still get good skin days as a result.
What do you think of Curology? Are you interested in their service so far?
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