What Curology Taught Me About My Skin

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November 23, 2020

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Late last year, I was contacted by a rep for Curology to try and review my experience with the brand & the service it provides. After a really rough 2015, my skin was acting out and I was down to try anything that could fix it. But what really drew me to Curology was the fact that they offered an evaluation by a real dermatologist. I’ve never been to a dermatologist, although I have strongly considered it. I guess I just never built up the courage to go. Plus it’s expensive, so I just never got around to making an appointment. So when I found out Curology is just $20/mo. for the consultation, messaging with a real dermatologist AND the prescription, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

I signed up immediately and filled out a questionnaire. It asked me about my breakouts and some lifestyle habits. The final step was to upload photos so the dermatologist could see my skin. I got my prescription a few days later. It was a slightly lotiony serum that I was to apply after washing my face at night. I followed the instructions, but was sad to see that it was actually causing some breakouts. I thought Curology was finally my answer to clear skin! I was so disappointed. Turns out, it actually was my answer to clear skin.

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I reported my problems to my dermatologist via the messaging feature on the site. She said the formula shouldn’t have caused any “purging” as many products do. After a few more questions, she concluded that I have contact dermatitis, which is a reaction to a common ingredient in many skincare products. This explained everything! For so long, no matter what I used, it caused me to breakout. We went over all the products I’ve been using recently and determined the culprit to be one of 4-5 common ingredients. From now on, all I have to do is make sure to avoid those ingredients and I’m good to go.

It’s strange, but even though the Curology products didn’t end up working for me (they use the ingredients I need to avoid), the service worked wonders. My skin is now clearer than ever because I know what had been hurting it. My dermatologist went above and beyond to help me find out what was irritating my skin and I couldn’t be more appreciative! She even went as far as to prescribe an optional medication in pill form. So awesome!

So if you’re stumped when it comes to your skin, or just want to improve your complexion, I would definitely recommend Curology. Plus if you follow this link, your first month will be free. What’s not to lose?

Have you ever had a skincare breakthrough?

Photos by Courtney Woodham.