Acne Blog Posts

We’re here to tell you what we know, but don’t take it as medical advice. Talk to your medical provider about your specific health concerns.

Is the sun actually good for body acne?

The relationship between acne and sunshine, explained.

Jul 13 • 3 min read

Ask Curology: Is blue light good or bad for skin?

Can too much screen time cause skin damage? This is what we know.

Jun 14 • 5 min read

Skin refresh: How to transition your skin into spring

Skincare routine tips for dry, oily, and combination skin in late winter and early spring

Apr 22 • 4 min read

Ask Curology: Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Deep-set or brand new, here’s what to do for fading dark marks.

Jan 25 • 4 min read

8 Instagrammers who celebrate natural beauty

The body positive, acne positive influencers to follow in 2021

Jan 21 • 3 min read

Probiotics, acne, and you.

Gut health and your skin, explained.

Jan 14 • 5 min read

Ask Curology: My breakouts stopped. What’s next?

What to keep doing for your skin once your acne clears up.

Jan 11 • 3 min read

Does biotin cause breakouts?

Why your acne might not benefit from this B vitamin.

Jan 7 • 3 min read

The truth about reappearing blackheads

Those small black dots on your nose might not be acne after all.

Dec 23, 2020 • 3 min read

Ask Curology: Is it folliculitis?

What causes these tiny bumps, and how can you treat them?

Dec 21, 2020 • 4 min read

Ask Curology: Is isotretinoin safe to use?

What you should know about this acne medication, including the potential side effects.

Dec 4, 2020 • 5 min read

Hydrating face masks under $30

The best way to keep dry winter skin off your face (without breaking the bank)

Dec 1, 2020 • 3 min read

Which Curology products are right for you?

It’s never been easier to build your own custom skincare subscription routine.

Nov 26, 2020 • 2 min read

No-breakout makeup: Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation

We reviewed the ingredients of Selena Gomez’s foundation so you don’t have to

Nov 16, 2020 • 3 min read

Ingredient spotlight: Glycerin

Does this hydrator live up to the hype? Here’s what we know.

Nov 9, 2020 • 4 min read

Double cleansing by skin type

Cleansing oils for oily, sensitive, and dry skin

Nov 4, 2020 • 3 min read

Is royal jelly good for skin?

The benefits of this ingredient are the bee’s knees.

Nov 2, 2020 • 4 min read

Ask Curology: How to get rid of butt acne

Is a butt bump a pimple? The answer, according to science.

Oct 28, 2020 • 4 min read

Are natural ingredients the best?

The truth about natural skincare products.

Oct 22, 2020 • 5 min read

Pomade acne? Here’s what to do.

A quick guide to non-comedogenic hair products.

Oct 16, 2020 • 5 min read

The #60SecondRule: do’s and don’ts

When washing your face for a full minute is doing too much

Sep 26, 2020 • 5 min read

LED light therapy: fact vs. fiction

The real skin benefits of red and blue light therapy

Sep 16, 2020 • 5 min read

How to use rosehip oil in skincare

Does this facial oil help acne? Here are the facts.

Sep 2, 2020 • 4 min read

No-breakout makeup: setting powders

10 talc-free setting powders that won’t clog pores

Aug 12, 2020 • 3 min read

The real skin benefits of turmeric

Is this ingredient a cure for acne? Here’s what we know.

Aug 10, 2020 • 3 min read

10 things to do while wearing a spot patch

Nothing can stop you — not even a sudden spot.

Jul 31, 2020 • 3 min read

Ask Curology: Can a spot patch get rid of pimples overnight?

The science of hydrocolloid bandages, explained.

Jul 30, 2020 • 4 min read

Meet Curology’s emergency spot patch

Get to know our dermatologist-designed hydrocolloid bandages — your new favorite backup plan.

Jul 27, 2020 • 3 min read

5 common face washing mistakes

Is your soap a big nope? Here’s how to tell.

Jul 24, 2020 • 3 min read

6 tips for acne-prone athletes

Breakouts after workouts? Don’t sweat it.

Jul 20, 2020 • 3 min read

Ask Curology: What’s the difference between body and face acne?

How to treat acne, from head to toe

Jul 16, 2020 • 5 min read

Meet Curology’s new acne body wash

Our salicylic acid body wash for acne is coming to a shower near you.

Jul 14, 2020 • 4 min read

The best setting sprays under $15

Drugstore makeup that won’t break you out

Jul 10, 2020 • 3 min read

Skincare at home: chemical peels

Get your glycolic acid on without getting off the couch

Jul 7, 2020 • 3 min read

The best body lotions

The top 9 full-body moisturizers for dry skin

Jun 26, 2020 • 3 min read

The best mineral sunscreens

The top 10 sunblocks with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide

Jun 18, 2020 • 4 min read

The best moisturizers for oily skin

Mattifying facial lotions to help control oil

Jun 8, 2020 • 2 min read

Summer skincare refresh

Plus, essential products to update your routine for heat and humidity

May 29, 2020 • 4 min read

The best face wash for men

Acne-safe facial cleansers for all skin types

May 22, 2020 • 4 min read

Micellar water 101

What it does and how to use it

May 18, 2020 • 3 min read

The best vitamin C serums

Acne-prone? These 8 face serums won’t break you out.

May 13, 2020 • 4 min read

Ask Curology: what causes oily skin

Tip for oily skin from a Curology medical provider

May 11, 2020 • 4 min read

Non-comedogenic oils: facts vs. fiction

Which facial oils are good for acne-prone skin?

May 5, 2020 • 4 min read

DIY face masks to do at home

Make your own skincare with stuff in your pantry

May 1, 2020 • 5 min read

Does makeup cause acne?

What to do about makeup breakouts.

Apr 24, 2020 • 3 min read

No-breakout makeup: liquid blush

The best liquid blush for nailing a no makeup look

Apr 21, 2020 • 4 min read

Ask Curology: Does popping a pimple spread infection?

What really happens when a pimple gets popped

Apr 16, 2020 • 4 min read

How to get the most mileage out of your skincare routine

When (and why) you can use the same skincare ingredients for different skin woes

Apr 8, 2020 • 3 min read

Ask Curology: How to prevent and treat whiteheads

Spoiler alert: don’t pop!

Apr 3, 2020 • 4 min read

What to expect with tranexamic acid

Is this ingredient right for your hyperpigmentation cream?

Mar 30, 2020 • 2 min read

No-breakout makeup: liquid highlighter

The best liquid highlighter drops from the drugstore to Sephora

Mar 26, 2020 • 4 min read

Ask Curology: How to get rid of chest acne

The causes of chest acne and treatment options

Mar 20, 2020 • 5 min read

Acne around your mouth? Here’s what to do.

How to treat the pimples on and around your lips.

Mar 16, 2020 • 3 min read

How to get rid of the bumps on your arms

What to do if you have keratosis pilaris, a.k.a. chicken skin

Mar 12, 2020 • 3 min read

Fungal acne: facts vs. fiction

This itchy situation isn’t fun, guys — it might be fungi

Mar 2, 2020 • 3 min read

The 7 best face masks of luxury skincare

Whether you prefer sheet, charcoal, or mud — these high-end facial masks won’t break you out.

Feb 28, 2020 • 5 min read

Ask Curology: How do I get rid of hormonal acne?

The causes of acne on your jawline, neck, and chin

Feb 19, 2020 • 4 min read

Is this ingredient the best blackhead remover?

What causes blackheads and how to get rid of them

Feb 14, 2020 • 3 min read

Hyaluronic acid: facts vs. fiction

Plus the best hyaluronic acid serums and creams

Feb 10, 2020 • 4 min read

Acne on cheeks and what to do about it

5 tips to get rid of cheek acne

Jan 31, 2020 • 3 min read

How to shrink a cystic pimple

The best remedies to get rid of cystic zits underneath your skin

Jan 27, 2020 • 3 min read

5 DIY skincare trends: facts vs. fiction

Celery juice for acne and other wellness trends, myth-busted

Jan 22, 2020 • 3 min read

10 face serums under $30

The best face serums for hyperpigmentation, acne, oily skin, and more

Jan 17, 2020 • 5 min read

Minimalist skincare: the truth

The essential steps of face care routines and how to order them

Jan 10, 2020 • 2 min read

Skin purging vs. breaking out

New year, same skin goals? Read this.

Jan 6, 2020 • 3 min read

The Whole30 diet for clear skin

Can avoiding “bad” foods really help acne?

Dec 27, 2019 • 2 min read

Ask Curology: Is my cold breaking me out?

The real reason you get acne flares when you’re sick.

Dec 23, 2019 • 4 min read

The elimination diet for acne

How to avoid food that causes pimples

Dec 20, 2019 • 3 min read

The best no-breakout foundations of 2019

The top-rated foundations, reviewed for your skin type

Dec 13, 2019 • 5 min read

No-breakout makeup: drugstore foundation

The best affordable foundations of 2019

Nov 20, 2019 • 4 min read

5 ways to reduce a pimple overnight

Trying to get rid of pimples fast? Read this first.

Oct 28, 2019 • 5 min read

What makes skincare gender neutral?

When hormonal acne is about more than male vs. female

Oct 25, 2019 • 5 min read

What’s the deal with Curology?

Does Curology work? Our skincare science, explained.

Oct 23, 2019 • 5 min read

How to choose a simple moisturizer

Figuring out the best face moisturizer for you

Oct 17, 2019 • 3 min read

5 tips on breaking a sweat, pimple-free

How to get that no-breakout workout

Sep 23, 2019 • 4 min read

Oil cleansing for acne-prone skin

Take your skin on a hydration vacation

Sep 17, 2019 • 5 min read

Back to Skin Season

Our recommended reading for your #SkincareJourney

Sep 16, 2019 • 2 min read

Face wash for oily, acne-prone skin

How to find the best acne cleanser for your skin type

Sep 14, 2019 • 3 min read

No-breakout makeup removers

How to remove makeup for sensitive, acne-prone skin

Sep 10, 2019 • 4 min read

Face wash for dry, acne-prone skin

How to find the best acne cleanser for your skin type

Sep 6, 2019 • 5 min read

Forehead acne: what’s up with that?

The causes of pimples on the forehead

Sep 3, 2019 • 3 min read

No-breakout makeup tutorial

How to cover up acne without making it worse

Aug 23, 2019 • 4 min read

No-breakout makeup: face primers

A review of the best makeup primers for sensitive skin, all skin types included

Aug 20, 2019 • 4 min read

Stress acne: the college years

How to manage back to school acne with self-care

Aug 20, 2019 • 4 min read

Ask Curology: is my acne face wash making me break out?

Some anti-acne products may make it worse, but don’t worry: it gets better.

Aug 19, 2019 • 4 min read

The science behind our skincare quiz: why it works

It’s all about the right questions, and we’ve got answers

Jul 16, 2019 • 5 min read

The best summer skincare is always simple

Whatever your skin woes, it’s no sweat with Curology

Jul 5, 2019 • 3 min read

Best moisturizers for acne-prone skin

Finding a good moisturizer for acne beyond “non-comedogenic”

Jun 27, 2019 • 7 min read

Ask Curology: I popped a pimple! Now what?!

How to heal a popped pimple and prevent acne scars

May 14, 2019 • 5 min read

Does milk cause acne?

Going dairy-free for clear skin

May 7, 2019 • 5 min read

What does the #curologyjourney mean?

It’s more than just a hashtag — it’s your portal to a community of supportive (sk)individuals

Apr 25, 2019 • 3 min read

Ask Curology: why is my skin getting worse???

Purging: when your skin gets worse before it gets better

Apr 17, 2019 • 5 min read

How to get rid of body acne

Bacne aka back acne, pimples on chest, and more

Mar 19, 2019 • 5 min read

Hormonal acne and your period

Why period acne happens, and how to get rid of it

Mar 13, 2019 • 6 min read

This skincare box is better than a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day

The simple way to show your skin some love ❤️

Feb 14, 2019 • 2 min read

Curology is for you — really

What makes our custom skincare uniquely effective

Feb 13, 2019 • 3 min read

Acne positivity: reduce stress and breakouts at the same time

Changing your perspective on “bad” skin changes everything

Feb 8, 2019 • 5 min read

Sugar and acne: how diet affects your skin

The bittersweet truth about sugar, plus diet tips for healthy skin

Feb 2, 2019 • 5 min read

Skincare don’t: popping pimples

Why not to pop, and how to get rid of pimples instead

Feb 1, 2019 • 5 min read

Acne Face Map: Here's Why You're Breaking Out

Forehead acne, acne on cheeks, neck acne, oh my! Find out what's causing breakouts in the same spot.

Jan 10, 2019 • 5 min read

Skincare routine detox: 6 products to stop using in 2019

How to simplify your routine and refresh your skin in the new year

Jan 7, 2019 • 5 min read

Types of acne: blackheads, whiteheads, and beyond

Our guide to acne vulgaris

Dec 18, 2018 • 4 min read

How to get rid of acne, and how to prevent it

5 simple skincare tips from the acne treatment experts

Dec 17, 2018 • 4 min read

Does stress cause acne?

How stress affects your skin, and how we can help

Dec 15, 2018 • 4 min read

How simplifying your skincare routine can benefit your skin

Simplicity can save time — and your skin

Dec 6, 2018 • 4 min read

Giving thanks to the Curology community

A Thanksgiving note from Curology founder Dr. David Lortscher

Nov 22, 2018 • 2 min read

What causes acne?

Learn what makes those pesky pimples grow so you can nip them in the bud

Nov 15, 2018 • 7 min read

How to know if any makeup or skincare products might cause acne breakouts

The quick, easy way to avoid pore-clogging products

Nov 1, 2018 • 2 min read

Routine refresh: the cleanser by Curology

Everything you need to know about your new skincare routine

Oct 24, 2018 • 3 min read

Curology Reviews: AHAs vs. BHAs — Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, and more

Everything you need to know about AHAs and BHAs in your skincare routine

Oct 9, 2018 • 6 min read

The Curology set: a cleanser and moisturizer to go with your superbottle

A full routine for your skin’s needs — and nothing extra

Oct 1, 2018 • 5 min read

What makes Curology skincare revolutionary

How customization and convenience can change your skin

Sep 24, 2018 • 5 min read

Why Curology exists — and what’s next

Get to know Curology founder Dr. David Lortscher, dermatologist-turned-entrepreneur

Sep 10, 2018 • 4 min read

5 Myths About Acne, Debunked

Our skincare survey reveals some common misconceptions

Jul 26, 2018 • 3 min read

Skincare for men: what to do about beard acne, razor bumps, ingrown hairs

The guy’s guide to beard-related acne

Jul 16, 2018 • 3 min read

Acne, Depression, and Body Dysmorphia

Real talk in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month

May 17, 2018 • 7 min read

Hallie Bing Explains It All

A first-hand account of one woman’s skin transformation with Curology

May 11, 2018 • 5 min read

Skincare Myth: “The Burn Means It’s Working!”

If you feel the burn, you’re doing it wrong.

May 3, 2018 • 4 min read

How To Treat Post-Acne Spots

Post-acne spots and scars, and how to treat them

Apr 11, 2018 • 2 min read

Post-acne scars needling you? Try this.

How to smooth skin texture after you’ve Cur(ology)ed your acne

Mar 1, 2018 • 5 min read

Your Ultimate Guide to Physical Exfoliation

Especially in a cold, dry winter, exfoliation — removing old, dead cells from the surface of your skin — can be a great way to maintain healthy, clear skin.

Oct 24, 2017 • 1 min read

Why Curology Works on Tough Zits

(Especially when drugstore products fail)

Aug 7, 2017 • 3 min read

The Guide to Oily Skin

Today’s topic: oily skin.

Jun 21, 2017 • 1 min read

What Causes Acne: Food Edition

Foods that cause acne

May 11, 2017 • 1 min read

The Guide to Big Zits

A hard look at big fat zits.

May 4, 2017 • 1 min read

Welcome to the modern age of skincare

By Dr. David Lortscher | Dermatologist, surfer, co-founder/CEO of Curology

Apr 5, 2017 • 2 min read

Real Talk: Does Curology Work?

The truth in cold, hard numbers

Apr 5, 2017 • 4 min read
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