Acne Blog Posts

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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

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 home remedies to get rid of that underground zit

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 in 2020

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 (and how to not hate your life)

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

Face mapping: how to deal with acne like a true detective

Forehead acne, acne on cheeks, neck acne, oh my!

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

The ‘no such thing as TMI’ 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 wise 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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