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Does Curology work? The truth in cold, hard numbers

The truth in cold, hard numbers

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by Curology Team
Updated on Jul 6, 2023 • 4 min read
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Curology Team Avatar
by Curology Team
Updated on Jul 6, 2023 • 4 min read
We’re here to share what we know — but don’t take it as medical advice. Talk to your medical provider if you have questions.

Users weigh in

Yes! In fact, our members love to show their results on social media.

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However, the truth is, there is no magic bullet for clear skin. Every type of skin is different, and any product that promises 100% effectiveness is pulling the wool over your eyes. What we promise is something different.

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We promise to always use science-based evidence to get as close to 100% effectiveness as possible. Curology was founded by dermatologists, and employs more than a dozen licensed medical providers. So your custom Curology formula is prescribed by a medical provider. Providers prescribe a mix of ingredients proven effective in clinical studies. Whether your skin problems are acne, dark spots, anti-aging, or more, we have a clinically-studied ingredient to address it.

Want to read more? See medical studies on Curology ingredients like

Tretinoin: “tretinoin possibly is the most potent…retinoid for photoaging therapy” (Retinoids in the treatment of skin aging: an overview of clinical efficacy and safety)

Azelaic Acid: “20% azelaic acid cream significantly reduced the number of acne lesions” (Clinical studies of 20% azelaic acid cream in the treatment of acne vulgaris)

Niacinamide: “reduce the appearance of hyperpigmented spots [also known as dark spots]” (Reduction in the appearance of facial hyperpigmentation by topical N-undecyl-10-enoyl-L-phenylalanine and its combination with niacinamide)

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What’s really special about Curology is that unlike store-bought skincare products — we promise to keep trying. This is a relationship, not just a sale. If your skincare routine isn’t working the way you want it to, we won’t leave you frustrated, holding a bottle of unusable product. Instead, your medical provider works with you to tweak your formula and discuss your results. We really do care.

This is the whole package with a human touch, and you can’t get it off a drugstore shelf.

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The internet is lit up with in-depth reviews and inspiring before-and-after photos from Curology users. Here are some highlights.

Snow White and the Asian Pear

Q: How long did it take?A: Six weeks

Q: Primary concerns?A: Mild to moderate acne, dry skin, wrinkles, sun damage, clogged pores and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark spots).

Q: What changed?A: “Within a week [of using Curology], I noticed a brightening effect…As I continued to use it, I also noticed it lessened the severity of my hormonal acne when that time of the month rolled around”

Vanity Rex

Q: Did it work?A: It didn’t…at least not the first formula. But she says, “My doctor gave me a clear timeline of when I could try something stronger and she stuck to that timeline. That demonstrates great accountability.”

Q: What’s life like now?A: “Curology works, or at least it does for me…I can go out and buy groceries without wearing foundation or concealer, which 6 months ago I NEVER would have thought of doing.”


Q: What was life like before Curology?A: “I picked at my pimples, and I cried how ugly I felt.”

A: And now?Q: “I’ve had a few small pimples form around my jaw line, but other than that, my acne problem has been pretty much solved. I haven’t put on makeup to answer the door in a month, haha, and my boyfriend can hold my face without me wincing.”

Fifty Shades of Snail

Q: Main goal?A: Fighting wrinkles

Q: How long?A: Five months with Curology

Q: What’s noticeable?A: “[A] slow and steady smoothing away of the fine lines on my forehead and around my eyes. The sunspots on my cheekbones are getting softer and lighter.”

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We love hearing stories from our Curology members. (And even from those who didn’t see results to help us improve!) So why not try Curology for yourself, and see how it works for you? It’s risk free for 100% of you, no matter what.



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