Acne is a complicated beast of a skin condition to grapple with, and it can be caused by many different factors that can be difficult to discern (lifestyle, hormonal fluctuations, environmental triggers, and so on). Everyone’s skin is unique, so what works for some people’s skin might not be working for yours. And that’s okay—it's why we’re here to help.
When beginning prescription treatment, some people with acne (and even some without pre-existing acne) may go through a “purging” period, where new acne appears. Your skin is likely adjusting to the medication or skincare care routine. The purging period is only temporary! We know it’s easier said than done, but try to be patient — it should all clear up within a few weeks.
By far, the most common reason why acne treatment plans seem to be ineffective is because people don’t stick with them or don’t follow the instructions correctly! This tidbit came from a 2016 study from Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology.
Two important things to take away from this study:
Use your Curology Custom Formula consistently, every night or as directed by your Curology medical provider. Your skin responds gradually over time to treatments — in many cases, it can take months to see results — so you may just have to be patient and keep up the good work. And when your skin has cleared up, you should continue treating your skin with care to prevent new breakouts in the future.
If you’ve been treating your acne diligently with your prescription formula and you’re still breaking out, there are likely some acne-causing factors going on behind the scenes that you haven’t yet taken steps to change — such as diet. Yep, certain foods you eat may trigger acne! We're looking at you, high glycemic index foods. Your current acne treatment may appear to be ineffective, but stubborn breakouts can require a more comprehensive approach — a full court press, if you will!
Unfortunately, there isn’t really such a thing as instant gratification when it comes to improving your complexion. That doesn’t necessarily mean the product or medication you’re using “doesn’t work.” Follow the directions for use and keep using it, and give your skin a chance to move through its processes and adjust to the treatment. It can take up to 3 to 6 months of using the treatment as directed to see the full result.
To get the best results, apply your Curology prescription formula nightly in these simple steps:
Step 1. Wash your face with water and a gentle cleanser. Gently pat your skin dry with a clean towel, and allow your skin to dry for 5–10 minutes (important!).
Step 2. Pump formula onto your fingertip.
Step 3. Apply onto acne-prone areas of your face and neck and smooth it onto your skin in a thin, even layer of cream.
Step 4. Get a good night’s sleep and let your custom formula do all the rest!
Optional: if your skin is sensitive or dry, apply a light layer of moisturizer