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Skin 101

Your Curology journey: month 1

Checking in on you and your skin goals after one month of custom skincare

4 min read
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Skincare

Face serums 101: Curology’s breakdown

Face serums: what they are, if you need them, and some of our favorites

5 min read
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Skincare

Skincare for men: 5 simple things to know

A guy’s guide to skincare basics

4 min read
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Skin Health

10 reasons your teen has acne, according to skin experts.

Plus some of the best teen acne treatments that actually work.

6 min read
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Skincare

Acne-friendly makeup

How to separate the good from the bad

4 min read
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Skin 101

Sun protection for melanin-rich skin

Yes, even dark skin tones need sunscreen—here’s why

5 min read
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Lifestyle

How to take before-and-after pictures like a pro

Learn how to take Curology-approved selfies that’ll wow people with your results

1 min read
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Lifestyle

Pregnancy and skincare

Baby-safe skincare during pregnancy & breastfeeding

8 min read
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Skincare

Which moisturizer is best for you?

Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin

4 min read
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Skincare

Your first weeks on Curology

What to expect as your skin adjusts to your custom mix—and how to deal

9 min read
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Skincare

Tip of the month: Try hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine

Hyaluronic acid: your best friend for dewy skin

2 min read
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Skin Health

Guide to vitamin C for skin

How your face might benefit from vitamin C’s antioxidant effects

4 min read
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Skin 101

Adjusting to tretinoin

Managing early side effects of tretinoin so you can get your glow

5 min read
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Skin Health

Facial hair and skincare

Do’s and don’ts for ingrown hairs, beard acne, waxing, and more.

10 min read
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Skin 101

Facial oils

Oils that don’t tend to clog pores or cause breakouts

6 min read
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Skin 101

Melasma 101

What causes melasma and how to treat it

5 min read
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Skincare

How to exfoliate your skin

Salt, sand, sponges, and more

3 min read
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Skin 101

How to deal with clogged pores

Everything you need to know to prevent and treat clogged pores

4 min read
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Skin 101

Pores and pore size

Debunking myths about pores, pore size, shrinking pores, and more

4 min read
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Skincare

Cleansers for “normal” skin

The best face wash for balanced, healthy skin

6 min read
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Skincare

Fine lines and wrinkles

Wrinkles vs. fine lines and the science of aging skin

5 min read
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Skin Health

Foods that can trigger breakouts

The truth about dairy, fat, soy, and more

2 min read
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Skin 101

Multi-tasking anti-aging ingredients

Anti-aging skincare hacks

6 min read
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Skin 101

Unclog your pores with azelaic acid

This pore-unclogging powerhouse busts blackheads, acne, and inflammation

3 min read
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Skin 101

How to deal with body acne

Products and routines to get “bacne” off your back

4 min read
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Skin 101

Beat breakouts with clindamycin

This antibiotic fire hose puts out fiery breakouts

3 min read
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Skin 101

How to treat cystic acne

Everything you should and shouldn’t do

4 min read
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Skin 101

How to deal with hormonal acne

Learn about—and limit!—those breakout cycles

4 min read
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Skin 101

How to deal with hyperpigmentation

Treating post-acne spots and scars

4 min read
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Skin 101

Soothe inflammation with metronidazole

Helps soothe skin conditions like POD and acne rosacea

5 min read
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Skin 101

Block hyperpigmentation with tranexamic acid

Tranexamic acid helps block hyperpigmentation and reduce inflammation

3 min read
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Skin 101

What is acne anyway?

The causes of acne explained

3 min read
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Skin Issues

How to get rid of a pimple

How NOT to pop that juicy pimple

7 min read
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Skincare

Cell turnover and collagen production

We’ve got anti-aging skincare down to a science

6 min read
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Skincare

Chemical exfoliation 101

Acid, peels – no scrubs

7 min read
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Skincare

Am I purging?

When acne gets worse before it gets better

4 min read
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Lifestyle

Foundation makeup for acne-prone skin

The complete guide to choosing the right foundation for your skin

9 min read
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Lifestyle

Foundation makeup for aging skin

Looking for the perfect foundation for your skin? We’ve got you covered

9 min read
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Skincare

Cleansers for all skin types

The complete guide to cleansers for every skin type

13 min read
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Skincare

Cleansers for oily skin

The complete guide to cleansers for oily skin

6 min read
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Skincare

Eye care 101

Beauty is in the under-eye of the beholder

5 min read
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Skincare

Moisturizers for dry skin

The ultimate guide to face moisturizers for dry skin

10 min read
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Skincare

Moisturizers for acne-prone skin

The complete guide to moisturizers that don’t clog pores

10 min read
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Skincare

Moisturizers for combination skin

The best face moisturizers for combination skin that won’t clog pores

9 min read
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Skincare

Moisturizers for sensitive skin

The best face moisturizers for sensitive skin

9 min read
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Skincare

Curology products and routine

How to check your products and establish your routine

5 min read
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Skin Type

Determining your skin type: dry skin

What to avoid, and what's good for you

3 min read
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Lifestyle

Skincare for wedding prep

Six months to “I do” — everything you need to know

4 min read
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Skin 101

Get glowing with tretinoin

Pore-unclogger. Protein powerhouse. Purveyor of the mythical "glow."

3 min read
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Skin 101

Fight acne-causing fungus and bacteria with zinc pyrithione

When unwanted guests crash the party on your skin, ZP restores peace

2 min read
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Skincare

Skincare through the decades

Our guide to skincare on a timeline

7 min read
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Skincare

Face sunscreen for normal skin

The best face sunscreens for normal skin

8 min read
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Skincare

Face sunscreen for oily skin

The best sunscreens for oily skin

8 min read
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Skincare

Face sunscreen for acne-prone skin

The best face sunscreens that won’t clog pores

8 min read
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Skincare

Face sunscreen for combination skin

The best sunscreens for combination skin

8 min read
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Skincare

Face sunscreen for dry skin

Moisturizers with SPF, tinted sunscreen for dry skin, and more

8 min read
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Skin 101

Repair skin damage with niacinamide

Rebuilding aging skin (and defending against dark spots, too!)

3 min read
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Lifestyle

Concealers for all skin types

Got something to hide? This is the ultimate concealer guide

9 min read
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Skincare

Cleansers for acne-prone skin

How to choose cleansers for acne-prone skin

9 min read
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Skincare

Face sunscreen for sensitive skin

Face sunscreens formulated not to irritate sensitive skin

8 min read
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Skincare

What to do if you’re still breaking out

Troubleshooting your skincare routine

5 min read
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Skincare

Changing your Curology formula

Not sure your first formula is “the one”?

5 min read
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Skincare

Acne scar treatments and realistic expectations

Can you “fade” acne scars?

5 min read
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Lifestyle

Skincare tips for traveling

How to prevent acne breakouts while traveling

5 min read
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Lifestyle

Concealers for aging skin

The best concealers for skin with fine lines or wrinkles

9 min read
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Lifestyle

Concealers for acne-prone skin

Concealer should cover up acne, not make it worse!

9 min read
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Lifestyle

Athletics and acne

Breakouts after workouts? Don’t sweat it.

6 min read
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Skin Type

Determining your skin type: oily skin

Skincare secrets for oily skin

4 min read
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Skincare

Which face cleanser is right for you?

Choosing the right cleanser for your skin

6 min read
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Skin 101

Acne scars and how to prevent them

How to prevent acne scars of every type

4 min read
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Skin Health

Photos That Will Convince You to Wear Sunscreen Every Day

See what sun damage can really look like

3 min read
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Birth control and acne

Find out how birth control affects acne

8 min read
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