Reddit Users Are OBSESSED With This Customized Acne Treatment

It's like having a derm in your pocket.

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Up until a few months ago, I was the type of girl who could slap any old product on my face and would never break out. I would use whatever facial wipes were on sale at the grocery store to take off my makeup and smear on any nicely packaged moisturizer we’d been sent in the Sporteluxe office. I know, I’m sorry – don’t hate me! Rest assured this wasn’t because I was born with flawless skin. Oh no, I’m very familiar with the confidence-sucking hell that is having acne. It was for this very reason that I went on birth control at age 13 and only went off two months ago.


Those little white pills have been keeping me pretty much pimple-free for the last 12 years, but I wondered — at what cost? So, I went off BC and now my skin is…different. I’ve been lucky in that I haven’t yet developed full-blown cystic acne (touch wood), probably thanks to a bunch of preventative measures I’ve been taking. But my complexion is definitely not as obedient as it used to be. While I only get the occasional hormonal pimple around that time of the month, the texture of my skin has changed.

I now have these tiny little skin-colored bumps covering my forehead — which I had before I went on birth control. They have no head (so I can’t squeeze them, which is probably for the best) and they’re so small you can barely seem them unless you’re up super close. Still, they bother me and I wanted to know WTF they are.

My Google searching led me to the sub-Reddit /SkincareAddiction — where hundreds of thousands of beauty aficionados share their stories, advice and opinions. It was here that I learned those pesky little lumps are called closed comedones and that they’re clogged pores caused by the over-production of sebum. I also discovered that they’re notorious for being one of the hardest types of acne to get rid of!

However, there was one name that kept popping over and over again ‘Curology.’ Hundreds of people claimed that the skincare treatment had not only cleared their closed comedones, but had worked wonders on their cystic acne, too. Naturally, I needed to know more about this so-called acne holy grail. Here’s what I found out.

What is Curology?

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Previously known as Pocketderm, Curology is an online, customized dermatology service. You’re assigned your own virtual derm who you can chat with any time of day and upload photos of your progress via their in-built messenger services. So, it’s kind of like a therapy app, but for your skin. Based on your photos and your individual needs, your dermatologist prescribes you a customized skincare formula. Each month, your topical skincare medication (which you apply every night) arrives on your doorstep.

What it treats

According to the website, Curology treats a range of skincare concerns like acne, clogged pores, dark spots, aging and skin texture.

Is it the real deal?

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While the before and after pics on the Curology website look pretty promising, we’re always pretty skeptical about their authenticity. However, the many rave reviews (and similarly impressive before and after photos) on /SkincareAddiction and the fact that the formulas contain medical-grade ingredients like Clindamycin and Niacinamide make us think it may be the real deal.

As with anything, what works for someone else may not work for you, so luckily they offer a one-month free trial and 90-day money back guarantee. As much as I would love to try it myself, they currently only ship to the US (I’m based in Australia.) So, if you do decide to give it a try, please let us know how you go!

You can find out more about Curology here.

Emma Norris
A true believer in balance, Emma is just as passionate about pizza as she is about pull-ups. When she’s not writing, she loves strength training, visiting new cafes and trying out new fitness classes. Having lived in Ireland and Canada, Emma was bitten by the travel bug at a young age. She loves nothing more than visiting new destinations and experiencing different cultures. Emma grew up (and currently lives) near the beautiful Coogee Beach and is happiest when she’s near a body of water. She started her career in magazines and has recently made the exciting transition to the digital world.