06/08/2018

Curology: Bust or Must?

Hey there, babes!

So, as promised, I am finally here to give you an update on my experience with Curology over the past few months.

Why has it taken so damn long to do a post you ask? Well, quite frankly, I did not want to rush the healing process in order to give you the most honest to goodness review I possibly could. Acne’s not a joking matter in my book, and I wasn’t playin’ this time around. Oh, and of course there’s also the fact that this topic was beat out by The Lowdown On My LaserAway Experience in a poll I posted on Twitter last month. So, really, y’all only have yourselves to blame for the wait. KIDDING. Mostly.

Anyways, for those of you who have yet to discover Curology, it is an acne solution tailored to fit your very own personal skincare needs. Unlike most acne products, Curology is based on YOUR skin’s imperfections and yours alone.

Truthfully, when I first saw the Curology ads blasted all over Instagram, I thought there was absolutely no way this sh*t could actually work. I mean, I had already tried it all, from Proactive to Murad to dermatologist prescribed antibiotics. Really, you name it, I’ve probably tried it, and not one of these products had ever gotten my longterm stamp of approval. I wasn’t going to waste any more of my hard-earned money on another gimmick. SWERVE.

The game-changer, however, was my sister. She had taken the gamble on Curology a few months prior, and her skin had genuinely improved. She and I come from a family cursed by acne-prone skin, so the fact that this product was actually working for her blew my mind. As the weeks passed, her skin continued to clear, and I decided I needed to take one final leap of faith. I was going to order my own personalized formulation of Curology.

Now, at this point in time (March 2018), my acne was at it’s absolute WORST. I truly had never experienced such a terrible flareup, and I just couldn’t pinpoint the exact cause. I had been religiously using my noncomedogenic bases and makeup, had just gotten back on birth control to regulate my hormones, and cleansed my skin daily like a madwoman. WHY was this happening to me?! Why couldn’t I get rid of it?

I officially reached my breaking point on March 27, 2018 after looking in the mirror and bursting out into tears (literally BURST). So, I hopped on the computer and started my journey with Curology.

The first step of the process was to answer a handful of personalized questions about my skin. Then, and this was the worst part, I had to upload pictures of my problem areas (which, in my case, was my ENTIRE face). I knew if I wanted to potentially get the most out of this product, I needed to be brutally honest and upload pictures from every angle, even if doing so practically made me sick to my stomach.

After uploading 5 of the most heinous pictures of myself I had ever laid eyes on, I was assigned a Curology medical provider (typically a physician’s assistant). This medical provider essentially formulates your acne solution based on the questions you answer and the pictures you upload. For instance, due to my specific needs, my provider created an acne cream just for me that is made up of 4% Azelaic Acid, 1% Clindamycin, and 4% Niacinamide.

IN LAYMAN’S TERMS…

Azelaic Acid

Fights dark spots in addition to its antibacterial, antifungal and pore-unclogging properties.

Clindamycin

Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory with powerful effects against acne-causing bacteria.

Niacinamide

A form of vitamin B3 that acts as an antioxidant, reducing inflammation, hyperpigmentation and fine lines.

*The instructions for my specific formulation are to apply a thin, dime-sized layer nightly before bed. I make sure my skin has been double cleansed (first with my Face Halo and followed by my micellar water) before applying the cream. I follow with my go-to collagen serum, moisturizer, and rosewater spray.

Once you go through all of the above steps, you will be sent a 1 month free sample of your customized formulation. You are required to automatically select 1 of 2 subscription plans right off the bat, but such is to be expected if you’ve been down the online acne treatment road before. However, if you’re unsatisfied with your formulation after your free trial runs out, you can easily cancel your subscription. I recommend sticking with it for at least 2 months before you make your final judgement call, though. Miracles don’t always happen over night.

As for me, 126 days later, I have noticed a world of difference in my skin. I finally have the confidence to flaunt my bare skin in public on a regular basis, and that is a statement I haven’t uttered in YEARS.

MY RESULTS

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*I am not wearing ANY makeup in these photos. Also, the photos to the left are post hysterically crying and pre lip fillers, soo YIKES.

When I look in the mirror, I see freckles (SO MANY all over right now holy smokes I love it), fading acne scars, and maybe one or two minor blemishes. My areas of redness have lessened (aside from my sunburned nose), many of my large pores have minimized, and my skin is smoother than ever before. I am truly a believer, friends. I won’t go anywhere without this stuff.

I know how traumatizing acne can be, and my only piece of advice would be that you just can’t give up. Keep searching for a solution no matter how long it takes. Like I said, I’ve tried EVERYTHING short of Accutane and laser treatments, so I completely understand the struggle. However, once you find a system that works for your unique skin type, it is the BEST feeling under the sun.

So, if you’ve reached your breaking point like I did, why not give Curology a try?

If you do choose to go down this road, keep me updated on your progress. I love a good acne success story.

As always, feel free to ask away and discuss in the comments below.

Until next time.

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