Curology, the easiest way to cure acne, fade dark spots, and unclog pores, is only a click away
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There's nothing more frustrating than loading on zit creams and spot treatments, only to find your breakouts are getting worse than before. Trying to be your own facialist/dermatologist/ magician can be exhausting and, the truth is, sometimes you just need help. Professional help. From a derm. (Need proof you should have one? Check out How One Trip to the Dermatologist Saved My Skin.)

That's where Curology comes in. It's the first-of-its-kind online service that offers you unlimited access to a board-certified baller (or dermatologist, if you're so inclined), whenever, wherever-at the click of a button. Basically, it's the solution to all your sucky skin problems.

And you'll get the same TLC you would at the actual doc's office. It works like this: You upload pictures of your skin, voice your concerns in a questionnaire, and then they ship you a custom-created prescription based on your treatment goals for $20 a month.

To cocktail the perfect formula for you, three things are taken into consideration: "Your type of acne based on your photos, what treatments you've tried in the past, and your skin type," says Dr. David Lortscher, a San Diego-based dermatologist and co-founder of Curology. Based on their assessment, they then handpick three (of six) prescription-grade ingredients. (Adult Acne Is Popping Up Everywhere Right Now...ugh.)

And you'll see results-fast. "We use six ingredients with the longest track records of safe and effective use," says Lortscher. Among them are azelaic acid (an antibacterial that helps de-clog pores), clindamycin (a bacteria-fighting antibiotic), vitamin C and niacinamide (antioxidants known to fade hyperpigmentation), zinc pyrithione (an antimicrobial), and tretinoin (the active ingredient in Retin-A, known to boost cell turnover). "After we evaluate the patient individually, we'll choose the formulation. It's an art and a science."

But equally important to helping you achieve a flawless, crystal-clear complexion, is the opportunity to achieve it, which is the reason Lortscher says Curology solves two common issues with acne treatment: the lack of access to dermatologists and the sky-high prices.

You'll never have to schedule-or wait for-an appointment. "Our dermatologists respond to any inquiries within 24 to 48 hours," he says. Considering that, according to a 2014 survey, the average wait time to see a dermatologist in the U.S. is one month, 24 hours and one Andrew Jackson is fine by us. (For more at-home skin and hair treatments you can do on your couch, try these DIY Beauty Treatments.)