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This Online Beauty Service Connects You with a Dermatologist On Demand


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.)


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