You might have a lot of questions at the start of your new Curology routine. Starting a new acne treatment comes with a lot of questions—especially when you’re introducing new active ingredients into your skincare routine.
Curology is custom skincare catered to your skin’s specific needs, so sticking to a simple routine and talking to your dermatology provider can help during that introduction period. You can also regularly refer to your personalized Routine from your account dashboard—it explains exactly how and when to use each product in your box.
Here are five things to keep in mind when you’re first starting your custom skincare routine by Curology.
The key to smooth sailing with your new skincare routine: just take it easy. Stick to your cleanser, Custom Formula, and moisturizer while your skin adjusts. And don’t forget the SPF!
So, skip exfoliation—chemical and physical alike (at least at first). Avoid active ingredients like BHA and AHAs, vitamin C, and retinol—too many powerful ingredients at once can lead to irritation. You can incorporate skincare products with these ingredients back into your routine later!
The other reason to simplify your routine? To cut out products with potentially pore-clogging or irritating ingredients—that includes makeup.
Think of your Curology routine as your nightly self-care ritual—at first, that may be easier said than done. You may forget some nights or find that it’s better to apply your skin medication every other night (more on this in the next section). No matter who you are, it can be hard to implement changes to your daily routine!
If you’re struggling to get into the rhythm of using your Custom Formula, it can help to set reminders! We’re a big fan of leaving ourselves love notes on the bathroom mirror: Hello, gorgeous! Sweet dreams & sweet creams 💜
When you sign up for Curology, you’ll be able to consult, as needed, with a licensed dermatology provider who prescribes your Custom Formula.
Our team of skin experts help make Curology effective, and they’re here to help you as a long-distance patient! Your provider will be with you throughout your skincare journey, but their expertise may be particularly helpful if you experience temporary side effects from your new active ingredients.
Check in with your provider if you have side effects like dryness, irritation, or purging (i.e., the temporary breakouts you might experience all of the sudden when starting a new acne treatment). Purging is a common side effect when adjusting to tretinoin and other active ingredients. If you’re experiencing skin sensitivity, try applying your Custom Formula according to this schedule:
Weeks 1-2: Apply Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights.
Weeks 3-4: Apply every other night.
Weeks 5-6: Apply every night.
Patience is a virtue, so they say—but it’s hard when you’re waiting for your acne to go away. If only getting rid of acne were that simple! While a good skincare routine can help get your breakouts under control, there are inevitable setbacks on the road to clear skin.
So how long does it take to get results? Many Curology patients see an improvement in 1-2 months, but it can be even longer before you reach your ultimate skin goals. Your routine is a lifelong good habit that benefits your skin’s health.
So keep going! Remember that your formula can be adjusted for your ever-evolving skin’s needs.
Everyone’s skin is unique. So, too, is everyone’s skincare journey. Your milestones are your own and no one else’s.
We’re in this together. So while it can be helpful to listen to others’ experiences, try not to compare yourself! After all, comparison is the thief of joy.
Remember that Curology is custom skincare catered to your skin’s specific needs, whether that’s targeting acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, or unwanted skin texture. If you’re not already a Curology member, you can sign up for a free trial now (just pay $4.95 to cover the cost of shipping/handling). You’ll consult with one of our in-house experts to get your skincare journey started.