I’m just going to warn you right now that this will probably like sponsored content, but it’s not. Now don’t get me wrong, I would totally be a filthy corporate whore if the choice was presented to me, but no such luck here. However if any of the lovely people from Curology read this and would like to give me free stuff in the future, I wouldn’t be too broken up about it.
No, I am actually genuinely excited about this to an obnoxious and cheerleader-ish degree. This service joins my two great loves, skin care and convenience, in holy matrimony. I’ve recently relocated to Philadelphia, so my insurance situation has been in limbo. I refused to let that stop me from caring for my skin. If I got hit by a car right now I’d be entirely fucked, but god damn it I would have my Retin-A! If you have similarly terrible priorities or just don’t want the hassle of visiting a dermatologist Curology is for you.
The set up is simple, create an account, answer a thorough assortment of skin care questions, and be matched with a licensed provider in your area. You can even include what medications you’ve used in the past and how well they have worked, any side effects you’ve had, and what skin care routine you’re using currently. Next, you state your greatest skin concerns such as acne, clogged pores, and texture. They ask you to upload a few make-up and editing free photos in natural light to assess your skin care situation.
They are able to prescribe prescription medication if the need arises, it can be filled at your local pharmacy. In addition to that, Curology will mix your own personal topical medication to fit your needs. Mine is targeted for anti-aging and hydration, but they can also be made for acne. I’ve personally never had much luck with acne topicals in the past, and wouldn’t have much need for one now, but most user reviews I’ve read are positive. Best of all, the service is more than happy to reformulate your medication if you’re not achieving the desired result, without any additional charge. My first batch was a bit too harsh for my sensitive skin and my nurse practitioner tweaked the components and percentages until we found what worked.
I worked with Jasmin Chang and she’s been nothing but supportive and knowledgable. I’ve also had no issue obtaining a prescription for the hormonal medication Spironolactone. In the past, I’ve been put through the ringer in my quest for this medication which not only keeps my face clear but regulates my hormones to a life changing degree. Since I’ve been on this medication for a few years (with most studies showing little or no side effects for patients who do), many doctors have wanted me to “try” going off it for a few months and “seeing what happens.” I know what happens, I get huge cysts on my face and excruciatingly painful periods that keep me in bed for two or three days, then my body is not quite right for a few months until it readjusts itself to the drug. I’ve tried this twice and I’m really not interested in playing Whack-A-Mole with the quality of my life any further, thank you very much. The nice people at Curology seem to understand that I’m a grown adult who is more than capable of making medical decisions about their own damn body. I refuse to be at the mercy of my hormones and honestly if they told me staying on Spironolactone had a 1 in 4 chance I’d grow another finger I’d consider it a risk worth taking rather than lose valuable days of my life to pain each month.
If dermatological services are something you need, I truly believe Curology would make your life easier. However my main motivations for writing about it are selfish. I want them to stay in business. I need them. Every few months I’m seized by a sickening panic at the thought that one day I could be without this service. Then what will I do? Call a new doctor, who I don’t know? On the PHONE? Find time each month to go to someone’s office? Interacting with strangers, like I’m some kind of a human being…?! I can’t possibly live in that world, and neither should you. You know that in your heart.
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Kristine Rose is a make-up artist, esthetician, and writer. She strongly believes in each individual’s right to express themselves through style, make up, and body modification (or lack thereof). Beauty writing is her one true passion and she intends to revel in it until her untimely death, crushed under the weight of her own jewelry. Follow her on Instagram: @vanityarchitect and @glitter_or_death.