The custom bottle:
Active ingredients in your prescription are determined by your dermatology provider on a person-by-person basis. Commonly used ingredients include:
- Azelaic acid
- Zinc Pyrithione
- Tranexamic acid
Still curious? To learn which 3 ingredients have been included in your Curology formula, check your Treatment Page where you can find your consultation which contains your provider's recommendations alongside your custom formula. Your prescription will also be listed on your bottle label.
Questions about your prescription? Reach out to your Curology medical provider!
Questions about the bottle itself? Check out our Bottles 101 FAQ.
Our base (inactive) ingredients have been specifically formulated to work well with our active ingredients and to be non-pore-clogging. Our mixes have a pH of approximately 4-5 (although the pH varies by formulation), and are free of any added fragrances. Curology formulas are cruelty-free and are never tested on animals.
Inactive ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, C13-14 isoparaffin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, water, laureth-7, maltodextrin, phenoxyethanol, polyacrylamide, tocopheryl acetate, triethylene glycol.
All formulas containing tretinoin also contain the antioxidant BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene).
The Dark Spot Formula:
There are two active ingredients in the dark spot formula:
- Hydroquinone 4% (fades dark spots)
- Desonide 0.05% (minimizes the irritation from hydroquinone)
The dark spot formula has its own unique base (Nourivan). The base (inactive) ingredients have been specifically formulated to work well with hydroquinone and desonide and to be non-pore-clogging. The dark spot formula has a pH of approximately 3.47 (although the pH varies by formulation) and is free of any added fragrances. Just like other Curology formulas, the dark spot formula is cruelty-free and is never tested on animals.
Inactive ingredients: Aqua purificata, Cetearyl alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Isohexadecane, Isododecane, C13-C15 alkane, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-75 stearate, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Polyurethane-39, Stearyl behenate, Cetyl alcohol, Tocopheryl acetate, Ascorbic acid, Sodium Bisulfite, Benzoic acid (0.09%), Sorbic acid (0.09%), Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), Propanediol
The cleanser & our moisturizers:
Our dermatologists designed both the cleanser and moisturizer to be simple and non-clogging — they have everything you need, and nothing extra.
Our cleanser will leave your face feeling fresh, clean, and ready for the next step. The combination of plant sugars creates a unique barrier effect that locks moisture into skin, keeping you naturally hydrated. Plus, your skin may look calmer or less irritated, thanks to a soothing, anti-inflammatory oat extract. It has a pH of 5.5-6.5 and is gluten-free, paraben-free, oil-free and fragrance-free. It also does not contain salicylic acid. The full ingredients for our cleanser are listed below:
Water, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Xylitylglucoside, Propanediol, Coco-glucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Stearic Acid, 1,2-hexanediol, Xylitol, Panthenol, Coconut Alcohol, Citric Acid, Peg-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium Edta, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Leaf Extract
Your skin will feel soft and hydrated right after you apply our moisturizer, but there are long-term benefits too! One of the key ingredients is hyaluronic acid, which helps skin retain moisture over time. We wanted this moisturizer to be for day and night, so we left out the SPF. You’ll want to layer a sunscreen over the moisturizer in the daytime. It has a pH of 4.8-5.8 and is gluten-free, paraben-free, oil-free, and fragrance-free. The full ingredients for our moisturizer are listed below:
Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Propanediol, Polysilicone-11, Cetearyl Olivate, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, Sodium Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sorbitan Olivate, Polyisobutene, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Citric Acid, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium Edta, Hyaluronate Sodium, Dimethiconol, Caprylyl/capryl Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside
Double down on moisture with the latest member of Curology’s growing family of expert-designed skincare products: the rich moisturizer! The full ingredients for our rich moisturizer are listed below:
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Squalane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hyaluronate Sodium, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Isohexadecane, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide
The Curology spot patch:
You can also find the full ingredients list below:
Copolymer, Resin, Mineral Oil, Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), Hindered Phenolic Antioxidant
A couple of things to note…
The resin is derived from wood rosin. Rosin is also known as colophony, and it is obtained from pines and some other plants. The spot patches may not be a good option for you if you have allergic reactions to adhesive products including bandages. Please note that the mineral oil is used as a processing aid and is added in a small concentration to enable the coating process.
The acne body wash:
Our key ingredient is salicylic acid (aka BHA, or beta hydroxy acid), which is great at dislodging the dead skin cells that accumulate in your pores, encouraging exfoliation and preventing the buildup of sebum and debris that can trigger acne breakouts. Our perfectly calibrated 2% formula does the job without tending to irritate healthy skin. Another benefit of salicylic acid is that it also helps decrease inflammation! You can read more about BHAs in our guide.
You can also find the full ingredients list below:
Active: 2% Salicylic Acid
Inactive: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Pyrithione, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-7, Ethylhexylglycerin, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate
Is Curology FDA-approved?
Our prescription ingredients have been approved by the FDA as safe and effective in the treatment of acne and/or anti-aging. Because we make every bottle individually, specifically for each patient's needs, the individual bottles are not FDA approved. Your dermatology provider prescribes ingredients that will be most appropriate for you, based on your unique needs.
To patch test a product that’s meant to be left on (like a moisturizer), apply a small amount of one product on your right inner elbow. If you are testing another product, apply it on another spot on your forearm closer to the wrist. Do this on your left arm if you are testing additional products. If you are patch testing a cleanser, rub it in well for 5 min then rinse off. Do this twice daily for seven days.
A red, itchy rash to a specific area would be suspicious for allergy to that specific product. If you have no reaction, go ahead and try on a limited area of your face (or body for any body products).