Curology vs. other prescription skincare products

Our patients love Curology because it's convenient, customized, and powerful. Each bottle contains multiple active ingredients that are only available with a licensed medical provider's prescription.

It's important to note, though, that Curology uses ingredients similar to those available in other prescription acne creams. 

If you have tried various combinations of prescription acne creams and they have not been successful, you may want to continue working with your current dermatologist. They may decide to try different treatment options, including prescription pills for acne.


Prescription vs. Non-Prescription

The primary non-prescription (over-the-counter) ingredients for acne are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. These are the ingredients in many non-prescription acne treatments, such as Proactiv™, Clean & Clear™, Murad™, Oxy™, and Stridex™. These can be a good place to start, but for some people, they can be irritating or simply not work.

Prescription Acne Treatments 

Prescription ingredients (including those found in Curology formulas) require evaluation and treatment by a licensed medical provider. Common examples include tretinoin ( Retin-A™, TriLuma™, Ziana™), adapalene (Differin™, found in Epiduo™), clindamycin (Cleocin™, Benzaclin™), erythromycin (Benzamycin™), azelaic acid (Finacea™, Azelex™), and dapsone (Aczone™).

When used appropriately, prescription treatments can be more effective and less irritating than non-prescription acne treatments.

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