Irritated skin

Temporary dryness, flaking, redness, and/or mild itching are not unusual when adjusting to topical prescription medications. This is normal! If you have more significant itching, please notify your provider immediately.

As your skin adjusts to your medication, irritation will gradually resolve.

In the meantime, here are some tips to help minimize irritation:

  • Decrease how often you apply your formula. Go to every Monday/Wednesday/Friday night until you’ve adjusted.
  • Make sure that your skin has dried completely after cleansing before you apply your medication — wait about 20 minutes or so. (Not usually necessary after your skin has adjusted.)
  • Apply a gentle moisturizer a few minutes before or after applying Curology, then apply moisturizer again in the morning.
  • Cleanse with a gentle cleanser using your fingertips, and avoid harsh washcloths or scrubs.
  • Stop using any products containing benzoyl peroxide, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA, such as glycolic acid or lactic acid), or beta hydroxy acid (BHA, i.e., salicylic acid). Note that these products can be gradually reintroduced after your skin has improved.
  • If the air is dry, running a humidifier can help immensely.

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