How to Get Better Skin with Less Effort, According to Experts

Seeing a dermatologist: Before and after

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Before: Three years ago my face suddenly exploded with dry, patchy areas, pustules, painful cystic acne, and turned bright red.

I tried everything I could think of to get rid of the acne, or at least calm it down. Birth control, every drugstore face wash, mask, and cream I could find — still no change.

Years went by and I just learned to pretend on the outside that I was okay with my skin, [but inside] I’d be crying because I felt so helpless to fix any of it. My mom would cry, too, wishing there was something she could do to help.

One day, I was scrolling through Instagram and saw an ad for Curology, went to the website, and filled out the form. After some back and forth, my Curology provider, Monica Sanchez (my magical unicorn) decided to start with a month of antibiotics (doxycycline) to fight my acne from within, as well as starting my Curology formula once a day after washing my face with a gentle cleanser at night.

After: After two weeks, I started noticing a difference. My face was still red, but it was smooth! I cried so many happy tears, y’all. I could cover the remaining issues with makeup and no one could even tell that I had bright red skin and some scarring underneath.

I was overwhelmingly happy even at that stage, but then a couple of months went by and it kept. getting. better. My skin is now smooth, clear, and calm. My confidence has soared. Now I rarely get a pimple (I used to get at least 3 new ones per day), and I can leave the house without makeup.

Holy freaking cannoli there is such freedom in this tiny act.

In short…

Here’s a quick version you can print out and pin to your mirror!

DailyWeeklyMonthly
Clean your face at nightExfoliateCheck all of your product’s expiry dates
Wear sunscreenUnclog your pores with a mask or massage (optional)Do a skin cancer self-exam
Simplify your routine

Your skin care routine should be something that you enjoy — or at the very least feel good about doing. With these simple steps, you can feel confident that you’re giving your skin the care that it needs, so you can enjoy beautiful, healthy skin year-round.

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