By Sheryl George
Updated Nov 12, 2015 @ 4:15 pm

With everything on your to-do list, making an appointment to see a dermatologist might not be the easiest task to check off. So you might want to consider an option that allows you to have a virtual visit: The website Curology allows you to have an e-consultation with a dermatologist who then can create a customized prescription retinoid treatment (which can help with skincare concerns ranging from breakouts to wrinkles).

First, the website walks you through an easy questionnaire about your skin, then you upload three images of your visage so a board-certified dermatologist can analyze your complexion. A doctor will then reach out via the site's secure messaging system with any further questions. After your e-consultation (which we did at our desk in under 10 minutes), the doctor will create your customized prescription retinoid (if your pro notices other skincare issues like psoriasis or a questionable mole, they may direct you to visit a doctor in-office). A few days later, your treatment arrives at your doorstep.

For under $20 a month (, you have a 90-day supply of the formula and even better, you can message your pro whenever you need about any issues you might be facing (for example, if your skin feels too dried out, the pro can tweak the formula to give you a less irritating option).


"It could be helpful for those with mild to moderate cases of acne or anti-aging concerns," San Diego dermatologist Melanie Palm says. "However, severe acne that requires some oral medications (isotretinoin, formerly known by brand name "Accutane") cannot be prescribed as it requires a monthly in office visit and blood work."