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9th Jun 2018

I’ve transitioned between Curology formulas quite a bit, and have gotten a few recommendations from Curology (either the company or my specific provider) about OTC products that are similar to their ingredients. This list contains those recommendations, and some extra crowd-sourced research beneath them.

Vitamin C (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate):

Recommended by Curology.com in a bulk email

Other Potential Sources

Consider other non-MAP sources of Vitamin C as well!


Quite a few regular-old cleansers/moisturizers/sunscreens contain Niacinamide. If you’re not married to what you’re already using, it might be worth switching over to one that includes it, instead of adding a step just to get Niacinamide.

Recommended by my specific Curology provider

  • cleansers/moisturizers/sunscreens
    • CeraVe Foaming Cleanser
    • CeraVe PM (moisturizer) — reportedly 4% niacinamide
    • CeraVe AM (moisturizer + sunscreen) — reportedly 4% niacinamide
    • EltaMD AM Therapy (moisturizer, does not contain sunscreen)
    • Elta MD UV 46 (sunscreen)
  • standalone

Other Potential Sources

Link to a comment that has a link to a spreadsheet with a bunch of options when looking for products with niacinamide included

Zinc Pyrithione

Recommended by my specific Curology Provider

Other Potential Sources

  • Vanicream Z-bar
  • Noble Formula Zinc Spray .25% Pyrithione Zinc (ZnP), 4 oz
  • DermaZinc Zinc Pyrithione Soap (2%)
  • DermaZinc Zinc Pyrithione Cream (0.25%)

Consider other sources of Zinc! Zinc Pyrrolidone Carboxylic Acid (Zinc PCA) is also used to treat acne and can be easier to find. Some users do find it to be a good substitute for Zinc Pyrithione, but YMMV.

Azelaic Acid

This a bit of a gray area — Curology considers it a prescription ingredient, but there are definitely a couple mainstream OTC products that contain it:

  • The Ordinary 10% Azelaic Acid Suspension 30mL for $7.90
  • Melazepam (50mL, 20% Azelaic Acid) from Amazon for under $15. 2-4x higher dosage than what Curology prescriptions tend to use, so buffering might be something to look into.
  • Azclear 20% Azelaic Acid Cream
  • Sesderma Azelac Lotion for Face, Body and Hair 100ml (Indicated for treatment of either follicullitus and acne) its 5%AzA at of PH 5.5. Available on seaderma usa, caretobeauty, ebay, effortless beauty & other sites
  • Gigi Bioplasma – Azealic Cream for Oily Skin. Its 15% AzealicAcid. Most people buy from amazon, is also available on shakedbeauty


You can potentially replace Tretinoin with OTC retinoids like Differin and others.

As far as sourcing specifically Tretinoin without a prescription though, I believe you’re out of luck in the US. Due to Rule 2 we won’t be talking about buying it on shady sites that import it from countries where it’s OTC.


As far as I can tell, this is prescription-only in the US. Due to Rule 2 we won’t be talking about buying it on shady sites that import it from countries where it’s OTC.