Learn the most effective way to help reduce the appearance of acne scars and promote healthy skin.
If you’ve gotten past a bout of acne, you may feel that the battle is won. However, pimples often leave unsightly red scars that linger long after the pimple has subsided.
Our users weigh in on how to get rid of this hyperpigmentation as quickly and safely as possible.
What Causes Acne Scars?
Source – @acneisntugly. Individual results may vary.
Inflammation occurs when the body increases blood flow to the tissue surrounding a clogged pore¹. It is the body’s natural response in fighting off bacterial infection.
As more blood is sent to the area, blood vessels dilate and the skin becomes visibly red and inflamed.
After the pimple has flattened, it normally takes 8 to 12 weeks for blood vessels to shrink back to its original size. The residual blood and dilated blood vessels often linger longer than the pimple itself.
How Do I Get Rid of Acne Scars?
Most acne scar products target the melanin in brown acne scars. Such products do not work on red scars / blood vessels.
Clearly Basics’ Lighten Up is a unique formulation that uses botanicals to dissipate residual blood and reduce the appearance of dilated blood vessels: marigold flower, chamomile flower and tea tree oil.
Apply the Lighten Up both morning and evening and you should see a noticeable reduction within a month. The lotion does not clog pores and does not irritate sensitive skin.
Fading Brown Scars and Hyperpigmentation
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It is important to fade red scars quickly as it reduces the chance of UV exposure. When red scars are exposed to UV, they can quickly collect melanin and turn into brown scars².
Brown post-acne scars are more stubborn than red acne scars and can last up to two years. They can be fixed using topical lotions but will take more time. Learn more about dealing with brown acne scars.
The Dark Mark Defense contains potent anti-pigmenting agents to fade the appearance of dark marks much faster.
- Vitamin E creates a healing barrier over your skin.
- TXA brightens skin and fades the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
- 4nBR creates a lightening effect on your skin.
What More Can I Do to Prevent Acne Scars³?
Avoid overwashing or scrubbing which can cause irritation and make your scars linger for longer.
Also, make sure to apply sunblock SPF35 or higher whenever you are outdoors as a red scar can easily turn brown with exposure to UV light.
Once a red scar has become brown, it could last for up to two years!
Lastly, resist the urge to pick at your pimples. Picking at your pimples increases the chances of inflammation, bacterial complications and permanent damage (atrophic scarring) to the tissue surrounding your pores.
Get Rid of Acne for Clear, Glowing Skin
The best way to win the war against acne is to stop pimples from surfacing. The most effective way in doing this is to flush out dead skin trapped inside your pores, making it harder for clogs to form.
If you look at the algorithm dermatologists use⁴ to treat acne, the first choice in treating acne is a retinoid followed by an AZA lotion.
The Clear Out combines pharma-grade* retinol (a gentle retinoid) and AZA together in a single formulation to flush out clogs from your pores.
Clear Out is a unique combination of ingredients has been balanced to maximize effectiveness. The two ingredients work together to drive better results with less side effects.
*Pharma-grade ingredients are certified by US Pharmacopeia standards a level of purity and potency which cosmetic grade ingredients do not provide.
This power team will work together to clear clogs and reduce the appearance of red acne scars. Get 8% off when purchasing the Clear Out and Lighten Up as a set. Each set is designed to last 3 months.
Mim’s Skin Journey
Mim (@acneisntugly), a teacher from Southampton, battled hormonal cystic acne for over 6 years before she tried the Clear Out…
Individual results may vary
“Out of everything I’ve tried over the 6 years I’ve battle acne on and off it’s by far stood out as being one of the most effective with no side effects (after the initial “purge”). I’ve used nothing but Clearly Basics for 12 months now and it still exceeds my expectations!”
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1. Deirdre Connolly et al, 2017 : Acne Scarring—Pathogenesis, Evaluation, and Treatment Options
2. Paula Begoun : Postinflammatory Hyperpigmentation
3. Fabbrocini G et al, 2018 : Evaluation, Prevention, and Management of Acne Scars: Issues, Strategies, and Enhanced Outcomes
4. Christine Nguyen, 2018 : Acne treatment algorithm suggested by Gollnick et al – Mild Moderate and Severe Acne
Nothing on this article should be interpreted as personal medical advice. For medical related matters, please consult with your dermatologist.
See what others have to say about Clearly Basics.
@pimpledgirl The 1st week was amazed! Fascinating skin texture, there were no stinging. The 2nd week were pretty same. The 3rd week – purging starred – bumpy skin, redness. The 4th week – same but I added #ProtectiveMoisturiser either from @clearlybasics and in three days redness was reduced. The 5-6th weeks – skin smoother, less red, breaking out badly. The 7-8th week – is it my skin? not red (even after washing as it used to be).
I’d say the amount of pustules has been reduced in 85%. I still have some tiny-tiny pimples and will keep going with mu treatment. • Honestly I’m very grateful to Clearly Basics • I’ll keep you updated.
@startingtolovemyself ✨Not a pimple in sight!!!✨
It’s been about 3 weeks since I started using @clearlybasics Clear Out, Lighten Up and the Protective Moisturizer (the Complete Trio) and my skin has improved so much and I definitely think it’s from the Clear Out formula most of all!
It really is a miracle in a bottle! I’m excited to see how my skin changes even more in the next few weeks and months using them!
@beas.bareskin Clearly Basics have been with me for about a week and I’m so happy I’ve been using their product!!!!!
My fave between these 3 is the “Lighten up” one because it has definitely helped with the redness! The redness on my cheeks are slowly dimming down and the texture of my skin is so soft and smooth.
You may not be able to tell cuz pictures don’t do it justice but if you were to have felt my skin before I used their products compared to now you can definitely feel the difference !!!
@theclearskinroad My @clearlybasics update!! The photos on the left were October 2nd and the photos on the right were today (October 11th).
I’ve been using the Power Duo for Clearly Basics for about 2 months now, and now starting to see quick results! My favourite is the “Clear Out” 🤗 Loving the results and exciting to keep using Clearly products!
@deannaskin Over the past month and a half I’ve noticed a massive change to the appearance and texture of my skin since using @clearlybasics. Honestly the most effective products (vegan of course) I’ve used all year. Not only has the redness of my spots reduced, but I rarely get painful under-the-skin bumps or huge whiteheads anymore. My scars have also faded so quickly 👀
If your skin is similar to mine I’d 100% recommend that you implement these products into your skincare routine.
I’m only a few weeks in using these products but the results have been so positive🔮🧚🏽♀️
@roxyrogan I have struggled with hormonal acne for over 1 year and had tried every face cream, scrub & peel you could find! When I started with Clearly Basics my skin started to clear within using the first bottle of ‘Clear Out’!
My skin is now on the road to recovery and I still use Clearly Basics ‘Clear Out, Protective Moisturizer and Lighten Up’ products every day! Highly recommend clearly basics to anyone who’s suffering from stubborn acne! 💛
Individual results may vary