Acne Scars And Dark Spots? This Lotion Will Fade Them

Learn the most effective way to help reduce the appearance of acne marks 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?

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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.


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How Do I Get Rid of Acne Scars?

Most acne scar products target the melanin in brown acne marks. 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 marks².

Brown post-acne marks are more stubborn than red acne marks 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 marks.

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.


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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.

Pair the Lighten Up with the Clear Out in order to flush out clogs and reduce red acne scarring at the same time:

The Clear Out carries a 90-day money back guarantee so if you don’t see a noticeable improvement after using the entire bottle, you will get a full refund. T&Cs apply.

Mim’s Skin Journey

Mim (@acneisntugly), a teacher from Southampton, battled hormonal cystic acne for over 6 years before she tried the Clear Out

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“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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About the Author

Mim is a primary school teacher from Southampton, England. Her Instagram page @acneisntugly is dedicated to help those with acne. She has been documented her acne journey through this page.

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.


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