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?
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.
Power Duo is the perfect starting kit for your journey from acne-prone to clear, healthy skin. Packed with quality medical-grade ingredients, it'll clear up spots, bumps, and red post-acne marks in no time.
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.
No more green concealer or green primer! My skin tone is so much better, I don’t use as much foundation as I once did, I don’t constantly worry I look like I have chicken pox and I feel much more confident within my skin!
The power duo really has been an absolute game changer for my skin and I’m so glad I’ve shared my results day in and day out so we could all see this progression.
@fi_ding I just wanted to post my progress, firstly to thank Clearly for giving me my confidence back! I have suffered on and off with my skin for years, the contraceptive pill kept it under control for a long time but since stopping any hormonal contraception my skins been up and down like a yo-yo! I really didn’t want to go down the route of prescription oral medication, personal choice, so when I read about Clearly Basics (after ALOT of research) I decided to give it a go. Even after a few weeks I could tell a difference, and after a few months, the difference is huge! My skin was angry, painful and inflamed. Its now way way calmer, with only a couple of spots popping up around that time of the month. And I’m overjoyed with that! I next plan on tackling the red marks left behind so I can feel even more confident make up free. It does take time, but be patient, and consistent, and it will work! No foaming face washes seem to have helped for me too. Thanks again clearly 🤗😀
@clearupchels Guys after using clear out from @clearlybasics for over a month everyday I do truly believe it’s made a MASSIVE difference. My face is smoother, tone is more even and I do think the stubborn spots are going quicker.
I payed for this myself and have not been asked to do this post, I just think If it’ll help someone else why would I not shout about it!
@gemskin__ A little progress goes a long way! 🙌🏻 In the first picture I think my skin was purging from the first week of using @clearlybasics ‘Clear Out’. I believe I actually cried either before or after I took this photo, my skin was super painful and I felt so ugly and self conscious!
The second picture is 5 weeks after using Clear Out, just scarring (being helped by using Lighten Up) and no actives!
I’m so happy with the results so far using these products and they have been the only thing that has helped my skin!
@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.
@xx.tonilumsden This is me 5 weeks into my skincare journey with @clearlybasics.
5 weeks ago, 5 months ago, and even 5 years ago, I had lost all hope for my skin and appearance. Now I have regained that hope and positivity because I know that I am using amazing skincare products by @clearlybasics that actually do work without being harsh on my skin.
Just because you feel like nothing is working doesn’t mean you should give up on hope.
Individual results may vary