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Best Acne Treatment? Retinol Is The Gold Standard — Here’s Why

If you love great skin success stories, you’ve stumbled upon gold today.

Acne sufferers often say, “I have tried EVERYTHING!”

The frustration is very real.

In addition to receiving unsolicited advice and misinformation, they have probably spent thousands of dollars and years trying one treatment or remedy after another.

But despite all of that, their acne remains stubborn!

Chances are, they haven’t tried the gold standard. Retinol could very well be the MISSING INGREDIENT in taking out your acne and clearing acne marks from your face.

So, how does retinol work to clear acne, are there side effects, and how often should you use it for clearer, smoother skin?

In this article, we’ll cover answers to those questions and also provide suggestions on retinol products that may be good choices for acne-prone skin.

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a synthetic derivative of vitamin A, the group of fat-soluble vitamins common in carrots, eggs and sweet potatoes.

Retinol is the absolute backbone of an acne treatment¹ since they treat acne by de-clogging pores. They also work to normalize skin cell turnover and act as an anti-inflammatory. Furthermore, have been proven to improve skin discoloration and texture and, therefore, restore the skin from prior outbreaks,” Melissa Levin, MD.

(Maya Allen, 2019)
Mim Before and After

Results after 3 months of using Clear Out, a retinol cream. Individual results may vary



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Does Retinol Clear Acne Scars? Retinol Benefits

1. Perpetually Unclogs Your Pores

The ROOT of all breakouts is a clogged pore. Pimples form when the oil and dead skin cells on your skin combine to form a clog that blocks the pores.

Retinol perpetually flushes out dead skin cells making it harder for clogs to form inside your pores. When your pores aren’t clogged, pimples and blackheads can’t develop.

2. Reduces the Appearance of Acne Scars and Hyperpigmentation (Dark Spots)

Retinol stimulates new skin cell growth, so it will give your skin a smoother and more even texture. This can make superficial acne marks less obvious.

As retinol causes skin cells to shed more quickly, it also helps eliminate excess melanin (the protein that gives skin its color and, in the case of hyperpigmentation, excess color).

3. Reduces Fine Lines & Wrinkles

The benefits of retinol go beyond just acne. It’s also a popular anti-aging ingredient.

It reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles and makes the complexion brighter and smoother.

If you have adult acne, and aging is a concern of yours, you’ll clear your skin while getting this added benefit as well.

Drawbacks of Retinol

Since retinol is such a powerful ingredient, it can cause the skin to redden or peel, resulting in flakiness, dryness and even some breakouts can occur.

To overcome this, a careful combination of retinol with select ingredients can AMPLIFY the results to clear acne marks while REDUCING irritation and side effects.

Meet Clear Out – Powerful Yet Gentle

Clear Out combines retinol and AZA² (also very effective against comedones). It is powerful enough to clear clogged pores yet gentle for sensitive skin.

It also uses AZA and pracaxi oil in order to quickly flatten existing pimples, reduce the appearance of red marks and foster healing.

Because Clear Out uses multiple ingredients, it FAR more GENTLE and EFFECTIVE than other similar products in the market.


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Real People with REAL, Lasting Results

Individual results may vary

Never in my life did I imagine my skin would be this clear! Clearly Basics has completely transformed my skin!” – Toni (@xx.tonilumsden)


Individual results may vary

“All I can say is ‘Clear Out’ by @clearlybasics is a Godsend ❤️ It doesn’t leave me overly dry or flaky which most retinol creams did.” – Alisha (@skinwithalisha)

Individual results may vary

“My skin looks so good now! I’ve had a few of my classmates tell me my skin texture looks so nice and even now. 😊” – Bea (@beas.bareskin)

Clear Out is my favorite and most recommended product to any of my followers who suffer with mild-acne as well as post-acne suffers. The combination of ingredients are unique and work THE BEST in keeping spots at bay as well as improving acne marks & scars.” – Ella (@_myskinstory)


How is Clear Out any different from other retinol/ acne treatment products?

Most products in the market contain only a SINGLE active ingredient so it does not use multiple pathways to address your skin concern.

Using multiple ingredients simultaneously could be more EFFECTIVE, but getting the percentages correct in order to maximize synergy and stability is near IMPOSSIBLE without precision machinery.

Every ingredient in Clear Out took years to balance in order to maximize synergy: ingredients work together to address your skin concerns with better results and less side effects.

I have sensitive skin. Can I use Clear Out?

Absolutely! The formulation is gentle and works for those with sensitive skin. Yet powerful enough to tackle many cases that otherwise would require prescription medication.

What if it doesn’t work on my skin?

Clear Out is so EFFECTIVE that we place a full 90-day money back guarantee if you do not see a noticeable improvement after your first bottle. T&Cs apply.

How long will it take to see results?

In the first month, this formulation will trigger a purge of dead skin trapped in your pores which can appear as flakes or low level breakouts.

This purge will peak at week 5 and subside after week 8 of use. At week 10, you will turn over a clearer layer of skin that is less clog prone. See below:


Individual results may vary

How to use?

Clear Out is only used in the evening as part of your before-bed skincare routine:

  1. Wash your face with a cleanser
  2. Apply toner (if applicable, free of AHAs/BHAs)
  3. Apply Clear Out (leave-in lotion)
  4. Apply moisturizer or other skincare that you normally use in the evening

Try Clear Out, Risk FREE!

If you finish an entire bottle and don’t see any results…

You’re entitled to a full refund within 90 days! T&Cs apply.

Try it with CONFIDENCE!

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. James Leyden et al, 2017 : Why Topical Retinoids Are Mainstay of Therapy for Acne
2. Paula Begoun : Everything You Need to Know About AZA for Skin
3. Banov et al, 2014 : The Effectiveness of Fatty Acids from Pracaxi Oil in a Topical Silicone Base for Scar and Wound Therapy


Nothing on this article should be interpreted as personal medical advice. For medical related matters, please consult with your dermatologist.


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