This Instagrammer’s Acne Cleared Up Because of Retinol — Here's Proof

Mim P. (@acneisntugly) discusses her hormonal acne journey. Individual results may vary

If you love a great skin success story, you've stumbled upon gold today.

I have suffered with hormonal cystic acne for seven years since high school and have tried every imaginable product in the drugstore.

My doctor had also prescribed medication but it just burnt my skin and left me with so much scarring.

mim old

"Oral antibiotics left red scars all over my cheeks," - Mim P.

We have seen so many advances in medicine yet NOTHING that is effective against acne?

It wasn't until I found the combination of these ingredients that cleared up my acne and acne marks in just a single set.

Mim Before and After

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

Gold Standards in Acne Treatment

After seeing my doctor, I started to research the algorithm dermatologists use to treat acne¹.

In almost all types of acne, retinol* is the first choice dermatologists use and AZA² is also very effective against comedones, so I wanted to find a product that would combine both of these powerful ingredients together.

*A vitamin A derivative used in products for anti-aging and acne purposes, it's a proven acne-fighting ingredient that diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and sun spots.

Clear Out: Powerful Yet Gentle on the Skin


What I love about Clear Out is that it is powerful enough to clear clogged pores yet gentle for my sensitive skin. Most of my clogs were flushed out by week 8 using retinol + AZA.

A single bottle lasts me 12 weeks which is enough time to break the cycle of acne.

It is time now to focus on scar repair. When a pimple is inflamed, blood vessels dilate to bring more blood into the area. The dilated vessels leave a red scar long after the pimple has gone away.

In order to bring blood vessels back to normal, Clear Out uses Pracaxi Tea Tree Oil + AZA³.

It is a unique combination I have not found anywhere else … a product that can clear clogs AND reduce the appearance of red marks.

Clear Out is a night-time leave-in cream so if you need red scar coverage during the day, get the Lighten Up as part of the Power Duo set.

It is very difficult to find a product which is effective in getting rid of the redness so this Duo is a GAME CHANGER!

Once a red scar is exposed to UV, it can quickly collect melanin and turn brown. Brown scars normally take up to two years to fade away so I am diligent with the Lighten Up to ensure that red scars fade quickly.

Banishing Dark Marks & Hyperpigmentation

For the brown marks or for people with colored skin, use the Dark Mark Defense to fade the appearance of these stubborn brown marks.


It was designed to target brown acne marks using potent anti-pigmenting agents. In an independent study, users have seen the Dark Mark Defense fade the appearance of brown acne marks 4x faster than adjacent and similar sized scars without the DMD.

Deanna (@deannaskin) discusses how the Dark Mark Defense helped to banish her spots, post-acne marks and blemishes. Individual results may vary

Real People with REAL, Lasting Results

Toni (@xx.tonilumsden), a stylist from Hertfordshire had acne for most of her life. She spent over $6,500 in products and treatments that did nothing to stop her acne.

She used creams and tablets that burnt off a layer of her skin! Then she discovered Clear Out and it changed her life…


Individual results may vary

Never in my life did I imagine my skin would be this clear! Clearly Basics has completely transformed my skin!”

Alisha (@skinwithak) suffered from severe acne since she was 15 and she went on oral medications 3 times before finding Clearly…


Individual results may vary

“All I can say is Clear Out’ by @clearlybasics is a Godsend ❤️ and it has helped keep my acne at bay. It doesn’t leave me overly dry or flaky which most retinol creams did. I wish I had used Clear Out before going on prescription oral medication.”

Bea (@beas.bareskin), a student from California, who has tried almost everything which resulted in even more breakouts, until she finally found Clearly.

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. 😊"

Ella (@_myskinstory), an esthetician and a makeup artist who loves using Clear Out to keep her skin less acne-prone.


"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."

And many more reviews....


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!


If you have oily skin, consider the Matte Hydrator. It breaks the vicious cycle (clogged pores -> more oil production -> more clogged pores) by properly hydrating your skin.

If you have dry, sensitive or combination skin, consider the Protective Moisturizer. It helps to repair the skin barrier that's damaged from drying acne products and medications.


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


This article is intended to share the journey and transformation of the author and is a personal opinion. Nothing on this article should be interpreted as personal medical advice. For medical related matters, please consult with your dermatologist.

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Individual results may vary

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