Learn the most effective way to reduce the appearance of red or brown acne marks
Mim had struggled with acne for eight years. She was well into adulthood but the pimples never stopped.
She spent thousands on masks, scrubs, washes, and lotions which claimed to be effective at stopping acne – nothing worked.
The larger issue were the scars: red and brown marks lingered long after the pimple flattened.
Source: Instagram (@mimandskin)
“Before one scar would fade, a new pimple would surface. It was extremely frustrating and I couldn’t find a product that would get rid of the acne scars.” – Mim P.
What Causes Red Marks?
Inflammation occurs when the body increases blood flow to the tissue surrounding a clogged pore¹. It is the body’s natural response in fending off bacterial infection.
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 cause the red mark and it is important to fade these red marks quickly.
The longer red marks linger, they get exposed to UV light, collect melanin and become stubborn brown marks.
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In desperation, we’ve probably had this thought many times …
So I Need Scrubs, Peels and Masks…?
We’ve seen many “skin gurus” on YouTube push a scrub, peel, mask or facial to treat scars — only to end up with deeper red marks.
Scrubs and peels are abrasive and the rubbing/peeling action brings inflammation into the skin. This blood flow will darken your red marks and thwart your body’s efforts in dissipating blood.
Tip: Avoid facials that involve hot towels or steam. This also brings blood into the skin that will darken red acne marks.
Masks contain ingredients that help soothe the skin and dissipate blood. However, often masks DON’T STAY on your skin long enough to make a difference!
Instead, use a leave-in spot treatment that soaks for many hours into the skin.
Botanicals vs. Synthetic
Clearly’s pharmacists vetted thousands of combinations of botanical and synthetic ingredients in order to find the most effective mix.
What we found is that natural botanical complexes are far more EFFECTIVE in soothing the skin as compared to synthetic ingredients2.
Using three botanicals, we created Lighten Up — a spot treatment for red post-acne marks that dissipates residual blood and reduces the appearance of dilated blood vessels:
- Marigold flower improves your skin texture/tone.
- Chamomile flower promotes healing and acts as a soothing agent.
- Tea tree oil soothes redness and fades the appearances of post-acne red marks.
Apply Lighten Up both morning and evening and you should see a significant reduction within a month. The lotion does not clog pores and does not irritate sensitive skin.
A Different Tool for Brown Acne Marks?
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It is important to fade red marks quickly as it reduces the chance of UV exposure. When red marks are exposed to UV, they quickly collect melanin and turn into brown marks3.
These dark spots are more stubborn than red marks and can last up to two years on most skin types. To fade them, use the Dark Mark Defense (DMD). This formulation penetrates deeper into the epidermis where melanin is buried.
DMD contains potent pigment-regulating agents* that fade the appearance of dark spots 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.
*Each active ingredient inside DMD is well researched by the medical community. Its effectiveness is further amplified by mixing the ingredients together in the right percentages. You won’t find this unique mix anywhere else.
DMD works on post-acne brown marks, sun spots, age spots and melasma. You will see good improvement within three months of continuous use and a significant improvement after six months of use:
Don’t know what type of acne scars you have? Generally red marks linger for three months so if you have a mark that lasts longer than three months, it is likely a brown acne scar. Questions? 👉 Click here for a FREE personalized assessment 💬.
What More Can I Do to Prevent Acne Scars4?
First, prevention is key get rid of the clog and there is no acne. If you don’t have new breakouts, you won’t have new acne scars or marks.
Second, 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.
Third, 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.
*An atrophic scar is an indented scar that heals below the normal layer of skin tissue. They form when the skin is unable to regenerate tissue. As a result, it leaves behind indentations in the skin.
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Win the War Against Acne
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Of course, the best way to prevent acne scars is to stop new acne.
Doing this is easier than you might think. You don’t need a six-step procedure involving scrubbing and steaming. (Don’t scrub or steam as it will further inflame your acne and leave deeper red marks)!
You just need a single lotion that is effective at penetrating into the pore to flush out dead skin trapped inside. If the dead skin does not accumulate inside the pore, clogs are much harder to form.
If you look at the algorithm dermatologists use5 to treat acne, the first choice in treating acne is a retinoid followed by an AZA lotion. Both ingredients flush out dead skin and are a deadly combination when working together.
Clear Out combines both pharma-grade retinol and AZA into a single bottle.
This unique combination of ingredients has been balanced to maximize effectiveness. The active ingredients work together to drive better results with less side effects*.
*Over 50% of our users have sensitive skin and they have no issues using Clear Out. This formulation is gentle, yet very effective in flushing out clogs.
Pair Lighten Up with Clear Out in order to clear clogs and reduce redness simultaneously:
This power team will work together to clear clogs and reduce the appearance of red acne marks. Get 8% off when purchasing the Clear Out and Lighten Up as a set. Each set is designed to last 3 months.
What People Are Saying About Clearly Basics …
Clearly Basics has helped many people with acne ranging from mild to severe; people with sensitive skin to people with extremely oily skin. For a personalized assessment, please click “Send Message” on the Clearly Basics Facebook page.
Here are some of our user’s stories below. These are users who have documented their entire acne journey on Instagram, including products they have used before they started Clearly Basics:
Toni (@xx.tonilumsden), a stylist from Hertfordshire spent over $6500 in acne products and treatments that did nothing for her acne but damage her skin …
Then she discovered Power Duo and it changed her life…
@xx.tonilumsden Individual results may vary
“Never in my life did I imagine my skin would be this clear! Clearly Basics has completely transformed my skin!”
@skinwithak 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.” “I wish I came across Clearly Basics before starting oral medication as I would have purchased these and wouldn’t have had to put my body through so much!”
Or Ella (@_myskinstory), an aesthetician 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.”
Bea (@beas.bareskin), a student from California, who has tried almost everything…
Ranging from prescription medication, chemical peels to a long list of brands (Clean & Clear, Clearasil, Proactiv, St. Ives, etc.)
…which resulted in even more breakouts, until she found Clearly Basics.
@beas.bareskin 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. 😊”
And many more reviews from Google …
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1. Deirdre Connolly et al, 2017 : Acne Scarring—Pathogenesis, Evaluation, and Treatment Options
2. Alison F. Stallings et al, 2009 : Practical Uses of Botanicals in Skin Care
3. Paula Begoun : Postinflammatory Hyperpigmentation
4. Fabbrocini G et al, 2018 : Evaluation, Prevention, and Management of Acne Scars: Issues, Strategies, and Enhanced Outcomes
5. 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.
@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!
@amynuramira I have been struggling with acne for 10 years. This is by far the best product. I started out with brown pigmentation (acne marks) and a lot of tiny bumps of acne on my forehead, cheek and nose (kind of like sand paper). As soon as I started the Clear Out and Lighten Up, my acne bumps got smaller and smaller. My brown pigmentation began turning lighter (reddish pinkish).
Initially, when I started using it, I didn’t really get a ‘purge’ it was just a small amount of break outs which went away in a few weeks. Now my hormonal break outs are not as terrible as before, they still appear but barely noticeable. My skin is acne-free, pigmentation are still there but they’ve improved tremendously!
@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!
@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! 💛
@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!
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