Clearing Up Red Acne Marks and Brown Spots is Easier than You Think

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.

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?

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Types of atrophic acne scars. Source: WebMD

To learn more about atrophic scars and how to get rid of them quickly and safely, sign up for the FREE toolkit below:

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:

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.

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!”


Alisha (@skinwithak) suffered from severe acne and went through three rounds of oral medications before discovering Clear Out:

alisha

 

@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 ...


Try It, 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.

Get Clear Out and give it a TRY!


References:
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

Disclaimer:

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

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After 4 decades of acne have I found a soloution?

I am a week into using Clear Out and so far everything I expected to happen has taken place. With 4 decades of mild but persistent acne I'm certainly committed to giving this a few months to (hopefully) work it's magic. So far I can almost see my pores clearing. This does mean, as I expected more spots appearing but if this means they are finally leaving than lurking under my skin to keep making an appearance every few weeks or months I'm happy with that. I also have some rosacea across my cheeks so was worried that it might become worse, however, the spots that more recently have been appearing alongside the redness appear to be reacting in the same way as other acne type spots. I experienced a little dryness around my eye sockets as I had applied too much product in this area but within a few days this disappeared. It's early days but I'm feeling hopeful and positive and an acne free middle age is certainly very welcome! I am now considering purchasing additional products for cleaning and brown patch treatment. Will update my journey in a couple of months.

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Kimberly C.

The entire Clearly Basics product line is the only one that has cleared my skin. I tried any product you can think of including doctor prescribed medication and ointment and nothing worked. After having acne for over 15 years I am so happy to have clear, radiant skin!

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Stephanie A.

I am a Nurse and my hormonal acne has really escalated since having to wear the N92 masks daily. Since using the Clearly power duo, I have noticed the outbreaks on my cheeks (where the masks are really tight) are less frequent, and when they do happen,are much less
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Love this product 👏🏽

Works really well! Enjoy using this face wash, never stings or dries out my acne prone skin !

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Emma S.

Worked really well in quite a short amount of time! I now see long lasting results, my skin is healthy and my acne is finally under control! The first product I have tried which works and is actually affordable!

I struggled with lots of painful cystic acne so tried the clear out product. Found by the end of the first bottle a lot of the smaller spots were not coming back and the more painful larger ones were coming back less inflamed. I was happy with the results from the first bottle so I ordered another, this is halfway through the second bottle and can see most of the acne on my cheeks has gone! I still get cystic acne in the T area but it is much less painful than before. Definitely recommend, but takes time to see real results.

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I have struggled with acne since I was 12 years old. All through my teenage and adult life my skin has been unpredictable and the breakouts have been constant and so frustrating. I’ve tried everything you could imagine but nothing worked reliably. Clear Out and lighten up have been a total game changer for me and I couldn’t be happier with the results

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Sinead C.

I started using clearly basics at the beginning of the year. I have struggled with acne most of my adult life and when I saw a video from a customer on instagram, everything she described is exactly what I had done…had hormonal acne on chin and jaw line in particular. I had been to the doctor, was referred to a dermatologist and had been on medication, tried all sorts of creams and gels with no success.

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This stuff changed my life!!!!
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It's such a relief to finally have found something that works. I've had acne since I was around 11 and like most people, I tried so many different products and 'hacks' to try and get rid of the spots but nothing really helped.
I was hesitant to try clear out because of the price but I was reassured by the money back guarantee.
To be honest, the purging process they warn about was pretty severe for me. Mine lasted for the entire first bottle and I was so ready to give up. I contacted customer service and they offered me a refund or 50% off my next bottle, reassuring me it would be worth sticking with it. I agreed to persevere and I'm so glad I did! About half way through the next bottle I really noticed improvements and by the end, my skin was the clearest it had ever been. I've completely stopped having breakouts and only occasionally get a spot or two during my cycle. Overall my skin is smoother and I have much less redness and a more even skin tone. I keep using clear out nightly to maintain my nice new skin and I'll happily keep buying it knowing how well it works for me!

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After a few weeks the results were already visible (right photo). Now the red spots are also less visible!!

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