Acne Scars And Dark Spots: Here's How to Lighten Scars

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 experts weigh in on how to get rid of this hyperpigmentation as quickly – and safely – as possible.

What Causes Acne Scars?

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Inflammation occurs when the body increases blood flow to the tissue surrounding a clogged pore. It is the body’s natural response mechanism in fighting off bacterial infection.

As more blood is sent to the area, blood vessels dilate and the area becomes visibly red.

It normally takes 8 to 12 weeks for blood vessels to shrink back to its original size.


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.

Weeding out ineffective products, we are only left with a couple topical products that are designed to fade the appearance of red acne marks: Clearly Basics’ Lighten Up and iS Clincal’s Pro-Heal Serum Advance+.

Both work by reducing the appearance of dilated blood vessels but they use different ingredients to do so:

Clearly Basics is a skincare line designed for acne prone skin and each of the seven items in their lineup have a specific function.

The Lighten Up is a spot treatment lotion that uses botanicals to 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 noticeable results within a month. The lotion does not clog pores and does not irritate sensitive skin.


iS Clinical is a skincare line that brings medical quality ingredients to the masses. Their Pro-Heal Serum Advance+ is a light serum that uses zinc sulfate in order to reduce inflammation and arbutin to lighten the skin. Apply the serum both morning and evening as a spot treatment and you should see noticeable results within a month. The serum does not clog pores. However, ascorbic acid in the serum may be irritating for those with sensitive skin.

Fading Brown Scars and Hyperpigmentation

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When red scars are exposed to UV, they can quickly collect melanin and turn into brown marks that last up to two years.

Brown post-acne marks are more stubborn than red acne marks. 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 Scars?

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.

Get Rid of Acne for Clear, Glowing Skin

To win the war against acne, you need to stop pimples from surfacing. The most effective way in doing this is by flushing out dead skin trapped inside your pores making it harder for clogs to form.

If you look at the algorithm dermatologists use to treat most forms of acne, the first line of defense is a topical retinoid.

The Clear Out uses pharma-grade* retinol (a gentler version of retinoid) and AZA to flush out clogs from your pores. The AZA is also very effective in soothing skin and improving uneven skin tone.

*Pharma-grade ingredients are certified by US Pharmacopeia standards a level of purity and potency which cosmetic grade ingredients do not provide.

Pair the Lighten Up with the Clear Out in order to flush out clogs and reduce red acne scarring at the same time:

The 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 ...

Mim (@acneisntugly), a teacher from Southampton, battled hormonal cystic acne for over 6 years before she tried the Clear Out

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“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!”


Or how about Toni (@xx.tonilumsden), a stylist from Hertfordshire?

She used creams and tablets that burnt off a layer of her skin!

Plus, she spent over $6500 in treatments that did nothing for her acne…

Then she discovered Clearly Basics and it changed her life…

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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…

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“A lot of people always asking me what I do to maintain my skin after prescription oral medication. All I can say is Clear Out’ by @clearlybasics is a Godsend ❤️ I started using Clear Out after finishing my course of oral medication and it has helped keep acne at bay. It doesn’t leave me overly dry or flaky which most retinol creams did. I wish I had used the Clear Out before going on prescription.”


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.

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"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. 😊
As an acne survivor, I'll never recommend a product if it's not effective. If any of you are wondering what products I use that have been giving me positive results, it's the Clearly Basics' full lineup."


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

 

"The 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....

 


Say Goodbye to Clogged Pores and Acne Scars

Now, you have a good chance to get back the confidence that you've previously lost when you lost the battle against acne…

It’s time to wake up with happy, healthy, stress-free skin.

Try Us, 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 the Clear Out and give it a TRY!

 


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Angela Milliken-Tull
Skin Type: Combination
Comments: Does not appear to cause any problems if suffering from rosacea. Too early to say if it improves this condtion.
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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All I can say is wow

Got all the acne products on a whim and they did not disappoint! I have noticed such a difference in the texture of my skin. I have tried so many acne products and felt like nothing was working. The clearly basics range has lasted me soooooo long and I saw results in just 3 weeks! Really happy with my experience, I would highly recommend those with acne to try this brand. Love it!

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Power Duo*
Chuan Ling T.

Adult acne is a new thing for me- I’ve had clear skin growing up so the outbreaks were very stressful! I did everything and anything I could, from watching YouTube reviews, trying out cult products to professional advice, but nothing quite did the job. So how the power duo panned out for me was definitely a pleasant (-ly hugeeee) surprise. I do acknowledge that my acne challenges are not on the extremely severe end, but I must say, emotionally the positive outcome of using both the power duo encouraged me to wear my skin as it is again. It’s really worthwhile trying as it is also a no fuss duo; hence the currently gild of my staple skincare products.

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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
severe.

I have maybe seen some improvement but nothing amazing yet. Have used the product as instructed, religiously. Will try another bottle and stick to it for a few more months.

I love all of clearly basics! They made my confidence rise because I finally feel comfortable without makeup.
This cleanser is amazing 👏
My skin doesn't feel tight afterwards and now I don't get that mid day shine near as bad.

I love everything from clearly basics! It totally changed my life by clearing my acne. Now they have a new sunscreen and it's great.
It doesn't have a smell or leave your face white or greasy. Best of all it doesn't cause breakouts!

The products are just amazing!! My results in 4 months of using clear out extra strength!!

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Fahrin M.

Been using clearly basics for 3 months now and this is the best results I have seen with any skin care line I have tried for acne. I have converted all my products to clearlybasics and feel a sense of hope after discovering them!

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Clear Out*
Sophie C.

Love this product 👏🏽

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

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Clear Out*
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.

Clearly Basics has been an absolute life saver! Not an over night miracle, be patient and stick with it, amazing products

I saw a huge reduction in new pimples and any new pimples scars healed and disappeared a lot quicker

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Anne F.

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.

I cannot believe this actually worked. I would say I saw results within the first month and probably took around 4 months so really clear up. I have continued with using it and now only get the odd spot at that time of the month but use the calm down on it. It has given me my confidence back and now I’m working on reducing the scaring. I use clear out each evening, the TLC in the morning, lighten up twice a day (but that is a small bottle so doesn’t last long) and then have tried both the so fresh and balancing cleansers. For me it really worked so would highly recommend.

Tightens pores and brightens and smoothes skin. This was my first bottle but I will continue to purchase. I use day and night.

I already use CB balancing cleanser and clear out extra strength, two years ago my skin was spotty, blackheads, raw and very visible. I wondered if the TLC would make a difference in my routine but it has, a glow and radiance I didn’t expect. This is no filter I’ve just woke up. I turned 50 this year the clearly basics range is also an amazing anti ageing tool!

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Mamtha J.

Tried every product out there from proactiv to slurp! None worked, they infact aggravated the condition! Tried clearlybasics as last resort and oh boy it works! Worth every penny! First time in 20 years, stepped out without wearing base makeup! Never thought this day would come!

I suffered with acne for years, and when I finally learned to stop the acne I was left with red and brown scars and hyperpigmentation. But I started using the clearly basics Lighten up cream and Dark mark defends, followed by the moisturiser, and I saw a dramatic difference within days! My scars have lightened so much and most of them are gone. I find this moisturiser is also very hydrating but not greasy, it is absorbed into my skin effortlessly, and it wears beautifully under my makeup. I've now been using the products for 6 months and will continue to use it!

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Laura S.

This stuff changed my life!!!!
After reading the reviews I never thought it would work for me in the same way as it had for other people, as my skin was so bad and cystic. But after just a few months of using this and cutting down on dairy, my skin was 10 times better!
I’m still religiously using the Power Duo and don’t think I’ll ever stop 😊

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Clear Out*
Leah N.

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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Clear Out*
Mandy R.

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

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