How to Get Rid of Acne and Pimples

Acne is the most prevalent skin condition in the world and affects over 650 million people every year. It is an age-old problem and the tools to clear blackheads, whiteheads and clogged pores are well established.

So, why do many continue to suffer from breakouts when products are readily available to stop it?

Most are using the wrong products or using the right products improperly. People are too focused on treating a breakout after it has already surfaced when the focus should be on stopping lesions from coming at all.

So, What Causes Acne?

There are many indirect factors¹ that contribute to the formation of a pimple. However, at 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.

If these small clogs are not flushed out of your pore, they will eventually cause a full block and force sebum to pool. P.acnes bacteria grows quickly in these pools forcing the body to send blood into the area to fight infection.

Fortunately, clogs can be prevented if we use a leave-on lotion to perpetually flush out dead skin so that it does not accumulate inside the pore.

(We'll come to that in a moment.)


Can the Right Diet Get Rid of Acne?

Nutrition and diet affect overall health, but does diet directly affect acne?

 

Although, some studies try to link acne with sugary and starchy foods, the relationship between acne and diet² is still NOT well-established.

While most people are well-intentioned when they tell others to cut out a certain type of food or drink lots of water in the hopes of reducing breakouts, be wary of MISINFORMATION and stick to methods that are well-researched and well-established in stopping acne.

Current Solutions & Their Shortcomings

There is a common MISCONCEPTION that washing, scrubbing or sloughing off dead skin cells from the surface of the skin will stop acne. This is a half truth.

To address the root trigger for acne, you need to flush out the dead skin cells trapped INSIDE the pore.

In order to penetrate into the pore, an ingredient needs to STAY on your skin for several HOURS before being washed off.

 

As such, scrubs, masks, facials and peels can do little to stop acne since they are NOT left on the skin long enough³ to make a difference. If you are looking to stop breakouts, don't waste your money on these products.

As mentioned earlier, majority of the products on the acne market focus on treating the pimple after it has already surfaced.

(This includes pimple patches, spot applications, and masks which do little to prevent a pimple from surfacing.)

These post-acne products are generally INEFFECTIVE as there is little that one can do to stop a pimple once it has surfaced since the body needs to send blood into the area in order to fight off bacterial infection.

The key is to PREVENT pimples from surfacing rather than trying to hide or calm down a pimple after it has already surfaced.

Here’s a smarter approach to clearing clogs and making your skin less acne prone:

1. Retinol - The Gold-Standard in Clearing Acne

Topical retinoids are the primary tools which dermatologists use to treat breakouts⁴. A derivative of vitamin A, retinoids are well researched to promote skin renewal, reduce blemishes and boost your skin's collagen production.

Prescription medication from a dermatologist can be very hard on your liver and irritating to your skin. However, retinol is much more GENTLE⁵ and you can purchase it OTC.

To further reduce the possibility of irritation, pair retinol with other ingredients that balance the pH and amplify the results thereby causing LESS irritation and more targeted results.

2. AZA - Why So Many People Swear By It to Combat Acne and Redness

It’s a mystery why some great skincare ingredients fly under the radar, despite research proving them more than worthy of your attention. AZA is one of those ingredients!

A great deal of research has shown that AZA can significantly diminish the appearance of skin blemishes, help fade post-acne marks and other discolorations, refine skin’s surface, and reveal a more even skin tone.

Introducing the Clear Out

Introducing the Clear Out, a leave-in lotion designed to deliver retinol + AZA into the pore to flush out dead skin cells trapped inside. It also uses AZA + pracaxi oil in order to quickly flatten existing pimples and reduce the appearance of red marks (a formulation you can't find anywhere else on the market).

Because the Clear Out uses multiple active ingredients, we are able to make it far more GENTLE and EFFECTIVE than similar products out on the market.

(You can see the significant improvement many of our users have experienced by scrolling down in this article or by visiting the tagged section of the Clearly Basics Instagram page.)

 

Shouldn't I Visit a Dermatologist Immediately?

 

Prescription medications require doctor's oversight as there are NEGATIVE side effects to these drugs (that shouldn't be taken lightly):

  • Overuse of antibiotics can cause bacterial resistance,
  • Oral medication is hard on your skin, on your liver and causes birth defects,
  • Hormone control therapy can negatively affect the body in many ways.

We recommend users to try the Clear Out before going to see a dermatologist as 85% of the cases that are normally seen by our ClearlyRx platform can be addressed using non-prescription solutions instead.

Why Is the Clear Out Different?

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 the 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.

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

Will the Clear Out Work for Me?

The Clear Out is so EFFECTIVE at clearing clogs that we place a full 90-day Money Back Guarantee if you do not see a noticeable improvement after finishing off the entire bottle. T&Cs apply.

 

This guarantee has been placed on every bottle of the Clear Out and we have a 98% success rate.

What Makes Clearly Basics Different?

Every formulation in the Clearly Basics lineup uses ingredients that are USP certified (highest quality). Although these ingredients are more expensive, the certification ensures a standard of purity and potency that cosmetic grade ingredients do not provide. The most frequent comment we get in our reviews is that users have tried everything and nothing has come close to the results they have seen with the Power Duo.

Products with USP certified ingredients are often EXCLUSIVELY sold in a dermatologist’s office at 3x the price. However we've made it available and more affordable to benefit everyday consumers.

We invest years of research into our formulations. Each base is tailored for the active ingredients in the formulation; to maintain the integrity of and deliver actives ingredients to the right layer of skin.

The active ingredients present in our products are well-established with pharma and medical research.

(If you want to learn more about the ingredients, please check them under the ingredients' tab.)

Now Show Me the Results!

We've covered a lot on the science. Now, here are the stories of 6 women who went from acne to clear skin with the help of Clearly Basics.

These are REAL RESULTS from REAL USERS along with their social media handles. You are free to contact any of these women who have been very open about their struggle.

Mim, a teacher from Southampton, had suffered from hormonal cystic acne on combination skin for the past 6 years.

She spent thousands on products which claimed to be effective at stopping acne. When these masks, scrubs and cleansers failed to meet their claims, the fallback excuse would be due to “hormonal acne”, which can’t be controlled.

Mim starting taking contraceptives in an effort to regulate her hormones and she also took antibiotics, and prescription topical lotions but they did not have a lasting effect in slowing down the breakouts.

She started using the Clear Out (originally designed to clear clogs on acne-prone skin) and noticed a difference almost immediately. Within a month, most of her actives were gone and she was only left with post-acne marks which covered her cheeks.

From the second month, the Lighten Up, started to make a significant difference in fading the appearance of her post-acne red marks and by the third month she had clear skin. For the first time in years, Mim has gone months without using green concealer and can go to work without makeup.

Mim logs her acne journey on Instagram @acneisntugly. Read more about her story here.

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Skin still going strong 💪 Used the @clearlybasics cleanser, toner, clear out and protective moisturiser last night. This morning is all about the cleanser and matte hydrator 🥰 (I actually don't need to use the lighten up every single day now as my hyperpigmentation is gone!). Remember you can get 10% off with the code 'acneisntugly' 💷 (remember it has the money back guarantee if you need that little safety net). If you're worried at all or skeptical please see my journey on my account! I've used nothing but clearly basics for 7 months. No doctors, dermatologists, medication, diets or lifestyle changes. I'm as sharing my journey with trialling this product for those of us that can't go on roacutane and have hit rock bottom. I thought all my acne treatment routes were exhausted and had no other options as I'd tried it all. I began to accept my acne and accept that was how my skin would look. I'm not claiming clearly will clear your skin forever and 'cure' you. We can't cure acne. What I can tell you is, it's reduced my hyperpigmentation and redness completely and I haven't had a cyst in over 5 months. My breakouts have reduced significantly and they don't last as long on my face. My whole experience with acne has drastically changed. It's gone from severe to mild in under a year just from consistently using high quality ingredients. #skin #skincare #acne #healthyskin #happyskin #clearlybasics

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Toni

Individual results may vary

Toni, a stylist from Hertfordshire, has suffered from cystic acne for most of her life.

She had been to the doctors many times and was given creams and tablets which were harsh and burnt a layer off her skin. Instead, she put her trust in high street cosmetic brands but she never saw the progress she had hoped for (or paid for).

Desperate to find a solution, she turned to aestheticians who offered cutting edge treatments that promised the world: dermarollers, vampire facials, microdermabrasion… you name it and she has probably tried it. In total she had spent close to £5,000 in treatments that showed marginal results but her acne kept coming back.

When she stumbled onto Clearly Basics, she thought they were no different than the other brands. However, she was surprised to find how knowledgeable and responsive Clearly Basics is over chat. She was recommended the Complete Trio (Clear Out + Lighten Up + Protective Moisturizer) and decided to give it a try. Toni saw significant improvement in using the Trio and almost all her acne has cleared within the first set. She is only left with post-acne scarring.

Toni's personal Instagram is @xx.tonilumsden. Read more about her story here.


Kiana

Individual results may vary

Kiana, a data entry specialist from New Jersey, grew up with acne and hyperpigmentation on sensitive skin for most of her teenage and adult life.

Five different dermatologists had tried to treat her acne but they all fell short. She had committed to using “clean” products for a year, eliminating any chemical that could cause harm to her already damaged skin. While her skin responded positively to the natural ingredients, progress was very slow.

When she came across Clearly Basics, she was intrigued as skincare companies rarely use USP certified ingredients (highest quality).

Since she has very sensitive skin, Kiana first used the Clearly Basics' Protective Moisturizer for two weeks to help strengthen her skin and reduce sensitivity. Then she started to introduce the Clear Out slowly by applying every alternate evening. Within three months, she saw significant improvement in texture and the hyperpigmentation went away.

Kiana logs her acne journey on Instagram @mysevereacneblog. She talks about the importance of the 3 ingredients here.

Watch her IG story, skincare routine here.


Bea

Individual results may vary

Bea, a student from California, suffered from cystic acne on oily skin. She had used prescription medication, chemical peels and a long list of cosmetic brands (Clean & Clear, Clearasil, Proactiv, St. Ives, etc.) in an effort to stop her breakouts but most of these products irritated her skin, resulting in even more breakouts.

Without insurance to cover visits to a dermatologist, Bea spent a lot of time following dermatologists on social media and found that gentler ingredients were more effective for her skin.

When the #acnecommunity started talking about Clearly Basics, Bea was intrigued that there was a product specifically targeted at red acne marks. Within the first Power Duo (Clear Out + Lighten Up) set, Bea had significantly reduced her new breakouts and any breakout that surfaced went away in days rather than weeks. Furthermore, the red scars on her face had virtually disappeared over the course of a month.

Bea logs her acne journey on Instagram @beas.bareskin.


Deanna

Individual results may vary

Deanna, from Essex, had enjoyed clear skin throughout her teenage years but started to get adult-onset acne through her 20's. She tried every cosmetic, diet, and lifestyle change imaginable but could NEVER find anything that kept the spots away.

Over the summer, she was introduced the Power Duo (Clear Out + Lighten Up) into her routine and she noticed results within weeks:

"The texture of my skin is smoother, the redness is non-existent and scars are fading faster than ever (even quicker than using aloe vera). I rarely get new spots in my problematic areas and find my skin improving the more I use Clearly Basics" - Deanna

Regardless if she gets the occasional pimple, Deanna is now happy to leave the house with no makeup and her confidence has skyrocketed.

Deanna logs her acne journey on Instagram @deannaskin.


Alisha

 

Individual results may vary

Alisha, from Berkshire, developed severe acne when she was 15-years-old.

In her desperation to stop the pimples, she has tried every imaginable wash, soap, scrub, peel, mask, and lotion. Her bathroom cabinets were a graveyard of high end and on-trend products claiming to give her 'perfect skin'. Unfortunately, most of them only made her breakouts worsen.

Alisha then went through 3 rounds of prescription oral medication but her acne would always come back. She talks about the negative side effects from it and it should not be taken lightly.

"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 and it has helped keep acne at bay. It doesn’t leave me overly dry or flakey which most retinol creams did. I wish I had used the Clear Out before going on prescription oral medication." - Alisha.

The Clear Out formulation has been very effective at keeping her clog free so that she can work on scar repair. Alisha logs her acne journey on Instagram @skinwithalisha. Read more about her story here.

 

References:
1. Kristina Liu et al, 2019: Understanding underlying causes and banishing breakouts
2. Apostolos Pappas, 2009 : The Relationship of Diet and Acne
3. Maria Valéria et al, 2016 : Characterization and Short-Term clinical study of clay facial mask
4. James Leyden et al, 2017 : Why Topical Retinoids Are Mainstay of Therapy for Acne
5. Marissa Laliberte : Retinol-vs.-Retinoids

Disclaimer:

This article is intended to provide insights on how to identify effective acne products 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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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.

Skin Type: Combination
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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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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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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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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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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Mandy R.

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

Individual results may vary

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