The Best Skin Care Routine for Acne That Really Works

Easy 3-step regimen to clear, glowing skin.

When faced with a skincare problem, our first instinct is to attack. Attack the acne breakout. New face washes. New moisturizers. New peels and masks.

Pick and prod and overanalyze your skin. In a world that emphasizes quick fixes and new solutions, it is so difficult to do the thing that will actually help your skin– leave it alone.

Sounds crazy, right? Put away the multitude of products that you’ve been layering on for weeks in a frenzied attempt to solve the ever-challenging acne breakout.

The key to taking out your acne breakout is to simplify.

Simplify your skincare routine. When we layer on product after product, both old and new, our skin doesn’t have time to even comprehend, let alone heal from what’s being thrown its way.

Let us simplify your life. No one has time to worry about acne breakouts!

Ditch the 15-step skincare routine that is taking up your precious time and counterspace and trade it in for a 3-step routine that is sure to take out your acne breakout. Here’s how to do it:

1. Cleanse

While it is true that you want your kitchen sink or your tile floors to be squeaky clean, the last thing you want is a taut, dry, squeaky clean sensation after washing your face. Keep it simple.

Look for a cleanser that will wash off the results of a long day and restore your skin. It may be tempting to go for the cleansers that boast acne breakout-attacking effects, but resist.

We will deal with the acne breakout later. For now, stick to giving your face the gentle, comforting wash it deserves after a long day’s work.

Clearly’s Balancing Cleanser is a soap-free gel cleanser that thoroughly washes your face without stripping away the natural oils that keep your skin looking appropriately “glowy” and wonderful. Packed with a dermatologist-backed punch, the Balancing Cleanser does just the right amount of work.

Pro tip: If you’ve done your 3-step skincare routine the night before, sometimes the best thing to do for your acne breakout is to skip another wash in the morning. Let it breathe. Overnight your skin has produced some awesome natural oils – keep those around. It’s a scary thought, but it’s already been said – simplicity is key.

2. Take Out the Acne Breakout

It is time for what we’ve all been waiting for – taking out the acne breakout. Clear Out uses retinol, AZA and pracaxi oil to enact a three-pronged, power-packed attack on acne breakouts.

Don’t freak out, though, with the way this formulation works, it will trigger an exodus of dead skin and low-level breakouts that were already trapped beneath your skin.

Remember – patience is key. Give it time and it will clear those pores (money back guarantee).

BONUS ROUND: Before applying Clear Out, pop on a layer of Lighten Up. Nothing is more frustrating than the red marks that hang around whilst we are trying to deal with acne breakouts. Lighten Up is meant to deal with just that. Packed with essential oils, Lighten Up is an anti-redness formulation intended to minimize the appearance of pesky red marks.

Let Lighten Up and Clear Out be the one-two-punch that officially takes out your acne breakout.

3. Moisturize

As with all things in life, hydrate. It can never be said enough – hydration is key. In the same way that water tastes like the most wonderful and satisfying thing in the world following a great workout, moisturizer feels like the greatest thing in the world to your skin following a long day of looking beautiful. With that being said, choose the moisturizer that is perfect for your skin.

If your skin is on the normal or oily side, try using Matte Hydrator. It’s a formula that contains hyaluronic acid, which holds 1000x its weight in moisture – talk about a knock-out punch. Matte Hydrator is perfect for treating the pesky acne breakout because it delivers hydration without drowning your skin in heaviness and oil.

If your skin is on the drier side, try the Protective Moisturizer. A cream-based moisturizer overflowing with peptides and antioxidants (hello vitamin C!), this moisturizer delivers the perfect amount of hydration to repair, renew and rejuvenate your skin.

4. Protect

Okay, so we lied a little bit, there is one more step in your new skincare routine, but it is super important – we swear! In the morning, it is essential to protect your skin. Talk to your dermatologist about the perfect sunblock that will protect your skin from damaging UV rays. Spring is just around the corner and we all have spring fever. So, soak up that sunshine but keep your face protected.

Voila! That’s it. How do you feel? Satisfied, and a bit relieved? An easy, dermatologist-approved routine to take out your acne breakout.

Remember: consistency and simplicity are key.

Patience, dear friend, and we promise that your acne breakouts will be knocked out in no time.

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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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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!

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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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!!

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Keiwing W.

My son has serious acene problem and the acene comes back when he stopped taking the anti- biotics. After trying the products, the acene starts to dry up. The result is amazing after one month. Now, trying to apply the product to lighten up the marks.

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Cara W.

This works amazing. As soon as you see a bump, put a small amount on. I’ve used many acne spot treatments and this is by far the best !!

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Veronica Ilenya Ranieri

"My skin has changed in better after using these products, they are practical and are not aggressive towards the skin.
I was ashamed of going out in public because everyone was pointing out my acne and scars, but since I started using clearly basic, I found a new me. Thank you changing my life!!"

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