Acne FAQ: Dermatologist’s View on Acne and Clogged Pores

There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding acne treatments so we wanted to debunk and give you honest advice here:

Q: Do I need to see a dermatologist or aesthetician?

A: Over 95% of the people who have acne can treat using non-prescription products without paying big bucks to see a dermatologist or aesthetician.

So why are acne, blackheads, clogged pores and whiteheads so prevalent when the tools to manage them are readily available?

Most people are using the wrong products or are using them improperly.

Also there is too much focus on products that treat a breakout after it has already surfaced when the focus should be on stopping lesions from surfacing in the first place.

Atropic scarring left behind from acne lesions are very difficult to repair later on in life. Scar repair is usually what leads to costly visits to the dermatologist.

Over 80% of the people who sign up for our ClearlyRx subscription platform are first recommended to use our Clear Out lotion instead of signing up since the Clear Out is already sufficient to stop new breakouts without requiring prescription medication.

Q: What non-prescription tools do I have to stop acne?

A: Benzyol Peroxide (BP) is your first line treatment for acne. There is a common misconception that BP should only be applied as a spot treatment AFTER the acne lesion has already surfaced.

However, BP is more effective being applied BEFORE the breakout occurs.

Spread a thin layer of BP across acne prone areas of your face as a preventative measure.

If BP has not worked for you, step up by using retinol+AZA to flush out dead skin inside your pores.

Dead skin mixed with sebum creates the plugs which clog your pores and the Clear Out will flush out this dead skin so clogs are less likely to form.

The Clear Out hits acne from multiple angles by blending multiple active ingredients that work together and at the same time simplifies your skincare routine. It is gentle enough to be left on overnight where it has enough time to penetrate deep into the pore.

This product packs quite a punch so only apply every alternate night until your skin adjusts to the strength. From there you can step up to nightly application:

Q: Are there different tools needed for different types of acne?

A: There are simple solutions for the types of acne which commonly occur on the face:

Bacterial acne is the most common and can be managed using BP and the Clear Out.

Fungal acne is less common and the most convenient treatment would be to introduce anti-dandruff shampoo into your shower routine alongside the Clear Out.

Leave the shampoo onto affected areas for three minutes so the anti-fungal ingredients in the shampoo will help to abate the itchy, whitehead-looking breakouts.

If you need stronger medication to treat fungal acne or if you have cystic or nodular acne, consider seeing a dermatologist for prescription medication.

If you are not sure what type of acne you have, feel free to send us a selfie via Facebook Messenger.

Q: What about XYZ product that I am currently using?

A: If the products in your routine are not stopping acne lesions from surfacing, discontinue use.

The rookie mistake is to keep adding ineffective products into your routine in the hopes that they will work in combination to stop breakouts.

Simplify and use a single high quality product that is effective in stopping the breakouts from surfacing.

We get a lot of people who use overpriced cleansers, masks or scrubs which have little or no effect on stopping acne.

This is because cleansers, masks and scrubs are not left on long enough to penetrate deep into the pore to make a difference.

If you have questions about a product, click “Send Message” from our Facebook page and we can give you guidance.

Q: Should I stop wearing makeup if I have acne?

A: You don’t have to stop wearing makeup altogether, but you might try switching brands or going with a different type. If you’re noticing breakouts along the sides of your temples, hair creams or gels might be exacerbating your acne.

Look for cosmetics and toiletries with the label “non-comedogenic” meaning that they don’t clog pores.

Q: Can what I eat cause acne breakouts?

A: The short answer is YES. What you eat can increase or decrease sebum production.  However, it isn’t what you’d expect. Avoid foods which boost sebum production and therefore trigger more breakouts on acne-prone skin. Learn more here.


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@xx.tonilumsden This is me 5 weeks into my skincare journey with @clearlybasics.

5 weeks ago, 5 months ago, and even 5 years ago, I had lost all hope for my skin and appearance. Now I have regained that hope and positivity because I know that I am using amazing skincare products by @clearlybasics that actually do work without being harsh on my skin.

Just because you feel like nothing is working doesn’t mean you should give up on hope.

@skinwithak @clearlybasics helped maintain my skin after oral prescription and honestly their products have helped so many, I get many DM’s thanking me for recommending Clearly Basics and how it’s helped them.

If I knew about @clearlybasics prior to my course of oral prescription I would’ve definitely gone with using Clear Out for sure!

@aishx I have been using this product for the last 3 months and I swear by it!

My nasty pimps went away within days, my blemish marks were lightened and the size of my pores decreased drastically! In fact I feel that my skin brightened up a lot and my makeup looked smoother too!

@_myskinstory 😭 I feel like I’m an addict and someone has taken away my drugs 😂

Saturday night I came to the end of my @clearlybasics Clear Out bottle. After consistently applying it every night for 3 months along side Niacinamide & Zinc so last night I had nothing to apply. (Right picture: a few days previous. Left picture: This morning) As soon as I woke up I knew it different feel great! 😭

Regardless off the other amazing benefits that a 2% Retinol & AZA has; I JUST WANT MY GLOW BACK!! I’ll dedicate my next post to the ingredients and how they ‘clearly’ work!!

@amys.acne.journey Yes I know the lighting is different but look at the difference in the texture 😍. Yes I still have acne, that hasn’t gone away however…the fact that my texture has improved has increased my confidence so much. I really do believe this is all down to @clearlybasics I’ve been using their power duo for about 3 weeks and I’ve noticed such a difference in the size of my acne spots…my face doesn’t hurt as much nor is as itchy as it was.

I would definitely recommend giving them a whirl it’s the only products that I can honestly say has made any difference to my skin. The difference it has made in 3 weeks is fab!

@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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