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Getting to Know the Skin You Are in

On behalf of Clearly Basics, we wanted to welcome you to our community! Over the next few weeks, we will empower you with the basics to get you on the path to clear skin.  This toolkit will include education, advice on skincare and a community who you can chat with on your skincare journey.

Through this series, you will be getting personalized recommendations on how to beat acne on normal/oily skin.  For a more comprehensive guide covering all skin types, please download the full guide here:

To start, let’s focus on what not to do when it comes to acne:

Don’t throw everything at it

It is our natural response to throw one product after another on our acne in the hopes for a quick fix. This usually agitates the skin and makes the acne more inflamed.  Your skin turns over in 6-week cycles so you should commit to an acne treatment for at least six weeks (ideally three months) before evaluating the effectiveness of the product.  You should not introduce new products into your routine until you have completed each cycle so that you have a clean signal as to what works vs what doesn’t work.

Don’t Overwash

Washing too frequently or using strong cleansers will overstrip your lipid barrier, making your skin more susceptible to irritation and forcing it to overproduce oil. The agitation will cause more inflammation in your acne and cause more pain and scarring down the road.

For 90% of the population, a gentle non-foaming cleanser is the right choice.  It will do the job to remove the grime and debris without overstripping the oils that form your lipid barrier. If there are days that you feel extremely oily, spend more time working a gentle cleanser on your skin and you will see that it makes a big difference on how much oil is removed.

Wash once in the morning and once in the evening using lukewarm water and use cloth to pat dry.  We’ve designed our Cleanser with a peppermint tingle so that you can “feel” when the cleanser has removed just the right amount of oil… once the tingle sets in, you’ve gotten just enough of the oils out.

Don’t pop

It may be tempting to squeeze out a large pimple but doing so will likely make the situation worse, dermatologists say.

Think of a pimple as a shaft keeping the bacteria contained inside a pore as the body fights off infection.

Popping anything causes your skin to physically break apart, making it more susceptible to infection and an even bigger problem than what was originally there in the first place, says Dendy Engelman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist.

Furthermore, the squeezing action may drive pus and bacteria even deeper into your skin, Your fingers may introduce new kids of bacteria into an open wound leading to complications. It may also lead to permanent scarring.

Instead, use a leave-on lotion that will help to flatten pimples quickly. The Clear Out contains a high dosage of AZA.  A great deal of research has shown that AZA will significantly diminish the appearance of skin blemishes, fade post-acne marks and improve skin tone.

Don’t Scrub

Physical exfoliants are effective at removing dead skin outside of your pore. However, it does little to remove the dead skin inside your pore (see illustrations in the next email), which is usually what causes clogs and pimples in the first place. Scrubs are able to slough away the dull/sallow layer of dead cells on the surface of your skin but if you have active breakouts, scrubs may worsen acne because the abrasive particles can irritate and further inflame acne lesions. Wait until pimples have subsided before reaching for the scrub jar. 

Don’t use liquid or long-wear foundation

These products are generally occlusive and require stronger cleansers or makeup removers to take off.  Opt for a light mineral-based foundation and spot concealers until we can stop the new breakouts from surfacing.

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


See what others have to say about Clearly Basics.

@itsangels_makeup I’ve started using The Power Duo + Protective moisturizer nearly 6 months ago after many positives reviews that I’ve read.
The first thing that I’ve experience has been the “purge” coming with clear out and it can last a loooong time.
So this reviews is for people like me who experienced the purge for more that a month or two: keep going.
Because when I was about to quit I’ve seen a huuuuge difference with my skin. My skin is so much smoother that it was before Clearly Basics.
So keep going, use Clearly Basics and stay positive!

@gabriela.akrapovic Absolutely so happy with this product! My cheeks were congested and had so many breakouts and redness I didn’t know what to do anymore. I tried everything. I kept seeing ads showing up on my Facebook and Instagram and thought what the hell and decided to order the complete trio moisturizer pack. It came in cute packaging and the directions were clear.

I started using it two months ago and my God there is a lot of improvement!! My cheeks are less congested and red. I have mostly dark spots but the Lighten Up is definitely helping with that! I rarely get any big breakouts and even if a pimple starts to show the Clear Out stops it in it’s track. The Protective Moisturizer is great for my sensitive skin and helps keep my skin feel moisturized but doesn’t make my skin go oily. I definitely would recommend this product! Thanks Clearly Basics!!

@megdaviesx I’ve suffered with acne since I was 12 years old. Now at 25 I just accepted that I’d always have acne prone skin. When I came across Clearly, I had pretty much run out of hope, thinking ‘well why the hell not give it a go!’.

Only 2 months into my new routine, and I can’t believe this is my skin!! I am happy to go out of the house without makeup on but doing makeup isn’t a chore anymore either. My confidence has grown and I can’t believe I didn’t find Clearly sooner!

@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!

@beatlebarbs Hey guys! So I rarely write reviews, but I’m going make an exception, because it literally changed my life (what a cliche I know).

I’ve suffered from acne pretty much my whole life. I’m generally a happy and optimistic person, or at least I try to be, but acne made it impossible for me. It got to a point where I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror without crying. I didn’t wanna go out or even meet my friends. My self confidence was nonexistent. I had severe anxieties and break downs. I sought the help of a GP and dermatologist but nothing worked. Antibiotics made it even worse.

Then I read about the Clear Out and the reviews were great. Still a bit skeptical, I decided to give it a shot and thank God I did. My skin improved drastically and even though I still get a pimple or two every now and then, I am overall very happy with the results.

@deannaskin Over the past month and a half I’ve noticed a massive change to the appearance and texture of my skin since using @clearlybasics. Honestly the most effective products (vegan of course) I’ve used all year. Not only has the redness of my spots reduced, but I rarely get painful under-the-skin bumps or huge whiteheads anymore. My scars have also faded so quickly 👀

If your skin is similar to mine I’d 100% recommend that you implement these products into your skincare routine.

I’m only a few weeks in using these products but the results have been so positive🔮🧚🏽‍♀️

Individual results may vary