How I Finally Cleared My Acne After Years of Trying

“I never thought I’d be able to reach a stage where I no longer have to hide under makeup or fear having my friends see my real skin.” – Gemma W.

I’ve struggled with acne since I was 15. 

I’m 27 now so that’s over a decade of dealing with painful cysts that not only covered my face and neck, but also my entire back and shoulders.   

At its worst, my skin was so inflamed that it would bleed simply from me removing my makeup. It was uncomfortable and it hurt. 

It also affected my self-esteem. I would constantly wonder what people would think if they saw my acne. 

So, I tried to hide it. 

I remember once, when I was getting out of a swimming pool, I asked my sister to get out right behind me so she could shield me from people seeing my back acne. 

If I knew I was going to the beach, I would wear a T-shirt all day.  

I just didn’t want anyone to look at me. 

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I was in my late teens then and looking back, I feel like I was stuck in a shell that held me back from truly enjoying my life. Instead of going out, having fun, and growing my relationships, I was constantly anxious.  

I knew my skin wasn’t getting any better because I wasn’t allowing it to. I felt I had to hide under layers of makeup and I would even sleep in my makeup at slumber parties because I’d feel awkward if anyone saw my real skin.  

Sometimes, I would sit in front of the mirror and cry after cancelling plans to go out in fear of anyone noticing my acne. 

I tried everything. I mean, everything.  

I tried topical treatments such as Zineryt® and Duac®, took courses of antibiotics for acne, and spent hundreds on skincare products. I also tried changing my diet, my skincare, and haircare.  

Nothing helped to clear my acne.

After exhausting all other options at the time, I was eventually referred to a dermatologist and I made the massive decision to go on a course of prescription oral medication.   

I was apprehensive at first because of all the bad press I saw when googling it. Side effects such as depression really worried me but I knew I couldn’t not try the medication.  

I was on it for 7 months and in that time, my face and back completely cleared of active acne. Unfortunately, this only lasted 10 months and soon, I started to break out again.   

I really didn’t want to go on another course as my body was finally starting to get back to normal after the months of treatment.  

So I tried taking prescription antibiotics again, which did not help. By the end of it, I decided to stop all oral medication.   

That’s when I found Clearly Basics. 

After all of this, I was desperate to find something else that could help heal my skin. No prescriptions, whatsoever. 

I came across Clearly Basics on Instagram and after doing some research and seeing all the great results from others all over the world, I was super excited. I reached out to the team who were so supportive and helpful in advising me on the products that would be best for my skin.  

Within two weeks of trying them out, I saw massive improvements in my skin. 

And almost four months in, this is the difference: 

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This is what transformed my skin. 

I started with 3 Clearly Basics products in my routine: Clear OutLighten Up, and Matte Hydrator

I talk about them a little more in my video here: 

Honestly, I am absolutely in awe of my progress. 

I’ve really enjoyed being authentic and showing my progress to my Instagram community as I really believe in these products.  

If you’re feeling skeptical, trust me, I was too. 

But after reading all the great reviews, I decided to give it a try. And I’m SO glad I did.  

I wake up every day with a smile on my face from seeing my skin progress! The bonus is that I no longer have to rely on oral medication and instead, I have healthier skin that can be more easily managed with a simple skincare routine.  

#1 Clear Out

How It Helps: Flushes out clogged pores (the root cause of acne), flattens active pimples, and helps prevent future breakouts. 

How It Works: It is powered by retinol and AZA, two active ingredients which are frequently used by dermatologists to effectively treat acne. Retinol promotes skin renewal, reduces blemishes, and stimulates collagen production (which is why it’s also an anti-aging favorite). The retinol works in synergy with AZA, which helps flatten existing spots, reduce the look of post-acne marks, and improve skin texture.

#2 Lighten Up

How It Helps: Fades the appearance of pesky red marks and scars left over from pimples.

How It Works: It is a unique formulation of botanical complexes (marigold flower, chamomile flower, and tea tree oil) that soothe skin, promote healing, and improve skin tone.  

#3 Matte Hydrator

How It Helps: Gives skin a healthy, hydrated look without the oily sheen. Stops the overproduction of oil on skin.

How It Works: It uses 100% medical-grade Ultra Low Molecular Weight hyaluronic acid. This stuff will absorb into your skin, and keep it soft and moisturized without adding oil.   

Real People with REAL, Lasting Results

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And many more reviews….

Why Clearly Basics? 

Acne is our thing! 

We understand acne and we understand the emotions that can come with it.  

Acne is more common than we think and it’s increasingly seen in adult women1. That’s why we’ve designed a skincare line especially for the acne-prone. 

You could have dry, oily, or sensitive acne-prone skin, and with each skin type and condition, your needs are different. We understand these needs and we’re here to help you reach your skin goals with real results that last. 

What Makes Us Different: 

  • We use multiple medical-grade ingredients balanced with botanicals so that our formulations are gentle (even on sensitive skin) yet extremely powerful. 
  • We do not believe in complicated skincare routines. As such, we strive to provide a simple line-up with each formulation being the best in its class. 
  • Because all our products are designed with the acne-prone at heart, you can always count on them to be non-comedogenic and acne-friendly. 
  • All our formulations are developed alongside pharmacists and dermatologists. 
  • Our customer service team is always ready to answer your questions at every step of your skin care journey. Many of our customers have said they’ve felt truly supported and that’s what we strive for! 

Who Is Clearly Basics For?  

• People with acne-prone skin  

• People with sensitive skin   

• Those willing to commit to the products for at least a cycle (around 3 months) 

• Those who have tried everything and are looking for a real, long-lasting solution 

Who Is Clearly Basics Not For?  

• Those expecting overnight results 

• Those looking for a surface-level fix 

• Those who are not prepared to simplify their skincare routine 

Try Clear Out with Confidence

100% Risk-Free with 90-day Moneyback Guarantee 

If you’re still unsure about how Clearly Basics can help you, try Clear Out 100% risk-free.

We’re so confident you’ll see a difference in your skin that in the event that you don’t, you’ll get a FULL refund with our 90-day moneyback guarantee! 

Question? Chat Us! 

Check out the FAQs below or get in touch with the friendly team for a personalized skin assessment! We can be reached via Messenger chat or Instagram DM (@clearlybasics). 


1. How is Clear Out any different from other retinol or AZA products?

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 is more EFFECTIVE, but getting the percentages correct in order to maximize synergy is difficult without precision machinery.

Every ingredient in 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.

2. I have sensitive skin. Can I use Clear Out?

Clear Out can work on its own for 95% of the population. The formulation is gentle yet powerful enough to tackle many cases that would otherwise require prescription medication.

For the 5% with very sensitive skin, add Protective Moisturizer. Using Clear Out with Protective Moisturizer will ensure that it works for even the most sensitive of skin. Protective Moisturizer contains a wealth of antioxidants and botanicals that nourish your skin and peptides that simulate your lipid barrier to regrow.

This moisturizer reduces your skin’s sensitivity and reduces general redness/blushing. It doesn’t clog your pores even on the most sensitive skin!

3. I have oily skin, what’s best for me?

Acne and larger pores are often attributed to oily skin.

As pores are clogged, oil may not reach its intended target leading to a vicious cycle of overproduction (clogged pores -> more oil production -> more clogged pores).

Thus we designed Matte Hydrator, to break the oil production cycle. It keeps your skin matte and supple so that your skin does not need to overproduce as much oil during the day!

Most skincare brands have one, perhaps two formulations that are really effective.

However, Clearly carries FIVE formulations that are UNIQUE and the BEST in its class: Clear Out, Lighten Up, Protective Moisturizer, Matte Hydrator and Dark Mark Defense.

4. What if it doesn’t work on my skin?

Clear Out is so EFFECTIVE that you will get a full 90-day money back guarantee if you do not see a noticeable improvement after your first bottle. T&Cs apply.

This moneyback guarantee has been on every bottle of Clear Out and we have seen over +98% success rate.

5. How long will it take to see results?

In the first month, this formulation will trigger a purge of dead skin trapped in your pores which can appear as flakes or low level breakouts.

This purge will peak at week 5 and subside after week 8 of use. At week 10, you will turn over a clearer layer of skin that is less clog prone. See below:

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1. Joshua A. Zeichner et al, 2018 : Emerging Issues in Adult Female Acne


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

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