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If you want to try an over the counter lotion before seeing a dermatologist regarding prescription medication, consider a lotion that can simultaneously flatten existing pimples while making future acne harder to form.
Looking at the playbook which dermatologists use to treat acne, retinoids are the dermatologist's first choice for treatment followed by AZA.
What is Retinol?
Retinol (a gentler variant of retinoids) is a derivative of vitamin A which is common in carrots, eggs and sweet potatoes.
"Retinol is the absolute backbone of an acne treatment¹ since they treat acne by de-clogging pores. They also work to normalize skin cell turnover and act as an anti-inflammatory. Furthermore, have been proven to improve skin discoloration and texture and, therefore, restore the skin from prior outbreaks," - Melissa Levin, MD. ²
Retinol flushes out dead skin and flushes out clogs trapped inside your pores. When your pores are unclogged, pimples and blackheads rarely form.
It also stimulates new skin cell growth, so it will give your skin a smoother and more even texture. This can make superficial acne marks less obvious.
AZA - Calms and Improves Skin Tone
AZA naturally occurs on your skin and it is the anti-inflammatory agent in aspirin.
When used as a topical lotion, AZA will help to flatten existing pimples and reduce future breakouts simultaneously. Furthermore, it helps to fade the appearance of scars. With so many benefits, it is little wonder why dermatologists often give their patients a topical retinoid and an AZA lotion to stop their breakouts.
By combining retinol with AZA in the right percentages, we have created a formulation that can drive better results with less side effects than using each of the two formulations individually. This powerful combination has shown a 98% success rate in driving a noticeable reduction in acne after just a single bottle.
Meet Clear Out - Powerful Yet Gentle
Most acne products only have a SINGLE active ingredient. However, to maximize effectiveness and minimize irritation, Clearly Basics spent years formulating Clear Out so that it contains BOTH retinol + AZA. It is well tolerated by people with oily skin.
This unique combination flattens existing pimples, reduces redness and makes it harder for future pimples to form by flushing out dead skin before clogs can accumulate inside your pores.
Seeing Through the Cycle
The Clear Out provides a gentle, perpetual exfoliation by flushing out the dead skin trapped inside your pores.
Depending on how many clogs you have when you first start, the Clear Out will "purge" out the clogs trapped inside your pores. Most will just come out as small flakes but the larger clogs may surface as 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:
Real People with REAL, Lasting Results
We have helped many people with acne ranging from mild to severe; people with sensitive skin to people with extremely oily skin. For a personalized assessment, please click "Send Message" on the Clearly Basics Facebook page.
Here are some of our stories below. These are users who have documented their entire acne journey on Instagram, including products they have used before they started Clearly Basics:
Mim (@mimandskin), a teacher from Southampton, battled hormonal cystic acne for over 6 years before she tried the Clear Out…
@mimandskin Individual results may vary
“Out of everything I’ve tried over the 6 years I’ve battle acne on and off it’s by far stood out as being one of the most effective with no side effects (after the initial “purge”). I’ve used nothing but Clearly Basics for 11 months now and it still exceeds my expectations!”
Or how about Toni (@xx.tonilumsden), a stylist from Hertfordshire?
She spent over $6500 in acne products and treatments that did nothing for her acne…
Then she discovered the Power Duo and it changed her life…
@xx.tonilumsden Individual results may vary
“Never in my life did I imagine my skin would be this clear! Clearly Basics has completely transformed my skin!”
Alisha (@skinwithak) suffered from severe acne and went through three rounds of oral medications before discovering Clear Out:
@skinwithak Individual results may vary
All I can say is ‘Clear Out’ by @clearlybasics is a Godsend ?? It doesn’t leave me overly dry or flaky which most retinol creams did.” "I wish I came across Clearly Basics before starting oral medication as I would have purchased these and wouldn't have had to put my body through so much!"
Or Ella (@_myskinstory), an aesthetician and a makeup artist who has not found anything like the Clear Out to keep her breakouts under control.
"The Clear Out is my favorite and most recommended product to any of my followers who suffer with mild-acne as well as post-acne suffers. The combination of ingredients are unique and work THE BEST in keeping spots at bay as well as improving acne marks & scars."
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.
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 the Protective Moisturizer. Using Clear Out with the Protective Moisturizer will ensure that it works for even the most sensitive of skin. The 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!
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 the 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.
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.
Directions for use?
Clear Out is only used in the evening as part of your night-time routine:
- Wash your face with a cleanser
- Apply toner (if applicable)
- Apply Clear Out (leave-in lotion)
- Apply moisturizer or other skincare that you normally use in the evening
Many more reviews from Google ...
1. James Leyden et al, 2017 : Why Topical Retinoids Are Mainstay of Therapy for Acne
2. Maya Allen, Dr. Dendy Engleman et al, 2020 : This Woman's Acne Completely Cleared Up Because of Retinol—Here's Proof
3. Paula Begoun : Everything You Need to Know About AZA for Skin
Nothing on this article should be interpreted as personal medical advice. For medical related matters, please consult with your dermatologist.