Learn the most effective way to reduce the appearance of red or brown acne marks
Mim had struggled with acne for eight years. She was well into adulthood but the pimples never stopped.
She spent thousands on masks, scrubs, washes, and lotions which claimed to be effective at stopping acne - nothing worked.
The larger issue were the scars: red and brown marks lingered long after the pimple flattened.
Source: Instagram (@mimandskin)
"Before one scar would fade, a new pimple would surface. It was extremely frustrating and I couldn't find a product that would get rid of the acne scars." – Mim P.
What Causes Red Marks?
Inflammation occurs when the body increases blood flow to the tissue surrounding a clogged pore¹. It is the body’s natural response in fending off bacterial infection.
After the pimple has flattened, it normally takes 8 to 12 weeks for blood vessels to shrink back to its original size. The residual blood and dilated blood vessels cause the red mark and it is important to fade these red marks quickly.
The longer red marks linger, they get exposed to UV light, collect melanin and become stubborn brown marks.
In desperation, we've probably had this thought many times …
So I Need Scrubs, Peels and Masks…?
We've seen many "skin gurus" on YouTube push a scrub, peel, mask or facial to treat scars — only to end up with deeper red marks.
Scrubs and peels are abrasive and the rubbing/peeling action brings inflammation into the skin. This blood flow will darken your red marks and thwart your body's efforts in dissipating blood.
Tip: Avoid facials that involve hot towels or steam. This also brings blood into the skin that will darken red acne marks.
Masks contain ingredients that help soothe the skin and dissipate blood. However, often masks DON'T STAY on your skin long enough to make a difference!
Instead, use a leave-in spot treatment that soaks for many hours into the skin.
Botanicals vs. Synthetic
Clearly's pharmacists vetted thousands of combinations of botanical and synthetic ingredients in order to find the most effective mix.
What we found is that natural botanical complexes are far more EFFECTIVE in soothing the skin as compared to synthetic ingredients2.
Using three botanicals, we created Lighten Up — a spot treatment for red post-acne marks that dissipates residual blood and reduces the appearance of dilated blood vessels:
- Marigold flower improves your skin texture/tone.
- Chamomile flower promotes healing and acts as a soothing agent.
- Tea tree oil soothes redness and fades the appearances of post-acne red marks.
Apply Lighten Up both morning and evening and you should see a significant reduction within a month. The lotion does not clog pores and does not irritate sensitive skin.
A Different Tool for Brown Acne Marks?
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It is important to fade red marks quickly as it reduces the chance of UV exposure. When red marks are exposed to UV, they quickly collect melanin and turn into brown marks3.
These dark spots are more stubborn than red marks and can last up to two years on most skin types. To fade them, use the Dark Mark Defense (DMD). This formulation penetrates deeper into the epidermis where melanin is buried.
DMD contains potent pigment-regulating agents* that fade the appearance of dark spots much faster.
- Vitamin E creates a healing barrier over your skin.
- TXA brightens skin and fades the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
- 4nBR creates a lightening effect on your skin.
*Each active ingredient inside DMD is well researched by the medical community. Its effectiveness is further amplified by mixing the ingredients together in the right percentages. You won't find this unique mix anywhere else.
DMD works on post-acne brown marks, sun spots, age spots and melasma. You will see good improvement within three months of continuous use and a significant improvement after six months of use:
Don't know what type of acne scars you have? Generally red marks linger for three months so if you have a mark that lasts longer than three months, it is likely a brown acne scar. Questions? 👉 Click here for a FREE personalized assessment 💬.
What More Can I Do to Prevent Acne Scars4?
First, prevention is key get rid of the clog and there is no acne. If you don't have new breakouts, you won't have new acne scars or marks.
Second, resist the urge to pick at your pimples. Picking at your pimples increases the chances of inflammation, bacterial complications and permanent damage (atrophic scarring*) to the tissue surrounding your pores.
Third, make sure to apply sunblock SPF35 or higher whenever you are outdoors as a red scar can easily turn brown with exposure to UV light.
*An atrophic scar is an indented scar that heals below the normal layer of skin tissue. They form when the skin is unable to regenerate tissue. As a result, it leaves behind indentations in the skin.
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