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In the 80’s, adult acne was a rare occurrence amongst our population. Yet just over the last few decades, rates of acne in adults are rising — fast¹.
“I’m not a teenager anymore, why do I still have acne?!”
It is a widely held myth that almost everyone will “grow out” of their acne by early adulthood.
While many see improvement and clearing of their acne over time, others continue to experience acne into early adulthood and beyond.
Most will start by trying to identify the cause.
And so they start guessing – is acne caused by their diet? Hormonal changes? Stress? Makeup? Skincare products?
Remind Me, What is the Main Cause of Breakouts?
Myths and misconceptions about what contributes to acne are quite common these days — so common that it can be hard to tell myth from fact.
So far, all of the potential triggers mentioned above are known as risk factors² for developing acne. They are, however, NOT the main cause of acne.
At the root of all acne is a clogged pore.
Your pores, which are the opening that surrounds each hair follicle, are an important part of your skin. If the pore gets clogged by dirt, dead skin cells, excess oil, and possibly bacteria, you’ve got a recipe for a pimple.
Why is Acne So Hard to Get Rid of?
Deanna, from Essex, had enjoyed clear skin throughout her teenage years but started to get adult-onset acne through her 20’s. She tried every cosmetic, diet, and lifestyle change imaginable but still could never find any solution that’s lasting.
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, whiteheads and clogged pores so prevalent when the tools to manage them are readily available?
We believe it’s because most people are using the wrong products or are using them improperly.
There is too much focus on products that treat a breakout after it has already surfaced when the focus should be on PREVENTING lesions from surfacing in the first place.
In fact, over 90% of the acne treatments use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid which are unlikely to have the strength needed to stop adult acne.
If you have tried everything in the past with poor results, it is time to upgrade to tried-and-true ingredients that are stronger and more effective.
So What is More Effective?
Looking at the playbook which dermatologists use to treat acne, retinoids³ are the dermatologist’s first choice for treatment followed by AZA.
Combining BOTH retinol + AZA as a pair to attack acne from multiple fronts will help to stop even the most stubborn adult acne. It works by simultaneously flattening existing pimples while making it harder for future clogs to form.
These two ingredients working together are more gentle on the skin since they balance each other out.
Retinol – The Gold Standard
Retinol (a gentler variant of retinoids*) is a derivative of vitamin A which is common in carrots, eggs and sweet potatoes.
*Retinoids require a derm’s oversight because they are HARSH, can IRRITATE your skin (topical) and are HARD on your liver (oral).
“Retinol is the absolute backbone of an acne treatment 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.
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The benefits of retinol are numerous:
1. Perpetually Unclogs Your Pores
Retinol flushes out dead skin and flushes out clogs trapped inside your pores. When your pores are unclogged, pimples and blackheads rarely form.
The gentle exfoliation also leaves your skin fresh and decongested.
2. Reduces the Appearance of Acne Scars and Hyperpigmentation
Retinol 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.
For red acne marks and inflammation, dermatologists use a combination of retinol + AZA. This powerful combination can flatten existing pimples and reduce future breakouts simultaneously.
3. Reduces Fine Lines & Wrinkles
The benefits of retinol go beyond just acne. It’s also a popular anti-aging ingredient.
It stimulates the skins production of collagen to fill in the look of scars, fine lines and wrinkles and makes the complexion brighter and smoother.
If you have adult acne, retinol is your primary tool to fight acne and to slow the aging process!
AZA – The Unsung Hero?
It’s a mystery why some great skincare ingredients fly under the radar, despite plenty of research proving them worthy of your attention. AZA is one of those ingredients!
In the standard acne treatment listed above, derms’ second choice ingredient against acne is AZA.
AZA is very helpful in flattening existing pimples and diminishing the appearance post-acne marks⁴.
It also reduces skin sensitivity and improves skin texture⁵. In short, AZA is a must-have in your acne treatment.
Meet Clear Out – Effective, Gentle Solution for Clear Skin
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.
*We’ve combined the top two ingredients which derms use to fight acne (in the right percentages) to drive synergy. This means Clear Out is very effective in flushing out clogs while being gentle on sensitive skin. Over 50% of our users have sensitive or combination skin and they have no issues using Clear Out.
This unique formulation is a deadly combination that flattens active pimples and reduces future breakouts.
98% of people who use Clear Out see significant improvements. If you don’t see a noticeable improvement after using your first bottle of Clear Out, you can get a full refund through Clearly’s 90-day moneyback guarantee.
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Real People with REAL, Lasting Results
Clearly Basics has helped many adults 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 user’s stories below. These are users who have documented their entire acne journey on Instagram, including products they have used before they started Clearly Basics:
Toni (@xx.tonilumsden), a stylist from Hertfordshire 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!”
@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!”
Although Deanna (@deannaskin) saw minor progress by going vegan and using natural products, she saw the most improvement using Clear Out. Occasionally, she may get a flare up, but with Clear Out, it goes away quickly.
@deannaskin Individual results may vary
“At the moment, my skin looks a lot clearer and fresher than usual and I’ve gained so much more confidence after using Clear Out.”
“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.”
And many more reviews….
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!
Two best-in-class formulations to flush away dull skin, clogged pores and calm general redness. After a single set, you will see a noticeable improvement in skin tone and texture.
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!
Keep your skin clog-free and reduce the need for your skin to produce as much oil. After a single set, you will see a noticeable improvement in skin tone and less of an oily sheen.
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.
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:
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
Try Clear Out, Risk FREE!
If you finish an entire bottle and don’t see any results…
You’re entitled to a full refund within 90 days! T&Cs apply.
Try it with CONFIDENCE!
1. Christin Collier et al, 2008 : The prevalence of acne in adults 20 years and older
2. Kristina Liu & Janelle Nassim, 2019 : Adult acne: Understanding underlying causes and banishing breakouts
3. James Leyden et al, 2017 : Why Topical Retinoids Are Mainstay of Therapy for Acne
4. Nazzaro-Porro, et al : AZA in the treatment of acne
5. 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.
See what others have to say about Clearly Basics.
@fi_ding I just wanted to post my progress, firstly to thank Clearly for giving me my confidence back! I have suffered on and off with my skin for years, the contraceptive pill kept it under control for a long time but since stopping any hormonal contraception my skins been up and down like a yo-yo! I really didn’t want to go down the route of prescription oral medication, personal choice, so when I read about Clearly Basics (after ALOT of research) I decided to give it a go. Even after a few weeks I could tell a difference, and after a few months, the difference is huge! My skin was angry, painful and inflamed. Its now way way calmer, with only a couple of spots popping up around that time of the month. And I’m overjoyed with that! I next plan on tackling the red marks left behind so I can feel even more confident make up free. It does take time, but be patient, and consistent, and it will work! No foaming face washes seem to have helped for me too. Thanks again clearly 🤗😀
@mimandskin Thank you @clearlybasics for being on this journey with me for the past 5 months.
No more green concealer or green primer! My skin tone is so much better, I don’t use as much foundation as I once did, I don’t constantly worry I look like I have chicken pox and I feel much more confident within my skin!
The power duo really has been an absolute game changer for my skin and I’m so glad I’ve shared my results day in and day out so we could all see this progression.
@celesterobinson This company is honestly incredible! I have been struggling with really painful hormonal cystic acne for years. I was prescribed oral medication, but decided against taking it because of all the side effects. So I did some research and found Clearly Basics! I have been using the Power Duo for 3 months and the progress my skin has made has been amazing! It has cleared my skin without causing any irritation or sensitivity. I am finally at the stage where I can leave the house without makeup! My skin is clear!! The customer service is also very personal and efficient. I don’t have enough wonderful things to say about these products, they literally saved my skin.
@carliedaniel18 I have suffered with acne since i was 13, After years of medication, and spending absolutely £1000s on products that didn’t work i decided to try prescription oral medication, and it was the hardest 8 months of my life. I got all the side affects, and even though eventually it did clear my skin after being off it for just 3 months my skin got bad again especially hormonally!
I then came across clearly basics, although the reviews were good I was very reluctant as it wasn’t cheap and could be another dud that didn’t work! Eventually I gave in as I always do and it was the best decision ever! I can’t believe I hadn’t come across this sooner, my skin has cleared up so much. It’s made my skin soft and glowy as well, it genuinely is everything in a bottle!
@startingtolovemyself ✨Not a pimple in sight!!!✨
It’s been about 3 weeks since I started using @clearlybasics Clear Out, Lighten Up and the Protective Moisturizer (the Complete Trio) and my skin has improved so much and I definitely think it’s from the Clear Out formula most of all!
It really is a miracle in a bottle! I’m excited to see how my skin changes even more in the next few weeks and months using them!
@beas.bareskin Clearly Basics have been with me for about a week and I’m so happy I’ve been using their product!!!!!
My fave between these 3 is the “Lighten up” one because it has definitely helped with the redness! The redness on my cheeks are slowly dimming down and the texture of my skin is so soft and smooth.
You may not be able to tell cuz pictures don’t do it justice but if you were to have felt my skin before I used their products compared to now you can definitely feel the difference !!!
Individual results may vary