8 Reviews

Dark Mark Defense

8 Reviews


Works together with Clear Out to banish post-acne brown scars, sun spots, age spots and melasma. 30ml bottle size

✓ Fades the appearance of post-acne brown scars
✓ Improves skin texture
✓ Reduces the chance of collecting stubborn brown pigmentation

Suitable for: All skin types.

Use only on melanin-related marks, if you also have post-acne red scars consider the Scar Repair Set to address both red and brown marks simultaneously.

Volume: 30ml | 1.01 fluid ounces. Each bottle is designed to last up to 6 months depending on the number of brown scars you have. That’s $0.3 per day.

If you have only a few post-acne brown scars, consider getting the smaller 15ml bottle:

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Dark Mark Defense will fade the appearance of brown scars faster when paired with Clear Out. Buy both items as a Duo set and save 8%:



Fading Brown Acne Scars

Deanna @deannaskin discusses how the Dark Mark Defense helped to banish her spots, post-acne scars and blemishes. She has been using it alongside with the Lighten Up and Clear Out since June 2019.


What to Expect With the Dark Mark Defense

Teacher Mim @mimandskin discusses how the Dark Mark Defense removed her stubborn brown acne scars, evened out her skin tone, brightened her skin complexion and how long it took to see results.

Individual results may vary


What makes Clearly Basics different?

We’ve taken products that are often EXCLUSIVELY sold in a dermatologist’s office at 3x the price and made it available for everyday consumers. We select USP certified ingredients when potency matters, but less expensive cosmetic grade ingredients when purity is not a concern.

The most frequent comment we get in our reviews is that users have tried everything and nothing has come close to the results they have seen with our formulations.

Why is the Dark Mark Defense different?

There are very few formulations on the market designed to fade the appearance of post-acne brown scars and even fewer formulations that are effective. Dark Mark Defense’s formulation is one that you can’t find anywhere else on the market and is the best in its class.

Key Ingredients

An anti-pigmenting agent, helps in reducing the appearance of post-acne brown scars, sun spots and age spots.


A derivative of the amino acid lysine, listed in the WHO’s list of Essential Medicines. It brightens the skin and fades the appearance of brown scars.


Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects against UV damage, calms and hydrates the skin.


Volume: 30ml, 1.01 fluid ounces.
Each bottle is designed to last up to 6 months depending on the number of post-acne brown scars present.

Full Ingredient List +

aqua, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone/vinyltrimethylsiloxysilicate crosspolymer, TXA, propylene glycol, 4nBR, tocopherol, glycerin, hydrogenated polydecene, trideceth-6, glyceryl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, PVM/MA copolymer, sodium polyacrylate, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium metabisulfite

Key Facts

Breakouts come and go but the brown post-acne mark can linger for up to two years. Dark Mark Defense (DMD) is our anti-brown formulation designed to fade the appearance of brown marks.

What it does:

DMD contains potent anti-pigmenting agents to fade the appearance of dark marks much faster. We’ve spent over a year working to maximize the synergies of the ingredients in this formulation:

  • 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.

What it is formulated without:

Fragrance-, colorant-, paraben-, lanolin-free. PETA certified vegan and cruelty-free. This non-comedogenic formulation is freshly made in Singapore and packed in airless bottles so there are minimal preservatives.

Application Instructions:

DMD is used both morning and evening as the first formulation after you have washed/used toner. It is a leave-in spot application formula that works throughout the day/night to fade those pesky brown scars. If you are using the Lighten Up alongside the DMD, they should be applied on different spots depending on the color of the scar. When used with the rest of our product line, here is the order of application:


  1. Wash your face / apply toner
  2. Lighten Up and/or DMD (spot treatment)
  3. Moisturizer/Hydrator, sunblock or other products you normally use


  1. Wash your face / apply toner
  2. Lighten Up and/or DMD (spot treatment)
  3. Clear Out (can only be applied at night)
  4. Moisturizer/Hydrator or other products you normally use

If there are products on this list that you normally do not use, please skip that step.

Customer Reviews

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    Sheenaz (verified owner)

    Basically I have been using the whole series for one year now and my skin has been so much clearer and better. I have a glow too and though i do get pimples, one or two, on and off, this whole series has made it so much easier to manage and made me happier.

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    Courtney (verified owner)

    This bottle of cream is amazing, have really noticed a HUGE difference since ive been using this. Very happy.

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    Jamie Conlon (verified owner)

    This product is great for those dark, stubborn marks!

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    Fiona (verified owner)

    Tiny bottle and very expensive – I did not think would last long but it actually has which is a nice surprise as I use it twice a day. It is definitely working to get rid of my melasma above my top lip – it is taking its time though – Its been about 3 months and I can still see it, albeit a lot less! Would love to be able to tell how much I have left in the bottle! Really impressed with CB customer service and delivary etc – could not fault them.

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    Jessica (verified owner)

    Takes a long time to work

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    MIRAGE (verified owner)

    My black marks seem to become clearer but not much. I know this process takes time, therefore I have to wait longer if see if there’s a real effect on my skin.

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    Bheshta A. (verified owner)

    I’m surprised by how effective this product is. My scars have really faded a lot and really quick!!

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    Laura C. (verified owner)

    Amazing cream, it has done miracles to my acne scars!

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    Celestine E. (verified owner)

    Definitely noticed a huge improvement in my dark spots and acne scaring – slow but promising 🙂

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    Stephanie S. (verified owner)

    Nice and light on the skin

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    Jessica (verified owner)

    Fades marks! Use as close to the skin as possible for best results

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    Bheshta Amiri (verified owner)

    Help fade my old scars

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    Megane (verified owner)

    Seems good but I prefer the Lighten Up !

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    Razmina B (verified owner)

    I am still waiting on results for this product. I use this along with lighten up

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    Sai P (verified owner)

    Light and effective.

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    Minh Pham (verified owner)


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    Simona (verified owner)

    I have been using the dark Mark defense for a few weeks and I can See a little bit of a difference as my skin seems to be more even. However I have not been using it long enough to see all the darker marks fade.
    It feels great on the skin so i will continue to use it.

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    emma Reynolds (verified owner)

    Helps with my dark marks.

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    Aishi (verified owner)

    I bought the smaller bottle and since i have a lot of dark scars i used it quite often and it ran out in 2-3 months. However, there were already a little improvement with my dark marks. Would get the bigger one the next time round 🙂

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    An (verified owner)

    I haven’t really start using the product yet

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See what others have to say about Clearly Basics.

@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 !!!

@clearupchels Guys after using clear out from @clearlybasics for over a month everyday I do truly believe it’s made a MASSIVE difference. My face is smoother, tone is more even and I do think the stubborn spots are going quicker.

I payed for this myself and have not been asked to do this post, I just think If it’ll help someone else why would I not shout about it!

@roxyrogan I have struggled with hormonal acne for over 1 year and had tried every face cream, scrub & peel you could find! When I started with Clearly Basics my skin started to clear within using the first bottle of ‘Clear Out’!

My skin is now on the road to recovery and I still use Clearly Basics ‘Clear Out, Protective Moisturizer and Lighten Up’ products every day! Highly recommend Clearly Basics to anyone who’s suffering from stubborn acne! 💛

@myfriendacne At first I thought that my skin was THE thing that changed the most. It clearly is seeing from the surface. And here must say a huuuuge thank you to @clearlybasics for supporting me and give me the opportunity to take care of my skin.

After I looked at my pictures from last year I was shocked how my attitude has changed towards myself. I love myself more. I accept my skin, my body and my inner self so much more than a year before where I had the feeling to be perfect to my own imaginations and for other people.

@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.

@aishx I have been using this product for the last 3 months and I swear by it!

My nasty pimps went away within days, my blemish marks were lightened and the size of my pores decreased drastically! In fact I feel that my skin brightened up a lot and my makeup looked smoother too!

Individual results may vary

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply the Dark Mark Defense (DMD)?

This is a gentle formula that is designed to be used 2x per day in the morning and evening. Apply as a spot treatment immediately on a freshly washed face in the same skincare step alongside the Lighten Up. The DMD is applied on brown scars whereas Lighten Up is applied on red scars so there should be little overlap. Apply the Clear Out or other lotions and cosmetics after applying the DMD. If you use toner, the DMD is applied immediately after applying your toner.

Can I use the DMD together with my moisturizer or other products?

Yes, the DMD can pair alongside other skincare products. The DMD should be applied after washing your face and applying toner but before you apply any other lotions or creams. It is a formulation that should be left on your skin all day or night.

Can I use the DMD as a spot treatment on an active lesion

The DMD is not designed to work on an active lesion. Only apply on marks after the redness has subsided and the pimple has flattened.

How long does it take to see noticeable results

Post-acne brown scars can take up to two years to fade away but the DMD can accelerate this process to six months. Brown scars take a much longer time to fade as compared to a red scar as melanin is embedded in a deeper layer of skin. Using the Clear Out will help accelerate the effects of the DMD

Can I use the DMD on my back and body

Yes, you can use the DMD on your back or body. It should only be used for brown post-acne marks. For red post-acne marks, please use the Lighten Up.

Is this product safe to use while pregnant or nursing

Yes, this product is safe to use while pregnant or nursing

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