88 Reviews

Lighten Up

88 Reviews


Bye Bye Post-Acne Red Scars with Calendula + Chamomile

✅ Fades the appearance of post-acne red scars/marks
✅ Reduces the chance of collecting stubborn brown pigmentation
✅ Fosters healing

Suitable for: All skin types.

Volume: 15ml | 0.5 fluid ounces. Each bottle is designed to last 3 months but varies based on the number of red scars present.

Lighten Up is much more effective when paired with Clear Out. Buy both items as a Power Duo set and save 8%:

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If you are easily prone to blushing/flushing red, consider the Protective Moisturizer + Lighten Up to reduce general redness.

If you have post-acne brown scars, sun spots & age spots, consider the Scar repair set to address both red and brown scars simultaneously.

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Fading the Appearance of Acne Red Scars/Marks

Influencer Emma @by.emmataylor discusses how Lighten Up removed her deep acne red scars. She also discusses how long it takes to see results.


Saving Money With Less Makeup

Teacher Mim @mimandskin explains how to use Lighten Up alongside Clear Out as a Power Duo set, and how they work together to reduce redness.

Individual results may vary with all before/after images


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 and affordable 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 Lighten Up different?

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

Ingredient synergy is the reason why our products are more effective than other products may which may also contain similar ingredients. All Clearly Basics products contain medical grade ingredients + synergy + botanical complexes that balance the formulations so that they do not irritate your skin.

Key Ingredients


A natural oil extracted from marigold flowers, calendula is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin against environmental damage.

  • Powerful antioxidant that improves skin texure and tone
    Dr Kim et al, 2018
  • Calms skin
    Calendula contains flavonoids and triterpene derivatives which calm the skin. Dr Dawid-Pac, 2013


An essential oil extracted from chamomile flowers, bisabolol is an excellent anti-irritant, soothing agent & a humectant to lock in skin’s natural moisture.


Pracaxi Oil

This tea tree oil found in the Amazon is an age-old remedy used to promote healing and soothe redness. Banov et al, 2014


Volume: 15ml, 0.5 fluid ounces.
Each bottle is designed to last up to 3 months depending on the number of post-acne red scars present.

Full Ingredient List +

water, cyclomethicone, alpha-bisabolol, glycerin, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, pentaclethra macroloba seed oil, isohexadecane, polysorbate 80, polysorbate 20, propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, acrylamide/sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin

Key Facts

Breakouts come and go but the red post-acne mark can linger much longer. Lighten Up is our anti-redness formulation designed to fade the appearance of red marks after the breakout has subsided.

What it does:

Packed with essential oils. The Lighten Up uses –

  • Pracaxi oil creates a healing barrier over your skin.
  • Bisabolol soothes the skin and reduces redness.
  • Calendula is a natural anti-microbial that is loaded with anti-oxidants that protect your skin.

What it is formulated without:

Fragrance-, colorant-, paraben-, and 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:

Lighten Up 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 red scars. If you are using Lighten Up alongside the rest of our product line, here is the order of application:


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


  1. Wash your face / apply toner
  2. Lighten Up (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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    Dominik S. (verified owner)

    If you have acne red spots you gotta try this. I really like it because the consistency is really good and it helps to fade those spots if you use it.

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    Ana T. (verified owner)

    This product really helps to fade the appearance of scars I get due to hormonal break outs

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    Stephanie (verified owner)

    Reduces the red marks from pimples on my face quite alot! Feels amazing especially if my skin is feeling a bit irritated too, just calms my skin and feels alot more comfortable!

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    Jamie Conlon (verified owner)

    I use this every day, twice a day. Helps to reduce red scars.

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    Madelyn E. (verified owner)

    The lighten up has been amazing! Even though it comes in such a tiny little container, a lot goes a long way, and it has lasted me a while. It has definitely helped my weird skin redness to go away, and has been helpful in fighting breakouts. I was having all these weird problems with unnatural redness around my eyes, and this has made it go away completely. I am pleased with this product.

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    Jade (verified owner)

    Lovely texture does not sit heavy on your skin, shame the bottle is not bigger but I understand this is due to expiry of ingredients and the bottle lasts ages as you do not need a lot!

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    Amelia (verified owner)

    Between a combination of Lighten Up and wearing 30 SPF sunscreen daily on my face, I believe it is slowly helping my hyperpigmentation. Trying for another 3 months to see how much it will improve.

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    emma Reynolds (verified owner)

    Has helped my red marks so much.

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  9. Elaine (verified owner)

    Amazing product!

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    Jessica (verified owner)

    Works well to reduce redness

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    Bheshta A. (verified owner)

    I absolutely love thisssss

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    Deborah C.

    Even though this product is small, it packs a punch! It works slowly but I found it effective with lightening up my post-acne hyperpigmentation scars. It can run out fast (when used in the power duo) so I had to order another bottle! I have noticed a difference with my skin using this product.

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    Maeva L. (verified owner)

    This product is amazing to reduce my red marks. It works really well!

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    Celestine E. (verified owner)

    works good!

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    CECILE C. (verified owner)

    I can not really say if it is individually efficient or not, but the full routine Lighten up + Clear Out + Moisturizer had a positive impact on my skin.

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    Stacy (verified owner)

    It is working great

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    Jessica (verified owner)

    Amazing! does the job I have seen so much different in my skin and I am really happy with the results. I will be definitely be ordering from here again soon.

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    Khairunnisa K. (verified owner)

    I have been using for quite sometimes and it really helps to lighten those acne scars.

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    Laury (verified owner)

    Aide vraiment à réduire la rougeur et les cicatrices laissées par d anciens boutons. Je n ai rien trouvé de comparable sur le marché! Ça marche vraiment, mais il vous faudra être patient! Ça pris au moins 3 mois dans mon cas.

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    Petra (verified owner)

    Lighten up really helped me with red acne marks

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    Stephanie S. (verified owner)

    Works well overall

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    Bheshta Amiri (verified owner)

    Cant live without this gem

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    Jessica (verified owner)

    Amazing products, does its job will definitely be ordering some again soon. Thank you

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    maggie walker (verified owner)

    Love this stuff!

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See what others have to say about Clearly Basics.

@brittaneyshanae I swear the Power Duo (Clear Out and Lighten Up) are a GOD-send! I’ve been using both consistently for 3 months now and my skin has NEVER looked or felt better! I haven’t experienced a breakout since March and more than 80% of my hyperpigmentation is GONE!

I’m so grateful to have finally found a product that actually works for my skin!

If you’re dealing with acne breakouts and hyperpigmentation, you should def research Clearly Basics.

Michaela Holzhuter I’ve struggled with adult acne for years. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars trying to grab at the next promise for clear skin. Clearly Basics is the first brand that actually worked for me! It’s simple (it actually decreased the time I was spending caring for my skin), it’s scale-able (buy one product or by seven!), and it works. I couldn’t be happier with this product and the continuous progress it has provided!

@charlaurenbaker I have suffered with adult acne for 2 years, after spending hundreds of pounds on skincare I finally found something that worked for me! Clearly Basics Clear Out has worked wonders on clearing my hormonal acne without it feeling irritated and dry! I have been using Clearly Basics for 14 months now and I couldn’t be without it! I’ve finally got my confidence back to go out without makeup. The results are incredible!

@megdaviesx I’ve suffered with acne since I was 12 years old. Now at 25 I just accepted that I’d always have acne prone skin. When I came across Clearly, I had pretty much run out of hope, thinking ‘well why the hell not give it a go!’.

Only 2 months into my new routine, and I can’t believe this is my skin!! I am happy to go out of the house without makeup on but doing makeup isn’t a chore anymore either. My confidence has grown and I can’t believe I didn’t find Clearly sooner!

@beatlebarbs Hey guys! So I rarely write reviews, but I’m going make an exception, because it literally changed my life (what a cliche I know).

I’ve suffered from acne pretty much my whole life. I’m generally a happy and optimistic person, or at least I try to be, but acne made it impossible for me. It got to a point where I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror without crying. I didn’t wanna go out or even meet my friends. My self confidence was nonexistent. I had severe anxieties and break downs. I sought the help of a GP and dermatologist but nothing worked. Antibiotics made it even worse.

Then I read about the Clear Out and the reviews were great. Still a bit skeptical, I decided to give it a shot and thank God I did. My skin improved drastically and even though I still get a pimple or two every now and then, I am overall very happy with the results.

@gemskin__ A little progress goes a long way! 🙌🏻 In the first picture I think my skin was purging from the first week of using @clearlybasics ‘Clear Out’. I believe I actually cried either before or after I took this photo, my skin was super painful and I felt so ugly and self conscious!

The second picture is 5 weeks after using Clear Out, just scarring (being helped by using Lighten Up) and no actives!
I’m so happy with the results so far using these products and they have been the only thing that has helped my skin!

Individual results may vary

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply Lighten Up?

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. Apply Clear Out or other lotions and cosmetics after applying the Lighten Up. If you use toner, Lighten Up is applied immediately after applying your toner.

Can I use Lighten Up together with my moisturizer or other products?

Yes, Lighten Up can pair alongside other skincare products. Lighten Up 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 Lighten up as a spot treatment on an active lesion

Lighten Up is not designed to work on an active lesion. Only apply on marks after the inflammation has subsided.

Can I use this product if I have oily skin

Lighten Up lotion absorbs quickly with a matte finish and was designed for oily skin. The three essential oils in this formulation have been carefully blended so that benefits far outweigh the risk of a potential clog. While all oils will have some rating on the comedogenic scale, the three essential oils in this formulation are neutral or low on the comedogenic scale.

Can I use the Lighten Up on my back and body

Yes, you can use Lighten Up on your back or body. It should only be used for red post-acne marks. For brown post-acne marks, we will be releasing a formula later this year to address this type of scar

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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