“Existing pimple marks are gone. New marks are a lot less red and they fade a lot faster.” Grace M.
“If you have acne red spots you gotta try this. Really good at fading those spots as long as you use it.” Dominik S.
“Lighten Up immediately made a difference on a lingering red spot on my forehead. Highly recommend!” Caroline H.
“Lighten Up really helps to fade the appearance of scars I get due to hormonal break outs.” Ana T.
“Reduces red marks quite alot! It also calms my skin and makes it feel alot more comfortable!” Stephanie P.
“My face is noticeably clearer, smoother and less red. It has drastically improved my confidence too.” Lisa B.
“I have seen so much difference in my skin and I am really happy with the results. Amazing!” Jessica G.
“For 3 years I suffered with cystic acne. This was the only product that helped with my redness.” Razmina B.
“I’d say this is a STAR product. Worked nicely, even for my old acne marks. “ John P.
“This product has worked so well on fading my stubborn acne marks in a short amount of time!” Brianna M
“It has done wonders for my skin. The red marks fade quicker and if I do get a spot it heals it quicker.” Charlotte T.
Lighten Up is our answer to stubborn red marks that linger long after the breakout has subsided.
- Fosters healing
- Soothes and nurtures the skin
- Reduces the chance of collecting stubborn brown pigmentation
This is a companion product to Clear Out. Get Clear Out first before getting Lighten Up.
With the two formulations at work, you should see a significant reduction in the appearance of post-acne red marks after five weeks of use.
Each 15ml bottle is designed to last 3 months but varies widely based on the number of red marks present. That’s $0.4 per day for 3 active ingredients.
Lighten Up is much more effective when paired with Clear Out. Buy both items as a Power Duo set and save 8%
or get a recommended set for extra savings.
Saving Money With Less Makeup
Mim @mimandskin explains how to use Lighten Up alongside Clear Out as a Power Duo set, and how they work together to calm redness.
Fading the Appearance of Acne Red Scars/Marks
Emma @by.emmataylor discusses how Lighten Up reduced her post-acne red marks. She also discusses how long it takes to see results.
Why is Lighten Up different?
There are very few formulations on the market designed to fade the appearance of post-acne marks 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.
A natural oil extracted from marigold flowers, calendula is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin against environmental damage.
An essential oil extracted from chamomile flowers, bisabolol is an excellent anti-irritant, soothing agent & a humectant to lock in skin’s natural moisture.
This tea tree oil found in the Amazon is an age-old remedy used to promote healing and soothe redness. Banov et al, 2014
- Fades the appearance of post-acne marks
Teixeira et al, 2012
By hydrating the lesion, the skin does not need to produce extra collagen that may lead to textured scarring. Banov et al, 2014
- Keeping the surface clean
As a tea tree oil, pracaxi is effective in keeping open lesions clean. Dr Guimaraes & Dr Cunha, 2016
Volume: 15ml, 0.5 fluid ounces.
Each bottle is designed to last up to 3 months depending on the number of post-acne red marks present.
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
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 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.
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 use USP certified medical grade 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.
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:
- Wash your face / apply toner
- Lighten Up (spot treatment)
- Moisturizer/Hydrator, sunblock or other products you normally use
- Wash your face / apply toner
- Lighten Up (spot treatment)
- Clear Out (can only be applied at night)
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply Lighten Up?
Can I use Lighten Up together with my moisturizer or other products?
Can I use Lighten up as a spot treatment on an active lesion
Can I use this product if I have oily skin
Can I use the Lighten Up on my back and body
Is this product safe to use while pregnant or nursing
I have more questions outside of this FAQ
See what others have to say about Clearly Basics.
@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.
@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 !!!
@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!
@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!
@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.
@_myskinstory 😭 I feel like I’m an addict and someone has taken away my drugs 😂
Saturday night I came to the end of my @clearlybasics Clear Out bottle. After consistently applying it every night for 3 months along side Niacinamide & Zinc so last night I had nothing to apply. (Right picture: a few days previous. Left picture: This morning) As soon as I woke up I knew it different feel great! 😭
Regardless off the other amazing benefits that a 2% Retinol & AZA has; I JUST WANT MY GLOW BACK!! I’ll dedicate my next post to the ingredients and how they ‘clearly’ work!!
Individual results may vary with all before/after images on this page