For Acne-Prone Skin, It’s Time to Go on a Skincare Diet

Reduce the number of products you are using, if you have clogged pores or breakouts. It’s time to go back to the basics and focus on quality products effective at clearing clogs.

In the pursuit of glowing skin, it can be exhilarating to purchase the latest potions and lotions to get the clear, glossy skin of our Instagram dreams (think of the #shelfies!). But for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin, don’t load up on product. Rather, simplify and cull out products that have been ineffective at stopping breakouts from surfacing.

Specifically, when we layer on many different skincare products, we increase the chance of freaking our skin out with different ingredients that were not meant to be piled on together. This is doubly important in regards to anti-acne treatments and peels. If you over-do it with 2-3 anti-acne products, you’re likely doing more harm than good.

So what’s to be done when your skin is on the fritz?

Resist the urge to throw everything you have at it.

Press ‘reset’ on your skincare routine by putting away the products that aren’t working and simplify to three to four high-quality products that will get your skin back to a balanced and happy place.

What does that mean exactly?

Well from a dermatology point of view, the rules for good skincare are simple. Follow these basics tenants when picking your top skincare basics:

  1. Cleanse:

    Find a simple and gentle cleanser that will wash off the day’s grime, sweat, and pollution. If your skin is “squeaky clean” after washing your face, your cleanser is likely too strong.

    If your skin tends to be dry, look for a soap-free, cream-based cleanser. For oily skin, go for a foaming cleanser more effective at reducing the oil.

    Make sure not to use cleansers that have ‘anti-aging’ or ‘anti-acne’ components in it because they usually will contain acids (salicylic, glycolic, lactic) that strip your skin of oil while the acids are not left on your skin long enough to see the positive benefits.

  1. Treat:

    Keep one essential bottle that targets the skin concern and let that formulation do the heavy-lifting. For many, the essential ingredient should be retinol which helps keep your pores clear and skin dewy.

    We formulated a lotion so effective at stopping new breakouts that we tell an overwhelming majority of the new subscribers to use the Clear Out instead of signing up for our ClearlyRx subscription platform:

  2. Moisturize:

    Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. When your skin is well-quenched, it looks dewy and plump. Choose a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type:

    If your skin is normal or oily, use a serum-based formula that contains hyaluronic acid since it locks in the moisture you are already producing.

    If your skin is dry, look for cream-based moisturizers with peptides and antioxidants such as resveratrol and vitamin C. Again, opt for products that are fragrance and colorant free.

  1. Protect:

    In addition to retinol, virtually all doctors recommend a good sunblock to protect from damaging UV rays.

    If your skin is prone to breakouts, UV rays can quickly darken post-acne marks (hyperpigmentation). Look for a sunblock that is non-comedogenic with SPF35 or higher. Your skin will thank you for your efforts.

And that’s it! 3 steps in the evening and 4 steps in the morning. Stick to the same bottles and routine for at least 2-3 months to give your skin time to adjust, especially for the ‘treat’ step.

Skin takes time to show results and constantly changing or adding products will just create skincare whiplash.

Remember: More is NOT always better.

So if your skin is being finicky, breaking out or showing patches of irritation, get back to the skincare basics and focus on high quality products that are effective.


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@theclearskinroad My @clearlybasics update!! The photos on the left were October 2nd and the photos on the right were today (October 11th).

I’ve been using the Power Duo for Clearly Basics for about 2 months now, and now starting to see quick results! My favourite is the “Clear Out” 🤗 Loving the results and exciting to keep using Clearly products!

@myacnepage So there’s been some progress with my scarring🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼.

These are Clearly Basics results for 1 month of using the lighten up, you can use CODE EMMA for 10% off at the checkout (only if u want)

@xx.tonilumsden This is me 5 weeks into my skincare journey with @clearlybasics.

5 weeks ago, 5 months ago, and even 5 years ago, I had lost all hope for my skin and appearance. Now I have regained that hope and positivity because I know that I am using amazing skincare products by @clearlybasics that actually do work without being harsh on my skin.

Just because you feel like nothing is working doesn’t mean you should give up on hope.

@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.

@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 !!!

@gabriela.akrapovic Absolutely so happy with this product! My cheeks were congested and had so many breakouts and redness I didn’t know what to do anymore. I tried everything. I kept seeing ads showing up on my Facebook and Instagram and thought what the hell and decided to order the complete trio moisturizer pack. It came in cute packaging and the directions were clear.

I started using it two months ago and my God there is a lot of improvement!! My cheeks are less congested and red. I have mostly dark spots but the Lighten Up is definitely helping with that! I rarely get any big breakouts and even if a pimple starts to show the Clear Out stops it in it’s track. The Protective Moisturizer is great for my sensitive skin and helps keep my skin feel moisturized but doesn’t make my skin go oily. I definitely would recommend this product! Thanks Clearly Basics!!

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