Clearing Up Red Acne Marks and Brown Spots is Easier than You Think

Learn the most effective way to reduce the appearance of red or brown acne marks

Mim had struggled with acne for eight years. She was well into adulthood but the pimples never stopped.

She spent thousands on masks, scrubs, washes, and lotions which claimed to be effective at stopping acne - nothing worked.

The larger issue were the scars: red and brown marks lingered long after the pimple flattened.

Source: Instagram (@mimandskin)

"Before one scar would fade, a new pimple would surface. It was extremely frustrating and I couldn't find a product that would get rid of the acne scars." – Mim P.

What Causes Red Marks?

Inflammation occurs when the body increases blood flow to the tissue surrounding a clogged pore¹. It is the body’s natural response in fending off bacterial infection.

After the pimple has flattened, it normally takes 8 to 12 weeks for blood vessels to shrink back to its original size. The residual blood and dilated blood vessels cause the red mark and it is important to fade these red marks quickly.

The longer red marks linger, they get exposed to UV light, collect melanin and become stubborn brown marks.

In desperation, we've probably had this thought many times …


So I Need Scrubs, Peels and Masks…?

 

We've seen many "skin gurus" on YouTube push a scrub, peel, mask or facial to treat scars — only to end up with deeper red marks.

Scrubs and peels are abrasive and the rubbing/peeling action brings inflammation into the skin. This blood flow will darken your red marks and thwart your body's efforts in dissipating blood.

Tip: Avoid facials that involve hot towels or steam. This also brings blood into the skin that will darken red acne marks.

Masks contain ingredients that help soothe the skin and dissipate blood. However, often masks DON'T STAY on your skin long enough to make a difference!

Instead, use a leave-in spot treatment that soaks for many hours into the skin.

Botanicals vs. Synthetic

Clearly's pharmacists vetted thousands of combinations of botanical and synthetic ingredients in order to find the most effective mix.

What we found is that natural botanical complexes are far more EFFECTIVE in soothing the skin as compared to synthetic ingredients2.

Using three botanicals, we created Lighten Up — a spot treatment for red post-acne marks that dissipates residual blood and reduces the appearance of dilated blood vessels:

  • Marigold flower improves your skin texture/tone.
  • Chamomile flower promotes healing and acts as a soothing agent.
  • Tea tree oil soothes redness and fades the appearances of post-acne red marks.

Apply Lighten Up both morning and evening and you should see a significant reduction within a month. The lotion does not clog pores and does not irritate sensitive skin.


A Different Tool for Brown Acne Marks?

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It is important to fade red marks quickly as it reduces the chance of UV exposure. When red marks are exposed to UV, they quickly collect melanin and turn into brown marks3.

These dark spots are more stubborn than red marks and can last up to two years on most skin types. To fade them, use the Dark Mark Defense (DMD). This formulation penetrates deeper into the epidermis where melanin is buried.

DMD contains potent pigment-regulating agents* that fade the appearance of dark spots much faster.

  • 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.

*Each active ingredient inside DMD is well researched by the medical community. Its effectiveness is further amplified by mixing the ingredients together in the right percentages. You won't find this unique mix anywhere else.

DMD works on post-acne brown marks, sun spots, age spots and melasma. You will see good improvement within three months of continuous use and a significant improvement after six months of use:


Don't know what type of acne scars you have? Generally red marks linger for three months so if you have a mark that lasts longer than three months, it is likely a brown acne scar. Questions? 👉 Click here for a FREE personalized assessment 💬.


What More Can I Do to Prevent Acne Scars4?

  1. First, prevention is key get rid of the clog and there is no acne. If you don't have new breakouts, you won't have new acne scars or marks.

  2. Second, resist the urge to pick at your pimples. Picking at your pimples increases the chances of inflammation, bacterial complications and permanent damage (atrophic scarring*) to the tissue surrounding your pores.

  3. Third, make sure to apply sunblock SPF35 or higher whenever you are outdoors as a red scar can easily turn brown with exposure to UV light.

*An atrophic scar is an indented scar that heals below the normal layer of skin tissue. They form when the skin is unable to regenerate tissue. As a result, it leaves behind indentations in the skin.

Types of atrophic acne scars. Source: WebMD

To learn more about atrophic scars and how to get rid of them quickly and safely, sign up for the FREE toolkit below:

Win the War Against Acne

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Of course, the best way to prevent acne scars is to stop new acne.

Doing this is easier than you might think. You don’t need a six-step procedure involving scrubbing and steaming. (Don't scrub or steam as it will further inflame your acne and leave deeper red marks)!

You just need a single lotion that is effective at penetrating into the pore to flush out dead skin trapped inside. If the dead skin does not accumulate inside the pore, clogs are much harder to form.

 

If you look at the algorithm dermatologists use5 to treat acne, the first choice in treating acne is a retinoid followed by an AZA lotion. Both ingredients flush out dead skin and are a deadly combination when working together.

Clear Out combines both pharma-grade retinol and AZA into a single bottle.

This unique combination of ingredients has been balanced to maximize effectiveness. The active ingredients work together to drive better results with less side effects*.

*Over 50% of our users have sensitive skin and they have no issues using Clear Out. This formulation is gentle, yet very effective in flushing out clogs.

Pair Lighten Up with Clear Out in order to clear clogs and reduce redness simultaneously:

Clear Out carries a 90-day money back guarantee so if you don’t see a noticeable improvement after using the entire bottle, you will get a full refund. T&Cs apply.

What People Are Saying About Clearly Basics ...

Clearly Basics has helped many people 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 but damage her skin …

Then she discovered 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!”


Alisha (@skinwithak) suffered from severe acne and went through three rounds of oral medications before discovering Clear Out:

alisha

 

@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!"


Or Ella (@_myskinstory), an aesthetician and a makeup artist who loves using Clear Out to keep her skin less acne-prone.

"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."


Bea (@beas.bareskin), a student from California, who has tried almost everything...

Ranging from prescription medication, chemical peels to a long list of brands (Clean & Clear, Clearasil, Proactiv, St. Ives, etc.)

...which resulted in even more breakouts, until she found Clearly Basics.

@beas.bareskin Individual results may vary

"My skin looks so good now! I've had a few of my classmates tell me my skin texture looks so nice and even now. 😊"


And many more reviews from Google ...


Try It, 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.

Get Clear Out and give it a TRY!


References:
1. Deirdre Connolly et al, 2017 : Acne Scarring—Pathogenesis, Evaluation, and Treatment Options
2. Alison F. Stallings et al, 2009 : Practical Uses of Botanicals in Skin Care
3. Paula Begoun : Postinflammatory Hyperpigmentation
4. Fabbrocini G et al, 2018 : Evaluation, Prevention, and Management of Acne Scars: Issues, Strategies, and Enhanced Outcomes
5. Christine Nguyen, 2018 : Acne treatment algorithm suggested by Gollnick et al - Mild Moderate and Severe Acne

Disclaimer:

Nothing on this article should be interpreted as personal medical advice. For medical related matters, please consult with your dermatologist.

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Skin Type: Normal
Comments: Any ideas on how to get rid of brown skin damage
Skin defence

Marks of sun damage are still there they haven't faded much after using twice a day for 60 days. . I will continue until product is finished. I'm a bit disappointed

Skin Type: Combination

I am so happy that I stumbled upon clearly basics on instagram. I was skeptical at first but decided to give it a try and bought clear out clarifying lotion. It's been 2 months and my skin has improved a lot. I can see significant reduction in pores and acne.

Skin Type: Combination
Amazing

After years of medication and products, I decided to try clearly basics. In just 6 weeks my skin has calmed and I am now able to treat scarring.

So glad to have found these products!

Finding products that helped to control my acne without irritating my sensitive skin has always been a huge challenge. The clearly basics products have been my saviour, I can't recommend them enough ☺️

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Excellent and actually works

I am so incredibly impressed with the TLC for pore minimising - it 💯 works and has transformed my skin.

I’m in my 50’s and always had hormonal flare ups with larger pores as I age - this is a game changer and have just reordered my 3rd bottle !

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Skin Type: Sensitive / Dry
The only moisturiser I trust

I am super sensitive and this is the only moisturiser that I trust honestly incredible.

Skin Type: Combination
Amazing!

I use this product and with the clear out and it has really helped my hormonal acne.

Skin Type: Sensitive / Dry
Here one day, gone the next!

After success with Clearly Basics for my acne scars, I stocked up with all of the active acne products to prepare myself for how angry my acne would get when going off hormonal birth control. I have tried and failed twice as my acne comes back so bad that I just start taking it again. This time I have been using clearly basics without fail every day (lighten up and clear out). I have had 3 pimples start to form and I use ‘Stop Spot’ and the next day instead of a much redder, much angrier pimple with a big white head - the pimple is gone! I have been very happy with this product. I’m one month down (typically when acne gets the worst) - let’s do this!

I love that these products are gentle on my daughter skin.

This skin care routine is the o lay one that has helped clear up my daughters skin.

My daughters skin is really starting to look better!

Skin Type: Oily
So far so good

Bought this for my daughter that has struggled with acne for years. She has seen improvement and less frequent breakouts.

Best moisturizer I have found!

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Lighten Up Redness Rescue Cream
Veronica Ilenya Ranieri
Skin Type: Sensitive / Dry
Perfect

Has changed my skin from acne pro to almost perfect 😍😍

Skin Type: Combination
Obsessed !!

Obsessed with this cleanser!! It left me feeling fresh and prevented break outs. It is incredible . Loved this product so much

My skin feels so soft after using this moisturiser!

My skin feels so soft after using this moisturiser!

Skin Type: Combination
Fresh and clean!

My face is filled with energy and feels so fresh and clean!

Skin Type: Normal
excellent item!

have been using this for years! so good for my skin :)

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So Fresh pH Balancing Cleanser
Carmelinda Di Manno
Skin Type: Combination
Fresh Feeling

My skin feels so clean and still hydrated when I use this cleanser. It’s balancing and refreshing. My skin has responded really well to it and at times my skin can be sensitive. I highly recommend this product to anyone with relatively oily t-zone area

Skin Type: Combination
Very happy!

Love the texture, the minty scent and the lather.
I wish the bottles were a bit bigger HOWEVER they are just small enough to fly with.

Skin Type: Normal
Comments: The only thing I now need to use to keep my skin clear.
The holy grail for clearing hormonal acne.

This is the only product that I have needed to keep my skin clear since discovering it about 2 years ago, after suddenly developing cystic hormonal acne at the age of 25. I now only need to use it every second night, so it's incredibly affordable. It has also never irritated my sensitive skin and it has faded previous acne marks to truly clear my skin. After years of trying expensive supplements/products/harsh prescription creams, Clear Out was the only thing that gave me long-lasting results.

Skin Type: Oily
Clearly Basics is the only product that has helped my Adult Acne

I have always struggled with dehydrated acne prone skin. Every month like clockwork I would get a new breakout on my chin or cheek area. These included large cystic acne that by the time they came to a head would take me months to clear. With new breakouts each month this created more & more spots before the first could heal leaving more hyper pigmentation spots that never have time to clear. Clearly basics changed all that for me. It gave my skin a chance to heal and reduced the number of breakouts each month. When I do get a new breakout it resolves itself quickly with less scarring and redness. Now that the acne is under control the products are helping to eliminate the remaining hyper pigmentation spots left from years of acne. I have not been using the product for long but I will continuing relying on this product and look forward to the day I can happily look in the mirror at a smooth clear & even complexion some day soon.

Skin Type: Combination
Comments: Product consistency in terms of smoothness/coarseness/stickiness/ is sometimes a miss, don't believe it affects the result provided.
Great Combo

Have seen great improvements by using these 2 items concurrently, hard to fault and wil continue purchasing.

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