How 10 Women Around the World Finally Get Clear Skin

How 10 Women Around the World Finally Get Clear Skin - Clearly Basics

Acne, the 8th most prevalent disease in the world, affects over 650 million people worldwide¹. Anyone who’s suffered from acne knows how painful or stressful it can be. Due to lack of education and lack of effective acne treatment products for women, acne is often left untreated, leading to atrophic scarring which is much harder to fix later in life.

There are many factors (direct & indirect) which can cause acne making it difficult to isolate a source and potentially expensive to treat. Do not be misled by content like “How to Get Clear Skin in a Week”.

Fortunately, clear skin is attainable WITHOUT going broke according to these women. By addressing the four factors that directly contribute to acne², they are able to see clearer skin and prevent breakouts.

Here are their stories.

Note: Their profiles on Instagram are linked so you can view their journey and DM them for questions.


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Mim, a teacher from Southampton, had suffered from hormonal cystic acne on combination skin for the past 6 years.

She spent thousands on products which claimed to be effective at stopping acne. When these masks, scrubs and cleansers failed to meet their claims, the fallback excuse would be due to “hormonal acne”, which can’t be controlled.

Mim starting taking contraceptives in an effort to regulate her hormones and she also took antibiotics and prescription topical creams but they did not have a lasting effect in slowing down the breakouts. She was left feeling resigned. "Why can't I get clear skin?" she questioned until...

She started using the Clear Out (originally designed to clear clogs on acne-prone skin) and noticed a difference almost immediately. Within a month, most of her actives were gone and she was only left with post-acne marks which covered her cheeks.

From the second month, the Lighten Up, started to make a significant difference in fading the appearance of her post-acne red marks and by the third month she had clear skin. For the first time in years, Mim has gone months without using green concealer and can go to work without makeup.

Mim has been exclusively using Clearly Basics. She logs her acne journey on Instagram @mimandskin. Read more about her story here.

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Skin still going strong 💪 Used the @clearlybasics cleanser, toner, clear out and protective moisturiser last night. This morning is all about the cleanser and matte hydrator 🥰 (I actually don't need to use the lighten up every single day now as my hyperpigmentation is gone!). Remember you can get 10% off with the code 'acneisntugly' 💷 (remember it has the money back guarantee if you need that little safety net). If you're worried at all or skeptical please see my journey on my account! I've used nothing but clearly basics for 7 months. No doctors, dermatologists, medication, diets or lifestyle changes. I'm as sharing my journey with trialling this product for those of us that can't go on roacutane and have hit rock bottom. I thought all my acne treatment routes were exhausted and had no other options as I'd tried it all. I began to accept my acne and accept that was how my skin would look. I'm not claiming clearly will clear your skin forever and 'cure' you. We can't cure acne. What I can tell you is, it's reduced my hyperpigmentation and redness completely and I haven't had a cyst in over 5 months. My breakouts have reduced significantly and they don't last as long on my face. My whole experience with acne has drastically changed. It's gone from severe to mild in under a year just from consistently using high quality ingredients. #skin #skincare #acne #healthyskin #happyskin #clearlybasics

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Toni, a stylist from Hertfordshire, has suffered from cystic acne for most of her life.

She had been to the doctors many times and was given creams and tablets which were harsh and burnt a layer off her skin. Instead, she put her trust in high street cosmetic brands but she never saw the progress she had hoped for (or paid for).

Desperate to find a solution, she turned to aestheticians who offered cutting edge treatments that promised the world: dermarollers, vampire facials, microdermabrasion… you name it and she has probably tried it. In total she had spent close to £5,000 in treatments that showed marginal results but her acne kept coming back.

When she stumbled onto Clearly Basics, she thought they were no different than the other brands. However, she was surprised to find how knowledgeable and responsive Clearly Basics is over chat. She was recommended the Complete Trio (Clear Out + Lighten Up + Protective Moisturizer) and decided to give it a try. Toni saw significant improvement in using the Trio and almost all her acne has cleared within the first set. She is only left with post-acne scarring.

Toni has been exclusively using Clearly Basics. Toni's personal Instagram is @xx.tonilumsden. Read more about her story here.


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Kiana, a data entry specialist from New Jersey, grew up with acne and hyperpigmentation on sensitive skin for most of her teenage and adult life.

Five different dermatologists had tried to treat her acne but they all fell short. She had committed to using “clean” products for a year, eliminating any chemical that could cause harm to her already damaged skin. While her skin responded positively to the natural ingredients, progress was very slow.

When she came across Clearly Basics, she was intrigued as skincare companies rarely use USP certified ingredients (highest grade).

Since she has very sensitive skin, Kiana first used the Clearly Basics' Protective Moisturizer for two weeks to help strengthen her skin and reduce sensitivity. Then she started to introduce the Clear Out slowly by applying every alternate evening. Within three months, she saw significant improvement in texture and the hyperpigmentation went away.

Kiana logs her acne journey on Instagram @thoughtsofhealing. She talks about the importance of the 3 ingredients (retinol, AZA & pracaxi oil) here.

Watch her IG story, skincare routine here.



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Ella, an aesthetician and a makeup artist from Manchester, developed adult-onset acne with a vengeance in 2015.

She was fully aware of the potential negative side effects of using prescription oral medication to control her acne (particularly on birth defects³), and was NOT willing to take the risk. So she opted for antibiotics and prescription creams instead.

Unfortunately, the creams were too strong for her, so she finally accepted prescription oral medication as her last resort in 2016 and went through a 6-month course of it. Fast forward to 2019, she never ever thought she would ever be able to feel confident in herself and with her skin again!

Ella is currently using the Clear Out's (2% retinol + AZA) to keep her skin less acne prone, improves the texture of her skin and slows down the aging process of her skin - giving her the natural glow.

She also loves the Protective Moisturizer as it is loaded with peptides, the building blocks of human skin that stimulate the skin to repair. As the skin strengthens, she sees a decrease in redness and sensitivity.

Ella logs her acne journey on Instagram @_myskinstory, dedicated to help those who struggle with their skin. Learn more about her AM/PM skincare routine here.



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Alisha, from Berkshire, developed severe acne when she was 15-years-old.

In her desperation to stop the pimples, she has tried every imaginable wash, soap, scrub, peel, mask, and lotion. Her bathroom cabinets were a graveyard of high end and on-trend products claiming to give her 'perfect skin'. Unfortunately, most of them only made her breakouts worsen.

Alisha then went through 3 rounds of prescription oral medication but her acne would always come back. She talks about the negative side effects from it and it should not be taken lightly.

"A lot of people always asking me what I do to maintain my skin after prescription oral medication. All I can say is ‘Clear Out’ by @clearlybasics is a Godsend ❤️ I started using Clear out after finishing my course of prescription oral medication and it has helped keep acne at bay. It doesn’t leave me overly dry or flakey which most retinol creams did. I wish I had used the Clear Out before using prescription oral medication."

The Clear Out has been very effective at keeping her clog free so that she can work on scar repair.

Alisha logs her acne journey on Instagram @skinwithak. Read more about her story here.


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Deanna, from Essex, had enjoyed clear skin throughout her teenage years but started to get adult-onset acne through her 20's. She tried every cosmetic, diet, and lifestyle change imaginable but could NEVER find anything that kept the spots away.

Over the summer, she was introduced the Power Duo (Clear Out + Lighten Up) into her routine and she noticed results within weeks:

"The texture of my skin is smoother, the redness is non-existent and scars are fading faster than ever (even quicker than using aloe vera). I rarely get new spots in my problematic areas and find my skin improving the more I use Clearly Basics" - Deanna

Regardless if she gets the occasional pimple, Deanna is now happy to leave the house with no makeup and her confidence has skyrocketed.

Deanna logs her acne journey on Instagram @deannaskin.


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Bea, a student from California, suffered from cystic acne on oily skin. She had used prescription medication, chemical peels and a long list of cosmetic brands in an effort to stop her breakouts but most of these products irritated her skin, resulting in even more breakouts.

Without insurance to cover visits to a dermatologist, Bea spent a lot of time following dermatologists on social media and found that gentler ingredients were more effective for her skin.

When the #acnecommunity started talking about Clearly Basics, Bea was intrigued that there was a product specifically targeted at red acne marks. Within the first Power Duo (Clear Out + Lighten Up) set, Bea had significantly reduced her new breakouts and any breakout that surfaced went away in days rather than weeks. Furthermore, the red scars on her face had virtually disappeared over the course of a month.

Bea logs her acne journey on Instagram @beas.bareskin.

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Skin update ✨ My skin looks so good ! I've had a few of my classmates tell me my skin texture looks so nice and even now 😊 . . If any of you are wondering what products I use that have been giving me positive results, swipe to see my AM and PM products using @clearlybasics . AM routine: I start of with cleanser and cleanse for about 60 seconds ( i read somewhere that 60 seconds is the proper amount of time but not less! But don't quote me on this 😅) . . 2. Dab a little bit of the Lighten Up mainly focusing on my cheeks and chin. The bottle may be small but it lasts a while! A little goes a long way as long as you're consistent 😉 . . 3. I quickly apply toner by putting some on my palms and press to my face. I haven't gotten around to but cotton pads lol so I work with what I have. 4. And to wrap everything up, I apply my matte moisturizer ✨ since my face is oily, the matte Hydrator is best for me :) . . . For P.M, I do everything above but I add in the Clear Out 🙌 the bottle is semi small but as I mentioned either the Lighten Up, a little goes a long way!!! . . . I also make sure I apply sunscreen energy morning especially after ive used Clear Out the night before. Skin may be more sensitive to the sun using retinol so its always good to apply sunscreen 🌞 plus you should be applying sunscreen DAILY anyways 🤷‍♀️

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Sarah, a nurse from Victoria, had struggled with cystic acne on oily skin for over 6 years.

She is fully aware of the potential negative side effects of using prescription oral medication to control her acne (birth defects, joint pain, eye infections, difficulty moving, blurred vision, mental depression, etc). Yet she contemplated using this medication as a last resort to stop the breakouts from coming.

Sarah came across Clearly Basics over Facebook and ordered the Complete Trio. In just two months into her first set, she saw significant progress. The Clear Out quickly flattened her existing cysts and the Lighten Up helped to fade the appearance of her red acne marks.

She is excited with her progress using the Trio set as she is well on her way to clear skin with Clearly Basics.

Sarah's personal Instagram is @sarah.c.papp.


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Emma, a student from Manchester, had struggled with severe acne for over 6 years.

She tried an endless list of skincare products and diets to no avail. After three years of breakouts, Emma managed to get off the wait list for a dermatologist. Antibiotics only made things worse but six hard months of oral prescription medication helped to calm down her cysts.

However, she was left with stubborn red acne marks and could not find a product to fade away the red scars. She used a number of acids, peels and cleaners which only irritated her skin, leaving her cheeks flushed and sensitive.

Then she stumbled upon Clearly Basics, and she was pleasantly surprised to find a formulation specifically designed for post-acne red marks. Within a month, the Lighten Up had significantly faded the appearance of her red scars.

“I started using Clearly Basics and now a lot of those spots have gone… no joke!! ❤️” - Emma.

Emma logs her acne journey on Instagram @by.emmataylor. Read more about her story here.


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Ellie, from Essex, has combination skin so it was hard to find products that could adapt to her skin. She also suffered from general redness and scarring that never seemed to go away.

She had heard about Clearly Basics through the #acnecommunity and was excited to use the Complete Trio. The Protective Moisturizer and Lighten Up helped to significantly reduce the redness on her face while the Clear Out helped to flush out her clogs.

Ellie continues to use the Protective Moisturizer and Lighten Up to work these (post-acne red marks) away.

Ellie's personal Instagram is @ellshortx

1. Reportlinker, 2018 : Global Acne Market Report for 2016-2026
2. Kristina Liu et al, 2019 : Adult acne: Understanding underlying causes and banishing breakouts
3. Birth Injury Guide, 2015

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See what others have to say about Clearly Basics.

Based on 26 reviews
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

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 !


not bad but I thought the formula has changed since what it was previously (i had it maybe 2 years ago) and I found it less effective now

Skin Type: Combination
This is the stuff.

So, long time sufferer of acne. Started when I was 12 and I'm 28 now still battling it. I've tried all kinds of different things to try and get it under control and besides birth control, nothing has helped long term. I never want to take birth control ever again and I just happened upon this brand and decided well, why not try? To my amazement, it has helped more than anything else I've tried, I'd say it has improved my skin to the level it was at when I took BC. Of course I still get pimples every now and then, and tiny flare ups during PMS but my skin is nowhere near as bad as it used to be. I highly recommend this company. To those who are considering trying this out, be aware that during the first week or so your skin will go through a purge and your acne will appear to get worse at first. Stick with it! Once that phase is over is when your skin will begin improving. I do need to use it every night for it to be fully effective, but even when I do forget, the pimples don't get too out of control. I just can't say enough good things about this product. It has helped my confidence improve immensely and I definitely recommend trying it to those who have skin as finicky as mine.

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

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!

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

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 :)

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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