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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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 !

❤️❤️❤️❤️

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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