The Best Skin Care Routine for Acne That Really Works

Easy 3-step regimen to clear, glowing skin.

When faced with a skincare problem, our first instinct is to attack. Attack the acne breakout. New face washes. New moisturizers. New peels and masks.

Pick and prod and overanalyze your skin. In a world that emphasizes quick fixes and new solutions, it is so difficult to do the thing that will actually help your skin– leave it alone.

Sounds crazy, right? Put away the multitude of products that you’ve been layering on for weeks in a frenzied attempt to solve the ever-challenging acne breakout.

The key to taking out your acne breakout is to simplify.

Simplify your skincare routine. When we layer on product after product, both old and new, our skin doesn’t have time to even comprehend, let alone heal from what’s being thrown its way.

Let us simplify your life. No one has time to worry about acne breakouts!

Ditch the 15-step skincare routine that is taking up your precious time and counterspace and trade it in for a 3-step routine that is sure to take out your acne breakout. Here’s how to do it:

1. Cleanse

While it is true that you want your kitchen sink or your tile floors to be squeaky clean, the last thing you want is a taut, dry, squeaky clean sensation after washing your face. Keep it simple.

Look for a cleanser that will wash off the results of a long day and restore your skin. It may be tempting to go for the cleansers that boast acne breakout-attacking effects, but resist.

We will deal with the acne breakout later. For now, stick to giving your face the gentle, comforting wash it deserves after a long day’s work.

Clearly’s Balancing Cleanser is a soap-free gel cleanser that thoroughly washes your face without stripping away the natural oils that keep your skin looking appropriately “glowy” and wonderful. Packed with a dermatologist-backed punch, the Balancing Cleanser does just the right amount of work.

Pro tip: If you’ve done your 3-step skincare routine the night before, sometimes the best thing to do for your acne breakout is to skip another wash in the morning. Let it breathe. Overnight your skin has produced some awesome natural oils – keep those around. It’s a scary thought, but it’s already been said – simplicity is key.

2. Take Out the Acne Breakout

It is time for what we’ve all been waiting for – taking out the acne breakout. Clear Out uses retinol, AZA and pracaxi oil to enact a three-pronged, power-packed attack on acne breakouts.

Don’t freak out, though, with the way this formulation works, it will trigger an exodus of dead skin and low-level breakouts that were already trapped beneath your skin.

Remember – patience is key. Give it time and it will clear those pores (money back guarantee).

BONUS ROUND: Before applying Clear Out, pop on a layer of Lighten Up. Nothing is more frustrating than the red marks that hang around whilst we are trying to deal with acne breakouts. Lighten Up is meant to deal with just that. Packed with essential oils, Lighten Up is an anti-redness formulation intended to minimize the appearance of pesky red marks.

Let Lighten Up and Clear Out be the one-two-punch that officially takes out your acne breakout.

3. Moisturize

As with all things in life, hydrate. It can never be said enough – hydration is key. In the same way that water tastes like the most wonderful and satisfying thing in the world following a great workout, moisturizer feels like the greatest thing in the world to your skin following a long day of looking beautiful. With that being said, choose the moisturizer that is perfect for your skin.

If your skin is on the normal or oily side, try using Matte Hydrator. It’s a formula that contains hyaluronic acid, which holds 1000x its weight in moisture – talk about a knock-out punch. Matte Hydrator is perfect for treating the pesky acne breakout because it delivers hydration without drowning your skin in heaviness and oil.

If your skin is on the drier side, try the Protective Moisturizer. A cream-based moisturizer overflowing with peptides and antioxidants (hello vitamin C!), this moisturizer delivers the perfect amount of hydration to repair, renew and rejuvenate your skin.

4. Protect

Okay, so we lied a little bit, there is one more step in your new skincare routine, but it is super important – we swear! In the morning, it is essential to protect your skin. Talk to your dermatologist about the perfect sunblock that will protect your skin from damaging UV rays. Spring is just around the corner and we all have spring fever. So, soak up that sunshine but keep your face protected.

Voila! That’s it. How do you feel? Satisfied, and a bit relieved? An easy, dermatologist-approved routine to take out your acne breakout.

Remember: consistency and simplicity are key.

Patience, dear friend, and we promise that your acne breakouts will be knocked out in no time.

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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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