How 10 Women Around the World Finally Get Clear Skin

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 products, 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. 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.


Mim

Results may vary

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 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 @acneisntugly. Read more about her story here.

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ROUTINE UPDATE AM (top) PM (bottom) *The @clearlybasics toner is missing in the evening section as I’ve run out so can’t take a picture!* Please note I only use the @thebodyshop seaweed pore cleanser once a week and the @clearlybasics cleanser the rest of the time. I’ve also added my primer to my routine as it was a 🔥 question in my inbox. I also use @rejuviss 5-in-1 dermarolling kit every weekend to tackle my indented scars (I’ve used this for a couple of months now! I reviewed this against Banish too if you want to scroll through and find it). Use code MIM10 for 10% off! Don’t forget you can get 10% off @clearlybasics with the code ‘acneisntugly’. Out of everything I’ve tried over the 6 years I’ve battled acne on and off its by far stood out the most of being the most effective with no side effects (after the initial ‘purge’). I’ve used nothing but clearly (and I truly mean NOTHING! I was never on roacutane as people assume, I can’t go on it! And I’ve not been on any diets, medications or had any perscriptions) for 8 months now and it still exceeds my expectations! #skincare #skincareroutine #skinproducts #acneproducts #acnemanagement

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Toni

Results may vary

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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Never in my life did i imagine my skin would be this clear! @clearlybasics has completely transformed my skin! Having a strict skincare routine, and a good skincare brand is key to clearing your skin and having a healthy glow! My routine is as followed: (Morning☀️) step 1- wash face with the @clearlybasics cleanser to gently cleanse my skin🧖‍♀️ Step 2- tone my skin with the @clearlybasics toner to tighten my pores and prep skin for the next product🧖‍♀️ Step 3- apply @clearlybasics lighten up to reduce redness and fade scarring/post acne marks/pigmentation🤗 Step 4- apply @clearlybasics matte hydrator to moisturise my skin whilst keeping me shine free and matte all day long🥰 (Evening🌛) step 1- wash face with @clearlybasics cleanser🧖‍♀️ Step 2- tone skin with @clearlybasics toner🧖‍♀️ Step 3- apply @clearlybasics lighten up🤗 Step 4- apply @clearlybasics clear out in order to unclog my pores, flatten and clear any active acne i might have at the time🥰 Step 5- apply @clearlybasics protective moisturiser to protect and moisturize my skin❤ I aso use the @thebodyshop tea tree skin clearing clay mask 1-2 times a week as i really love how it makes my skin feel fresh after using!💫 Use code CLEARSKINEVERYDAY to recieve 10% off your @clearlybasics order online!!!❤link in bio❤💫 #clearlybasics #clearskin #skincare #skinpositivity #acnecommunity

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Kiana

Results may vary

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 @mysevereacneblog. She talks about the importance of the 3 ingredients (retinol, AZA & pracaxi oil) here.

Watch her IG story, skincare routine here.


Ella

 

Results may vary

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.


Alisha

 

Results may vary

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.


Deanna

Results may vary

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.


Bea

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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 scars. 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

Results may vary

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 scars.

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.


Emma

Results may vary

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 scars 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 @myacnepage. Read more about her story here.


Rhiannon

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Rhiannon, an actress from Hampshire, had recurrent breakouts on highly sensitive skin. She had visited her dermatologist numerous times but could not find a product that did not irritate her skin and cause further breakouts.

She stumbled across Clearly Basics and after chatting with Clearly via Messenger, Rhiannon was advised to use Clearly Basics’ Protective Moisturizer for two weeks before starting the Clear Out. The Moisturizer is loaded with peptides (the building blocks for your skin) that helped to strengthen her skin and reduce sensitivity.

After two weeks, Rhiannon was able to introduce the Clear Out and the results were tremendous. The texture of her skin improved dramatically and breakouts disappeared so quickly.

Rhiannon comments on her journey using the Clearly Basics Full Lineup on Instagram @rhicreations_.


Ellie

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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 scars) away.

Ellie’s personal Instagram is @ellshortx

References:
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.

@skinwithak @clearlybasics helped maintain my skin after prescription oral medication and honestly their products have helped so many, I get many DM’s thanking me for recommending Clearly Basics and how it’s helped them. If I knew about @clearlybasics prior to my course of prescription oral medication I would’ve definitely gone with using Clear Out for sure!

@pimpledgirl The 1st week was amazed! Fascinating skin texture, there were no stinging. The 2nd week were pretty same. The 3rd week – purging starred – bumpy skin, redness. The 4th week – same but I added #ProtectiveMoisturiser either from @clearlybasics and in three days redness was reduced. The 5-6th weeks – skin smoother, less red, breaking out badly. The 7-8th week – is it my skin? not red (even after washing as it used to be).

I’d say the amount of pustules has been reduced in 85%. I still have some tiny-tiny pimples and will keep going with mu treatment. • Honestly I’m very grateful to Clearly Basics • I’ll keep you updated.

@gemskin__ A little progress goes a long way! 🙌🏻 In the first picture I think my skin was purging from the first week of using @clearlybasics ‘Clear Out’. I believe I actually cried either before or after I took this photo, my skin was super painful and I felt so ugly and self conscious!

The second picture is 5 weeks after using Clear Out, just scarring (being helped by using Lighten Up) and no actives!
I’m so happy with the results so far using these products and they have been the only thing that has helped my skin!

@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 !!!

@amynuramira I have been struggling with acne for 10 years. This is by far the best product. I started out with brown pigmentation (acne marks) and a lot of tiny bumps of acne on my forehead, cheek and nose (kind of like sand paper). As soon as I started the Clear Out and Lighten Up, my acne bumps got smaller and smaller. My brown pigmentation began turning lighter (reddish pinkish).
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Initially, when I started using it, I didn’t really get a ‘purge’ it was just a small amount of break outs which went away in a few weeks. Now my hormonal break outs are not as terrible as before, they still appear but barely noticeable.
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My skin is acne free, pigmentation are still there but they’ve improved tremendously. The Clear Out does not dry out your skin at all, even when I apply makeup on, it’s not patchy.

@startingtolovemyself ✨Not a pimple in sight!!!✨

It’s been about 3 weeks since I started using @clearlybasics Clear Out, Lighten Up and the Protective Moisturizer (the Complete Trio) and my skin has improved so much and I definitely think it’s from the Clear Out formula most of all!

It really is a miracle in a bottle! I’m excited to see how my skin changes even more in the next few weeks and months using them!