I grew up with severe acne for most of my teenage and adult life. Five different dermatologists had tried to treat my acne but they all fell short.
“With my skin worsening each year, I tried every over the counter product that I could get my hands on. These products did little to help my skin.”
Five years into my hole trying to find a solution, I had an eureka moment realizing that I was only accumulating products with no real knowledge of my skin or the ingredients that I was attempting to treat it with.
One by one I picked up the products I had purchased and researched every ingredient listed.
I was disgusted by the fillers, fragrance and other irritants hidden inside fancy containers that dominated the shelves of every cosmetic and drugstore.
I had committed to using “clean” products for a year, eliminating any chemical that could cause harm to my already damaged skin. While my skin responded positively, progress was very slow.
Natural ingredients are great but can take twice as long as products with active ingredients such as retinol and salicylic-acid.
Through this season, I learned not to be afraid of chemicals but rather to focus on the quality and proof behind every ingredient being placed in my skincare.
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Individual results may vary
“To my surprise, I had seen amazing progress after just a single set!”
When I came across Clearly Basics, I was intrigued as skincare companies rarely use USP certified ingredients¹. These standards are normally used for prescription drugs or if USP ingredients are used, they are only sold in dermatologist’s offices and clinics.
I was also worried that highly concentrated ingredients would make my skin sensitive as I’ve already used many of the ingredients in the past and they burned my skin.
These are the 3 main ingredients that has helped me to clear my acne and fade away the hyperpigmentation that has plagued me over the years:
A derivative of Vitamin A², retinol was originally designed as an effective treatment against acne. However, skincare companies have raised the prices this ingredient so that it largely exists in high end anti-aging products.
Retinol accelerates the shedding of dead skin cells and fills out scars by stimulating the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid.
This ingredient³ is also not common in acne products but it is great because it reduces inflammation and targets the P. Acnes bacteria on your skin, helping to simultaneously reducing the appearance of existing red marks while also preventing future marks from surfacing.
A great deal of research⁴ has shown that AZA can significantly diminish the appearance of skin blemishes, help fade post-acne marks and other discolorations, refine skin’s surface, and reveal a more even skin tone. It can even reduce skin sensitivity and is compatible with any skin type.
3. Pracaxi Oil
Also rare to find in acne products, this tea tree oil⁵ is excellent at scar-repair and the reduction of redness. It works together with the two ingredients above to flatten existing marks and make your skin much less acne prone.
Individual results may vary
Since I have very sensitive skin, I first used the Protective Moisturizer for two weeks to help strengthen my skin and reduce sensitivity.
I then started to introduce the Clear Out slowly by applying only twice a week and then gradually stepping up to every evening application. Once I was able to use the Clear Out every evening, I saw a significant improvement texture and the hyperpigmentation went away.
How is Clearly Basics DIFFERENT from the other products (with the same ingredients) that I’ve used in the past?
I’ve come to realize that ingredients and formulation are equally important.
“A good base formulation is necessary to deliver the active ingredients to the correct layer of skin. And putting the right active ingredients in the right mix will enable the ingredients to drive better results with less side effects.”
In short, Clearly Basics’ products mix multiple active ingredients so they work in synergy. When combined in the right mix/concentrations, you can see significantly better results WITHOUT requiring visits to the dermatologist for prescription medication.
I’ve been able to take medical-grade ingredients even though I have very sensitive skin and the results speak for themselves!
Kiana Wallace is a data entry specialist from New Jersey, USA. Her Instagram page @thoughtsofhealing is dedicated to helping people obtain freedom from man made beauty standards as well as helping them heal mentally and physically from skin related turmoil. You can track her progress and the products that she has tried from her Instagram page.