Mim spent years and several thousands trying to clear up her acne to no avail before she found success with two ingredients.
I am a primary school teacher and I had suffered from clogged pores for the past 8 years. It was mentally exhausting to constantly think that my students would mistaken my acne for chicken pox.
“It was a knock on my confidence to cover my marks with makeup everyday but it was necessary as young children didn’t understand what acne was. My students would often ask me why I was so dotty and mistaken my acne for chicken pox.”
Source: Instagram (@mimandskin)
I’ve spent thousands on masks, scrubs, washes, and lotions which claimed to be effective at stopping acne. When they failed to meet their claims, the fallback excuse would be due to “hormonal acne”, which can’t be controlled.
I started taking contraceptives in an effort to regulate my hormones and I also took antibiotics but they did not have a lasting effect to slow down the breakouts.
Prescription topical retinoid lotions have been too harsh to apply to my skin (overdrying and forcing my skin to go into overdrive to produce oil, leading to more breakouts).
“I had been to the doctors several times and was given antibiotics and prescription topical creams which were harsh and burnt a layer off my skin. The over-drying effect caused my skin to overcompensate by producing extra oil, leaving my face constantly with an oily sheen. I even tried cutting out refined sugars and dairy and it didn’t work.” – Mim P.
Once I’ve stopped using prescription topical lotion and antibiotics, I started using Clear Out and noticed a difference almost immediately. It contains retinol (a gentler variant of retinoids) and AZA that flushes out dead skin trapped inside the pore.
However, Clear Out is gentle and didn’t cause overdrying or stinging that I had experienced with the prescription topical lotion.
To understand why retinol and AZA work, let’s turn to the experts.
Best Acne-Fighting Ingredients Used By Dermatologists?
Looking at the playbook which dermatologists use to treat acne, retinoids1 are the dermatologist’s first choice for treatment followed by AZA2.
Extensive studies have shown that they work by simultaneously flattening existing pimples while making it harder for future clogs to form3 with less side effects and without overdrying the skin.
Combining BOTH retinol + AZA as a pair to attack acne from multiple fronts will help to stop even the most stubborn adult acne.
“Within a month, most of my actives were gone and I was only left with post-acne red marks.”
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I had been misinformed in the past that the post-acne marks I had were lasting scars and the only way to get rid of them was to use dermaroller needles to my face.
I didn’t want to risk permanent scarring from needling at home and visiting an aesthetician was out of the question since they charged up to $1000 for the session.
“I couldn’t find a skincare brand that made a topical lotion effective in fading post-acne red marks but Clearly Basics made a formulation for me!”
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The Lighten Up uses essential oils to reduce the appearance of post-acne red marks and it made a significant difference.
For the first time in years, I’ve gone weeks without using green concealer and can go to work without makeup.
“I’m a lot happier and confident. The Lighten Up has saved me so much money as I no longer need to buy expensive foundation to cover up my marks.”
I was worried that I would get breakouts just before my period but was pleasantly surprised when I remained clog-free due to the Clear Out.
Many have asked how I beat acne: I only use very few products in my skincare routine.
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ROUTINE ROUTINE ROUTINE. AM: I’ve run out of the @clearlybasics cleanser but I have recently found this @beautykitchen revitalising gel cleanser which I’m falling in love with! It’s very different to what I’m use too but it doesn’t leave my skin dry, tight or irritated which is a rare find. My face looks quite matte after using this and my skin feels soft! I use the @clearlybasics lighten up and dark mark defense on the reddest and darkest points on my face and I know the Clear Out has the rest covered! And finally the matte hydrator to manage my excess oil. I really see a MASSIVE difference when I don’t put on the matte hydrator (not a good difference!). I’m also loving the @beautykitchen BB cream. My first ever BB cream is great! It’s obviously not got great coverage for acne prone skin and reddest though. PM: basically the same again but the toner pops in! I never used to tone but I definitely see the benefits after a longer use now. Also the saviour Clear Out is added! I cannot express my love for the @clearlybasics Clear Out enough! It’s the most important and crucial part to the whole routine! I LOVE the protective moisturiser overnight. It’s just the most beautiful moisturiser I’ve ever had – you can really tell it’s just solely made for acne prone skin (light weight, non comedogenic, soothing, non greasy… UGH it’s amazing end of!). I sometimes like to use the @beautykitchen everlasting moisturiser too because it smells so good it makes me all sleepy at bedtime 😴. The products may seem like LOTS in the PM but obviously if I use the protective moisturiser I wouldn’t use the everlasting moisturiser as well but it put it all in the picture to show you what I do use overall ❤️. #acnepositivity #acne #acneproneskin #skincare #skincareroutine #acneskincare
Mim is a primary school teacher from Southampton, England. Her Instagram page @mimandskin is dedicated to help those with acne.
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1. James Leyden et al, 2017 : Why Topical Retinoids Are Mainstay of Therapy for Acne
2. Nazzaro-Porro, et al : AZA in the treatment of acne
3. Paula Begoun : Everything You Need to Know About AZA for Skin
Nothing on this article should be interpreted as personal medical advice. For medical related matters, please consult with your dermatologist.