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Clearing and healing acne, blemishes, and breakouts

The journey towards a clear complexion can often be an arduous one, and taking that first step can absolutely be the most difficult hurdle of them all. “What does my skin need to become healthy, smooth, and perfected? Where do I even start?”
We hear you — and that’s why we’ve curated our very own melanin-focused information hub to guide you to where you want to be. We address everything you need to know about how to get there, from key concern breakdowns all the way to detailed routine recommendations. Use this space as your personal landing pad on your road towards a flawless complexion, we’ll help you every step of the way.

My skin concern:

Acne, blemishes, and breakouts

From acne to hyperpigmentation

Excess oil and sebum production can often result in various forms of acne breakouts. And it’s within the melanin-rich community that these characteristics are most prevalent; often making them more prone to acne and skin inflammations, which can lead to hyperpigmentation. The most frequent complaint for phototypes IV, V, and VI is the development of acne scars and dark spots that linger far longer than the initial acne breakout. That’s why we recommend using a synergy of active ingredients to simultaneously treat acne and hyperpigmentation together.

“Melanin rich skin is often times prone to excessive sebum and oil production which can lead to recalcitrant acne activity. These breakouts are the initial problem that can leave the skin with long-term sequelae such as blemishes and hyperpigmentation. Treatment of acne and resultant hyperpigmentation should be performed delicately yet efficiently, with the appropriate actives that will successfully treat the acne and hyperpigmentation concomitantly for optimal results.”

— Dr Carlos A. Charles, Board Certified Dermatologist.

The key is in the synergy; prevent, heal, repeat!

For phototypes IV, V, and VI, the best approach when dealing with breakouts is to be gentle and use effective cleansing agents such as plant extracts, low concentrations of essential oils, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA’s). These ingredients provide a welcome relief for acne while clearing dark spots caused by previous breakouts.

Your 3 step-routine to brighten your skin and remove dark spots

We’ve curated a four-step breakout-busting routine aimed for those with acne-prone skin, which will then be available for further customization to meet your own individual needs:


A flawless complexion starts with cleansing, regardless of our skin types or concerns. It’s essential for clearing out our pores from unwanted dirt, grime, and pollution that could lead to possible breakouts, as well as preventing dehydration and dullness. Not only does cleansing leave your skin feeling wonderfully fresh and clean, but it also enables maximum absorption for the rest of your routine. Hello healthy, glowing skin!

Cleansing Gel - Green Bae

To keep your acne-prone skin calm and clear, use 3-4 pumps of this gentle yet potent cleansing gel twice a day as the first step in your routine. With the help of exfoliating Salicylic Acid, anti-inflammatory Hemp Oil, nourishing vitamin E, antibacterial Tea Tree Oil, and detoxifying Propolis Extract, Green Bae significantly minimizes the potential for future breakouts over time. Plus, your skin stays wonderfully nourished!

Here is a list of our breakout-busting customization actives:

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Salicylic Acid

A gently exfoliating Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) that effectively unclogs pores while preventing future breakouts from forming.

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Tea Tree Oil

Contains anti-microbial properties that help to kill surface bacteria.

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Propolis Extract

A powerful ally to acne-fighting, this sebum-regulating plant extract contains antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties, while additionally aiding in the healing process, intensely moisturizing, and quickly regenerating the skin.


Exfoliation is a key component within any skincare regimen, especially for those who are melanin-rich. Due to a high cell turnover rate, dead skin cells can quickly accumulate on the skins' surface, causing complexion dullness and textured rough patches. But by using our gentle chemical exfoliator twice a week, the glue holding these dead cells break down and disperse to unveil the newer, brighter cells underneath. We recommend this careful chemical treatment process in favour of a mechanical scrub to protect your delicate healthy skin cells, so that it’s only the dead ones that are being swept away. Reveal your true complexion through gentle exfoliation, and notice your pores minimize, marks fade, and small blemishes diminish.

Exfoliant Mask - To Be Clear

Start off by using this dead skin cell-dissolving and pore-unclogging face mask twice a week during your evening routine to reap the anti-inflammatory and redness-reducing benefits. Through a blend of chemical and enzymatic exfoliators (Glycolic and Salicylic Acid) mixed with modified Pumpkin enzymes, To Be Clear helps to reduce the hyperkeratosis and excess sebum production which are the main breakout perpetrators. By curbing this, the natural skin flora normalizes and skin becomes much healthier and clearer.

Here is a list of our breakout-busting customization actives:

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Acne scarring in darker skin tones can mainly be caused by a thickened outer skin layer (scientifically known as the stratum corneum). And it’s this active ingredient that interacts with the keratin to thin this layer out again, revealing softer, smoother, and healthier skin.

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A form of vitamin B3, this active helps to lower sebum production, balances moisture levels, and reduces the overall inflammatory response, resulting in fewer future blemishes.

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Salicylic Acid

A Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) that reduces breakouts through gentle exfoliation, keeping pores clear and preventing future breakouts.


Toning your skin straight after cleansing is a fantastic way to restore the delicate pH balance and get your skin microbiome back on track for a healthier epidermis. A nourished skin barrier results in a protected one, which is crucial for defending against pollution, environmental aggressors, and counteracting the high desquamation rate found in melanin-rich skin. And if that wasn’t enough, daily toning can actually prevent additional breakouts caused by excess debris found deep within the pores, and gently exfoliate for a smoother surface. Infuse your skin with valuable nutrients ahead of your active skincare serums for a brighter, clearer, and healthier complexion.

Tonic Oh! - Treatment Lotion

A little goes a long way with this nourishing and toning hydrophile treatment lotion, with only one application needed per day for your acne-prone skin to feel rejuvenated. Armed with antibacterial and sebum-regulating Mint Hydrosol and Rose Distillate Water, combined with a whole host of anti-inflammatory actives such as Salicylic Acid, Devil’s Claw Extract, Acerola Extract, and Ginger Juice, Tonic Oh! proves to be much more than your average lotion. Expect impurities to be neutralized and skin texture refined when using this calming synergy of ingredients.

Here is a list of our breakout-busting customization actives:

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Mint Hydrosol

Armed with powerful antibacterial and astringent properties, this active helps to prevent the development of bad bacteria while treating existing blemishes (such as blackheads).

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Lactobacillus / Rice Ferment Filtrate

Derived from Lactic Acid bacteria and rice, this active offers both antimicrobial and potent moisturizing properties.

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Accelerates wound healing and skin regeneration, while reducing inflammation, and rebalancing excess sebum secretion.


Now that your skin has been thoroughly cleansed, cleared, and toned, it’s time to inject the skin with a potent cocktail of transformative active ingredients. It’s in this particular step that the greatest changes to your complexion will be made, and your skin concerns will be directly addressed. Think supercharged hydration levels, balanced oil production, and a deeply nourished, clear complexion that exudes a polished clarity. Although this serum is a skin dream come true, it’s the collaboration of cleansing and exfoliating that allows this treatment to be so revolutionary.

Brightening Serum - Sevenly Delight

Suitable for both day and night, this highly hydrating, non-comedogenic serum needs only 3 pumps to infuse the skin with rich antioxidants to help heal blemishes and effectively fade their scars. Enriched with Azelaic Acid, Niacinamide, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and a unique blend of plant extracts including Vitis Vinifera Fruit Extract, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, and Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, this serum creates the perfect synergy of ingredients to help acne-prone skin break free of breakouts. When woven into your morning routine, be sure to finish with a healthy amount of high-performing sunscreen to double the free radical protection and rescue the skin from ultraviolet sensitivity. Want to incorporate Sevenly Bright with a retinoid serum? Don’t worry, they’re compatible.

Here is a list of our breakout-busting customization actives:

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Azelaic Acid

Effective in the treatment of acne and rosacea, this naturally-occurring acid found in barley, wheat, and rye, can even prevent future breakouts and clean pores of acne-inducing bacteria.

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Vitis Vinifera Fruit Extract, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, Serrata Resin Extract, and Boswellia

The combination of these natural actives help the skin to fight against micro-flora imbalances to reduce skin imperfections, and additionally decrease redness.

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Otherwise known as vitamin B6, this anti-bacterial ingredient reduces future breakouts and scarring when applied topically, by infusing the skin with antioxidant properties.

Make a routine that’s customized just for you

Our range of Core Blends are filled with biodynamic, oil-regulating, cell-renewing, brightening, nourishing, anti-inflammatory, and microbiome-restoring actives. But one singular formulation isn’t suited to all skin phototypes. That’s why our experts here at 4.5.6 Skin customise your formulations based on your phototype and skin type to address your current skin concerns, or to simply maintain your already flawless complexion!

Here’s how it works:

1. Tell us about your skin

Select your Phototype (IV, V or VI), your Skin Type (Oily, Dry, Combination, Balanced), your top 3 Skin Concerns (Acné, Dark Spots, Uneven Skin, etc) and Fragrance Preference (Normal, Mild, No Fragrance).

2. We formulate

We’ll freshly mix the appropriate "Core Blend" with the correct combinations, concentrations, and dosages of active ingredients that will best address your specific requirements. See below for more information on actives.

3. Begin your new skincare journey!

Your formulas are freshly bottled, straight from our lab to your doorstep within 5 to 7 days after completing your order.


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