Quite often, no matter what you do, it seems like skin issues like breakouts, wrinkles and dull skin are inevitable. So, when you do notice them on your face, all you can do is hope that the condition won’t get worse, the marks will fade, and your skin will be back to looking fresh and glowing in a few days. That, unfortunately, is not what happens. There are times when these issues refuse to go away, and when they eventually do, they leave scars and marks on your complexion.
Darks spots, post-inflammatory pigmentation and hyper pigmentation are some of the most common skin woes, especially among people with darker skin types, such as Indian, Italian, Hispanic, and so on. Fortunately, today, there are numerous ways to treat them, brightening serums being one of the safer methods because darker skin tones risk getting even more pigmented from laser or chemical peels.
If you have tried our brightening serum recently, chances are, you may have noticed an unfamiliar ingredient, along with the well known hyaluronic acid niacinamide (Vit B3) Tranexamic acid, although a newcomer to the beauty and skincare scene, has been gradually rising in the ranks as one of the most popular expert-approved solutions for hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and melasma.
What Is Tranexamic Acid?
Here’s a small science lesson for you: Tranexamic acid is a synthetic derivative of lysine, which is an essential amino acid. Traditionally, due to its blood-clotting properties, it has been used as an oral treatment to help control excessive bleeding, but more recently, it has gained popularity as a topical treatment for dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
How Does Tranexamic Acid Work?
According to experts, the exact mechanisms used by tranexamic acid to reduce pigmentation isn’t quite clear yet. But it has been found that it blocks the interaction between melanocytes, which are the cells that create melanin, and the keratinocytes, which are the surface skin cells.
Pigmentation is usually a result of melanin production due to UV light exposure or internal hormonal imbalances. More specifically, UV light stimulates plasmin, which leads to an increase in tyrosinase activity and melanin production. Applying tranexamic acid on the skin inhibits the melanin synthesis, which helps lighten areas of melasma and discoloration.
Does Tranexamic Acid Have Any Side Effects?
Unlike exfoliating acids like lactic and glycolic, tranexamic acid is safe for all skin types. It also does not cause as much irritation as most other brightening ingredients.
But if you want to get the most out of a skincare product with tranexamic acid, use proper sun protection because sunscreen is as, if not more, important for protecting your skin and preventing new hyperpigmentation from forming.
Sesha Skin Therapy offers a range of products that are clinically proven to treat a wide range of skin conditions, including dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Our Clinical Advanced Lightening Serum W/O Hydroquinone contains the goodness of tranexamic acid, yeast extract, sodium hyaluronate,, and more beneficial ingredients that can effectively reduce melanin activity and restore your skin’s natural tone.