Have you heard of Tranexamic acid? If you answered no, you're not alone.
We believe this is an ingredient you'll be hearing a lot more about in the near future. Why? Because it works, and works remarkably well at brightening hyperpigmentation that results from stubborn melasma and overexposure to the sun – all in an incredibly gentle way (don't let the acid in the name fool you into thinking otherwise).
Before we dive into what Tranexamic Acid is and how it works, let’s do a brief overview of what melasma is.
What is Melasma?
Melasma is a common skin condition, predominantly in women and people with darker skin tones, that causes brown, dark spots to appear on the skin. It usually develops on the face but can develop on other areas of the body as well. While the exact cause of melasma is unknown, it is known that sun exposure, hormonal changes like pregnancy or birth control, or irritating skin products can trigger the melasma, making it more visible.
So….. how can I address this persistent skin condition? Melasma can be stubborn but prescription or high-quality over-the-counter skin lightening products can help lighten the hyperpigmentation… Which leads us to the Super Lift Vitamin C-More Treatment and one unique ingredient in the formulation that has been studied for its ability to treat melasma – Tranexamic Acid.
What is Tranexamic Acid?
Tranexamic Acid is an amino acid that was originally used for treating hemorrhaging and traumatic bleeding in surgeries. In the late 1970s dermatologists discovered that the amino acid is actually excellent at treating melasma as well.
It works by inhibiting UV-induced activity in the epidermis cells of the skin, and clinical studies have shown that Tranexamic Acid reduces tyrosinase (the enzyme that controls the production of melanin) activity by 50%.
Another study compared the efficacy of Tranexamic Acid and Hydroquinone in treating melasma. Hydroquinone is recognized as the gold standard in treating melasma, but it is also recognized as having ill effects - as most doctors recommend it should only be used in short stints. The promising news is this study concluded that Tranexamic Acid was just as effective as Hydroquinone in lightening melasma, but had a higher satisfaction rate from customers and less adverse reactions, such as irritation and other concerns.
Tranexamic Acid paired with the triple-acting Vitamin Cs in the Super Lift Vitamin C-More Treatment will work wonders to brighten the skin and revitalize your complexion.
*Studies available upon request