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What Is Tranexamic Acid and Why Is It Amazing for Lightening Dark Spots?

It's the powerful brightening ingredient you need in your routine.
What Is Tranexamic Acid and Why Is It Amazing for Lightening Dark Spots?
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ILLUSTRATOR Igi Talao
It's the powerful brightening ingredient you need in your routine.

We've all been through some type of skin damage, and some have given us battle scars from our face to our body that we just can’'t get rid of. Here's where skincare comes in, specifically pigmentation-fading ingredients like glycolic acid, niacinamide, retinoids, and now, tranexamic acid.

Backed by scientific studies, tranexamic acid is now taking over the skincare world for offering brightening and lightening results like no other. Although it is commonly found in "whitening" products, this ingredient can be beneficial to all skin types and skin tones. It can address different skin concerns such as uneven skin tone, rosacea, age spots, and even hyperpigmentation. Plus, you can use it as a targeted treatment on your body, such as the elbows, knees, and the bikini area. Want to find out more about this ingredient? Keep scrolling!

What Is Tranexamic Acid?

Tranexamic Acid (TXA) is a synthetic water-soluble ingredient from the amino acid lysine. When used topically, it inhibits tyrosinase synthesis in melanocytes and blocks the transfer of pigment melanocytes to keratinocytes in the epidermis. In layman'’s terms, it stops discoloration from forming and lightens current hyperpigmentation, allowing the skin to regain its natural tone and texture.

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What Are the Skincare Benefits of Tranexamic Acid?

1. It reduces the appearance of acne scars.

Some pimples leave acne scars that take a long time to heal. Tranexamic acid helps with the discoloration and texture from pimples, and it also aids in the healing process. If you have acne-prone skin, add it to your routine after a breakout to reduce the appearance of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

2. It fades discoloration and hyperpigmentation.

Whether it's on the face or the body, TXA is a great lightening agent that gives the skin an even tone and texture with consistent use. A study even showed that treating melasma with TXA is as effective as using hydroquinone and dexamethasone, the gold standard ingredients for melasma reduction.

3. It calms the skin and reduces inflammation.

Aside from brightening, TXA has soothing properties that are great for those who are prone to redness, acne, and have rosacea. It specifically decreases the cells which release inflammatory mediators that stimulate pigment production.

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4. It boosts other brightening ingredients,

Most skincare products with tranexamic acid have other active ingredients because TXA actually boosts the effects of the ingredients it's with, making the skincare products you can use a powerful punch to discoloration!

How Do You Use Tranexamic Acid?

1. Topical Tranexamic Acid

Though it's well tolerated by all skin types and skin tones, use the lowest concentration available and do a patch test first to see if you have any adverse reactions to the product or tranexamic acid itself. Better safe than sorry!

2. Oral Tranexamic Acid

If you want a stronger option, tranexamic acid can be taken orally with a doctor's prescription. Consult with a board-certified dermatologist to check if they can help with your skin concerns.

Skincare Products with Tranexamic Acid

1. Hada Labo Premium Whitening Lotion

This lightweight lotion has brightening and hydrating properties that will reduce dark spots, redness, and dullness when used. It has a deep penetrating formula made with TXA and nano hyaluronic acid, which holds moisture to the inner skin layers for visibly glowing and bouncier skin.

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Premium Whitening Lotion, P685, HADA LABO, Watsons

2. Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum

This lightweight serum has niacinamide that targets inflammation and dullness, and tranexamic acid that targets hyperpigmentation. It's perfect not only for acne-prone skin but anyone looking to get rid of dark spots.

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Discoloration Correcting Serum, P750, GOOD MOLECULES, Beautymnl

3. For Beloved Girl Flawless Brightening Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask

This hydrating sheet mask form contains tianshan saussurea extract, a medicinal herb used since traditional times for its skin-soothing agents. This herb just so happens to pair well with tranexamic acid for brighter, healthier skin!

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Flawless Brightening Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask, P725, FOR BELOVED GIRL, Sephora.ph

4. Belo Intensive Whitening Body Lotion SPF30

Made with tranexamic and kojic acid, this body lotion can help reduce the appearance of stubborn dark spots and pigmentation in those stubborn areas. It also has SPF 30, a must if you want to further protect your skin from sun damage.

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Intensive Whitening Body Lotion SPF30, P90, BELO ESSENTIALS, Shopee

5. Snoe Beauty S-Skin Txa Tranexamic Face And Body Soap

This body soap has a creamy micro bubble formula that helps the active ingredients like aloe vera and TXA penetrate deeply into the skin. It's also gentle enough to use on your face as a spot treatment!

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S-Skin Txa Tranexamic Face and Body Soap, P179, SNOE BEAUTY, Zalora

6. Anessa Whitening UV Sunscreen Gel SPF 50+ PA++++

By using sunscreen with tranexamic acid, you're basically doubling your protection from the harmful rays of the sun. This product from Anessa, for one, will prevent dark spots from forming while lightening the current hyperpigmentation and melasma on your face.

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Whitening UV Sunscreen Gel SPF 50+ PA++++, P1490, ANESSA, Lazada

7. The Inkey List Tranexamic Acid Night Treatment

Used as an overnight treatment, this reduces hyperpigmentation, promotes even skin, and brightens skin tone from its formulation of 2% tranexamic acid, acai berry, and vitamin C (which are the best brighteners out there!).

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Tranexamic Acid Night Treatment, P1250, THE INKEY LIST, Beautymnl

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