Hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin produces too much melanin (the pigment that gives skin its colour) in certain areas, resulting in dark patches and uneven skin tone. It comes in many forms—melasma is one—and can be triggered by a number of factors, such as UV exposure, hormones, prescription drugs and some professional treatments.
Most dark-spot treatments focus on exfoliation and basically lightening the upper layers of skin, whereas SkinCeuticals Discolouration Defence targets hyperpigmentation triggers—also known as inflammatory mediators—before they could even impact your skin’s melanin production.
Featuring tried-and-tested depigmenting ingredients niacinamide, kojic acid and hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid (HEPES), SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defence tackles hyperpigmentation from all angles: inhibiting pigment-producing enzymes (tyrosinase), disrupting melanin transfer and exfoliation.
It also contains tranexamic acid or TXA, a well-known plasmin inhibitor recommended by the World Health Organisation to reduce or prevent excessive blood loss from major trauma, postpartum bleeding and surgery. New studies show that TXA also has a curative effect towards melasma and ultraviolet-induced post-inflammation hyperpigmentation. By targeting and deactivating inflammatory mediators—the first step of the hyperpigmentation pathway—tranexamic acid can help prevent and correct hyperpigmentation. This really is a game changer in the war against pigmentation and it works. Use with your antioxidant and the new Advanced Brightening UV Defence SPF 50 by SkinCeuticals which also has added ingredients to help to brighten the skin whilst protecting it against future damage.
To evaluate the tolerance and efficacy of SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defence, a 12-week, single-centre, clinical study was conducted on 50 subjects. Results showed statistically significant improvement in melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and other forms of discoloration, skin texture and skin-tone evenness in as early as two weeks. There were also no adverse effects reported during the study.
- 3% Tranexamic Acid: minimises the recurrence of discoloration and stubborn brown patches with continued use
- 5% Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): a water-soluble vitamin that has been shown to help reduce the appearance of skin discoloration
- 5% HEPES: a synthetically-derived acid that activates natural enzymes in skin to help break the bonds that bind dead skin cells to the surface for even exfoliation
- Features a synergistic blend of anti-discoloration ingredients to reduce the appearance of skin discoloration, improve brightness, and minimize the reoccurrence of discoloration (with continued use)
- 60% average improvement in the appearance of stubborn brown patches
- Paraben-free, fragrance-free, silicone-free, gluten-free, and hydroquinone-free
- Clinical Studies:
- In a 12-week clinical study*, Discoloration Defence significantly improved the appearance of key skin discoloration markers:
- 41% improvement in the appearance of stubborn brown patches*
- 46% improvement in the appearance of skin discolouration*
- 71% improvement in the appearance of post-blemish marks*
- 35% improvement in the appearance of an even skin tone*
Combine with Glycolic wash – Beauty Writer with the Sunday Times - India Knight’ gave this a great review in last weekend’s magazine. Read more here.
SkinCeuticals Advanced Brightening UV Defence SPF 50 is an effective way of helping to protect the skin against UV-induced discolouration.
This residue-free sunscreen uses a dual-action, lightweight formula that is enriched with potent ingredients including 1% Tranexamic Acid and 2% Niacinamide. Apply every morning to target discolouration, protect the skin from broad-spectrum UV rays and brighten your overall skin tone.