We’ve all heard of the highly moisturising hyaluronic acid and the anti-ageing superhero retinol. But there’s another all-star ingredient that we haven’t quite incorporated into our skincare routine yet. And it’s rising through the ranks with its promise to resolve our infuriating skin-related problems. An understated skincare saviour, tranexamic acid is associated with multiple skin-related benefits. However, it’s most sought after for its ability to face off acne scars and discolouration. Quickly. Yes, you heard that right. Scroll down to learn more about this miracle ingredient.
What is tranexamic acid?
We know the name sounds intense, but it’s an effective remedy for common skin-related issues faced by most of us on an everyday basis. A synthetic molecule with a structure similar to the naturally-occurring amino acid ‘lysine’, tranexamic acid decelerates the production of melanin, and, in turn, reduces the occurrence of hyperpigmentation, and works toward brightening dark spots as well as pigmentation left behind by acne scars. And it does this by blocking the hormones that pigment the skin.
Is tranexamic acid safe to use?
Fortunately, this breakthrough ingredient is suitable for all types of skin, especially for those dealing with melasma, extreme pigmentation and acne scarring. But, like all ingredients, it’s always advisable to do a patch test before using a new product. It’s best to consult your dermatologist before making any additions or alterations to your skincare regimen.
How to use tranexamic acid for skin
Since this acid is mild to use, you can pair it with other potent ingredients to maximise its benefits. Two popular ingredients you can pair it with are vitamin C and retinol. If you’re using it as a serum, layer your skin with a few drops of it after cleansing and toning and follow up with a moisturiser. But if you’re investing in a tranexamic acid-based moisturiser, don’t forget to follow it up with sunscreen. You can use it twice a day, but don’t start expecting results immediately — you will notice a visible difference after a few weeks of use.