Tranexamic Acid: Skincare Benefits
Tranexamic acid has been on my skincare radar since the beginning of this year. I’ve seen it being mentioned multiple times in various articles and on social media platforms but I have no idea what it is and why there is a buzz about it. So let’s find out together…
What is Tranexamic Acid?
According to Paula’s Choice, tranexamic acid is a synthetic amino acid derived from lysine. Topically, tranexamic acid works by interrupting at least two pathways in skin that, left unchecked, can lead to discolorations, including larger patches known as melasma. Tranexamic acid also seems to work within skin’s surface layers to make skin colour less susceptible to UV light exposure (but of course, you still need sunscreen) and may also reduce redness.
The main skin issue that tranexamic acid targets is skin discolouration, so it is the perfect ingredient to treat skin that is prone to hyperpigmentation, dark marks and melasma. According to Byrdie.com, it pairs well with brightening ingredients like vitamin c which will help to further brighten and create a more even skin tone.
Side Effects of Tranexamic Acid
Unfortunately, even though tranexamic acid pairs well with many other skin ingredients, it can be irritating to those with very sensitive skin.
How often should it be applied?
According to Paula’s Choice, research has shown that tranexamic acid is safe when applied to skin every day for several months. Topical concentrations between 2-5% typically shows results after two to three months of once or twice-daily usage.
Products with Tranexamic Acid
Have you included tranexamic acid in your skincare routine?