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  • Share your skin goals and snap selfies

  • Your dermatology provider prescribes your formula

  • Apply nightly for happy, healthy skin

What to expect with tranexamic acid

Is this ingredient right for your hyperpigmentation cream?

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Stephanie Papanikolas
Mar 30, 2020 · 2 min read

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We’re here to share what we know — but don’t take it as medical advice. Talk to your medical provider if you have questions.
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Dark spots on the skin are quite common, so if you have them, you’re not alone. This kind of hyperpigmentation can have so many different causes, from acne to melasma to the sun — they can (and do) happen to just about anyone. The good news is that there are several ingredients that may help improve the appearance of hyperpigmented skin — and today the spotlight is on tranexamic acid

What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation on the face is caused by the skin’s healing process. If your skin is inflamed, it might produce too much melanin (the stuff that gives skin color), which leaves dark spots behind. When it comes to skincare ingredients that may help to fade dark spots, you’ve got options — and tranexamic acid is the latest to join the roster of what we offer at Curology.

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What is tranexamic acid?

Tranexamic acid is a skincare ingredient that gives color blocking a whole new meaning. Using a hyperpigmentation treatment with tranexamic acid can help slow down melanin build-up, reduce inflammation, and break down existing hyperpigmentation.

Side effects of tranexamic acid tend to be mild. While you’re first adjusting to the cream, it can be normal to experience irritation and redness — here are some tips to help you cope if you need them! You can always reach out to your Curology medical provider if you need more support.

If you want to try tranexamic acid, it’s available in over-the-counter skincare products. It’s also an option for your Curology cream — your Curology provider can give their insight to your (sk)individual situation. Sign up for a free trial and just pay $4.95 to cover shipping + handling (plus tax) on your first bottle of custom cream or complete Curology set.

Curious if this ingredient is right for you? When you sign up for Curology, your dermatology provider prescribes ingredients for you based on your skin goals and medical history. Sign up for Curology to get your custom mix!

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Our medical review process:We’re here to tell you what we know. That’s why our information is evidence-based and fact-checked by medical experts. Still, everyone’s skin is unique—the best way to get advice is to talk to your healthcare provider.
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