The Guide to Tranexamic Acid

Tranexamic acid helps block hyperpigmentation and reduce inflammation

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Got spots? Let’s break it down.

Brown spots and red spots are common skin issues, but we know they’re no fun to deal with. Luckily, your custom Curology cream can be made with ingredients that are specially equipped to tackle spots! Tranexamic acid is one ingredient that may be able to help.

Those pesky discolored spots can happen for different reasons. They may be post-acne spots or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: the brown spots left over after pimples. Another common skin condition called melasma can result in brown patches on your face — not the same spots that pimples can leave behind, but spots nonetheless. And then there’s rosacea: red patches on your face, which are sometimes accompanied by small, pus-filled bumps.

Sounds delightful, we know, but no worries — if you’re dealing with any of these issues, Curology can help.

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Tranexamic acid is an ingredient known to help with all of the above skin conditions: melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and rosacea. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is also thought to improve the skin’s barrier function. This makes it a helpful ingredient for Curology members who’d like some help escorting those spots off of their face for good.

Gives ‘colorblocking’ a whole new meaning

How does tranexamic acid work? Hyperpigmentation is caused by a buildup of excess melanin (the stuff that gives skin its color). Excess melanin can happen as a result of inflammation, such as from sun exposure (sun spots or age spots) or pimples (post-acne hyperpigmentation). For example, with melasma, the immune system’s inflammatory response kind of overreacts in the skin, and ends up making too much melanin. Tranexamic acid helps to slow down the process of melanin build-up, blocking hyperpigmentation and reducing inflammation in the skin. It helps break down existing hyperpigmentation and prevent new spots from forming.

How can I get tranexamic acid?

The most convenient way to get tranexamic acid is in your custom Curology cream (if your medical provider thinks it’s the right choice for your skin).

How long does it take to see results?

Like with anything, the best results take a little time. You may need to use tranexamic acid for 6–8 weeks or longer before you see results.

Are there any side effects?

Irritation or increased redness are possible after using a Curology cream containing tranexamic acid, but not to worry — check out our helpful tips! If you’re experiencing significant irritation though, feel free to get in touch with your provider for more hands-on help.

We’ve got you!

If you need help fading hyperpigmentation or reducing redness, whatever your (sk)individual situation, your Curology provider can sort you out with the right custom formula of ingredients. Get in touch with your Curology provider to see what they recommend for your unique skin.

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