Block hyperpigmentation with tranexamic acid

Tranexamic acid helps block hyperpigmentation and reduce inflammation.

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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.

Skin spots or discoloration can happen for different reasons:

  1. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (aka post-acne spots): the brown spots left over after pimples.

  2. Melasma: can result in brown patches on your face — not the same spots that pimples can leave behind, but spots nonetheless.

  3. 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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What is tranexamic acid?

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.

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.

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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).

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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.

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If you need help fading hyperpigmentation or reducing redness, Curology’s personalized, prescription formulas are one of the easier ways to get effective ingredients to help fade dark spots. As always, you can sign up for a free month if you want to try it out!* or chat with your Curology provider to find the right custom formula of ingredients.

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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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