New SkinCeuticals Serum Promises to Wage War Against Dark Spots (and It’s Brilliant!)

BY Dermstore Editors · February 23, 2018

SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense

Despite all the major advances in skin care technology in the past five years, skin discoloration, also known as hyperpigmentation or dark spots on skin, remains a poorly understood condition, which makes its treatment even more challenging.

Hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin produces too much melanin (the pigment that gives skin its color) in certain areas, resulting in dark patches and uneven skin tone. It comes in many forms—melasma is one—and can be triggered by a number of factors, such as UV exposure, hormones, prescription drugs and some professional treatments.

But while most dark-spot treatments focus on exfoliation and lightening the upper layers of skin, the newly launched SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense targets hyperpigmentation triggers—also known as inflammatory mediators—before they could even impact your skin’s melanin production.

SkinCeuticals explains: “In order for a topical treatment to successfully address a wide range of pigmentary conditions, it is crucial the formulation contains ingredients that target multiple biological pathways associated with the development of discoloration.”

How SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense Works

Featuring tried-and-tested depigmenting ingredients niacinamide, kojic acid and hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid (HEPES), SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense tackles hyperpigmentation from all angles: inhibiting pigment-producing enzymes (tyrosinase), disrupting melanin transfer and exfoliation.

But here’s another ingredient most brightening treatments don’t have: tranexamic acid or TXA, a well-known plasmin inhibitor recommended by the World Health Organization to reduce or prevent excessive blood loss from major trauma, postpartum bleeding and surgery. New studies show that TXA also has a curative effect towards melasma and ultraviolet-induced post-inflammation hyperpigmentation. By targeting and deactivating inflammatory mediators—the first step of the hyperpigmentation pathway—tranexamic acid can help prevent and correct hyperpigmentation.

Clinical Results

To evaluate the tolerance and efficacy of SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense, a 12-week, single-center, clinical study was conducted on 50 subjects. Results showed statistically significant improvement in melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and other forms of discoloration, skin texture and skin-tone evenness in as early as two weeks. There were also no adverse effects reported during the study.

Ready to defend your skin against dark spots? Here’s how to incorporate this serum into your current SkinCeuticals regimen.

Complete Your Regimen

1. PREVENT: SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF (A.M.)

A revolutionary antioxidant technology combining 2% phloretin, 10% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) and 0.5% ferulic acid for enhanced protection against atmospheric aging, helping diminish the appearance of discoloration, refine skin texture and improve skin tone.

2. CORRECT: SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense (A.M. and P.M.)

Clinically proven to brighten and even skin tone and fade the appearance of dark spots. Free of hydroquinone, fragrance, silicone, parabens and gluten.

3% Tranexamic Acid – minimizes the reoccurence of discoloration and brown patches with continued use.

1% Kojic Acid – improves skin brightness

5& Niacinamide – helps reduce the appearance of discoloration

5% HEPES – Accelerates cell turnover and enhances penetration

3. PROTECT: SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 (A.M.)

Formulated with only physical sun filters, this weightless, transparent formula sinks into skin without leaving that dreaded white tint or any sticky, oily residue for a matte, shine-free finish.

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