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

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. 1. Give your face a quick splash of cool water.
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    1. Give your face a quick splash of cool water.

    In a rush before heading off to a rooftop happy hour or don’t have time to grab your facial cleanser? Dr. Laughlin notes that even a quick splash of cool water, followed by patting your face dry with a towel (or even paper towels, if that’s all you have nearby) can stop your pores from getting clogged. No bathroom nearby and your skin is feeling overly sticky? Dr. Laughlin says to add a face mist or a thermal spray water to your beach bag to come to your rescue when you’re in a pinch.

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  2. Keep disposable face cloths or wipes handy.
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    Keep disposable face cloths or wipes handy.

    If you have plans to grab a green smoothie post-outdoor bootcamp with your friends, don’t forget to pack a cleansing wipe for your gym bag. Dr. Laughlin notes these come in handy when you want to cleanse the sweat from your face, neck, back and chest. For a no-frills simple buy, consider wipes containing mild and soothing ingredients like Aloe Vera, and you won’t have to think twice about your face beaming any redder than it already is.

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  3. 3. If you're prone to acne, consider tossing a medicated cleanser in your purse.
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    3. If you're prone to acne, consider tossing a medicated cleanser in your purse.

    Prone to breakouts no matter the season? We feel ya. There’s nothing more disappointing than hoping you’ll be able to go makeup-free to a summer cookout and then waking up to a sweat-induced zit. Dr. Laughlin says to be careful when choosing a cleanser for oily or acne-prone skin, as stripping off too many layers can lead to overproduction of sebum and clog your pores even more. In addition to talking to a dermatologist, Dr. Laughlin suggests using a medicated cleanser to defend your skin against acne-causing bacteria.

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  4. 4. Give your skin a thorough cleanse at night.
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    4. Give your skin a thorough cleanse at night.

    No matter if you have oily, combination, dry, aging or acne-prone, Dr. Laughlin notes that everyone should give their skin a thorough cleanse before bedtime, especially during the summer time. Consider double-cleansing your face to get rid of makeup, excess oil, sweat and other pore-clogging debris at night, or using a cleansing device to ensure a deeper cleanse.

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  5. 5. Once a week, use a chemical exfoliator.
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    5. Once a week, use a chemical exfoliator.

    Though Dr. Laughlin notes it’s wise to book an appointment with your dermatologist before deciding the best exfoliator for your skin, most skin types would benefit from a once-a-week chemical exfoliator to purify your pores from the residues your sweat leaves behind.

    READERS—Do you have other pore-cleansing hacks to share? Tell us in the comments section below!

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