Why Tranexamic Acid is a Must-Have in Your Skincare Routine

Why Tranexamic Acid is a Must-Have in Your Skincare Routine

What is Tranexamic Acid?

Just another skincare ingredient buzz word? Not quite. Tranexamic acid (TEA or TXA) is a synthetic derivative of the amino acid lysine, primarily known for its antifibrinolytic properties in the medical field. By inhibiting the breakdown of fibrin, TEA helps in the stabilization of blood clots, which makes it an invaluable tool in various medical scenarios, such as surgery,  postpartum hemorrhaging or even dental procedures.

Tranexamic Acid gained attention in dermatology for its potential benefits in reducing melanin production, by interrupting the interaction between melanocytes (the cells responsible for pigment production) and keratinocytes (the predominant cells in the epidermis). Specifically, TEA inhibits the activation of plasminogen to plasmin, a process that leads to the release of inflammatory mediators and an increase in melanin production. By blocking this pathway, TEA helps to reduce pigmentation and improve overall skin tone, making it a staple ingredient for dermatologist and skin care enthusiasts alike. 

Synergistic Effects for Lightening, Brightening + Tightening; what pairs best with Tranexamic Acid? 

Whether exacerbated by sun exposure, hormonal changes, or genetic predisposition, dark spots on our skin can have many different causes.Tranexamic acid is a strong ally in preventive skincare regimens particularly when combined with sun protection and other appropriate measures. For example:

  • Vitamin C: This antioxidant works harmoniously with TEA to brighten skin and reduce pigmentation
  • Niacinamide: Known for its anti-inflammatory and brightening properties, niacinamide complements TEA's effects on hyperpigmentation
  • Hyaluronic Acid: This hydrator can help maintain skin moisture, improving the overall texture and appearance of skin treated with TEA
  • Arbutin: is a naturally occurring compound found in various plants, such as bearberry, blueberry, and cranberry. It works as a skin-brightening agent by inhibiting tyrosinase, an enzyme crucial in the production of melanin

    As the hero ingredient in our Tranexamic Eraser capsules, tranexamic acid is complemented by the added brightening benefits of arbutin and niacinamide. This powerful serum reduces dark spots and skin unevenness for a dramatically improved, more flawless complexion.

    When used after procedures like laser treatments, chemical peels, or microneedling,  Droplette’s Tranexamic Eraser can help mitigate the risk of developing dark spots or patches following skin procedures. If you’d like to use Tranexamic Eraser during the healing process after a procedure, we recommend waiting for 3 to 7 days after the procedure to use this product for the best results.

    Additionally, Tranexamic Eraser pairs well with collagen and retinol. Combine all three formulations for an all-around winning skincare routine that tackles dark spots, fine lines, and loss of elasticity. We’ve even made it easy to incorporate all three together, with our dermatologist-curated Daily Defense Regimen.

    Daily Defense strategically defends your skin against sun related damage, from sun-spots to wrinkles. While Tranexamic Eraser and Collagen Hydrofiller provide antioxidant protection and prevent hyperpigmentation, Droplette’s Retinol Renewer enhances skin cell turnover and assists in your skin's ability to repair sun damage. 

    As with anything, consistency is the key here. It may take time for your desired results to become noticeable, so be patient and disciplined with your skincare routine to unveil your long-term improvements.  Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher during the day to protect your skin from UV damage and prevent further pigmentation issues.

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