Pigmentation Essential: SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense Serum

by Tuesday, October 8, 2019

With the recent drop in temperatures and constant rainfall, it feels as though summer has come to a dramatic end. As we look towards the autumn and winter months, we are thinking about how we can utilise this time of year to treat skin concerns, particularly pigmentation, acquired during the summer months as well as skin discolouration that you are more than ready to wave goodbye to. Read on to find out more…

The recently launched SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense Serum targets skin discolouration, stubborn brown patches and post-acne marks with a potent combination of clinically proven active ingredients to help you achieve a brighter and more even-looking complexion.

What causes skin discolouration?

Skin discolouration is caused by the production of melanin in skin’s lowest epidermal layers, which then appears on skin’s surface as discolouration, post-acne marks and stubborn pigmentation or brown patches anywhere on the complexion, but most notably on the cheekbones, forehead, and upper lip.

How does Discoloration Defense Serum work?

Discoloration Defense Serum utilises the brightening power of not one, not two, but three innovative active ingredients: Tranexamic Acid, Niacinamide and HEPES. The synergistic blend of these discolouration fighting active ingredients helps to brighten skin and minimise reoccurring discolouration with continued use.

  • Tranexamic Acid deactivates inflammatory mediators and decreases melanocyte activity, therefore producing less pigment.
  • Niacinamide, also known and Vitamin B3, disrupts the transfer of melanin to the surface of the skin, therefore preventing blotchiness.
  • HEPES enhances the natural exfoliation of the skin, which reduces the appearance of existing pigmentation and discolouration.

What is Tranexamic Acid?

To delve a little bit deeper into the hero active ingredient, Tranexamic Acid, we spoke to Linda from SkinCeuticals. Here’s what she had to say…

“Tranexamic Acid (TXA) is an amino acid derivate that helps to interrupt the release of inflammatory mediators in skin that can cause discolouration such as brown patches or post-acne marks.

Tranexamic Acid regulates excessive melanin production caused by an enzyme called Tyrosinase. Using Tranexamic Acid in a topical formulation such as SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense Serum, will help to even skin tone, diminish dark spots and reduce post-blemish marks.”

How should I use Discoloration Defense Serum?

The daily-use correction formula should be used alongside a full routine targeted towards brightening skin for the most effective results – check out the SkinCeuticals Brightening Skin System for the ready-made regime!

The most important rule to remember when treating pigmentation is to use a broad-spectrum SPF every day – yes even during colder months.

We recommend using Discoloration Defense Serum after first applying SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, followed by the application of SkinCeuticals Brightening UV Defense SPF 30 for high factor, broad-spectrum UV protection, whilst also fighting stubborn pigmentation.

What results can I expect?

Of course individual results will vary depending on the severity of discolouration, consistent use of products and other external factors, however, during a 12-week clinical study; SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense Serum significantly improved the appearance of key skin discoloration markers:

  • 60% average improvement in the appearance of stubborn brown patches
  • 59% average improvement in the appearance of skin discoloration
  • 81% average improvement in the appearance of post-acne marks
  • 59% average improvement in the appearance of even skin tone

Details of clinical study: Average results shown. A 12-week, single-center, clinical study was conducted on 50 females, ages 25 to 60, Fitzpatrick I-IV, with mild to moderate facial skin discoloration, including stubborn dark spots, post-acne marks, and uneven skin tone. Discoloration Defense was applied to the face twice a day in conjunction with a sunscreen. Efficacy and tolerability evaluations were conducted at baseline and at weeks 2, 4, 8, and 12.

Are you ready to treat your post-summer pigmentation? Speak to our skincare experts on 0113 282 7744, shop online or take our online skin test to receive personalised product recommendations direct to your inbox!

Written for you by: Alex, Face the Future

Image source: SkinCeuticals