Tuesday, 24 July 2018
Ingredients Watch: Tranexamic Acid
At Face the Future, we always like to be two steps ahead. Keeping an eye on research, not only in the UK but globally, because as practitioners, we like to be the first in the know when it comes to benefitting our patient results with the most up to date ingredients, treatments and techniques.Something that has recently caught our eye is Tranexamic acid. In the medical field, tranexamic acid is used during surgery and in the case of accident and emergencies as a haemostatic agent, to control bleeding and assist in wound closure. However, in medical cosmetics tranexamic is becoming widely used for the treatment of pigmentation, rosacea and redness.Research has shown that 3% Tranexamic acid can work as well as, if not better than, the widely used skin lightening ingredient Hydraquinone. There has been query around the safety of Hydraquinone in skincare and it is currently banned in many countries including Japan. While the use of Hydraquinone in percentages of 4 and under is licenced in the UK, it is only available on prescription.Concerns around Hydraquinone have come into question, due to the side effects it can have on some patients. These include but are not limited to; redness, stinging, burning, irritation and acquired eczema or contact dermatitis. Cases of exogenous ochronosis (blue/black discolouration) have been reported especially in Hispanic or African American skin types.What are the benefits of Tranexamic acid?When hunting around for topical treatments to target skin concerns, particularly pigmentation, it is important to only opt for well studied and researched ingredients that are backed with significant clinical evidence. Tranexamic acid is recommended by both Doctors and Dermatologists as a safe and effective treatment.Pigmentation occurs when the skin is subject to damage that activates the inflammatory response within the skin. This can include sun exposure, some medication, acne and even medical treatments. This causes a chain reaction in the skin, which triggers the production of melanin, the naturally occurring pigment that gives skin colour. Melanin acts to protect the skin but when it is produced in excess, it forms deposits in the skin that lead to brown patches known as pigmentation.Tranexamic acid reduces the appearance of this discolouration to improve the appearance of brown marks. The results are a brighter, more refined and even skin tone.To discover Tranexamic acid, we have a few options available at Face the Future.