Tranexamic acid has been in the medical industry for a long time but was only being used to treat a medical condition and not the skin itself. It is a relatively new ingredient in skincare derived from an amino acid (lysine). It has been used in gynecology and obstetrics for years to stop bleeding and is currently used for Melasma and hyperpigmentation.
Nowadays, it is mainly used to treat hyperpigmentation, make the skin tone more even, and provide brightness. The primary function is to treat Melasma, a type of pigmentation mainly in the face area (forehead, cheeks, upper lip), by increasing melanin production in the area, and the way that does this is blocking the melanin production in the area.
How does it work?
It inhibits the plasminogen activator, which is an essential enzyme for the activation of melanogenesis.
How can you add Tranexamic acid to your routine?
- It can be used orally (pills) recalcitrant Melasma.
- Creams are used for Melasma that has a vascular component.
What are the contraindications for this treatment?
It is essential to go for an evaluation with your physician before adding this product to your routine. Renal insufficiency, history of thromboembolic disease (pulmonary thrombosis, deep vein thrombosis, or infarction).
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About the writer: Dr. Angelica Parra is a Licensed Medical Doctor from Venezuela and is currently taking a Master’s degree in Dermatology. She specialized in Aesthetic Medicine and completed Advanced Training in Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation in Miami, Florida. She has specialized in applying Botox, dermal fillers, skin tightening treatments, and since then, she has worked on cruise ships as an Aesthetic Doctor.