How tranexamic acid became the must-have skin care ingredient this summer

In an effort to treat post-acne dark spots or maskne hyperpigmentation, the (relatively) new hero ingredient has become a new favourite among beauty brands and consumers

Nothing says summer skin like a healthy glow. But after months of bacteria-laden face masks, causing adult acne to be on the rise, many consumers are concerned about the stubborn dark marks left behind by pimples. Not exactly ideal for bare-faced summers.

Tranexamic acid is one relatively new ingredient market that has been capturing the attention of beauty fans and brands alike. Developed as an oral tablet to reduce bleeding, dermatologists have increasingly been prescribing tranexamic acid to treat pigmentation disorders.

But the recent jump from medicine into finished skin care products, sees the ingredient du jour marketed as an . . .

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