Your Cart is Empty

Tranexamic Acid in Skincare

by Ané Auret 4 min read

Tranexamic Acid in Skincare

Ingredient Spotlight on Tranexamic Acid: A Powerful Ingredient for Brighter, More Even Skin

Are you seeking a skincare solution that can unlock the secrets to brighter, clearer skin? Look no further than Tranexamic acid, the skincare superstar that is taking the beauty world by storm.

This powerful ingredient has gained immense popularity for its remarkable ability to target and treat a wide range of skin concerns. From reducing hyperpigmentation and dark spots to evening out skin tone and minimising the appearance of acne scars, Tranexamic acid has proven to be a game-changer in the quest for flawless skin.

But what exactly is Tranexamic acid, and how does it work its magic?

Tranexamic Acid is one of the key ingredients in our award-winning Ané Exfoliating Acid Toner - and in this blog post, we'll delve into the history, science, properties, and seven key benefits of including Tranexamic acid in your skincare routine as well as how to add it to your skincare routine. 

A Brief History of Tranexamic Acid 

Tranexamic acid, also known as TXA, was initially developed as a pharmaceutical drug to prevent excessive bleeding during surgeries.

However, its use expanded beyond medicine as researchers discovered its potential in the field of dermatology.

Due to its ability to inhibit melanin production, it has become a sought-after ingredient in skincare products, particularly in the treatment of hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone.

Tranexamic Acid can be accessed in both prescription skincare via your Dermatologist as well as general skincare products like serums, creams and toners. 

The Science Behind Tranexamic Acid and how it targets Hyperpigmentation and Acne

To understand how Tranexamic acid works its magic on hyperpigmentation and acne, we need to dive into the science behind it.

Tranexamic acid is a synthetic derivative of the amino acid lysine, and it works by inhibiting the production of plasmin, an enzyme that plays a role in the formation of blood clots. While its primary medical use is to prevent excessive bleeding, researchers have discovered its potential in skincare due to its ability to regulate the production of melanin.

Melanin is produced by cells called melanocytes, which are responsible for giving colour to our skin, hair, and eyes. When our skin is exposed to UV radiation or other environmental factors, it triggers the production of melanin as a defence mechanism. However, in some cases, an overproduction of melanin can occur, leading to hyperpigmentation.

Tranexamic acid works by inhibiting the activation of plasmin, which in turn reduces the production of melanin. By regulating the production of melanin, Tranexamic acid helps to fade existing dark spots and prevent the formation of new ones. This makes it an effective ingredient for addressing hyperpigmentation and achieving a more even skin tone.

In addition to its effects on hyperpigmentation, Tranexamic acid also has anti-inflammatory properties that can benefit acne-prone skin. Acne is often accompanied by inflammation, which can worsen the appearance of breakouts and lead to the formation of acne scars.

Tranexamic acid helps to reduce inflammation by inhibiting the release of certain inflammatory mediators in the skin. This not only helps to calm existing breakouts but also minimizes the risk of scarring.

Benefits of Tranexamic Acid for Skin

    1. Fades hyperpigmentation. Tranexamic acid is a powerful skin-lightening and brightening agent that can help to fade hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage, melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation - all factors that can lead to a ruddy, uneven, discoloured and dull complexion.  For many of us seeking solutions to a more healthy-looking, glowing and even complexion Tranexamic Acid can play a key role in our overall routine.  
    2. Reduces redness. Tranexamic acid can also help to reduce redness and as an anti-inflammatory agent, it can help reduce inflammation in the skin. This can make it a good choice for people with rosacea, acne, or other inflammatory skin conditions.
    3. Strengthens the skin barrier. Tranexamic acid can help to strengthen the skin barrier, which is the outermost layer of skin that protects the body from harmful environmental factors. This can help to improve skin health and reduce the risk of skin problems.
    4. Improves skin texture. Tranexamic acid can help to improve skin texture by reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.
    5. Hydrates the skin. Tranexamic acid can help to hydrate the skin by increasing the production of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that helps to keep skin moist.
    6. Protects against sun damage. Tranexamic acid can help to protect the skin from sun damage by absorbing UV rays and preventing them from damaging the skin's cells.
    7. Is safe for most skin types. Tranexamic acid is generally safe for most skin types, but it is important to start with a low concentration and gradually increase the concentration as tolerated.
    8. Improves acne scars. TXA can also help to improve the appearance of acne scars by helping to reduce inflammation and promoting collagen production. In a 2018 study, participants who used a topical Tranexamic acid cream for 12 weeks saw a significant improvement in the appearance of their acne scars.

Safety of Tranexamic Acid

Tranexamic acid is generally considered to be safe for most people.

However, it is important to note that it can cause some side effects, such as redness, irritation, and dryness. If you experience any of these side effects, discontinue use and consult with your doctor. 

When introducing any new ingredient into your skincare routine always patch test and start off slowly.  

Adding Tranexamic Acid to Your Skincare Routine

If you are looking for a powerful ingredient to help improve the overall appearance, texture and tone of your skin - without compromising or damaging your skin barrier, Tranexamic Acid could be a great option to consider. 

It is effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, and it is generally considered to be safe for most people.

To learn more about the Ané Exfoliating Acid Toner and how to include it in your skincare routine just CLICK HERE to read all the details of how this product came about, how to use it, benefits for skin and tips for first-time users. 


Ané Exfoliating Tri-Acid Toner with Tranexamic Acid, AHA and BHA

A powerful, multi-active hydrating and toning liquid exfoliant with a 5% AHA Complex, 2% Tranexamic Acid, Tetra-peptide 30, Betaine Salicylate (BHA), our proprietary Ané Plant Adaptogen Complex and skin-identical Glycerine and Sodium PCA to hydrate, gently exfoliate and support cellular turnover without stripping or drying skin.

Also in Ané Blog

7 Reasons why your skincare may not be working for you
7 Reasons Why Your Skincare Isn't Working

by Ané Auret 14 min read

Are your skincare products or routine not delivering the results you hoped for? Uncover the signs of skincare not working, the potential reasons behind your skincare frustrations and explore 7 key insights to learn why your routine might be falling short and how to make it work for your skin instead.
Read More
Why Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes is So Important and 3 Reasons To Clean Your Makeup Brushes At Least Weekly Plus Mistakes to Avoid when cleaning makeup brushes How to clean makeup brushes Makeup brush cleaning tips
Why Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes is So Important

by Ané Auret 4 min read

Clean makeup brushes and blenders is one of my top skincare tips. Putting time, energy and money into a skincare routine and then top it off with dirty makeup brushes is just plain counterproductive. Find out my top 3 reasons why cleaning your makeup brushes is so important and mistakes to avoid. 


Read More
How to Repair and Protect Your Skin's Lipid Barrier
How To Repair and Protect Your Skin's Lipid Barrier

by Ané Auret 8 min read

Repair, Restore and Protect Your Skin’s Lipid Barrier Function - a strong, well-functioning lipid barrier is the foundation of healthy, glowing skin. In this blog we discuss how you can keep your skin’s most important line of defence fighting fit - the signs of a compromised lipid barrier, 7 key steps to take care of your skin lipid barrier and ingredients to look out for your in your products. 

Read More