Sun, acne, melasma … all of these can cause uncomfortable skin blemishes. And do you know what can help you minimize these marks? Tranexamic acid! The asset is a darling in the skincare universe because of its fast and efficient lightening action. Who tells more details is the dermatologist Fernanda Nichelle, who spoke all about the treatment, its benefits and the care before and after use. Know more!
What is and what are the benefits of tranexamic acid
If you’ve heard of tranexamic acid, but you’re not sure what it is, we help you. “Tranexamic acid is an asset that has the function of preventing the darkening of the skin and lightening darkened spots such as melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (for example, acne) and sunspots”, explains dermato. In addition, it can be used topically, in dermocosmetics, orally or injectable.
Learn how treatment with tranexamic acid works
According to Fernanda, the acid works in the following way on the skin: it reduces the activity of tyrosinase, a key enzyme in the synthesis of melanin, as well as inhibits the conversion of plasminogen to plasmin, a substance that is released whenever the skin suffers an aggression, such as sun exposure, acne inflammation or a bruise. In practical terms, the treatment has a whitening function, eliminating spots and apparent marks on the skin. It is worth emphasizing, however, that monitoring is essential to guarantee the expected effect and avoid future problems. “Its prolonged systemic use increases the risk of thromboembolic phenomena, being contraindicated in acute thrombopathies and used with caution in patients with a known tendency to thrombus”.
Can tranexamic acid be used on black skin?
It is also important to be careful in using the acid in those with black skin. That’s because, according to the doctor, the darker the skin, the more tendency it has to stain. However, in some cases, treatment with tranexamic acid can be used without risk. Therefore, consultation with a trusted professional is the best solution before leaving your creams without prescription.
Care before and after tranexamic acid
Among the advantages of tranexamic acid, in addition to its effects on the skin, is that the substance, when injectable, does not require prior preparation. If used orally, some tests are necessary to check clotting. “After use, the skin can become more sensitive. You need to avoid sun exposure and use a lot of filter!”. Dermato also explains that the number of sessions varies according to the spots, as the later ones demand more time.
(By Marina Couto)