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Table of Contents
- What Is Tranexamic Acid?
- Good Molecules Discoloration Correction Serum.
- My Honest Review On The Good Molecules Discoloration Correction Serum.
- In Conclusion.
- Possible Questions & Answers.
- What I Like About Good Molecules Discoloration Correction Serum.
- What I Dislike About Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum.
The agony of any skincare-lover is to see some stubborn dark spots on his or her face, thereby causing unevenness which can result to high self-consciousness and depreciation of self-esteem. Although dark spots are prone to occur, especially to those with oily and acne prone-skin (due to post-Inflammation hyperpigmentation) But the ability to get rid of them makes us conquerors over hyperpigmentation. All thanks to melanin-inhibiting skincare ingredients.
For decades, active and skin de-pigmenting ingredients like alpha arbutin, kojic acid, licorice extract, glycolic acid, glutathione, lactic acid, mandelic acid and vitamin C has been used to curtail and eradicate the appearance hyperpigmentation (dark spots/marks) on the skin by inhibiting excessive melanin production. Which goes a long way to fade existing skin discoloration. Making them look brighter, and also improving overall skin complexion.
To top up the list, a new hyperpigmentation-skincare ingredient has been discovered, — the great Tranexamic acid!!.
Although traditionally, tranexamic acid is a medicine that controls bleeding. It helps your blood to clot and is used for nosebleeds and heavy menstrual flow. For example, If you’re having a tooth taken out, using tranexamic acid mouthwash can help stop bleeding. But thank goodness for research and discoveries, tranexamic acid can also interfere with melanin production in the skin, thereby suppressing its excess production which makes it a very useful ingredient to treat and prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
Having heard about this mind-blowing skincare ingredient, I decided to put it into the test like I have always done with other skincare topicals to know if it lives up to the hype, although research study for tranexamic acid is limited, more studies has to be done for more information and educational purposes, but the goodnews is — it fades hyperpigmentations (including melasma).
Having said that, Good Molecules Discoloration Correction serum which contains 2% advanced form of tranexamic acid (cetyl tranexamate mesylate) and 4% niacinamide, was used in this experimental-review on dark spots affected area for four (4) weeks to enable me provide a precise review concerning my experience with tranexamic acid, but before we plunge into that, lets have a glimpse of what tranexamic acid is all about.
What Is Tranexamic Acid?
Tranexamic acid is synthetically derived from the amino acid lysine. Lysine is an amino acid (a building block of protein). Unlike some other amino acids, the human body cannot make lysine; therefore it must be eaten in the diet. Sources of lysine include meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and some plants such as soy and other legumes.
Tranexamic acid tackles hyperpigmentation by providing a powerful and specific anti-inflammatory action, inhibiting the tyrosinase synthesis in melanocytes. At the same time it blocks the transfer of pigment from melanocytes to keratinocytes in the epidermis. Tranexamic acid also calms the skin and helps restore the skin barrier.
Apart from topical usage for its skin benefits, tranexamic acid is also a drug used to treat heavy bleeding during your menstrual period. Tranexamic acid works by slowing the breakdown of blood clots, which helps to prevent prolonged bleeding . It belongs to a class of drugs known as antifibrinolytics.
Research has it that taking tranexamic acid orally also helps treat melasma and other skin discoloration with few side effects, such as stomach discomfort, potentially increasing the risk of blood clots and interference with your menstrual cycle by causing reduced menstrual flow. Therefore, l strongly advice if you must use oral tranexamic acid, endeavor to discuss with your doctor regarding your intended approach.
Good Molecules Discoloration Correction Serum.
Good molecules is yet another well-known brand just like The Ordinary, which also produce quality skincare products, just like The Ordinary brand too. Good Molecules manufactures one-hero skincare topicals and also being 100% transparent, according to them, — “there is nothing to hide“. Just like their other skincare products, their Discoloration Correction serum is no different, as a lot of skincare-addicts which includes dermatologists are raving about this dark spot zapping product.
Unlike other brands, Good Molecules stepped-up their game by using a more advanced derivative form of tranexamic acid in their formulation, “cetyl tranexamate mesylate“, due to the fact that tranexamic acid cannot mix with our skin lipids, because it resists diffusion into our skin barrier layer. This leaves it sitting on top of the skin where it has little effectiveness.
cetyl tranexamate mesylate is the lipophilic derivative of tranexamic acid. Lipophilic means “lipid loving”. This molecule likes to mix into our skin lipids, which is our skin barrier. From there it provides a steady release of the active compound and attack discoloration at deeper pathways.
Good Molecules Discoloration Correction serum also contains 4% niacinamide, a water-soluble vitamin which helps regulate excess oil production, minimize large pores, tackle discoloration, thereby revatilizing dull and tired skin and also improve skin barrier function.
Comes well packaged and sealed in a UV-protective thick-glass-bottle to avoid direct sunlight which can cause degradation.
Good molecules discoloration correction serum has a milky and slight-foamy lightweight texture, and feels hydrating on the skin which also absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy or tacky feeling behind.
Good Molecules Discoloration Correction Serum comes in 30ml bottle size.
- Water – 77.0%
- Butylene Glycol – 5.0%
- Propanediol – 5.0%
- Glycerin – 5.0%
- Niacinamide – 4.0%
- Cetyl Tranexamate Mesylate – 2.0%
- Cetyl Alcohol – 0.8%
- Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Gum – 0.4%
- Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum – 0.4%
- Phenoxyethanol – 0.2%
- Ethylhexylglycerin – 0.1%
- Caprylyl Glycol – 0.1%
My Honest Review On The Good Molecules Discoloration Correction Serum.
There has been a lot of raves and positive reviews about this product, and to join the league of reviewers, after putting this product into the test for four (4) weeks, below is my honest review on The Good Molecules Discoloration Correction serum.
First Week Of Usage.
It’s said that when tackling skin discoloration, patience should be your friend, I acquiesced to that. During the first week of application of Good Molecules Discoloration Correction serum I saw no result. Infact it was as if I wasn’t applying anything on the spots at all. But I enjoy the nice creamy and hydrating texture of the product on my skin, — this kept me going.
Second Week Of Usage.
This time, I had to step-up my game by introducing an exfoliating-acid peel (The Ordinary Peeling Solution) into my skincare-routine to help with exfoliation, by sloughing-off dead skin cells to enable better penetration for better targeting and effect.
I used this peeling solution once-weekly at 10 minutes duration before rinsing it off.
It was at the second week of usage that i saw a slight impact on my spots, although it wasn’t too obvious, but I noticed it because I take good closer look at the mirror to monitor my progress.
This goes a long way to explain the potentials of exfoliation in a skincare routine. Also I use a mild exfoliating cleanser (CeraVe SA Smoothing cleanser, contains 0.5% salicylic acid) which also helps mildly exfoliates the skin to address pore-clog by unclogging and decongesting the pores of dead skin cells and impurities.
Third Week Of Usage.
This was when the magic happened. I stuck to my peeling solution once-weekly with a diligent application of the Good Molecules Discoloration Correction serum direct to the affected area and also on my whole face. It was at the third-week my dark spots started to fade. The diminishing was noticed and to be honest I was very excited. This motivated and prompted me to keep applying the topical treatment on my spots-affected-area. Not only did the dark spots lightened-up, but also did my overall skin tone improved. It brightened up, and you can see the glow.
Fourth Week Of Usage.
At the fourth week, holy Jezz!!, The spots are almost unseen. (except you take a closer look), but even at that, you can hardly tell. The result is wow, it’s amazing. You can tell from the picture.
Although the spots haven’t really faded for good, but I’m happy they are now looking unnoticeable than they were before. Not only that, my skin tone greatly improved too. My skin looks more luminous and glows like the rising sun.
From my experience with the Good Molecules Discoloration Correction serum, I can beat my chest and say, it really works. And people that were raving about it never lied. My skin now looks 5X better than it was before and from my final draw of conclusion, the Good Molecules Discoloration Correction serum is here to stay forever in my skincare routine. I’ll have to couple it with vitamin C serum to add some boost.
So, if you’ve been skeptical about trying out Good Molecules Discoloration Correction serum, I’ll say don’t sit on the fence, plunge ahead and get it, and say goodbye to discoloration and hello to brighter and healthy-looking skin, but — patience is all you need. There is no overnight magic, and also don’t forget to apply your sunscreen daily before exploring your outdoor activities to protect your skin from the wicked UV rays of the sun. You can read my review on Missha Aqua Sun Gel SPF50+.
Possible Questions & Answers.
Q: Does tranexamic acid increases skin’s sensitivity?
Q: How do you apply tranexamic acid serum?
A: Below is how I apply the Good Molecules Discoloration Correction serum on my face.
- Step 1: I simply cleanse my skin with my skin-suitable facial cleanser.
- Step 2: I hydrate my skin with hyaluronic acid or a hydrating toner.
- Step 3: Then i apply 3-4 drops of Good Molecules Discoloration Correction serum on my entire face (then apply more – 1-2 drops – on my dark spots affected area), while I gently massage till fully absorbed.
- Step 4: Finally, I seal in with a moisturizer. I don’t forget to apply my sunscreen during the day to protect my skin from skin damaging UV rays of the sun.
Q: Did you apply the Good Molecules Discoloration Correction serum both morning and night?
A: I applied this product at night, and also applied in the morning after applying my vitamin C serum. So technically I use it twice daily. Traxenamic acid doesn’t stimulate cell turnover or sensitizes the skin, which makes it suitable to be used both AM (morning) and PM (evening).
Q: Did it break you out or irritate your skin?
A: From my very first week of using the Good Molecules Discoloration Correction serum till the fourth week, I never encountered any form of breakouts or irritation, and I’m glad for that.
What I Like About Good Molecules Discoloration Correction Serum.
- Good packaging.
- It absorbs quickly.
- It faded the dark spots on my cheeks.
- It improved my complexion.
- It’s soothing and hydrating on the skin.
- It’s pocket-friendly price.
- It has a lightweight & creamy texture.
- It’s fragrance-Free.
- It minimized large visible pores & smoothen my skin – thanks to its content with niacinamide.
What I Dislike About Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum.
- Product dropper is slim. Due to that, I found it slightly difficult to pick up enough liquid from the bottle. There is room for improvement on this area.
Disclaimer: This is a personal experience with the Good Molecules Discoloration Correction Serum, you may have a whole different experience as skin type differs so as result differs too.