1. The Ordinary Mandelic Acid
What does it do?
Mandelic Acid 10% + HA offers superficial dermal peeling that is gentler than other alpha hydroxy acids. The molecular weight of mandelic acid is 152.1 daltons which is larger than other alpha hydroxy acids, because of its greater size, mandelic acid penetrates the skin more slowly, making it gentle and safe for all skin types. You don’t need a concentration of more than 10% because you’ll just be achieving an indirect peeling strength that’s easier to achieve with lesser glycolic acid percentages.
Which products can I use with Mandelic Acid?
● More Molecules – Alpha Arbutin, Niacinamide, Caffeine Solution
● Vitamin C Derivatives
● Ascorbyl Glucoside
● Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution
● All the hydration & oils
● Antioxidants except for EUK 134
Mandelic acid is one of the most effective AHAs for pigmentation, including sun spots and post-spot markings. Once cell turnover sets in and the acid starts to resurface your skin, you should expect to see initial effects like smoother skin within a few days. Overuse of AHAs in darker skin tones can cause the skin to respond, resulting in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which is where you can get whitening, aggravating the problem you’re trying to solve,’ says Dija Ayodele, facial aesthetician and founder of the Black Skin Directory. Mandelic, on the other hand, is so delicate that hyperpigmentation is improbable.
2. INKEY List Tranexamic Acid Night treatment
What does it do?
Tranexamic Acid Overnight Treatment is a powerful, brightening overnight mask. 2% tranexamic acid works to lighten dark spots and hyperpigmentation on the skin’s surface. Go to sleep with THE INKEY LIST’s Tranexamic Acid Overnight Treatment and wake up with brighter, more even skin. Perfect for those with dark spots or scarring from breakouts, this high performance overnight mask works wonders. The tranexamic acid is supported by 2% vitamin C derivative 2% antioxidant-rich acai berry which works to improve skin clarity and even out skin’s tone.
What products can I use Tranexamic Acid with?
While tranexamic acid can be used alone, it is considerably more powerful when combined with other dark spot-fighting substances like vitamin C, kojic acid, niacinamide, and others.
Tranexamic acid is suitable for all skin types, but as with any new ingredient in your skincare routine, it’s best to run a patch test first to insure you won’t be irritated. The active ingredient can be found in serums, moisturisers, and toners, so you can use it at any point in your skincare routine.
3. Good molecule discoloration correcting serum
What does it do?
Target hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone with Discoloration Correcting Serum from Good Molecules. Version 1.1 is formulated with an advanced form of tranexamic acid to visibly improve the appearance of dark spots, acne scars, melasma, and sun damage. Dual-action formula targets existing dark spots and prevents future hyperpigmentation before it occurs, 4% niacinamide works to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and texture, dullness, and enlarged pores.
According to the business, the treatment prevents skin inflammation from transforming into freckles, moles, and hyperpigmentation. Niacinamide improves the appearance of dullness, enlarged pores, and uneven skin texture.
4. Paula’s choice
What does it do?
Exfoliates dead skin cells both on the surface and deep inside pores to reveal smoother, clearer, more radiant-looking skin. BHA (salicylic acid) has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to reduce blackheads, blemishes and redness. Fights breakouts and blackheads, fast-absorbing liquid formula and removes built-up dead skin cells.
BHA/Salicylic Acid –
As a primary exfoliator, it aids in the removal of dead skin from the surface and within the pore, making it effective in the reduction of breakouts and blackheads. It also has a calming effect.
Extract of Green Tea –
It possesses powerful antioxidant and skin-soothing capabilities, as well as extensive research on its many skin benefits, including anti-aging effects.
Paula Choice has been the biggest hyped skincare this year and has been reviewed by many customers as their “holy grail”. It’s been said to leave your skin glowy and plumped and smooth and soothes future breakouts.
When utilising acids and other brightening agents, it’s also crucial to wear SPF because the sun can make hyperpigmentation darker. Applying sunscreen to your face can help you maintain a more even complexion. Uneven skin tones can be caused by a variety of factors, including UV damage, which can be mitigated by using a daily sun cream. One of the most obvious and well-known advantages of sunscreen is that it protects your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Sunscreen actually reduces the penetration of UV radiation into the skin, as well as the triggering of skin cancer.
My favourite sunscreen suggestions are La Poshe Roshay and Biore!
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