AT A GLANCE

  • WHAT IT IS

    Salicylic acid is an FDA approved acne treatment. Tranexamic Acid (TXA) is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps to brighten the skin’s complexion.
  • WHAT IT DOES

    Salicylic Acid targets current breakouts, and minimizes dark spots and depressed scars. TXA is great for brightening and targeting hyperpigmentation.
  • HOLY GRAIL PRODUCTS

    Zitlox Salicylic Acne Gel, Opaleze Brightening Serum

Treating Acne Scars: Salicylic vs. Tranexamic Acid

Types of Acne Scars

Aside from basic discoloration there are two main types of scarring from blemishes:
  • Atrophic or depressed scars occur when the skin heals below the normal layer of skin due to lack of collagen and tissue regeneration.
  • Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH), also known as hypermelanosis, occurs due to the overproduction of melanin

What is Salicylic Acid?

  • Salicylic acid is an FDA approved acne treatment

What is Tranexamic Acid?

  • TXA or Tranexamic Acid is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps to brighten the skin’s complexion

Treating Active Breakouts vs. Scars

Treating your active breakouts plays a key role in the healing process and scar prevention. Salicylic acid is excellent for treating active acne and preventing new breakouts by exfoliating the skin and cleaning pores. Due to its exfoliating properties it is great for lightening dark spots left by acne, also known as Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, and helps improve the texture of atrophic or depressed scars over time by promoting cell turnover and collagen production. Zitlox Salicylic Acne Gel with active salicylic acid is great for addressing these problem areas. 

Scarring and hyperpigmentation 

Tranexamic acid is best for hyperpigmentation, discoloration and improving overall skin tone. Opaleze Brightening Serum with active TXA is effective in reducing hyperpigmentation, including dark spots and discoloration from acne scars. While primarily used for hyperpigmentation, TXA can also support skin healing and reduce discoloration around atrophic scars, potentially improving their appearance. Tranexamic acid is suitable for sensitive skin types since it is generally well-tolerated.

Incorporate these into your skincare routine:

  • Evening Out Skin Tone: Use Opaleze Brightening Serum to improve overall skin tone and reduce discoloration.
  • Combining Treatments: For comprehensive acne scar treatment, a combination of Opaleze and Zitlox can be most effective
  • Morning Routine: Apply Opaleze Brightening Serum to focus on brightening and reducing pigmentation.
  • Evening Routine: Apply Zitlox Salicylic Acne Gel to affected areas to address active acne, exfoliate the skin, and help improve atrophic scars.

Always follow up with a sunscreen like Protec Plus or Roux Tinted Moisturizer with SPF during the day when using these active ingredients to protect your skin from UV damage and prevent further hyperpigmentation. 

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