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Discoloration Defense Skin discoloration serum

Discoloration Defense is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 62.
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Daily dark spot corrector targets visible skin discoloration for brighter, more even-looking skin

skin types

Dry
Normal
Oily
Combination

skin condition

Discolorations

$98.00

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Product Details

Discoloration Defense is a layerable, daily-use dark spot corrector clinically proven to reduce the appearance of key types of skin discoloration, including hard-to-treat forms such as stubborn brown patches and post-acne marks. Formulated with 3% tranexamic acid, 1% kojic acid, 5% niacinamide, and 5% HEPES, this latest-generation formula improves the appearance of skin discoloration, brightens skin, and evens skin tone in as early as 2 weeks.

  • Features a synergistic blend of anti-discoloration ingredients to reduce the appearance of skin discoloration, improve brightness, and minimize the reoccurrence of discoloration (with continued use)
  • 60% average improvement in the appearance of stubborn brown patches
  • Paraben-, fragrance-, silicone-, gluten-, and hydroquinone-free
  • Ideal at-home complement to professional skin discoloration treatments, such as chemical peels or non-ablative laser; always consult with a physician for individual regimen recommendations

How To Use

  • Twice daily, apply 3-5 drops of this skin discoloration serum to the face.
  • If using in the morning, apply after a SkinCeuticals vitamin C serum and follow with a SkinCeuticals broad spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen.
  • Limit sun exposure while using this product.
  • Do not use on irritated or broken skin. If irritation occurs, discontinue use.
  • Visible Results

  • before
    after

    In a 12-week clinical study, Discoloration Defense significantly improved the appearance of key skin discoloration markers:

    • 60% average improvement in the appearance of stubborn brown patches
    • 59% average improvement in the appearance of skin discoloration
    • 81% average improvement in the appearance of post-acne marks
    • 59% average improvement in the appearance of even skin tone

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    Protocol: Average results shown. A 12-week, single-center, clinical study was conducted on 50 females, ages 25 to 60, Fitzpatrick I-IV, with mild to moderate facial skin discoloration, including stubborn dark spots, post-acne marks, and uneven skin tone. Discoloration Defense was applied to the face twice a day in conjunction with a sunscreen. Efficacy and tolerability evaluations were conducted at baseline and at weeks 2, 4, 8, and 12.

  • Science & Proof


  • Science

    Everyday elements—including UV exposure, prescription drugs, and some professional treatments—can trigger production of melanin in the skin’s lowest epidermal layers. This excess melanin rises to the surface of the skin, causing visible skin discoloration. Discoloration can manifest in a range of ways, including post-acne marks and stubborn brown patches on the cheekbones, forehead, and upper lip.

    Discoloration Defense is the latest-generation dark spot corrector, using a combination of potent and proven anti-discoloration ingredients—including new tranexamic acid—to address key types of skin discoloration.

Key Ingredients

  • 3% Tranexamic Acid
  • 1% Kojic Acid
  • 5% Niacinamide
  • 5% HEPES

This synthetically-derived ingredient minimizes the reoccurrence of skin discoloration and stubborn brown patches with continued use.

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Aqua / Water, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Glycerin, Tranexamic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Kojic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Allantoin, Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta

Physician Insight

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I recommend Discoloration Defense between chemical peels- this formula targets stubborn types of discoloration but is gentle on my patients’ skin, making it ideal for an at-home regimen between treatments.

Dr. Sarah Sawyer

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite This stuff works miracles! As I am with every Skin Ceuticals products, first day of using it I was complimented. Difference with this one is I noticed the change. My eyes looked better. The entirety of skin on my face was simply healthier looking.
Date published: 2019-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! I get terrible ingrown from shaving my legs and then I have a terrible nervous habit of picking, which as led to some embarrassing scars on my legs. Many products are not always intended for use for anywhere other than the face. I bought this product to try it out on my legs. While I know that it will not completely get rid of the scaring, I have already noticed that the brown spots have faded significantly. The darker ones will need more work but I am optimistic!
Date published: 2019-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Product I received the deluxe sample of this product and have loved what it's done for the evenness of my skin tone. My skin is more even and glowy. It also faded some long-lasting post-acne marks. Very pleased with this product!
Date published: 2019-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Change I used this product as directed until the bottle was depleted along with 30 sunscreen. Sadly, I did not see any changes in my brown spots.
Date published: 2019-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I have been using this twice a day for over 6 months now. My skin feels so smooth right after applying and I have seen quiet a difference in my skin!
Date published: 2019-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Like it! So I bought this because I have hyperpigmentation and melasma. The reason why I gave it four stars is because it hasn’t really lightened any of my spots BUT it does do something I wasn’t expecting. When it is that time of the month my face gets really blotchy and uneven and it just looks bad. But this product completely stopped that! So for that definitely will be continuing to purchase!
Date published: 2019-06-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No change I used it till it was empty and while using it I also put sun protection on and nothing changed.
Date published: 2019-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Game Changer! This really helped my dark spots and prevent new dark spots from forming. My skin looks so good!
Date published: 2019-06-10
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