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Discoloration Defense Skin discoloration serum

Discoloration Defense is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 83.
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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

    See Protocol

    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.

Learn more about Tranexamic Acid

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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 1 out of 5 by from New bottle... and is dark already? I bought it and it is dark already, why? Is this normal?
Date published: 2020-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Improved coloring on my face after just a few uses I received a sample of this two weeks ago. I used it once a day in the morning after my CE serum and it’s greatly reduced my redness and evened out my skin tone. It does leave a slight tint to my skin but it just makes me look tanner so I’m not complaining!
Date published: 2020-05-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from If your product is dark... I saw a few posts about the discoloration of this product. I received a product that was already discolored. I asked about the color and they avoided answering it. In short, they offered to replace it, reneged, and then told me they would refund the difference. (I received this in a kit). The fact that they offered to replace it tells me that once it turns dark, it is no longer effective. I have not noticed a changed in the month that I have used it. I bought another one, and it is pale-yellow, so I will see how that goes. I like the consistency, but it makes the skin tacky afterward.
Date published: 2020-05-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No effect Been using this morning and night (with spf during day wear) and have noticed no results. Any retinol or vitamin c serum would work way better. Expensive product for no results.
Date published: 2020-05-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Doesn’t work. I’ve been using this expensive product for about a month and there’s been zero change to my skin. :(
Date published: 2020-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved me My dermatologist recommended this to me, because of the discoloration my acne had left behind. Ever since I started using it, my skin has significantly improved and is diminishing all of the previous pigmentation. I’m on my second bottle! A bit pricey, but it is worth it.
Date published: 2020-05-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very poor results Im now on my second bottle and have seen no improvement at all .Im very disappointed as its almost like the serum has had no affect and is not a cheap product either . i wish there was some positive results but sadly none . Ive also used pigment corrector which was also a waste of money Highly frustrated and feel theres nothing out there for me ..if its worked for you im very pleased as i know how depressing and low it can become .i just must be very unlucky.
Date published: 2020-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Product Yet!! So I use many of the products by SC and I have to say this one is a game changer. I got a sample a few weeks ago and living in Vegas my dark sun spots on my cheeks were bad. Two times a day for the last week and this stuff has been amazing. Waiting for my full size bottle to arrive. I use it after my antioxidant in the morning and the Resveratrol BE at night.
Date published: 2020-04-23
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