SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense – Daily Dark Spot Corrector Targets Visible Skin Discoloration for Brighter, More Even-Looking Skin


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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

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

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

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 – this synthetically-derived ingredient minimizes the reoccurrence of skin discoloration and stubborn brown patches with continued use. Learn more about Tranexamic Acid
  • 1% Kojic Acid – naturally produced by certain fungi, kojic acid helps improve skin brightness. Learn more about Kojic Acid
  • 5% Niacinamide – also known as vitamin B3, this water-soluble vitamin is found naturally in yeast, meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables, beans, and cereal grains. It has been shown to help reduce the appearance of skin discoloration. Learn more about Niacinamide
  • 5% HEPES – this synthetically-derived acid activates natural enzymes in skin to help break the bonds that bind dead skin cells to the surface for even exfoliation.

How much does it cost? 

SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense – R1730.00

Skin Regimen for Discoloration

Other products you can use with Discoloration Defense to help diminish skin discolouration are:

  • SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF (R2860.00) – an antioxidant that helps brighten dull skin, and increase protection.
  • SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 (R680.00)

Where can I buy it?

SkinCeuticals is available from professional medical outlets such as Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, GPs with a special interest in aesthetics and Medical Spas/clinics under the care of a medical professional.

For more information and where to purchase, visit the South African SkinCeuticals website for a list of official stockists: 

Get in touch with SkinCeuticals South Africa






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