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Pigmentation issues are one of Singaporeans’ top skincare concerns: due to our hot weather all year round, we are constantly exposed to UV (Ultraviolet) rays, which can lead to hyperpigmentation.

Unfortunately, women have been shown to be the most prone to developing skin pigmentation problems. Melasma (dark and irregularly shaped areas), for example, affects 90% of pregnant women due to hormonal changes. Women are also prone to suffering from post-inflammatory pigmentation by acne that occurs in their 20s or cosmetic procedures.

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You have been searching high and low for effective solutions that can end your pigmentation woes. While there are many home remedies on the Internet claiming to be effective in treating pigmentation, studies have only suggested that they may be effective, but no researchers have been able to prove that they definitely work in lightening your pigmentation spots.

You may also have been considering over-the-counter treatments. And that’s when you have come across this award-winning product: SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense. This medical-grade serum comes from the honest, no-nonsense brand SkinCeuticals, highly recommended by dermatologists and aesthetic doctors, as it is clinically-proven to be safe for use even after intensive aesthetic procedures such as chemical peeling.

Skinceuticals Discoloration Defense

This highly potent brightening serum has a unique synergistic blend of four ingredients: 

  1. Tranexamic Acid was originally used by dermatologists as an oral treatment to treat melasma and deactivates inflammatory mediators, decreasing melanocyte activity
  2. Kojic Acid improves skin brightness, inhibiting tyrosinase reducing production of melanin
  3. Niacinamide reduces appearance of discolouration, blocking the transfer of melanin to skin cells
  4. Vitamin B3 lessens the production of melanin, reducing pigmentation as a whole

These key ingredients work together to target the different steps of pigmentation formation, from its inception to emergence on skin.

It sounds great on paper, but in fact looks even more impressive when it comes to the results on real patients: clinical testing of Discoloration Defense showed an 80% reduction of post-acne dark spots and 60% reduction of other pigmentation and melasma in 12 weeks. You even get to see visible results from just two weeks onwards!

Can Discoloration Defense get rid of skin pigmentation?

While all of that certainly sounds very impressive, nothing beats hearing real reviews from the experts and skincare junkies like you and me.

Skinceuticals Discoloration Defense Dr. Goh Boon Kee

Dr. Goh Boon Kee, Consultant Dermatologist at Skin Physicians Clinic, is an advocate for using Tranexamic Acid, which is one of the key ingredients in Discoloration Defense, to treat skin pigmentation.

Based on his expert opinion, Tranexamic Acid has revolutionised the treatment of facial pigmentation in Asian skin, especially for melasma. The topical formulation serves as a useful alternative to Hydroquinone, which is frequently used by medical experts to treat pigmentation, but is banned in Japan, the European Union, and Australia for possible health risks.

He also affirms that clinical tests conducted on the Discoloration Defense have shown that this brightening serum from SkinCeuticals does reduce dark spots, and is safe for the skin.

Skinceuticals Discolouration Defense Review Sharon Au

Just like many of us, former actress and host Sharon Au also had her fair share of skin pigmentation woes. As someone who has tried and tested the product, she also vouches for Discoloration Defense’s efficacy.

Having tried many different brightening serums, SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense ranks as one of my favorites to date in terms of its fast medical grade efficacy and an almost immediate absorption. My complexion is brightened and skin tone is evened out. It is great to have finally found a product that works!”

In order to solve her pigmentation problems, Sharon Au has tried many different types of brightening serums. However, SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense ranks as one of her top favourites to date in terms of its fast medical grade efficacy and an almost immediate absorption. With a brightened complexion and even skin tone after using this serum from SkinCeuticals – no wonder she shared that she is happy to have finally found a product that works for her!

Of course, the Daily Vanity team has also put Discoloration Defense to the test and found that it has been effective in reducing pigmentation and brightening the skin. Our reviewer, Angela (30 years old), was very pleased with the results and continues to use the product even after the test. Learn more about this product here!

You are in for a treat!

If you are planning to try out this medical grade brightening serum (retailing at SGD159), this is the perfect time to get this as a discounted price!


From 8th August to 30th September, bring ANY empty whitening or anti-ageing serum bottles to SkinCeuticals’ counter at Tang Plaza and get a SGD5 voucher to use on your purchase of Discoloration Defense in return! The more bottles you bring, the more savings you enjoy! Use a maximum of six vouchers per transaction – some quick calculations will tell you that you get SGD30 off, which equates to almost a 20% discount on the Discoloration Defense!

That’s not all: if you recycle 10 bottles, you not only get a 20% discount, but also receive a mystery gift to thank you for your recycling efforts.

Skinceuticals Recycle For Radiance

For those who want or need an expert opinion before buying skincare products, you can enjoy a complimentary skin analysis diagnosis conducted by the Derma Advisors at the SkinCeuticals counter. They will be able to recommend suitable products for your skin type, and relevant ones to resolve any pertinent skin issues.

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You may also purchase Discoloration Defense at Top Dermatologists, Aesthetic Clinics, Hospital Pharmacies and premium medical spas, and the Lazada Official SkinCeuticals Store. Read our complete guide on where to purchase SkinCeuticals products here.

This article is brought to you by SkinCeuticals.