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BasicLab Dermocosmetics Esteticus Depigmenting Serum

Aqua, Niacinamide4, Glycerine12, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate10, Tranexamic Acid1, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Alpha-Arbutin11, Citric Acid6, Squalane2, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root5 Extract, Mitracarpus Scaber Extract, Hydrolyzed Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Biotin8, Butylene Glycol7, Xanthan Gum, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol9, Sodium Metabisulfite3, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

IngredientWhat it does
1tranexamic acidskin-conditioning agent & astringent, barrier repair ingredient that seems able to help skin recover from damage, anti-inflammatory; topical applications of effective amounts (5%) may improve brown skin discolorations associated with melasma; 2.5% showed to have whitening and moisturizing effects in 1 study
2squalanelight emollient veg oil, can be antibacterial & moisturizing; might break out some people
3Sodium metabisulfitedisinfectant, antioxidant (for the formula) and preservative.
4niacinamideProven healing antioxidant; stimulates collagen; some UV protection; reduces hyperpigmentation; anti-inflammatory; anti-acne; anti-rosacea
5Glycyrrhiza Glabra Rootmoisturizing
6citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
7butylene glycolsolvent; penetration enhancer; humectant moisturizer; in cleansing creams it dissolves dirt, avoids the product from drying too quickly during the removal stage & helps formulas spread better
8biotintexturizer; no reported skin benefit when applied topically; may regulate sebum
9benzyl alcoholpreservative; solvent; fragrance; may cause irritation
10azeloyl diglycinatederivative of azelaic acid, shown to treat conditions like inflammation, rosacea and redness
11arbutinlightened skin in in vitro studies, from hydroquinone; it's unclear how much is needed to show whitening effects. Low concentrations have no effect, while high concentrations of about 5% or more can be as irritating as hydroquinone & may potentially result in unexpected hyperpigmentation
12GlycerineA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers

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