Effect of a Tranexamic Acid, Kojic Acid, and Niacinamide Containing Serum on Facial Dyschromia: A Clinical Evaluation

May 2019 | Volume 18 | Issue 5 | Original Article | 454 | Copyright © May 2019

Seemal Desai MD,a,b Eloisa Ayres MD,c Hana Bak MD,d,e Megan Manco MS,f Stephen Lynch PhD,g Susana Raab MS,g Ana Du BS,g DesTenee Green BS,g Cezary Skobowiat PhD,g Janet Wangari-Talbot PhD,g Qian Zheng MD PhDg

aUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX bInnovative Dermatology, Plano, TX cEZSkin Dermatologia, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil dCheongdam-Hana Dermatology, Seoul, Korea eYonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea fSkinceuticals, New York, NY gL’Oréal Research and Innovation, Clark, NJ

pre-treatment baseline, week 2, week 4, week 8, and week 12 time points using the VISIA-CR (Canfield Scientific, Fairfield, NJ) imaging system. Full frontal, left, and right profile views of the face were obtained, under standard visible, crossed-polarized, and parallel-polarized lights.The melanin index (MI) and erythema index (EI) scores of lesional melasma and PIH skin were measured in triplicate usinga colorimeter (Mexameter MX 18, Courage + Khazaka GmbH, Koln, Germany). Measurements of the lesional areas, as well as the adjacent perilesional normal skin (control site), were captured. The difference between the control and the lesionalareas was calculated.Subject Self-Assessment via QuestionnairesSubjects responded to questions regarding the formula’s aesthetics and perceived efficacy throughout the course of the study.Statistical AnalysisAll subjects who completed the clinical study were included in the statistical analysis. Data were tested for normal distribution with the Shapiro-Wilk test, using a cutoff value of P

In Vitro Study

Monolayer Cultures of Human Epidermal Melanocytes Inhibition by TXA on PGE2-induced melanogenesis was evaluated in cultured human epidermal melanocytes. Normal human epidermal melanocytes from four different donors obtained from ZenBio (Research Triangle Park, NC, USA) were plated at a density of 10,000 cells per cm2 and grown in serumfree melanocyte growth medium. After 3 days, when the cells reached 70% confluence, medium was changed, and cells were treated over 72 hrs with 30 nM PGE2, and 50 or 100 μM TXA or combination of PGE2 (30 nM) + TXA (50 or 100 μM). Control cells were treated with equivalent amount of vehicle (ethanol for PGE2, water for TXA) without any active. After 4 days of cell growth, the cells were harvested, and the melanin content was analyzed using OD measurement at 405 nm. The cells were stained with Fontana Mason stain for melanin quantification.


In vivo Clinical Study Results

Assessment of Facial DyschromiaAll clinically-graded skin attribute parameters showed a statistically- significant decrease (improvement) in scores at all time points compared to baseline (Table 1). Improvements were apparent as early as 2 weeks and were maintained through the study conclusion (week 12). Significant improvements were observed in the appearance of PIH, hyperpigmentation, skin texture, and skin tone homogeneity. A significant reduction in melasma, as evaluated by the mMASI scale, was also observed as early as 2 weeks, and at all time points thereafter.

Standardized Photography – VISIA-CR

Standardized digital images of three selected study subjects at pre-treatment baseline (left) and week 12 (right) (Figure 1)demonstrated improvement in hyperpigmentation, PIH, and melasma, which were representative of average results for the overall study panel.

Mexameter® Measurements

Pigmentation measurements showed significant improvements compared to pre-treatment baseline (Table 2). The melanin index(MI) scores of the lesional melasma skin decreased significantly in as early as 4 weeks. By week 8, the lesional melasma skinshowed a decrease in MI by as much as 9%. The perilesional normal skin (control site) also showed a significant decrease in MI by week 4. On week 8 and 12, the decrease in MI was significantly higher for the lesional melasma skin as compared to the control site (P=0.008 and P=0.028, respectively). This suggests that the topical serum had a greater effect in improving lesional melasma skin as compared to unaffected, normal skin.Table 1