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ISDIN Melaclear Serum Review

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Age Spots, Dull Skin, Fine Lines, Large Pores, Oily Skin, Sun Spots, Uneven Skin
ISDIN Melaclear Serum
May 24, 2017 Reviewed by Jennifer M. 0 Comments
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This vitamin C serum is boosted by phytic acid and an antioxidant complex which protects against free radical damage and return of spots; however, it takes time and consistency to see spots fade

Pros

Lessens the look of pores, smooths, brightens and hydrates skin

Cons

Does not provide fast-tracked fading of dark spots

ISDIN Melaclear Serum ($75) is a vitamin C product targeted at brightening and evening the skin tone and fading hyperpigmentation. When Truth in Aging asked if I’d like to test it, I hesitated a bit before committing. For one thing, I’d never heard of the company ISDIN, and for another, I’d had mixed results with vitamin C in the past.

A quick bit of research showed that ISDIN, initially founded in Barcelona, is distributed primarily in Spain as well as other parts of Europe, Asia and Latin America. Their English website, somewhat awkwardly translated, states that the company does not practice animal testing, is committed, in vague terms, to responsible practices regarding ecology, recycling and the collection of raw materials, and makes contributions towards the social good through funding targeted programs. Everything sounded very positive. 

The product description was encouraging, too. Melaclear is supposed to visibly reduce dark spots in a formulation that is safe enough that even those with sensitive skin can use it on a daily basis. So, despite the mixed results I’d had with vitamin C in the past, I committed to testing this serum for a month. 

Despite years of very intense sun exposure, my skin remained clear, fine and smooth until the last decade. Midway into my 40s, though, all that sun damage began to result in some very aggressive hyperpigmentation. I wasn’t surprised when age spots and, let’s face it, age blobs began appearing on my face; my grandmother’s skin had shown extreme hyperpigmentation in her later years, so I’d suspected mine would, too. What I didn’t expect, though, was the enlarging of delicate, previously invisible little pores. My skin was changing in color and texture. 

After some research, I decided to try first one, then another formulation of vitamin C in order to combat those problems.  It turned out that there was yet another surprise aging had in store for me — super sensitive skin. The vitamin C formulations I tried either caused me to break out or irritated my skin, especially in the sun. Reluctantly, I discontinued their use.

But Melaclear really is a milder, lighter formulation that can be used year-round without irritation. It has just two ingredients:  L-ascorbic acid (8 percent) and phytic acid (2 percent). Both ingredients are routinely used in skin care applications. L-ascorbic acid, a stable form of vitamin C, helps slow the production of melanin, which in turn prevents and fades dark spots.  In addition, it can improve skin texture. It aids in exfoliation and rejuvenates collagen fibers, resulting in firmer, tighter and smoother skin. Melaclear uses a lower concentration of vitamin C making it safer for sensitive skin.

Phytic acid is another skin-lightening agent. It is derived primarily from bran and seeds and is considered quite safe. It is a gentle acid that blocks the entrance of iron and copper in the formation of melanin. It also has the ability to reduce inflammation and protect cells from UVA exposure. Together, these two acids work to reduce and discourage hyperpigmentation and restore luminosity while also providing skin with a good dose of antioxidants. One study I ran across found that these two acids work synergistically to block the formation of melanin at several points along the way.  

From my short experience, I can say that I have had positive results using Melaclear. It has been a quick and simple addition to my skin care routine. After washing my face, I apply it according to the recommended application method: dispensing five drops of the serum into my palm and rubbing it briefly between my hands before quickly pressing it onto my chest, neck and face. The serum itself is thin and of no discernible odor. It is readily absorbed, and upon application, makes my skin feel a bit hydrated and plumped up. I have to wash the residual off my hands though, because it does feel slightly tacky.  After a few minutes, I follow up with the other products I use daily.

I have had no adverse reaction to Melaclear — no drying, irritation or breakouts.  I have noticed that my skin feels dewier and that the pores around my chin appear tighter and smaller. However, I have not noticed that my skin tone has evened out significantly, nor any diminution in discoloration.  I think a 30-day trial period is too short a time to make a determination when it comes to hyperpigmentation.

I will continue using Melaclear for at least another month, and have begun to test it on one hand so that I can see if makes a difference. The biggest test may be time spent in the pool this summer. Even when using a good sunscreen, just a bit of sun exposure typically ‘recharges’ the discolorations on my face. If Melaclear really does help prevent the formation of melanin, I’ll certainly be able to tell a difference after a few days in the sun and will happily report back!

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